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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Active listening allows you to hear what is being said

November 14, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 0 COMMENTS

Be An Active Listener, message on paperby Dan Oswald

When I was in elementary school, it wasn’t unusual for my report card to come home with a note from the teacher at the bottom that read something like, “Danny is well-behaved, but he must learn not to talk so much in class.” I somehow escaped the “Danny” moniker by middle school, but that’s a story for another day. I remember, on more than one occasion, a teacher making me write “I will not talk in class” a hundred times for being disruptive in class. Obviously, I had a hard time keeping my mouth shut.

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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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Bring your parents to work and show them what they helped you achieve

October 31, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 4 COMMENTS

Woman helping an elderly person using laptop for internet searchby Dan Oswald

Recently, one of my colleagues suggested that we have a “bring your parents to work” day at the company. It’s a great idea and one that I, frankly, would have never thought of even though it makes perfect sense. Many companies have a “bring your kids to work” day, although many people don’t have kids or their children are really too young to understand what it is mom or dad does. So bringing our adult parents, who can grasp the roles we play at work, into the office to see where their children work and what they do makes sense.

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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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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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Give your people a cause they can believe in

July 18, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 0 COMMENTS

Detail of Betsy Ross Flag With Thirteen Stars and Stripesby Dan Oswald

The United States won its freedom in the Revolutionary War when a ragtag army made up of state militias from the colonies defeated the mighty British Empire. How could this have happened?

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Good managers listen more than they speak

June 27, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 3 COMMENTS

Close-up of female ear and palm behind itby Dan Oswald

A well-known cellular network’s ad once asked, “Can you hear me now?” The famous line is one we all seem to ask. We wonder if anyone is listening. We’re talking, but does anyone hear us?

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Don’t let an unhappy employee bring down your workforce

June 20, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 0 COMMENTS

Boredby Dan Oswald

We’ve all heard the quote, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I’m a firm believer in this. Life’s too short to toil away in a job you hate.

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