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.

The Giver

teamwork, strength, thankfulness

My prayers go out to all of those impacted by hurricane Michael.  We will be heading down today to assess the damage and lend a helping hand to our friends and family in need.  As I prepare for this day I found some very appropriate scripture.

Game of Gladiators

leadership, business, teamwork, achievement, strength

James Stockdale was a US Navy vice admiral and aviator that was awarded the Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War, during which time he was a prisoner of war for over seven years.  He endured unimaginable torture and constantly battled their attempts to use him for propaganda.  In Jim Collins book, ...

First Who, Then What

leadership, business, team building, teamwork, efficiency

The next principle in “Good to Great” is “First Who, Then What”.  All of the Good to Great CEO’s focused first on getting the right people on the bus before they decided where they wanted to drive it.  They knew that strategy comes after people.  Once they got the right people on the bus and the...

Who Gets the Credit

leadership, business, team building, teamwork, achievement, efficiency

I am currently going back through a great business book called “Good to Great” by Jim Collins.  Since it has been several years since I last read it, I have a much greater appreciation for some of the timeless principles.  In order for a business to sustain greatness, there must be what is known...

The Man in the Arena

leadership, business, teamwork, achievement, strength

As the Spring unfolds this year, there are many industries that are battling through their peak season.  Here is a message from Theodore Roosevelt for all of those who are in the arena fighting the good fight.  The critics and naysayers will never know victory nor defeat.  But those in the arena...

Leadership Through Collaboration

leadership, business, team building, teamwork, innovation

The work place is ever evolving which means that leadership must continue to evolve as well.  In order to lead in the future, collaboration must be at the foundation.  Here are seven examples of how to be a collaborative leader versus a traditional leader. 

Necessity Drives Innovation

leadership, business, team building, teamwork, innovation

Last week we were working on a project that required several different pieces of equipment.  When it came time to use one particular piece, we realized that we had lost the key.  For the rest of the afternoon we searched and even delayed the project until the next morning when a spare was...

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: 

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