Optimism is a powerful tool in overcoming adversity in the workplace

February 13, 2017 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

Think positive writing on white napkinThis week’s Oswald Letter is a guest post from Elizabeth Petersen, BLR’s executive vice president of strategy and revenue.

by Elizabeth Petersen

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Ensure your team is working together for a common goal

January 23, 2017 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

Team Teamwork Meeting Success Happiness Conceptby Dan Oswald

Our newly inaugurated president is in the midst of selecting the team he will work with to achieve his vision for our country. And while, in his case, many of those selections will require congressional approval, they are nonetheless his choices.

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Simplify Compliance executives share their leadership resolutions for 2017

January 16, 2017 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

Meeting Discussion Talking Sharing Ideas Conceptby Dan Oswald

Last month, BLR was involved in a merger that resulted in a new company with four business units being established. The combined company, Simplify Compliance, serves HR, safety, and environmental professionals as well as the healthcare, telecommunications, and financial services industries.

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Long-term success requires looking beyond just the results

January 09, 2017 - by: Dan Oswald 0 COMMENTS

Business handshake and business peopleby Dan Oswald

There’s an old story that goes like this: A man walks into a bar and asks the bartender for a glass of water. Instead, the bartender pulls out a shotgun and fires a shot, just missing the man. Satisfied, the man places a nice tip on the bar, turns, and walks out.

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Great leaders have R-E-S-P-E-C-T

December 19, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

Multi ethnic group architects working on plans at business boardroomby Dan Oswald

The other day, in a conversation about the recent U.S. presidential election, I mentioned that one of the ways I evaluate politicians is to consider whether I’d be willing to either work for the person or have the candidate work for me. It’s pretty simple—I want to work with people I respect.

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How to win by losing strategically

December 05, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

Girls rallying before a rugby gameby Elizabeth Petersen

This contribution is the second in a two-part series from BLR Executive Vice President Elizabeth Petersen about business lessons learned through sports.

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Wells Fargo scandal shows serious lack of effective leadership

November 07, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

Peru, IN - March 2016: Wells Fargo Retail Bank IIby Dan Oswald

President Harry S. Truman famously had a plaque on his desk that read, “The buck stops here.” It was a reminder to himself that he couldn’t pass responsibility for the way the country was governed. Ultimately, he was responsible.

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Cubs make it to World Series—and teach valuable lessons along the way

October 24, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

Wrigley Fieldby Dan Oswald

Let me apologize in advance, but today I’m going to write about the Chicago Cubs. On Saturday night, the Cubs clinched a trip to the World Series by defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0. It’s the first World Series trip for the Chicago baseball franchise since 1945. The 71-year drought had been the longest current streak in major league baseball. I considered waiting to write about the team until after the World Series, but being a Cubs fan, I was afraid I might be too distraught to write about them then. I’ve been disappointed before, so I decided to seize the opportunity.

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It’s not about you!

September 26, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

Asian Businesswoman Leading Meeting At Boardroom Tableby Dan Oswald

Fifteen years ago, country singer Toby Keith had a number one hit with his song “I Wanna Talk About Me.” The chorus of the song goes like this:

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Tell workers it’s OK to recharge their batteries

September 19, 2016 - by: admin 1 COMMENTS

Tired man being overloaded at workby Dan Oswald

Have you ever received a battery-operated gift only to discover you didn’t have the batteries required to make it work? If so, you understand the initial excitement that came with the gift and the corresponding disappointment of realizing that without the energy source, the gift was completely useless.

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