Swift Straw Blog

The Golden Rule

relationships, teamwork, humility, opportunity

Spring is such an exciting time of year.  As people rush to get ready for the coming season things can get stressful if you let them.  Every spring I like to remind our team about the Golden Rule.

Continual Joy

God, Sunday Blog, Faith, relationships

From Jesus Calling:

A Simple Question

relationships, environment, improvement

“Surround yourself with people that push you to do better. No drama or negativity. Just higher goals and motivation. Good times and positive energy. No jealousy or hate. Simply bringing out the absolute best in each other,” Warren Buffett.

The Emotional Paradox

relationships, business, achievement, perseverence, success, negotiation

As a follow up to my previous blog titled “Tactical Empathy”, there are several paradoxical principles when it comes to mastering the art of negotiation: 

Tactical Empathy

relationships, business, achievement, perseverence, success, negotiation

Chris Voss is a world renowned FBI hostage negotiator.  In his book “Never Split the Difference”, he teaches the principles that helped him work through some of the most intense, dangerous and life threatening situations imaginable.  One of the first principles is rooted in an understanding that...

Fully Equipped

leadership, relationships, teamwork

Last night I had the privilege of listening to Hunter Hill speak at Purpose on Tap.  He has a unique set of leadership experience ranging from sports, business, politics and the military...having served three tours over seas.  One foundational piece of scripture for him that has shaped his life...

Building character

relationships, business, teamwork

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has an interesting perspective on coaching.  Although he has plenty of wins on his resume, his focus as a coach has nothing to do with winning games.  Here are a few of his thoughts on coaching and leadership: 


relationships, business, team building, teamwork


Let Your Light Shine

leadership, relationships, parenting, mentorship

Matthew Paul Turner wrote a wonderful piece titled “5 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Shine.” Here are the highlights.

In Touch

leadership, relationships, business

Rick Warren, the author of the Purpose Driven Life and Pastor of Saddleback which has over 80,000 people on its rolls, had a non-conventional approach to building his church. Instead of finding a facility, hiring musicians and preparing sermons, he went door to door and asked people why they...

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