Wells Fargo scandal shows serious lack of effective leadership

November 07, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

Peru, IN - March 2016: Wells Fargo Retail Bank IIby Dan Oswald

President Harry S. Truman famously had a plaque on his desk that read, “The buck stops here.” It was a reminder to himself that he couldn’t pass responsibility for the way the country was governed. Ultimately, he was responsible.

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Bring your parents to work and show them what they helped you achieve

October 31, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 4 COMMENTS

Woman helping an elderly person using laptop for internet searchby Dan Oswald

Recently, one of my colleagues suggested that we have a “bring your parents to work” day at the company. It’s a great idea and one that I, frankly, would have never thought of even though it makes perfect sense. Many companies have a “bring your kids to work” day, although many people don’t have kids or their children are really too young to understand what it is mom or dad does. So bringing our adult parents, who can grasp the roles we play at work, into the office to see where their children work and what they do makes sense.

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Cubs make it to World Series—and teach valuable lessons along the way

October 24, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

Wrigley Fieldby Dan Oswald

Let me apologize in advance, but today I’m going to write about the Chicago Cubs. On Saturday night, the Cubs clinched a trip to the World Series by defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0. It’s the first World Series trip for the Chicago baseball franchise since 1945. The 71-year drought had been the longest current streak in major league baseball. I considered waiting to write about the team until after the World Series, but being a Cubs fan, I was afraid I might be too distraught to write about them then. I’ve been disappointed before, so I decided to seize the opportunity.

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Drawing the line on tips: Where does it end?

October 17, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 10 COMMENTS

by Dan Oswald

Employee compensation is a complicated issue that can stir passion in people. Recently, the now-former CEO of Wells Fargo was taken to task by Congress for his company’s compensation practices, which many believe contributed to widespread fraud on the part of bank employees.  tips are greatly appreciated

There are no easy answers when it comes to compensation. But there is a relatively recent trend in compensation that has me irritated. I need to get this off my chest, so I’m choosing you to hear my complaint.

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Has your work become . . . well, work?

October 10, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 0 COMMENTS

I love my work on blackboardby Dan Oswald

What is it you really love to do? Sometimes we lose sight of that and end up settling for something much less.

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It’s not about you!

September 26, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 1 COMMENTS

Asian Businesswoman Leading Meeting At Boardroom Tableby Dan Oswald

Fifteen years ago, country singer Toby Keith had a number one hit with his song “I Wanna Talk About Me.” The chorus of the song goes like this:

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Tell workers it’s OK to recharge their batteries

September 19, 2016 - by: admin 1 COMMENTS

Tired man being overloaded at workby Dan Oswald

Have you ever received a battery-operated gift only to discover you didn’t have the batteries required to make it work? If so, you understand the initial excitement that came with the gift and the corresponding disappointment of realizing that without the energy source, the gift was completely useless.

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First step in fixing a problem is admitting you have one

September 12, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 2 COMMENTS

American flag on grunge wooden backgroundby Dan Oswald

It’s the evening of September 11, 2016, as I write this, the 15th anniversary of the attacks on our country that resulted in 2,996 deaths. If you’re like me, you remember both the horrific and the heroic from that day. I’ll never forget the scenes of destruction that resulted from the cowardly attacks on our country, but what stands out even more to me is the way Americans and those from around the world came together.

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Step up and make a difference in someone’s life

August 29, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 0 COMMENTS

Nurse with Elderly Womanby Dan Oswald

Early last year, Yesenia Diosdado, just 11 years old, got off her school bus near her home in Lexena, Kansas. As the bus pulled away, Yesenia noticed that a three-car accident had occurred at a busy nearby intersection. Police and emergency workers were on the scene attending to the victims. Yesenia wandered over to join a small crowd of onlookers.

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Don’t lose sight of what’s really important

August 16, 2016 - by: Dan Oswald 0 COMMENTS

by Dan Oswald

Sometimes we lose sight of what’s really important in life. We get wrapped up in our work and let everything else suffer. As we allow our work to take over our life, it might be our workout routine that gets forgotten or a hobby that fades away. And if you can handle the extra 10 pounds or you weren’t all too passionate about the hobby, well, life goes on. But more often than not, when we get really busy at work and we let it take over our lives, it’s the people we care about most who pay the price.

There’s nothing wrong with work. It can be incredibly rewarding. Often, it allows us to use our talents to support a greater good. And it’s certainly financially necessary for most of us. But if we lose our perspective and get too wrapped up in our work, it’s our relationships that suffer. The people we care about most are the ones who are forgotten when we can’t let go of our work.

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