Rolling the dice: the day I started BLR

May 02, 2016 0 COMMENTS

From Dan: 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 Robert L. Brady, who founded Business and Legal Resources (BLR) in 1977. In 1978, he launched his first newsletter, The Personnel Manager’s Legal Reporter. Bob has recently retired from BLR, and I asked him to share how he created the company and the management insights he learned in the process.

by Robert L. Brady

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Can we find a balance between short-term and long-term investments in our businesses?

July 07, 2014 0 COMMENTS

Balanceby Dan Oswald

Let me see if something strikes a chord with you as it did with me. As a manager, you’re asked to be a wise steward of the resources given to you. That means not only generating an appropriate amount of revenue and profit with the resources you manage today but also investing wisely to find new opportunities that will sustain the business in the future. A delicate balance, to say the least.

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With commitment, the only way out is forward

February 24, 2014 4 COMMENTS

Commitmentby Dan Oswald

A man is in a restroom standing in front of a urinal when he finds himself with a dilemma. He has somehow dropped a $5 bill into the urinal. As he is contemplating what he should do about his five bucks, another man enters the restroom. The second man quickly sees the problem and asks, “What are you going to do?”

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‘Tis the season to do right by your employees and customers

December 16, 2013 11 COMMENTS

Tis Seasonby Dan Oswald

Have you ever thought about what employees really want from a company and a manager? What is it that really makes employees feel satisfied in their work? Among other things, having a manager who cares about them as people is part of being happy at work. So when I heard about Liberty Bottleworks, I figured it must have a pretty satisfied workforce. Here’s the story.

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Increase company performance by instilling sense of ownership

November 25, 2013 2 COMMENTS

Ownershipby Dan Oswald

“He acts like he owns the place!” Depending on the context, that single sentence, when used in the workplace, can either spell disaster or be one of the most positive and flattering things to be said about an employee. If the statement is made out of frustration about an employee who throws his weight around and has a condescending attitude, you might be in trouble. But if it’s said with pride and satisfaction about an employee, then you’ve found yourself a star.

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If you don’t have anything nice to say . . .

November 18, 2013 0 COMMENTS

shut upby Dan Oswald

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”
—Abraham Lincoln

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7 lessons for better managers from Alabama coach Nick Saban

November 11, 2013 3 COMMENTS

by Dan Oswald

Some of you might get tired of my use of sports stories to illustrate good management, but when I see something like the recent 60 Minutes piece on University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban, I’m struck by the parallels between coaching a sport and managing people. In the end, people are people. Successful strategies to manage, mold, and motivate them are consistent across the playing field and the workplace.

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Coach’s decision to disband team scores points in character building

October 14, 2013 2 COMMENTS

by Dan Oswald

A football coach in Utah recently went to great lengths to make sure his players understand the importance of high-school athletics—that is, he suspended almost the entire team because they were skipping class, had poor grades, and were even participating in bullying a fellow student.

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Penn State’s attempt at wellness program didn’t go so well

September 23, 2013 0 COMMENTS

by Dan Oswald

Penn State University found itself at the center of another controversy when it told faculty and employees they must participate in the school’s new wellness program or have $100 withheld from their paychecks every month.

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Employee engagement begins one worker at a time

June 10, 2013 1 COMMENTS

by Dan Oswald

If you read the Harvard Business Review, you might have noticed a recent article proclaiming “The New Employer-Employee Compact.” The article, like all the other articles and books written on the subject, reminds us that the days of lifelong employment with a single company are over. (Thanks for that news flash!) Then the authors, who include the cofounder and executive chairman of LinkedIn, put forward the idea of “tours of duty” as the solution. You can read more about their ideas in the June 2013 issue.

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