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3 Tipping Points for Bo Ryan and the Badgers

Posted by Joe Sweeney on Apr 2, 2015

Have you ever taken on a project or planned a journey that you knew would be both grueling and incredibly fulfilling at the same time? What about doing something very different, in an otherwise ordinary day-to-day existence? Or, made the commitment to yourself or others that you would strive to accomplish something that seemed improbable? We’re all unique individuals. We all have distinct goals, aspirations and dreams. What is different among us is what motivates and allows some people to push themselves beyond the limits to make what might be a wild dream, come true.

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Joe's Weekly Tip: Connect With Customers By Taking a Rooting Interest

Posted by Joe Sweeney on Mar 25, 2015

Looking for a sure-fire way to bond with someone you want to get to know better? Maybe you're looking for a way to show a customer you really care? Here's a great way to make an impression. 

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5 Winning Leadership Lessons From Coach Bo Ryan

Posted by Joe Sweeney on Mar 20, 2015

BoRyan2In my opinion, Bo Ryan isn’t only UW Wisconsin’s most successful coach and the best in Big Ten history; he is the best coach in the country. After transforming division 3 basketball during his tenure as the head coach at UW Platteville during the 1984 – 1999 seasons, Bo went on to elevate the UW Wisconsin-Milwaukee program to new levels in Milwaukee from 1999-2001 and in Madison from 2001 through to today. After Bo was awarded Big Ten Coach of the Year and enjoyed a big win in the 2015 Big Ten championship game, the Badgers now look forward to the NCAA tournament as a No. 1 seed.

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4 Ways To Differentiate Yourself For Business & Personal Success

Posted by Joe Sweeney on Mar 12, 2015

So often, I hear individuals share that their difficulty with differentiating themselves, is that they are really just not that different. I actually believe one of the most vital components of differentiation, is having a strong sense of self. This concept is true for people, services, products and brands. The most successful people and companies have a firm understanding that when establishing relationships, producing products, or delivering services, you must first understand what makes you highly desirable, uniquely obtainable, and economically irresistible.

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Weekly Tip: 8 Life Decision Wheels Not To Ignore

Posted by Joe Sweeney on Mar 10, 2015

I feel strongly about planning for success and happiness. A great way to do this is to plan your ideal day, identifying priorities and budgeting your time. One of my favorite planning tools is my life decision wheels. The process of completing it requires you to be aware of where you are, what you’re doing and where you are going.

Develop the habit of being more mindful by planning for the eight most important aspects of your life:

  1. Career: What do you do for a living? What would you like to do?
  2. Financial: Are you thriving or just surviving on your salary?
  3. Relationships: How would you describe your social life? What are your relationships like? Are you happy with where you are?
  4. Health and fitness: Do you make time for exercise? Are you happy with who you are?
  5. Contribution to Charity: It's been said that it's better to give than to receive. Is there a charity or cause to which you donate or volunteer time?
  6. Personal Growth: Have you taken any "me time" recently? How are you striving to improve yourself or burnish your skills? Are you a continuous learner? 
  7. Spiritual Growth: Are you part of a church or faith community? Are you forming relationships with others? How important is the spiritual component of your life?
  8. Recreation: What are you doing to get away? What do you like to do on weekends or vacation time?
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