Embracing change may not be easy, but it’s essential

November 20, 2017 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

Businesspeople having meeting in conference roomby Dan Oswald

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus declared that “change is the only constant in life” 2,500 years ago, yet we still have an amazingly difficult time accepting it. Few people like change. Even fewer embrace it. Which makes leading change in an organization exceedingly difficult.

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Effective decision making requires two brain systems

April 24, 2017 - by: admin 0 COMMENTS

Human Brain Lobes on Blackboardby Dan Oswald

As a business leader, it’s likely you’re continually looking for ways to make better decisions. If so, you might want to take a look at the book Thinking Fast and Slow by Nobel Prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman.

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You can’t lead if others aren’t willing to follow

February 20, 2017 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

Businessman addressing collegues around tableby Dan Oswald

What makes a great leader? That question has spurned endless debate and discussion for centuries. In business, we strive to identify those with strong leadership skills and put them in positions where they can lead others.

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Face your setbacks and come out a survivor

January 19, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

Survivalby Dan Oswald

The 2007 book Lone Survivor tells the true story of a failed Navy SEAL mission in Afghanistan from the viewpoint of the only person who survived, Marcus Luttrell. The book—and later a film of the same title—recounts the details of a mission gone wrong and the battle for survival.

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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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You don’t have to be Einstein to succeed or lead

June 23, 2014 - by: Dan Oswald 0 COMMENTS

EQby Dan Oswald

In my last post, I wrote about an article that appeared in the June issue of Harvard Business Review (“The Big Idea: 21st-Century Talent Spotting”). The subject of the article was hiring for potential. Of course, to do so, one must know how to determine a person’s potential. The article’s author, Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, provided five qualities he looks for in determining an individual’s potential: read more…

8 leadership lessons from a former POW

May 20, 2014 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

Leadership2by Dan Oswald

On November 7, 1967, 1st Lieutenant Lee Ellis was shot down over North Vietnam. He would spend the next five-plus years as a POW. Not only did he survive the North Vietnamese prison camps, but he also remained in the military after his release, finally retiring as a colonel. And his combat decorations include two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and the Prisoner of War Medal.

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14 qualities and attributes of great leaders

March 31, 2014 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

Great Leadersby Dan Oswald

Marvin Bower joined McKinsey & Company in 1933 and served as the management consulting firm’s managing partner from 1950 to 1967. In 1997, he published a book titled The Will to Lead: Running a Business with a Network of Leaders, in which he shares his perspectives on leadership. One of Bower’s beliefs is that a command-and-control management structure “with each superior exercising authority over subordinates who do exactly what their boss wants” is flawed and presents numerous problems for companies. And in the book, he makes a case that this type of structure has to be replaced: “Authority should be replaced by leadership.”

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The answers are easy!

July 08, 2013 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

by Dan Oswald

Have you ever faced a problem at work that seemed so overwhelming, so insurmountable that you struggled to even know how to begin to resolve it? And the more you studied the problem, the more convinced you became that the solution must be equally as complex. Your exercise in problem solving became a downward spiral until you were more confused by the answer you came up with than you were with the original problem.

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Embrace your workers’ curiosity

April 15, 2013 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

by Dan Oswald

I’ve been reading Tell My Sons . . . by Lieutenant Colonel Mark Weber. The book is filled with the life lessons he has learned. After a routine Army physical revealed he had stage IV intestinal cancer, he began a battle for his life that he ultimately will lose. When he realized he wouldn’t be able to conquer his cancer, he began writing a letter to his three sons, which became this book.

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