Making your vision a reality

August 04, 2014 1 COMMENTS

Visionby Dan Oswald

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.
—Joel A. Barker

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Live generously: business with an eye on helping others

November 04, 2013 1 COMMENTS

by Dan Oswald

I was in Birmingham, Alabama, over the weekend visiting my daughter at college. While out for breakfast, I saw a local newspaper with the headline “Live Generously: How three Gardendale teenagers hope to change lives with new business.”

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After setting goals, be vigilant in achieving them

October 28, 2013 0 COMMENTS

by Dan Oswald

If you’re like me, it’s time to turn your attention to 2014. As we move through the fourth quarter of 2013 and can see the end in sight, our thoughts turn to what we want to accomplish in the coming year. At our company, we’re in the midst of our budgeting process for 2014, and to create a budget that matches our ambitions, our goals for the coming year must be defined.

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Are you measuring the risk or the reward?

July 15, 2013 0 COMMENTS

by Dan Oswald

I read something the other day that asked, “Are you playing to win or not to lose?” It’s an interesting question. You may be wondering what the difference between the two exactly is. You may think that if both strategies are successful, the result is the same. But is it? Winning is winning, but not losing isn’t necessarily winning. Not losing doesn’t ensure victory. Things like tie games pop up. It’s not losing, but it isn’t winning, either.

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Letting go of yesterday

April 22, 2013 4 COMMENTS

by Dan Oswald

Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. Begin it well and serenely with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Which came first—the people or the culture?

February 18, 2013 0 COMMENTS

There is a lot written about the advantages of chemistry and great company culture, but what really are those things? A company is a social organization with rules that govern the relationships between people and among groups. There is a division of activity, and there is agreement regarding certain obligations of the various parties. This is true of all companies. So what causes one to have a culture that is superior to that of another?

In the end, it all comes down to the people. I have often said that the quality of the experience is equal to the quality of the people involved. Associate with high-quality individuals, and you are much more likely to have a positive experience. That’s true in business as much as in any endeavor you undertake.

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Start the new year with an eye on the big picture

January 07, 2013 0 COMMENTS

by Dan Oswald

As we kick off 2013, it’s a great time to take a step back as a manager and assess your situation. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day activities of managing and lose sight of the bigger picture. The beginning of a new year provides a natural break for you to take a deep breath and consider how to make 2013 a success.

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The ultimate leadership challenge

November 07, 2012 2 COMMENTS

by Dan Oswald

The day after the 2012 presidential election, a colleague forwarded to me an interview with Michael Siegel, the author of The President as Leader. The interview was conducted by the Washington Post’s Tom Fox and centered around the top attributes of a great leader.

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