Don’t let your mistakes define who you are

April 18, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

golfball in bunker with green infrontby Dan Oswald

A week ago, Jordan Spieth lost the Masters golf tournament in stunning fashion. One headline on ESPN’s website read, “Jordan Spieth’s collapse at the Masters the most shocking in golf history.” That’s saying a lot since the “modern” game of golf originated in 15th century Scotland and it made its Olympic debut in 1900, more than 100 years ago. Yet the 22-year-old, according to ESPN Senior Writer Ian O’Connor, experienced the “most shocking” collapse in the history of the game!

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Leadership practices that work regardless of company size

April 11, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

From Dan Oswald: As a way to honor the individuals who have taught me critical life lessons about people and business, I’ve invited several to write guest columns to run in this space over the next few weeks. Today’s voice of experience is provided by a mentor whose business acumen and people skills have guided me for the past quarter century. John Marozsan is the former president and CEO of publishing giant CCH, Inc., a Wolters Kluwer Company worth nearly $1 billion when he retired in 1999. As John will explain, however, when we met, our circumstances were quite a bit more spartan.Business People Corporate Travel Walking Office Concept

by John Marozsan

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Don’t let fear of failure stop you from taking risks

April 04, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

Man Watching through window blindsby Dan Oswald

I guess we’re all afraid of something. When we were kids, we might have been afraid of the dark or monsters under the bed. As adults, those fears often seem bigger or more real. We may have a fear of heights, the outdoors, or even failure.

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Give your 2016 “to do” list a good spring cleaning

March 28, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 0 COMMENTS


Spring has sprung. The grass is green. The flowers are blooming. The trees are in full blossom. It’s that time of year again. Time for spring cleaning. Out with the old and in with the new. At least that’s my wife’s way of thinking. Last weekend, we spent a day cleaning out the garage. At the end, we made one trip to the dump, a second to Goodwill, and another to a consignment store. We had years’ worth of stuff piled up in the garage, and it was time to clear some of it out.

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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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Trump’s behavior would create a nightmare in any workplace

March 14, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 25 COMMENTS

Trump 2by Dan Oswald

Like a moth to the flame, I’m going to revisit the subject of none other than Donald Trump. You can’t ignore that he is THE story right now. There’s no doubt that when it comes to Trump, emotions run high as we watch supporters and protesters clash—even physically—at his rallies. And there is no shortage of strong opinions when it comes to Trump.

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Trump’s over-the-top political incorrectness could take him to the White House

March 07, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 13 COMMENTS

Trumpby Dan Oswald

I must say, I’m marveling at the three-ring circus the Republican primary has become. P.T. Barnum, the famous American showman and founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus, has been credited with saying, “If you want to draw a crowd, start a fight.”

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Make sure your manager can say being your boss is “pretty great”

February 22, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

Group Of Businesspeople Meeting Around Boardroom Tableby Dan Oswald

National Car Rental’s new commercial asks, “What’s it like to be the boss of you?” And it also answers the question: “Pretty great.” The actor in the commercial, Patrick Warburton, then negotiates a 20 percent raise for himself with himself. If only life were that easy!

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Don’t hesitate to tell your coworkers how much they mean to you

February 15, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

by Dan Oswald

Sunday was Valentine’s Day. Here’s hoping you got to spend it with loved ones. My wife and I traveled to visit our daughter at college and got to spend the day with her. It was a good day and everything I could ask for to celebrate my February holiday. Thanks

I remember as a kid taking Valentine’s cards to school and giving them to classmates. Every kid in the class would come home with a bag full of cards. I was thinking it might not be a bad idea to have a version of Valentine’s Day at work. No, I’m not suggesting we make a work tradition of sending a card to a person we are romantically attracted to. That’s a recipe for disaster—and a few lawsuits.

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3 common problems with hiring and the presidential election

February 01, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 0 COMMENTS

American ElectionThe road to the 2016 U.S. presidential election officially begins today with the Iowa caucuses. Having grown up in Iowa, I have experienced the caucus process first-hand. It’s an interesting process that has a real grassroots feel to it, and it can produce some very interesting results that are often difficult to predict.

If you’re like me, you’re having a tough time figuring out the candidates and what they stand for. Maybe it’s because there are so many, at least on the Republican side. I actually had a difficult time recognizing some of the Republican candidates who participated in the “undercard” debate last week. On the other hand, the Democrats have it down to a manageable number, mostly because everyone thought Hillary Clinton was going to run away with the nomination. She might still do that, but she’s had a bit more of a fight than she expected from Bernie Sanders.

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