Preds are on the power play! 4 lessons for creating ‘incredible’ work culture

June 05, 2017 1 COMMENTS

HOCKEYHOCKEYPredFlagby Dan Oswald

You may have noticed that the Nashville Predators are playing in the Stanley Cup Final. Probably not a big deal to many, but it certainly is here in Nashville. This city is afflicted with Predators fever.

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President Trump’s growing pains could benefit from business lessons

May 22, 2017 3 COMMENTS

Donald Trump and Governor Mike Penceby Dan Oswald

If he has learned one lesson in his four months as president, Donald Trump has certainly discovered that the scrutiny he receives as the “leader of the free world” and one of the most powerful people in the world is much greater than anything he has experienced previously. President Trump, long known for his publicity-seeking ways before he took office, has to be wishing for a few quiet days without attention. Unfortunately, that’s not in the cards for him for the foreseeable future.

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Which three fictional characters best describe you?

February 27, 2017 0 COMMENTS

They rely on their ability to function as a teamThis week’s Oswald Letter is a guest post from Elizabeth Petersen, Simplify Compliance’s executive vice president of strategy and revenue.

by Elizabeth Petersen

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President Trump’s communication style offers valuable lessons for managers

January 30, 2017 0 COMMENTS

My Fence is Going to be Hugeby Dan Oswald

Love him or hate him, it’s hard to deny that Donald Trump has communicated differently than any other U.S. presidential candidate, president-elect, and now president. And his communication style has been analyzed, criticized, and commended. Everyone seems to have an opinion about his approach to communication, but there certainly isn’t agreement on its effectiveness.

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Simplify Compliance executives share their leadership resolutions for 2017

January 16, 2017 1 COMMENTS

Meeting Discussion Talking Sharing Ideas Conceptby Dan Oswald

Last month, BLR was involved in a merger that resulted in a new company with four business units being established. The combined company, Simplify Compliance, serves HR, safety, and environmental professionals as well as the healthcare, telecommunications, and financial services industries.

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Learning essential communication lessons from the Great Communicator

February 02, 2015 1 COMMENTS

Reaganby Dan Oswald

If you are like me and are interested in politics, you know Ronald Reagan was considered the “Great Communicator.” His effectiveness as a communicator was often credited to his career in radio, television, and movies. His detractors often said of his oratory skills, “He’s just up there acting.” But to me Reagan’s effectiveness as a speaker went beyond his smooth voice and polished delivery. Reagan, through the use of stories and illustrations, could educate his audience and move them to take action.

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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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Cooperation is crucial—but not always easy

July 01, 2013 3 COMMENTS

by Dan Oswald

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Open and Honest Communication

July 29, 2011 1 COMMENTS

People want to know what’s going on where they work. They want to know what the organization is trying to accomplish — the mission thing. They want to know how the business is going to get there — the vision thing.  And, most of all, they want to know how the company is doing at accomplishing its mission.

As a manager, it’s your job to communicate with the people who work for you so they know where the company is headed and how well it’s performing. Many managers make the mistake of only sharing information on a “need-to-know” basis. They wrongly believe that if the information isn’t directly related to the employee’s day-to-day activities that he doesn’t need to know.

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