Spieth’s Masters win shows what young minds can bring to the workplace

April 13, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

So close! Close-up of driver and golf ball laying on green grass near the holeby Dan Oswald

I’m not a golfer, nor do I tend to watch golf on television, but I am aware that over the weekend, Jordan Spieth won the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia. And with his victory came news of many of his other notable accomplishments: read more…

Going on vacation? Try your best to disconnect from work

March 09, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 3 COMMENTS

Close up telephone on background of computer at the beachby Dan Oswald

Remember the old Eveready battery commercial with Robert Conrad in a muscle shirt playing the tough guy? He had an Eveready battery sitting on his shoulder while he muttered the line, “I dare you to knock this off.” I’m not sure why he was daring anyone to knock the battery off his shoulder or what that really had to do with selling batteries, but I do remember the commercial nearly 40 years later.

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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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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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Change your perspective to find new solutions

September 08, 2014 - by: admin 2 COMMENTS

Perspectiveby Dan Oswald

Yesterday I happened down a road I drive on occasionally. I typically take the road northbound as a shortcut to a particular destination. But yesterday I found myself driving south on the same road and barely recognized it. In fact, I had to turn to my wife and ask if we were on the right road. The surroundings seemed unfamiliar to me despite the fact that I travel on the road a couple of times each month.

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Find quiet time alone to think

August 11, 2014 - by: Dan Oswald 12 COMMENTS

Timeoutby Dan Oswald

You don’t spend nearly enough time simply thinking. Before you take offense to that statement, consider how much time you spend talking, responding to e-mail, even reading—my guess is that you spend more time doing any one of them than you do thinking.

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In the heat of the moment, it’s best to look before you leap

June 09, 2014 - by: Dan Oswald 5 COMMENTS

Leapby Dan Oswald

My mother often said to me, “Look before you leap.” She was warning me to stop for a second and think before I threw myself headlong into whatever it was I was considering. That’s because out of her four children, I was probably the most impulsive. Let me reword that—I was the most impulsive.

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If you don’t have anything nice to say . . .

November 18, 2013 - by: Dan Oswald 0 COMMENTS

shut upby Dan Oswald

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”
—Abraham Lincoln

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Common sense ain’t so common

August 19, 2013 - by: Dan Oswald 3 COMMENTS

by Dan Oswald

Have you ever known someone who was incredibly intelligent but had absolutely no common sense? I’ve known a few. So the other day when a colleague was describing to me a book he came across that contained “cowboy logic” and the line, “I’ve learned that common sense ain’t so common,” it got me thinking. And you know what? I had to agree with that cowboy’s logic.

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