A real friend sticks closer than a brother

December 21, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

Editor’s Note: Dan invited former Tennessee Employment Law Letter editor John Phillips to share his memories of business colleague and “lasting friend” Lee Smith.

by John Phillips

In March of 1986, I started The Tennessee Employment Law Update, a monthly newsletter. Some lawyers subscribed to the newsletter, but it was primarily designed for HR professionals.

It was a small operation: me and my wife. I was the writer. She ran everything else. Much to our delight (and surprise), the newsletter did pretty well.

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Letting go of yesterday

April 22, 2013 - by: Dan Oswald 4 COMMENTS

by Dan Oswald

Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. Begin it well and serenely with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

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If Feedback Is All Positive, Results Can Be Negative

April 02, 2012 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

“How good am I?” is a question we all ask ourselves. We want to know how good we are at most things in our lives. We want to know how we’re doing in our relationships. Are you a good friend, spouse, or parent? We want to know how good we are at our hobbies. Are you a good piano player, golfer, or artist? In some cases, we can just ask those around us and they will freely tell us.  In others, there are competitions we can enter and be judged or measured against our peers.

But what about at work? How good are you at your job? It’s not something that we often ask our peers. Our spouse or significant other won’t likely be able to offer much insight. There is no competition to enter to compare yourself to others.

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Good People Are Good People to Know

May 02, 2011 - by: Dan Oswald 0 COMMENTS

Last week I spent a few days with members of the Employers Counsel Network, a group of people that our company works with closely on a regular basis. We tend to get together formally as a group once each year to catch up, discuss business, and strengthen our bonds. It’s a great meeting that mixes business and pleasure, and which I look forward to each year.

As I spent time with the individuals who comprise this group, I was reminded once again of how terrific they are individually and collectively. It’s a group filled with bright, energetic, and well-intentioned individuals. And I’m just proud to be associated with them. If, like they say, “A man is known by the company he keeps,” then I raise my stature just by being associated with this group.

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Honest, Open, Two-Way Communication

November 05, 2010 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

I’ve been thinking a lot about employee communication lately. I’ve been thinking about what makes for good, effective communication and how it can be a powerful force within any organization. I’ve decided that good communication must be H.O.T.

H.O.T. stands for honest, open, and two-way.

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