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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The 3 essential behaviors I look for in my team members

September 28, 2015 - by: admin 1 COMMENTS

Group of Business People Meeting About Teamworkby Dan Oswald

A few weeks ago, our company held its annual strategic planning session. In a meeting of our executive team, a consultant we work with shared an insight that I want to pass along. What did he say that I found so profound? He told us that successful leaders “make it clear which behaviors are most valued by the organization.”

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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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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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8 essential lessons I learned from my mom

May 11, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 0 COMMENTS

Happy mother and daughterby Dan Oswald

A couple of days ago we celebrated Mother’s Day, and while one day each year clearly isn’t enough to honor our mothers, it does provide us with the opportunity to thank the women in our lives for everything they have done to love and support us.

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Wooden’s Pyramid of Success makes perfect sense in the workplace

April 27, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 6 COMMENTS

pyramidby Dan Oswald

I’ve been accused of too often writing about sports in this blog. I guess that’s because sports have been such a big part of my life as a participant, coach, and spectator—but also because I subscribe to the idea that sports imitate life. In sports, as in life, there is success and there is failure. And in sports, it’s often easy to see what leads to one or the other. Studying the actions that lead to either success or failure makes learning happen.

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Fake job references—what’s the world coming to?!

April 20, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 9 COMMENTS

Resumeby Dan Oswald

The other day I heard about a company that provides fake references for job applicants, renters, and others. And from what I understand, the length it goes to in order to “lie” on behalf of its clients is unbelievable—even if the references it provides are believable.

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