Ramping up at BLR: hiring key people

May 31, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 0 COMMENTS

From Dan: As a way to honor the individuals who have taught me critical life lessons about people and business, I’ve invited several to write guest columns to run in this space over the next few weeks. Today’s voice of experience once again is Robert L. Brady, the founder of Business and Legal Resources (BLR). This week, Bob talks about BLR’s HR manager, Amy Champlin, and what has made her career with the company such a huge success.

by Robert L. Brady

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Getting over the hump: Why BLR was lucky enough to survive

May 16, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 0 COMMENTS

Success ConceptFrom Dan: As a way to honor the individuals who have taught me critical life lessons about people and business, I’ve invited several to write guest columns to run in this space over the next few weeks. Today’s voice of experience once again is Robert L. Brady, the founder of Business and Legal Resources (BLR). This week, Bob talks about BLR’s early years and lessons for success that apply to all work situations.

by Robert L. Brady

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Dredging: the invisible—but critical—task of all managers

May 09, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

Dredgerby Dan Oswald

When I was a little boy, I had a book that was filled with pictures of heavy equipment. Like many boys, I was fascinated by the large bulldozers, cranes, and trucks. There was one piece of equipment that intrigued me because I had never seen anything like it. It was a grab dredger.

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You’re doing it wrong—the proper way to approach creative thinking

April 25, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

Wood Bookshelf in the Shape of Human Head and books near break wby Dan Oswald

Fifty years ago, NASA asked Dr. George Land to develop a creativity assessment aimed at helping the space agency identify and hire the most creative engineers and scientists. The test proved successful for NASA, and in 1968, Land decided to use his assessment to test the creativity of 1,600 4- and 5-year-olds who were enrolled in a Head Start program.

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Leadership practices that work regardless of company size

April 11, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

From Dan Oswald: As a way to honor the individuals who have taught me critical life lessons about people and business, I’ve invited several to write guest columns to run in this space over the next few weeks. Today’s voice of experience is provided by a mentor whose business acumen and people skills have guided me for the past quarter century. John Marozsan is the former president and CEO of publishing giant CCH, Inc., a Wolters Kluwer Company worth nearly $1 billion when he retired in 1999. As John will explain, however, when we met, our circumstances were quite a bit more spartan.Business People Corporate Travel Walking Office Concept

by John Marozsan

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Trump’s behavior would create a nightmare in any workplace

March 14, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 25 COMMENTS

Trump 2by Dan Oswald

Like a moth to the flame, I’m going to revisit the subject of none other than Donald Trump. You can’t ignore that he is THE story right now. There’s no doubt that when it comes to Trump, emotions run high as we watch supporters and protesters clash—even physically—at his rallies. And there is no shortage of strong opinions when it comes to Trump.

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Make sure your manager can say being your boss is “pretty great”

February 22, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

Group Of Businesspeople Meeting Around Boardroom Tableby Dan Oswald

National Car Rental’s new commercial asks, “What’s it like to be the boss of you?” And it also answers the question: “Pretty great.” The actor in the commercial, Patrick Warburton, then negotiates a 20 percent raise for himself with himself. If only life were that easy!

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Don’t hesitate to tell your coworkers how much they mean to you

February 15, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

by Dan Oswald

Sunday was Valentine’s Day. Here’s hoping you got to spend it with loved ones. My wife and I traveled to visit our daughter at college and got to spend the day with her. It was a good day and everything I could ask for to celebrate my February holiday. Thanks

I remember as a kid taking Valentine’s cards to school and giving them to classmates. Every kid in the class would come home with a bag full of cards. I was thinking it might not be a bad idea to have a version of Valentine’s Day at work. No, I’m not suggesting we make a work tradition of sending a card to a person we are romantically attracted to. That’s a recipe for disaster—and a few lawsuits.

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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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Martin Luther King, Jr., taught us invaluable lessons on leadership

January 18, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 4 COMMENTS

Washington, DC, USA - October 10, 2012: Memorial to Dr. Martin Lby Dan Oswald

Today we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. King was a man who accomplished so much, affected so many others, and left a lasting legacy that is still prevalent today.

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