Nurture employees’ passion to achieve success

March 13, 2017 0 COMMENTS

by Dan Oswald

Life is too short to do something you hate. It’s a simple statement that’s hard to dispute, but shouldn’t all of us expect more than not to hate what we do? I think so.  Do what you love

It isn’t enough not to hate your job. Most of us will spend more than 10,000 days at work during our lifetime. That’s more than 80,000 hours of work and a lot of time to spend doing something you don’t enjoy. If you really want to be happy in life, find something you love to do.

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You can’t lead if others aren’t willing to follow

February 20, 2017 2 COMMENTS

Businessman addressing collegues around tableby Dan Oswald

What makes a great leader? That question has spurned endless debate and discussion for centuries. In business, we strive to identify those with strong leadership skills and put them in positions where they can lead others.

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Optimism is a powerful tool in overcoming adversity in the workplace

February 13, 2017 2 COMMENTS

Think positive writing on white napkinThis week’s Oswald Letter is a guest post from Elizabeth Petersen, BLR’s executive vice president of strategy and revenue.

by Elizabeth Petersen

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Leadership lessons from New England Patriots

February 06, 2017 0 COMMENTS

Gillette Stadium One Direction Concertby Dan Oswald

Sunday night, the New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in the greatest comeback in the Super Bowl’s 51-year history. None of us should have been surprised. The Patriots have had more success in this millennium than any of the other 31 teams in the NFL. Since head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady joined the team in 2000, the Patriots have accomplished the following: read more…

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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Ensure your team is working together for a common goal

January 23, 2017 2 COMMENTS

Team Teamwork Meeting Success Happiness Conceptby Dan Oswald

Our newly inaugurated president is in the midst of selecting the team he will work with to achieve his vision for our country. And while, in his case, many of those selections will require congressional approval, they are nonetheless his choices.

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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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Long-term success requires looking beyond just the results

January 09, 2017 0 COMMENTS

Business handshake and business peopleby Dan Oswald

There’s an old story that goes like this: A man walks into a bar and asks the bartender for a glass of water. Instead, the bartender pulls out a shotgun and fires a shot, just missing the man. Satisfied, the man places a nice tip on the bar, turns, and walks out.

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I was lucky to know Lee Smith

December 21, 2016 4 COMMENTS

by Dan Oswald

I was extremely sad to learn today that Lee Smith, the founder of M. Lee Smith Publishers, passed away Tuesday night.

Lee was a true southern gentleman and a savvy businessman. Lee founded his company in 1975 and built an incredible business that successfully served hundreds of thousands of customers over the years. I had the privilege of knowing Lee as a colleague in our industry for many years before having the opportunity to relocate to Tennessee and purchase his company from him.

I’d like to share the story of how I came to own M. Lee Smith Publishers because it provides great insight into the man Lee was. In late 2002, Lee called me in an attempt to recruit me to run the company he had founded. I was flattered, but I informed him that I was really interested in acquiring a company. His response was, “Well, let’s talk about that.” So we did. Through a couple of conversations, I discovered that Lee was actually open to the idea of selling the company he had built.

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Great leaders have R-E-S-P-E-C-T

December 19, 2016 1 COMMENTS

Multi ethnic group architects working on plans at business boardroomby Dan Oswald

The other day, in a conversation about the recent U.S. presidential election, I mentioned that one of the ways I evaluate politicians is to consider whether I’d be willing to either work for the person or have the candidate work for me. It’s pretty simple—I want to work with people I respect.

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