Take time to recognize accomplishments in 2017

December 11, 2017 1 COMMENTS

They'll jump at the chance to help you outby Dan Oswald

I’ve said before on these pages that I don’t do a great job of celebrating our company’s successes. It seems that as we achieve a goal, I immediately look to the next opportunity or focus on a problem area that needs attention when I should be recognizing and congratulating everyone involved in our success.

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Make sure your time is spent on what is most important

December 04, 2017 1 COMMENTS

multi-purpose business woman with a large number of handsby Dan Oswald

Time is a limited resource. No matter how hard you try, you can’t pack more hours into a day. There are 24 hours each and every day, and there is simply nothing you can do to change that. Time just rolls on. How often do you catch yourself wishing you had more time to do something? How often do you find yourself saying there aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything you want to do?

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Make a strong push to achieve 2017 goals

November 27, 2017 0 COMMENTS

finish lineby Dan Oswald

Typically, coming out of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and staring Christmas squarely in the eye, I would be writing about taking the time to appreciate family and friends. It’s a time of gathering with those closest to you at holiday parties and meals. It’s a time of celebration and thanksgiving.

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Embracing change may not be easy, but it’s essential

November 20, 2017 1 COMMENTS

Businesspeople having meeting in conference roomby Dan Oswald

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus declared that “change is the only constant in life” 2,500 years ago, yet we still have an amazingly difficult time accepting it. Few people like change. Even fewer embrace it. Which makes leading change in an organization exceedingly difficult.

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Prepare for job interviews to land the best employees

November 13, 2017 0 COMMENTS

Job Interview.Note from Dan Oswald: This week’s Oswald Letter was written by Scott Peek, the customer service supervisor at Simplify Compliance. I think he makes a great point and that his thoughts are worth sharing.

by Scott Peek

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When you believe, anything is possible

October 30, 2017 5 COMMENTS

American Hockeyby Dan Oswald

If you’ve been around a while like I have, you might remember the 1980 Olympic “Miracle on Ice,” where the upstart American men’s ice hockey team defeated the heavily favored Soviet Union team. As the clock wound down to the final seconds of the game and it became apparent that the U.S. team would upset the Soviets, veteran broadcaster Al Michaels uttered his now famous words, “Do you believe in miracles?”

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Know the difference between having a bad day and losing your passion

October 23, 2017 1 COMMENTS

Love What You Do and Do What You Loveby Dan Oswald

I often repeat the old saying, “Find something you love to do, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” I believe in the spirit of that quote, if not its literal interpretation. That is, sometimes work feels like, well, work. Some days you’re not going to love what you do, no matter what it is. Every day isn’t going to be a perfect day. Some days you’re doing well just to show up. Every day doesn’t end up just the way you would choose. Some days you have to take it as it comes. Some days you just have to grind it out and hope tomorrow is better.

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13 characteristics of a great teammate

October 16, 2017 1 COMMENTS

Together we can do anythingby Dan Oswald

We all have worked side by side with people we have enjoyed and respected—the type of teammates who make work fun. And we all have worked with people whom, well, we didn’t enjoy or respect—the type of teammates who suck all the joy out of work for everyone around them. So, there’s obviously people who make better teammates than others. What are some of the distinguishing characteristics of great team members?

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Leaders must do what’s best for the greater good

October 09, 2017 0 COMMENTS

Woman explaining the plan to office teamby Dan Oswald

The Japanese surprise attack at Pearl Harbor caught the U.S. military completely off guard. Months after the bombing in Hawaii, the U.S. military was still reeling and on its heels. American citizens were shocked by their country’s vulnerability as the Japanese brought the fight to them.

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Be sure your people know “why” they’re important

October 02, 2017 2 COMMENTS

purpose - cube with letters, sign with wooden cubesby Dan Oswald

Viktor Frankl was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor. His experiences in the German concentration camps gave him a unique perspective on the importance of purpose in a person’s life.

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