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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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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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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What it takes to be an indispensable employee

July 27, 2015 - by: admin 2 COMMENTS

Mixed group in business meetingby Dan Oswald

The other day, a colleague passed along an article from Inc. magazine titled “35 Habits That Make Employees Extremely Valuable.” Whether you’re an employee trying to figure out how to make yourself indispensable to your employer or a manager looking for the right type of person for your team, this piece, written by Kevin Daum, is a great place to get some ideas.

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5 questions to help gauge your midyear progress

June 29, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

Goalsby Dan Oswald

Believe it or not, as I write this, the first half of 2015 is coming to an end. That’s right, the year is half over, and it’s a good time to mark your progress. Are you well on your way to achieving the goals—both personal and professional—you set for yourself this year?

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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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Don’t get in a hurry and hire the wrong person

June 08, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

lazyby Dan Oswald

It’s undeniable that the caliber of the people in your organization—their integrity, intelligence, experience, and commitment—is critical to your success. Give great people the opportunity to do meaningful work, and there’s no telling what they can achieve.

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Recognize those who made your company what it is today

June 01, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 0 COMMENTS

Grunge image of stone pathway.by Dan Oswald

This past Memorial Day, a day reserved to remember and honor those who have died in service of the United States of America, my youngest child graduated from high school. So this Memorial Day also became a day to honor and celebrate his accomplishments.

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Talent, drive, and success cannot be dictated by age

May 18, 2015 - by: admin 1 COMMENTS

Business People Celebrating Success in a Cityscapeby Dan Oswald

I recently wrote that we shouldn’t overlook the contributions the younger generation can make. In business, we often assume that experience equates with success and therefore conclude it’s unlikely that a 20-something can make a significant contribution. I think that’s complete hogwash, but so is assuming people can’t have a major career breakthrough in the second half of their work life.

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8 essential lessons I learned from my mom

May 11, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 0 COMMENTS

Happy mother and daughterby Dan Oswald

A couple of days ago we celebrated Mother’s Day, and while one day each year clearly isn’t enough to honor our mothers, it does provide us with the opportunity to thank the women in our lives for everything they have done to love and support us.

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