Wooden’s Pyramid of Success makes perfect sense in the workplace

April 27, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 6 COMMENTS

pyramidby Dan Oswald

I’ve been accused of too often writing about sports in this blog. I guess that’s because sports have been such a big part of my life as a participant, coach, and spectator—but also because I subscribe to the idea that sports imitate life. In sports, as in life, there is success and there is failure. And in sports, it’s often easy to see what leads to one or the other. Studying the actions that lead to either success or failure makes learning happen.

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Fake job references—what’s the world coming to?!

April 20, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 9 COMMENTS

Resumeby Dan Oswald

The other day I heard about a company that provides fake references for job applicants, renters, and others. And from what I understand, the length it goes to in order to “lie” on behalf of its clients is unbelievable—even if the references it provides are believable.

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Spieth’s Masters win shows what young minds can bring to the workplace

April 13, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

So close! Close-up of driver and golf ball laying on green grass near the holeby Dan Oswald

I’m not a golfer, nor do I tend to watch golf on television, but I am aware that over the weekend, Jordan Spieth won the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia. And with his victory came news of many of his other notable accomplishments: read more…

Let spring be the time to renew your optimism

April 06, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

meadow with assorted flowers and butterfliesby Dan Oswald

Spring has sprung—at least here in Nashville where I live. It has been a brutal winter for most of the country, making spring even more attractive. My colleagues in the Northeast—especially in the Boston area—have endured the worst winter they’ve seen in decades. To them all I can say is that spring is on its way!

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Asking the right questions is key to finding the right answers

March 30, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

Questionsby Dan Oswald

Many leaders believe they must have all the answers—that it’s their responsibility to have the answer to every question and the solution to every problem. In my estimation, it’s more important to ask the right questions than it is to always have the answer.

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Despite what I put on my bracket, I’m rooting for the underdog

March 23, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 5 COMMENTS

Basketball tournament bracket with spot lighting on wood gym floby Dan Oswald

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament kicked off last week. It’s known as March Madness. Even if you’re not a college basketball fan, you may have filled out a bracket at home or for your office pool. More than 10 million people filled one out this year.

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Women in business—we have seen progress, but challenges remain

March 16, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

Portrait Of Multi-Cultural Office Staff Standing In Lobbyby Dan Oswald

March is Women’s History Month. Let’s face it, the business world has been dominated by men for too long. Episodes of Mad Men come to mind, where just 50 years ago the majority of women served as assistants or secretaries. Sure, we’ve made progress, but has it been fast enough? read more…

Going on vacation? Try your best to disconnect from work

March 09, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 3 COMMENTS

Close up telephone on background of computer at the beachby Dan Oswald

Remember the old Eveready battery commercial with Robert Conrad in a muscle shirt playing the tough guy? He had an Eveready battery sitting on his shoulder while he muttered the line, “I dare you to knock this off.” I’m not sure why he was daring anyone to knock the battery off his shoulder or what that really had to do with selling batteries, but I do remember the commercial nearly 40 years later.

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Karma crumples rude commuter’s chance at a job

February 23, 2015 - by: Dan Oswald 4 COMMENTS

subwayby Dan Oswald

Have you ever wondered why good things happen to bad people? I know I have. It’s not something I’m particularly proud of, but I must admit that sometimes I scratch my head and wonder how someone with questionable character or who demonstrates unethical behavior seemingly ends up on top.

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Leaving our lives to fate isn’t the path to success

February 16, 2015 - by: admin 12 COMMENTS

Fateby Dan Oswald

Over the weekend, I watched a movie with my wife. I won’t say which movie because my guy friends will make fun of me. But in my defense, this past weekend included Valentine’s Day. Anyway, the movie talked a lot about fate and destiny and got me thinking about how much of what happens to us is within our control.

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