View your mistakes as a learning opportunity, not as a failure

August 31, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

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Sometimes it’s not about how you win but how you lose. That was the lesson Coach Dave Belisle taught his Rhode Island baseball team last year when they lost 8-7 in a Little League World Series elimination game. This video clip shows the story of the team and the words the coach used following their devastating loss.

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Choose the riskier path and follow your dreams

August 24, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 4 COMMENTS

Dreamsby Dan Oswald

Comedian Jim Carrey is well known for his high energy and incredibly silly impressions and comedic routines. His movie roles have included characters such as Ace Ventura, the hapless pet detective, Lloyd Christmas, one-half of the Dumb and Dumber duo, and the Grinch from Dr. Seuss fame. When a colleague shared this clip from a commencement speech Carrey gave at Maharishi University, I was expecting to get a good laugh.

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Continuously innovate to stay at the top of your game

August 17, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

Idea concept with light bulbs on green backgroundby Dan Oswald

I recently saw two photos that caught my eye. The first, from 2005, was taken when Pope Benedict XVI was introduced as the new pope. The second, taken in 2013, was from the unveiling of Pope Francis. While less than a decade had passed between the two events, there is a notable difference between the two crowds that jammed St. Peter’s Square. The first photo, taken by Luca Bruno of the Associated Press, shows a lone person with a flip phone in the back of the crowd. The second photo, taken by Michael Sohn, also of the Associated Press, shows a very different situation—it’s aglow with the screens of hundreds, if not thousands, of smartphones and tablets, all raised to capture the historic event.

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Don’t let one person’s lack of planning bring the whole team down

August 10, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 4 COMMENTS

emergencyby Dan Oswald

Have you ever seen a sign that says something like “lack of planning on your part doesn’t constitute an emergency on mine” hanging in someone’s office or retail establishment?

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Like parenting, managing is tough but brings great rewards

August 03, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

mother and child sitting embracing on the beachby Dan Oswald

It’s often said that being a parent is the world’s toughest job. Not all of us are parents, but most of us can appreciate what a difficult job parenting is. I found it fascinating that Boston-based advertising agency Mullen created an ad for a nonexistent director of operations position. The requirements included: read more…

What it takes to be an indispensable employee

July 27, 2015 - by: admin 2 COMMENTS

Mixed group in business meetingby Dan Oswald

The other day, a colleague passed along an article from Inc. magazine titled “35 Habits That Make Employees Extremely Valuable.” Whether you’re an employee trying to figure out how to make yourself indispensable to your employer or a manager looking for the right type of person for your team, this piece, written by Kevin Daum, is a great place to get some ideas.

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4 ways to bring your team to the finish line

July 06, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 0 COMMENTS

Supportby Dan Oswald

Does your team know what the ultimate objective is for each project they work on? Do they know what the purpose is—what they’re trying to achieve? Are you confident that you consistently communicate exactly what the goal is for each and every project?

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5 questions to help gauge your midyear progress

June 29, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

Goalsby Dan Oswald

Believe it or not, as I write this, the first half of 2015 is coming to an end. That’s right, the year is half over, and it’s a good time to mark your progress. Are you well on your way to achieving the goals—both personal and professional—you set for yourself this year?

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Get to the point—the fine art of brevity

June 22, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 3 COMMENTS

blahby Dan Oswald

President Woodrow Wilson was once asked how long it took him to prepare his speeches, and his answer was quite telling. “That depends on the length of the speech,” said Wilson. “If it is a 10-minute speech, it takes me all of two weeks to prepare it; if it is a half-hour speech, it takes me a week; if I can talk as long as I want to, it requires no preparation at all. I am ready now.”

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Don’t get in a hurry and hire the wrong person

June 08, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

lazyby Dan Oswald

It’s undeniable that the caliber of the people in your organization—their integrity, intelligence, experience, and commitment—is critical to your success. Give great people the opportunity to do meaningful work, and there’s no telling what they can achieve.

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