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

Facebook share priceby Dan Oswald

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

International  business teamby Dan Oswald

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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Continuously innovate to stay at the top of your game

August 17, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

Idea concept with light bulbs on green backgroundby Dan Oswald

I recently saw two photos that caught my eye. The first, from 2005, was taken when Pope Benedict XVI was introduced as the new pope. The second, taken in 2013, was from the unveiling of Pope Francis. While less than a decade had passed between the two events, there is a notable difference between the two crowds that jammed St. Peter’s Square. The first photo, taken by Luca Bruno of the Associated Press, shows a lone person with a flip phone in the back of the crowd. The second photo, taken by Michael Sohn, also of the Associated Press, shows a very different situation—it’s aglow with the screens of hundreds, if not thousands, of smartphones and tablets, all raised to capture the historic event.

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Don’t let one person’s lack of planning bring the whole team down

August 10, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 4 COMMENTS

emergencyby Dan Oswald

Have you ever seen a sign that says something like “lack of planning on your part doesn’t constitute an emergency on mine” hanging in someone’s office or retail establishment?

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4 ways to bring your team to the finish line

July 06, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 0 COMMENTS

Supportby Dan Oswald

Does your team know what the ultimate objective is for each project they work on? Do they know what the purpose is—what they’re trying to achieve? Are you confident that you consistently communicate exactly what the goal is for each and every project?

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Get to the point—the fine art of brevity

June 22, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 3 COMMENTS

blahby Dan Oswald

President Woodrow Wilson was once asked how long it took him to prepare his speeches, and his answer was quite telling. “That depends on the length of the speech,” said Wilson. “If it is a 10-minute speech, it takes me all of two weeks to prepare it; if it is a half-hour speech, it takes me a week; if I can talk as long as I want to, it requires no preparation at all. I am ready now.”

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