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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Being good enough just isn’t good enough

December 07, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 4 COMMENTS

First place award, rosette isolated on white backgroundby Dan Oswald

“Be all that you can be.” For years, that was the recruitment slogan used by the U.S. Army in its advertising. I think most of us would say we want to be all that we can be. We unabashedly claim we want to be the BEST. People don’t claim they want to come in second place or be the runner-up. Nobody wants to settle for anything but being the BEST. We want to be #1.

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6 important ways to avoid playing the blame game

November 16, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

Blameby Dan Oswald

When the going gets tough, how long does it take for someone to ask, “Who’s to blame for this mess?” Unfortunately, the answer is not very long. We live in a world in which everyone wants to place blame.

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True change starts with the person you see in the mirror

November 09, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

Looking at himselfby Dan Oswald

In 1987, Michael Jackson released a song titled “Man in the Mirror.” The theme of the song is clear: If you want the world to be different, if you want it to be a better place, the change needs to start with you—the person in the mirror. The song included the lines, “I’m starting with the man in the mirror. I’m asking him to change his ways. . . . If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, and then make a change.”

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Success rarely comes overnight—or from just one person

October 26, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

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We live in a world of “What have you done for me lately?” And when we say “lately,” we mean today or this week. Our society suffers from an acute case of instant gratificationitis. Wall Street wants to see a return on its investment—now! It’s not necessarily concerned about seeing a company being built for the long haul. I bought the stock yesterday; what’s it worth today? Sports fans want to see their team win now. It doesn’t matter if the coach inherited a team with a losing record in desperate need of an overhaul—can you win today? It’s the only thing that matters to impatient fans.

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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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View your mistakes as a learning opportunity, not as a failure

August 31, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

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Sometimes it’s not about how you win but how you lose. That was the lesson Coach Dave Belisle taught his Rhode Island baseball team last year when they lost 8-7 in a Little League World Series elimination game. This video clip shows the story of the team and the words the coach used following their devastating loss.

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