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Moving the Needle. Get Clear, Get Free, and Get Going in Your Career, Business, and Life!

  • ID: 3024863
  • Book
  • 256 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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"All teams can benefit from Moving the Needle, which is a simple and practical system for improving human performance."
Allan H. (Bud) Selig, Commissioner of Baseball

"Much like my book The Success Principles, Moving the Needle is a transformational guide that will help you and your business move the ball forward."
Jack Canfield, founding author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series

"Joe′s address to our World Leadership Conference in Buenos Aires and his 10–week follow–up training sessions to our young leaders helped move the needle for our emerging executive leadership team at GE."
Steve Liguori, Executive Director of Global Innovations & New Models at General Electric

"Through my decades of experience in the military and in business, I have found that effectively serving others in leadership roles is not accomplished by doing big things; it is accomplished by developing the necessary habits that enable one to consistently do the right things on a daily basis. Moving the Needle provides the tools to steer you on the course to effectiveness and influence."
Dirk Debbink, Retired Vice Admiral in the United States Navy and former Chief of the Navy Reserve

"Moving the Needle′s concept of getting clear by getting quiet is the foundation of all spiritual exercises."
Timothy Cardinal Dolan, American Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York

"Joe Sweeney′s drive and enthusiasm are inspirational and contagious. The tools and practices in this book have helped me to move the needle and improve my business everyday."
Ed Zore, Former Chairman of the Board, Northwestern Mutual

"After Joe spoke to our sales team, we sold a record $9 million of season tickets in one day. Joe′s training was terrific. Did I mention we also signed Zack Parise and Ryan Suter, the top two NHL free agents in 2012, at the same time Joe spoke to our troops?"
Craig Leipold, Owner of the Minnesota Wild NHL franchise

"At ManpowerGroup, we place millions of people each year. Moving the Needle is a must–read book for all job seekers to help them identify their strengths and passions."
Jeff Joerres, Executive Chairman, ManpowerGroup

"Joe Sweeney effectively threads the needle in Moving the Needle! Sharp, common sense advice for business and for life."
Harvey Mackay, New York Times number one bestselling author of Swim With the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive

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Foreword Dave Winfield xiii

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction Why This Book? xvii


1 When It Comes to Getting Clear, First Get Quiet 3

Our Obsession with Busyness 6

The Sound of Silence 7

Have an End Goal in Mind 8

1. Set Concise and Realistic Goals 8

2. Ask Why Of Yourself and of Others 9

3. Don t Wait around for Something to Happen Take Action 11

4. Manage Momentum 12

5. Secure Support by Building an Army around You 13

6. Last, Be Thinking about Game Changers 13

See All Obstacles in Your Way 13

2 Life Balance and the Life Decision Wheels 17

Another Way to Look at Life Balance 25

Balance or Fulfillment and Satisfaction 26

3 Get Clear with Your Life Mission 31

A Winning Formula 34

Passions 34

Strengths 35

Service to Others 37

The Big Eight Questions 39

1. Why Are You Here? 39

2. Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up? 40

3. What Is Your Life Mission? 40

4. Do You Take Full Responsibility for What Happens in Your Life? 40

5. How Do You Differentiate Yourself from Others? 41

6. How Can You Do a Better Job of Building and Serving the Community You Are a Part Of? 41

7. Will You Take Action to Make Any Necessary Changes? 43

8. Are You Ready to Make Mistakes? 43

Getting There? 43

4 Understanding People s Needs 47

The Need to Belong 48

The Need for Love 50

Taking Care of Those Closest to You 51

5 Clarity in Differentiating Yourself 55

The Four–Step Process to Differentiating Yourself 58

6 Getting Clear by Creating Your Ideal Day and Ideal Life 64

Planning Your Ideal Week 67

Planning Your Ideal Month 67

Planning Your Ideal Year 69

Planning Your Ideal Life 69

Have, Do, and Be 73


7 Get Free by Taking 100 Percent Responsibility 89

A PhD in Entitlement 91

The 200–Year Rule 92

Every Day Is a Bonus 95

8 Your Perspective Determines Your Freedom 100

A New Gift of Freedom 101

9 Freedom and the ZAP Concept: Zones, Alignment, and Paradoxes 107

Getting into the Zone 108

Alignment and Freedom 112

Managing the Paradox 113

10 Habits and Getting Free 119

Moving from Unhealthy to Healthy Habits 122

Taking Inventory 125

Staying on the Straight and Narrow 125

Education versus Entertainment Habits 127

Habits of Attitude 129

Habits to Begin and End the Day 130

11 Get Free with Energizing People and Activities 137

The Rule of Three 140

Taking a Look Around 141

12 Get Free with Your Money 147

Dealing with Debt 151

Credit Cards: A Form of Modern–Day Slavery 152

A New Way of Looking at Money 153


13 The 5/10/15 Plan 159

The Value of a Great System 161

Making the Right Connections 162

The Plan 163

Get Going on Building Your Client Base 165

The Personal Touch Never Goes out of Style 166

14 Wingmen and Bird Dogs 170

Your Circle of Friends 174

Round Up Your Bird Dogs 177

The Value of Mentors 178

15 Mindstorming Ideas 183

Seeing Results 186

Lawyers, Accountants, and Bankers (LAB) Nights 187

Final Thought 189

16 Differentiating Yourself with the Sweeney 22 193

The Sweeney 22 199

The Wow Factor 200

17 Putting It All Together 204

Conclusion 25 Key Takeaways 213

Notes 219

About the Author 223

Invite Joe Sweeney to Speak to Your Company or Organization 224

The Winning Game Plan 227

Index 229

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