Karma crumples rude commuter’s chance at a job

February 23, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 4 COMMENTS

subwayby Dan Oswald

Have you ever wondered why good things happen to bad people? I know I have. It’s not something I’m particularly proud of, but I must admit that sometimes I scratch my head and wonder how someone with questionable character or who demonstrates unethical behavior seemingly ends up on top.

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Leaving our lives to fate isn’t the path to success

February 16, 2015 - by: admin 12 COMMENTS

Fateby Dan Oswald

Over the weekend, I watched a movie with my wife. I won’t say which movie because my guy friends will make fun of me. But in my defense, this past weekend included Valentine’s Day. Anyway, the movie talked a lot about fate and destiny and got me thinking about how much of what happens to us is within our control.

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Brian Williams scandal shows how quickly trust can be lost

February 09, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 9 COMMENTS

Trustby Dan Oswald

A few weeks ago, I wrote about integrity—the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. Then last week we learned that NBC News chief anchor Brian Williams appears to have been stretching the truth. His employer has confirmed that it is investigating Williams’ statement that he was in a helicopter in Iraq in 2003 that was hit by enemy fire and forced out of the air.

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Learning essential communication lessons from the Great Communicator

February 02, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

Reaganby Dan Oswald

If you are like me and are interested in politics, you know Ronald Reagan was considered the “Great Communicator.” His effectiveness as a communicator was often credited to his career in radio, television, and movies. His detractors often said of his oratory skills, “He’s just up there acting.” But to me Reagan’s effectiveness as a speaker went beyond his smooth voice and polished delivery. Reagan, through the use of stories and illustrations, could educate his audience and move them to take action.

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Patriots scandal shows it takes only one bad action to put integrity on the line

January 26, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 4 COMMENTS

Footballby Dan Oswald

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. And right now, the smoke is billowing out of New England. That’s because, once again, the New England Patriots are embroiled in controversy over alleged cheating. If you haven’t heard about “deflate-gate,” you haven’t been watching the news.

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Face your setbacks and come out a survivor

January 19, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

Survivalby Dan Oswald

The 2007 book Lone Survivor tells the true story of a failed Navy SEAL mission in Afghanistan from the viewpoint of the only person who survived, Marcus Luttrell. The book—and later a film of the same title—recounts the details of a mission gone wrong and the battle for survival.

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Workplace success isn’t a spectator sport

January 14, 2015 - by: admin 1 COMMENTS

Successby Dan Oswald

The great Jackie Robinson, who in 1947 broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier, once said, “Life is not a spectator sport. If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you’re wasting your life.” Robinson certainly wasn’t content to be just a spectator, and neither should we. Wouldn’t you much rather be playing than watching?

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My holiday wish for you

December 15, 2014 - by: Dan Oswald 10 COMMENTS

Holidayby Dan Oswald

As 2014 winds to an end, it’s good to reflect on all you have accomplished this past year. Think back across the last 12 months and consider all you have done both personally and professionally. Consider the goals you set for yourself that you have crossed off the list. Examine the work you have done and the contributions you have made to your organization’s success. Look at the impact you have had on the lives of others and how they are better off for it. Give yourself credit for what you have done—not what you have left undone.

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Learning a lesson in fostering great workers from Google

December 01, 2014 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

Googleby Dan Oswald

I often talk about the characteristics of the people with whom I want to work. In their book How Google Works, Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg talk about the type of people they had at Google. And the two of them should know—Schmidt is the executive chairman and ex-CEO, and Rosenberg is a former SVP of products. Both came to Google after its founding and had to adapt to an existing culture that was very particular and reflected the principles of the founders.

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Give thanks for those who help bring success to your business

November 24, 2014 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

Thanksby Dan Oswald

Fall is my favorite time of year. The weather cools, the leaves turn a beautiful array of colors, and the holiday season is here. This week we celebrate Thanksgiving, gathering with friends and family to give thanks for all the blessings in our lives. It’s more than just turkey and football or another paid vacation day. It’s an opportunity to reflect on all the wonderful things in our lives that are worthy of thanks.

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