A little compassion would have gone a long way for United Airlines

April 17, 2017 - by: Dan Oswald 3 COMMENTS

Seat Rows inside an Airplaneby Dan Oswald

Imagine you own a restaurant. It’s a small, cozy place that caters to families and has a great reputation not only for the food but also for the atmosphere. One evening, a customer comes in and orders that night’s special. When his entrée arrives, he takes issue first with the temperature and then with the taste of the dish. Having already served it to dozens of other patrons already this evening, your staff is both surprised and skeptical. After they apologize and offer his dinner for free, the customer continues to complain loudly, becoming the focal point of the entire restaurant.

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‘Culture of help’ benefits the company and the individual

April 03, 2017 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

Group of office workers gathered around one workstationby Dan Oswald

Early in my publishing career, I took the “assist” part of my editorial assistant job quite literally, and I would volunteer for nearly every task lobbed at my team by our publisher. After one meeting in which I offered to take on a particularly tedious project, a senior colleague stopped by my cube to offer advice. “You need to stop volunteering for things,” she urged. “You’ll burn out, and then you’ll regret offering to help so much.”

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Recent sexual harassment claims are call to action for men

March 06, 2017 - by: Dan Oswald 4 COMMENTS

by Dan Oswald

C’mon, guys. We’re better than this!

The recent string of incidents regarding sexual harassment and discrimination is disturbing and sad, and it should be embarrassing to all men. It’s the alleged bad behavior of men in the workplace—at the expense of women—that’s at the center of the stories.  Stop Sexual Harassment red stop sign held by a female

In the past few weeks, we’ve seen a former senior executive at Uber describe being propositioned by her male manager on her first day on the job—in writing on the company’s chat system, no less. We have also seen a female engineer at Tesla come forward with claims of discrimination and harassment against the automaker. Then there’s the story about a group of male Marines who had a private Facebook page with pictures of naked female Marines.

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Step up and make a difference in someone’s life

August 29, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 0 COMMENTS

Nurse with Elderly Womanby Dan Oswald

Early last year, Yesenia Diosdado, just 11 years old, got off her school bus near her home in Lexena, Kansas. As the bus pulled away, Yesenia noticed that a three-car accident had occurred at a busy nearby intersection. Police and emergency workers were on the scene attending to the victims. Yesenia wandered over to join a small crowd of onlookers.

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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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3 common problems with hiring and the presidential election

February 01, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 0 COMMENTS

American ElectionThe road to the 2016 U.S. presidential election officially begins today with the Iowa caucuses. Having grown up in Iowa, I have experienced the caucus process first-hand. It’s an interesting process that has a real grassroots feel to it, and it can produce some very interesting results that are often difficult to predict.

If you’re like me, you’re having a tough time figuring out the candidates and what they stand for. Maybe it’s because there are so many, at least on the Republican side. I actually had a difficult time recognizing some of the Republican candidates who participated in the “undercard” debate last week. On the other hand, the Democrats have it down to a manageable number, mostly because everyone thought Hillary Clinton was going to run away with the nomination. She might still do that, but she’s had a bit more of a fight than she expected from Bernie Sanders.

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Use discipline to achieve your goals in 2016

January 11, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 6 COMMENTS

Goalsby Dan Oswald

The other day, I brought in a couple dozen donuts for a meeting we were having at the office. Since it was the first week back to work in the new year, I must admit I was curious about how many of those donuts would get eaten. How resolute would my colleagues be about their New Year’s resolutions?

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Don’t waste your life thinking about what could have been

November 30, 2015 - by: admin 1 COMMENTS

Selection conceptby Dan Oswald

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.
—Nelson Mandela

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Smell the roses: Focus on your career’s journey, not the destination

October 12, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 0 COMMENTS

Journeyby Dan Oswald

For each of us, our career is a journey. It can take us many places. We may change locations, employers, or even professions. And each experience we have along the way provides us with knowledge we can use at some point in the future—what to do differently or what not to do. Every experience gives us something we can use if we pay attention and really want to learn.

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Make the world a better place by focusing on and sharing good deeds

October 05, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 7 COMMENTS

Helpby Dan Oswald

In the 2000 movie Pay It Forward, a seventh grade social studies teacher gives his students an assignment to create and put into action a plan that will change the world for the better. Young Trevor McKinney, played by Haley Joel Osment, comes up with a plan in which the recipient of a good deed performs a good deed for three other people rather than for the person who did the original good deed. The plan, which was seen as overly ambitious and probably a bit naive, begins to work as Trevor commits himself to doing three good deeds and telling the people he has helped to “pay it forward.”

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