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Kevin Sweeney        

Decorated Combat Pilot, Fortune 50 Executive, All-Conference Collegiate Athlete, MBA, & Author

For more than a quarter of a century Kevin has been a successful Business Executive at an elite Fortune 50 Company. He has also been a Director at an industry leading software company. Kevin's experience in sales and operations will give you and your team unique experiences for your success. Kevin will teach you how to compete and how to put yourself and your team in position to differentiate yourselves from the competition and win in the market place. From his leadership experiences you will learn how to have confidence under pressure and how to demonstrate decisive and effective leadership.

Kevin's real life story describes a combat mission during which the two engines on his left wing were totally ripped off in mid-air, in the darkness of night, while at maximum weight and on a combat mission. It is a compelling story illustrating how your team can overcome any obstacle facing them. He transforms the lessons his team learned into business examples for the benefit of your team.

For their incredible aeronautical feat Kevin and his team were awarded the United States Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross. Kevin understands the value of being a great teammate before, during, and after the event when the Heat is On. Kevin is not just a leader of great teams, he truly understands teams. He will pass those words of wisdom to your team.

Kevin is the author of two captivating books: Pressure Cooker Confidence: How to Lead When the Heat Is On and Conversations with the Colonel: Lessons in Life, Leadership, and Wisdom. These books provide insights into the steps of proper preparation. You will learn how to develop a winning attitude. And you will learn the leadership tools required to give both you and your team a laser beam focus on the objective and the confidence needed to make you both successful.

Kevin brings in-depth business knowledge to the stage for you to receive just as he delivered to his students as an adjunct instructor in the School of Business at Washburn University. He is up-to-date on the latest trends in technology and business acumen. He has also been invited and has appeared as a guest lecturer in schools of business in other universities.

You will benefit from the knowledge and drive that Kevin shares from his experience as an all-conference, all-district collegiate basketball player. As a member of the team that beat the national number 1 team during the US small college tournament, and Captain the next year, he learned many lessons that he shares. These lessons will increase your odds for success and triumph in your life.

He received both a Bachelor in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics degrees from Washburn University. Kevin also received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of North Dakota.

Speech Topics

Mission Accomplishment

In addition to his renowned keynotes, Kevin can moderate an interactive breakout session for your event in which the group explores the reasons behind why aircrews are so effective in their mission execution and mission performance no matter what happens. Aircrews seem to excel at their highest level when they are under pressure, delivering a very high mission success rate.

Kevin will answer the question as to why aircrews are so effective and known for performing under pressure and why they respond to emergencies so well. The session will examine this performance model and understand how it can easily be applied to achieve noted professional and personal success that we all strive to attain.

Leadership in Challenging Times

True and effective leadership is not based upon rank or position. True and effective leadership is a critical and earned gift from the people you lead.

In this presentation Lt. Colonel Kevin Sweeney will show you how to:

Identify personal attributes of great leaders

Become the teammate that makes you a great leader

Discover integrity characteristics that great leaders demonstrate

Differentiate between good and great leaders - whether the leader is a C-level Executive or a 4 star General.

Leadership in Challenging Times is a thought provoking and insightful presentation from someone personally experienced in both military and corporate leadership traits.

Confidence to Excel under Pressure

Learn how to: Excel in today's ever changing economy, Be a decisive leader for both your team and your customers, and Become the teammate your customers covet. Kevin Sweeney, 'The Colonel', will teach you these critical attributes for success in our high pressure world by placing you in the cockpit with him as you relive his dramatic life-or-death flight during a combat mission in Desert Storm when both engines on his left wing came completely off the airplane. You will understand the skill, resolve, and team attributes necessary to lead your team to a successful landing in such dire circumstances, and you will learn how to apply these same pertinent principals to your personal and professional life to excel under the pressures we all face. You will learn how to become the 'go to' person in your organization for both your team and your clients when the going gets tough.

Conversations with The Colonel

Imagine getting the opportunity to sit in your living room and have a conversation with The Colonel-a man who battled the physical loss of both engines on the left wing of his airplane during a night combat mission in Desert Storm and won; a man who has achieved insurmountable success as a sales leader and corporate executive and led his college basketball team to its highest ranking in history. Well... imagine no more. Conversations with the Colonel puts you and your team front and center, up close and personal, with Lt. Colonel Kevin J. Sweeney. The Colonel discusses an authentic, ethical and realistic view of the attributes needed for successful performance under pressure.

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