Kids’ dwindling writing skills are no reason to LOL

March 21, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 10 COMMENTS

Textingby Dan Oswald

Is writing becoming a lost art? The adoption of new technology has forever changed how we communicate with one another—and that includes the written word. I’m certain my kids write more with their thumbs, texting incessantly on their phones, than any other way. And I say that even though two of my kids are in college, where they are required to write papers. But what they write or type is far outdistanced by what they text. I think they have calluses on their thumbs!

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Use discipline to achieve your goals in 2016

January 11, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 6 COMMENTS

Goalsby Dan Oswald

The other day, I brought in a couple dozen donuts for a meeting we were having at the office. Since it was the first week back to work in the new year, I must admit I was curious about how many of those donuts would get eaten. How resolute would my colleagues be about their New Year’s resolutions?

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Anticipate great success at work in 2016

January 04, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

New Year is loading nowby Dan Oswald

The opening line of Carly Simon’s 1971 song Anticipation is “We can never know about the days to come, but we think about them anyway.” As I write this, it’s the first day back at work in the new year, and anticipation sums up the way I feel today.

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Don’t waste your life thinking about what could have been

November 30, 2015 - by: admin 1 COMMENTS

Selection conceptby Dan Oswald

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.
—Nelson Mandela

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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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Make the world a better place by focusing on and sharing good deeds

October 05, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 7 COMMENTS

Helpby Dan Oswald

In the 2000 movie Pay It Forward, a seventh grade social studies teacher gives his students an assignment to create and put into action a plan that will change the world for the better. Young Trevor McKinney, played by Haley Joel Osment, comes up with a plan in which the recipient of a good deed performs a good deed for three other people rather than for the person who did the original good deed. The plan, which was seen as overly ambitious and probably a bit naive, begins to work as Trevor commits himself to doing three good deeds and telling the people he has helped to “pay it forward.”

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Choose the riskier path and follow your dreams

August 24, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 4 COMMENTS

Dreamsby Dan Oswald

Comedian Jim Carrey is well known for his high energy and incredibly silly impressions and comedic routines. His movie roles have included characters such as Ace Ventura, the hapless pet detective, Lloyd Christmas, one-half of the Dumb and Dumber duo, and the Grinch from Dr. Seuss fame. When a colleague shared this clip from a commencement speech Carrey gave at Maharishi University, I was expecting to get a good laugh.

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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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Fake job references—what’s the world coming to?!

April 20, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 9 COMMENTS

Resumeby Dan Oswald

The other day I heard about a company that provides fake references for job applicants, renters, and others. And from what I understand, the length it goes to in order to “lie” on behalf of its clients is unbelievable—even if the references it provides are believable.

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Asking the right questions is key to finding the right answers

March 30, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

Questionsby Dan Oswald

Many leaders believe they must have all the answers—that it’s their responsibility to have the answer to every question and the solution to every problem. In my estimation, it’s more important to ask the right questions than it is to always have the answer.

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