Going on vacation? Try your best to disconnect from work

March 09, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 3 COMMENTS

Close up telephone on background of computer at the beachby Dan Oswald

Remember the old Eveready battery commercial with Robert Conrad in a muscle shirt playing the tough guy? He had an Eveready battery sitting on his shoulder while he muttered the line, “I dare you to knock this off.” I’m not sure why he was daring anyone to knock the battery off his shoulder or what that really had to do with selling batteries, but I do remember the commercial nearly 40 years later.

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Face your setbacks and come out a survivor

January 19, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

Survivalby Dan Oswald

The 2007 book Lone Survivor tells the true story of a failed Navy SEAL mission in Afghanistan from the viewpoint of the only person who survived, Marcus Luttrell. The book—and later a film of the same title—recounts the details of a mission gone wrong and the battle for survival.

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Workplace success isn’t a spectator sport

January 14, 2015 - by: admin 1 COMMENTS

Successby Dan Oswald

The great Jackie Robinson, who in 1947 broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier, once said, “Life is not a spectator sport. If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you’re wasting your life.” Robinson certainly wasn’t content to be just a spectator, and neither should we. Wouldn’t you much rather be playing than watching?

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Don’t let fear keep you from achieving your goals

November 17, 2014 - by: Dan Oswald 4 COMMENTS

finish lineby Dan Oswald

“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” I came across that question in a book the other day, and it really got me thinking. I firmly believe there are many things we don’t try because we’re convinced we won’t succeed. The thinking goes, “Why even go down that road if I know it’s not going to work?” We’re beaten before we even start.

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What are you afraid of?

September 29, 2014 - by: Dan Oswald 5 COMMENTS

Fearby Dan Oswald

It sounds like a childhood taunt. “What are you afraid of?” If you close your eyes for a minute, chances are you can go back in time and recall a situation in which you were asked that exact question. Someone was trying to push you into doing something you really didn’t want to do—daring you to push beyond your comfort level.

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Change your perspective to find new solutions

September 08, 2014 - by: admin 2 COMMENTS

Perspectiveby Dan Oswald

Yesterday I happened down a road I drive on occasionally. I typically take the road northbound as a shortcut to a particular destination. But yesterday I found myself driving south on the same road and barely recognized it. In fact, I had to turn to my wife and ask if we were on the right road. The surroundings seemed unfamiliar to me despite the fact that I travel on the road a couple of times each month.

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Find quiet time alone to think

August 11, 2014 - by: Dan Oswald 12 COMMENTS

Timeoutby Dan Oswald

You don’t spend nearly enough time simply thinking. Before you take offense to that statement, consider how much time you spend talking, responding to e-mail, even reading—my guess is that you spend more time doing any one of them than you do thinking.

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Where’s your next big idea going to come from?

July 28, 2014 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

Ideaby Dan Oswald

Among my favorite movies is the 1991 film City Slickers. Billy Crystal plays radio ad salesman Mitch Robbins, who is having a bit of a midlife crisis. Mitch and his two best friends decide to leave New York City to spend two weeks on a cattle drive in the Southwest. It’s there that Mitch meets Curly, the crusty trail boss played by Jack Palance.

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Looking for great talent? Start by recognizing potential

June 16, 2014 - by: Dan Oswald 0 COMMENTS

Potentialby Dan Oswald

The cover article in the June issue of Harvard Business Review is titled “The Big Idea: 21st-Century Talent Spotting.” Since all of us as managers are constantly on the lookout for talent, the title of course grabbed my attention. The author, Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, a senior adviser at a global executive firm, boldly claims that potential is “the most important predictor of success at all levels.”

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In the heat of the moment, it’s best to look before you leap

June 09, 2014 - by: Dan Oswald 5 COMMENTS

Leapby Dan Oswald

My mother often said to me, “Look before you leap.” She was warning me to stop for a second and think before I threw myself headlong into whatever it was I was considering. That’s because out of her four children, I was probably the most impulsive. Let me reword that—I was the most impulsive.

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