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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What does luck have to do with it?

January 25, 2016 - by: admin 4 COMMENTS

Business Finish Lineby Dan Oswald

“I’d rather be lucky than good.” Those famous words were uttered by Lefty Gomez, a left-handed pitcher for the New York Yankees who played primarily in the 1930s. Take a minute to let that quote soak in. Would you rather be lucky or good?

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Martin Luther King, Jr., taught us invaluable lessons on leadership

January 18, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 4 COMMENTS

Washington, DC, USA - October 10, 2012: Memorial to Dr. Martin Lby Dan Oswald

Today we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. King was a man who accomplished so much, affected so many others, and left a lasting legacy that is still prevalent today.

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Use discipline to achieve your goals in 2016

January 11, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 6 COMMENTS

Goalsby Dan Oswald

The other day, I brought in a couple dozen donuts for a meeting we were having at the office. Since it was the first week back to work in the new year, I must admit I was curious about how many of those donuts would get eaten. How resolute would my colleagues be about their New Year’s resolutions?

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Anticipate great success at work in 2016

January 04, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

New Year is loading nowby Dan Oswald

The opening line of Carly Simon’s 1971 song Anticipation is “We can never know about the days to come, but we think about them anyway.” As I write this, it’s the first day back at work in the new year, and anticipation sums up the way I feel today.

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Change someone’s life with an unexpected gift this holiday season

December 14, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 6 COMMENTS

Christmas giftby Dan Oswald

Christmas is less than two weeks away. And as the carol goes, ’tis the season to be jolly. But it’s also the season of giving. Gift giving has long been a tradition associated with Christmas. Whether or not you still believe in Santa Claus, everyone likes to receive gifts. Nothing warms the heart like an unexpected gift.

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Being good enough just isn’t good enough

December 07, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 4 COMMENTS

First place award, rosette isolated on white backgroundby Dan Oswald

“Be all that you can be.” For years, that was the recruitment slogan used by the U.S. Army in its advertising. I think most of us would say we want to be all that we can be. We unabashedly claim we want to be the BEST. People don’t claim they want to come in second place or be the runner-up. Nobody wants to settle for anything but being the BEST. We want to be #1.

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Don’t waste your life thinking about what could have been

November 30, 2015 - by: admin 1 COMMENTS

Selection conceptby Dan Oswald

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.
—Nelson Mandela

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Thank those who helped you dream big, and then pay it forward

November 23, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 0 COMMENTS

Colleagues shaking handsby Dan Oswald

Have you ever had someone encourage you to dream big? Someone who said you could be anything you wanted to be? Maybe you were lucky enough to have a parent or grandparent who convinced you that there are no limits. Or maybe a teacher or coach inspired you to consider opportunities that otherwise might have seemed beyond your grasp. It even may have been a boss or mentor early in your career who helped you see what you were truly capable of.

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6 important ways to avoid playing the blame game

November 16, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

Blameby Dan Oswald

When the going gets tough, how long does it take for someone to ask, “Who’s to blame for this mess?” Unfortunately, the answer is not very long. We live in a world in which everyone wants to place blame.

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