Leadership lessons from New England Patriots

February 06, 2017 - by: Dan Oswald 0 COMMENTS

Gillette Stadium One Direction Concertby Dan Oswald

Sunday night, the New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in the greatest comeback in the Super Bowl’s 51-year history. None of us should have been surprised. The Patriots have had more success in this millennium than any of the other 31 teams in the NFL. Since head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady joined the team in 2000, the Patriots have accomplished the following: read more…

President Trump’s communication style offers valuable lessons for managers

January 30, 2017 - by: Dan Oswald 0 COMMENTS

My Fence is Going to be Hugeby Dan Oswald

Love him or hate him, it’s hard to deny that Donald Trump has communicated differently than any other U.S. presidential candidate, president-elect, and now president. And his communication style has been analyzed, criticized, and commended. Everyone seems to have an opinion about his approach to communication, but there certainly isn’t agreement on its effectiveness.

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Ensure your team is working together for a common goal

January 23, 2017 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

Team Teamwork Meeting Success Happiness Conceptby Dan Oswald

Our newly inaugurated president is in the midst of selecting the team he will work with to achieve his vision for our country. And while, in his case, many of those selections will require congressional approval, they are nonetheless his choices.

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Simplify Compliance executives share their leadership resolutions for 2017

January 16, 2017 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

Meeting Discussion Talking Sharing Ideas Conceptby Dan Oswald

Last month, BLR was involved in a merger that resulted in a new company with four business units being established. The combined company, Simplify Compliance, serves HR, safety, and environmental professionals as well as the healthcare, telecommunications, and financial services industries.

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Long-term success requires looking beyond just the results

January 09, 2017 - by: Dan Oswald 0 COMMENTS

Business handshake and business peopleby Dan Oswald

There’s an old story that goes like this: A man walks into a bar and asks the bartender for a glass of water. Instead, the bartender pulls out a shotgun and fires a shot, just missing the man. Satisfied, the man places a nice tip on the bar, turns, and walks out.

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I was lucky to know Lee Smith

December 21, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 4 COMMENTS

by Dan Oswald

I was extremely sad to learn today that Lee Smith, the founder of M. Lee Smith Publishers, passed away Tuesday night.

Lee was a true southern gentleman and a savvy businessman. Lee founded his company in 1975 and built an incredible business that successfully served hundreds of thousands of customers over the years. I had the privilege of knowing Lee as a colleague in our industry for many years before having the opportunity to relocate to Tennessee and purchase his company from him.

I’d like to share the story of how I came to own M. Lee Smith Publishers because it provides great insight into the man Lee was. In late 2002, Lee called me in an attempt to recruit me to run the company he had founded. I was flattered, but I informed him that I was really interested in acquiring a company. His response was, “Well, let’s talk about that.” So we did. Through a couple of conversations, I discovered that Lee was actually open to the idea of selling the company he had built.

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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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Great leaders have R-E-S-P-E-C-T

December 19, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

Multi ethnic group architects working on plans at business boardroomby Dan Oswald

The other day, in a conversation about the recent U.S. presidential election, I mentioned that one of the ways I evaluate politicians is to consider whether I’d be willing to either work for the person or have the candidate work for me. It’s pretty simple—I want to work with people I respect.

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How to win by losing strategically

December 05, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

Girls rallying before a rugby gameby Elizabeth Petersen

This contribution is the second in a two-part series from BLR Executive Vice President Elizabeth Petersen about business lessons learned through sports.

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Hottest gift this holiday season? Work-life balance

November 28, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 0 COMMENTS

White Christmas gift with red ribbonby Dan Oswald

Thanksgiving is behind us, and the holidays are in full swing. Most of us feel busier than ever this time of year. With parties to attend, gifts to buy, and anticipated travel for the holidays, there certainly is a lot going on. How do we find time to get everything done and still do our jobs?

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