DOL’s new overtime rule comes with unintended consequences

May 23, 2016 - by: admin 4 COMMENTS

clocking systemby Dan Oswald

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a new rule that requires anyone who makes less than $47,476 to receive overtime pay. When a colleague suggested I consider this topic for my blog, I was reluctant. I’m not an expert on wage and hour issues. We have many people much more qualified than I to discuss the impact of the new rule. My second thought was that I don’t want to invite a DOL audit and all that comes with it. Yet here I am writing about it.

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Getting over the hump: Why BLR was lucky enough to survive

May 16, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 0 COMMENTS

Success ConceptFrom Dan: As a way to honor the individuals who have taught me critical life lessons about people and business, I’ve invited several to write guest columns to run in this space over the next few weeks. Today’s voice of experience once again is Robert L. Brady, the founder of Business and Legal Resources (BLR). This week, Bob talks about BLR’s early years and lessons for success that apply to all work situations.

by Robert L. Brady

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Dredging: the invisible—but critical—task of all managers

May 09, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

Dredgerby Dan Oswald

When I was a little boy, I had a book that was filled with pictures of heavy equipment. Like many boys, I was fascinated by the large bulldozers, cranes, and trucks. There was one piece of equipment that intrigued me because I had never seen anything like it. It was a grab dredger.

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Rolling the dice: the day I started BLR

May 02, 2016 - by: admin 0 COMMENTS

From Dan: As a way to honor the individuals who have taught me critical life lessons about people and business, I’ve invited several to write guest columns to run in this space over the next few weeks. Today’s voice of experience is provided by Robert L. Brady, who founded Business and Legal Resources (BLR) in 1977. In 1978, he launched his first newsletter, The Personnel Manager’s Legal Reporter. Bob has recently retired from BLR, and I asked him to share how he created the company and the management insights he learned in the process.

by Robert L. Brady

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You’re doing it wrong—the proper way to approach creative thinking

April 25, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

Wood Bookshelf in the Shape of Human Head and books near break wby Dan Oswald

Fifty years ago, NASA asked Dr. George Land to develop a creativity assessment aimed at helping the space agency identify and hire the most creative engineers and scientists. The test proved successful for NASA, and in 1968, Land decided to use his assessment to test the creativity of 1,600 4- and 5-year-olds who were enrolled in a Head Start program.

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Don’t let your mistakes define who you are

April 18, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

golfball in bunker with green infrontby Dan Oswald

A week ago, Jordan Spieth lost the Masters golf tournament in stunning fashion. One headline on ESPN’s website read, “Jordan Spieth’s collapse at the Masters the most shocking in golf history.” That’s saying a lot since the “modern” game of golf originated in 15th century Scotland and it made its Olympic debut in 1900, more than 100 years ago. Yet the 22-year-old, according to ESPN Senior Writer Ian O’Connor, experienced the “most shocking” collapse in the history of the game!

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Leadership practices that work regardless of company size

April 11, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

From Dan Oswald: As a way to honor the individuals who have taught me critical life lessons about people and business, I’ve invited several to write guest columns to run in this space over the next few weeks. Today’s voice of experience is provided by a mentor whose business acumen and people skills have guided me for the past quarter century. John Marozsan is the former president and CEO of publishing giant CCH, Inc., a Wolters Kluwer Company worth nearly $1 billion when he retired in 1999. As John will explain, however, when we met, our circumstances were quite a bit more spartan.Business People Corporate Travel Walking Office Concept

by John Marozsan

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Don’t let fear of failure stop you from taking risks

April 04, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

Man Watching through window blindsby Dan Oswald

I guess we’re all afraid of something. When we were kids, we might have been afraid of the dark or monsters under the bed. As adults, those fears often seem bigger or more real. We may have a fear of heights, the outdoors, or even failure.

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Give your 2016 “to do” list a good spring cleaning

March 28, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 0 COMMENTS

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAby Dan Oswald

Spring has sprung. The grass is green. The flowers are blooming. The trees are in full blossom. It’s that time of year again. Time for spring cleaning. Out with the old and in with the new. At least that’s my wife’s way of thinking. Last weekend, we spent a day cleaning out the garage. At the end, we made one trip to the dump, a second to Goodwill, and another to a consignment store. We had years’ worth of stuff piled up in the garage, and it was time to clear some of it out.

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Kids’ dwindling writing skills are no reason to LOL

March 21, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 10 COMMENTS

Textingby Dan Oswald

Is writing becoming a lost art? The adoption of new technology has forever changed how we communicate with one another—and that includes the written word. I’m certain my kids write more with their thumbs, texting incessantly on their phones, than any other way. And I say that even though two of my kids are in college, where they are required to write papers. But what they write or type is far outdistanced by what they text. I think they have calluses on their thumbs!

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