Don’t lose sight of what’s really important

August 16, 2016 0 COMMENTS

by Dan Oswald

Sometimes we lose sight of what’s really important in life. We get wrapped up in our work and let everything else suffer. As we allow our work to take over our life, it might be our workout routine that gets forgotten or a hobby that fades away. And if you can handle the extra 10 pounds or you weren’t all too passionate about the hobby, well, life goes on. But more often than not, when we get really busy at work and we let it take over our lives, it’s the people we care about most who pay the price.

There’s nothing wrong with work. It can be incredibly rewarding. Often, it allows us to use our talents to support a greater good. And it’s certainly financially necessary for most of us. But if we lose our perspective and get too wrapped up in our work, it’s our relationships that suffer. The people we care about most are the ones who are forgotten when we can’t let go of our work.

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Olympics offer important lessons for all of us

August 08, 2016 2 COMMENTS

Torchby Dan Oswald

I was watching the 2016 Summer Olympic Games with my family over the weekend. I can’t help but get caught up in everything they represent. There is a certain amount of patriotism that comes with each Olympics as we cheer on the athletes from the United States. I’m sure there are moments we can all remember from past Olympics that filled us with national pride. Maybe you, like me, are old enough to remember the “Miracle on Ice” when the U.S. men’s hockey team beat the overwhelming favorite Russian team to advance to the gold medal game. My wife tells me that moment during the Cold War brought her father to tears. Or, for you, it might be another Olympic moment that fills you with national pride. (I’d love to hear about your favorite Olympic moment!)

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You can’t change who you are just by flipping a switch

August 01, 2016 2 COMMENTS

Woman turning off light switchby Dan Oswald

You are who you are. I’m in my 50th year. I am who I am. If I were to take a personality test, it would tell me largely the same thing it would have told me 10 or even 20 years ago. Sure, things happen in our lives that can cause our personalities to change a bit, but largely I’m the same person I was a decade or two ago.

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Give your people a cause they can believe in

July 18, 2016 0 COMMENTS

Detail of Betsy Ross Flag With Thirteen Stars and Stripesby Dan Oswald

The United States won its freedom in the Revolutionary War when a ragtag army made up of state militias from the colonies defeated the mighty British Empire. How could this have happened?

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Every single employee is essential to your success

July 11, 2016 2 COMMENTS

Business People Team Applauding Achievement Conceptby Dan Oswald

“Will it really make a difference?”

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Good managers listen more than they speak

June 27, 2016 3 COMMENTS

Close-up of female ear and palm behind itby Dan Oswald

A well-known cellular network’s ad once asked, “Can you hear me now?” The famous line is one we all seem to ask. We wonder if anyone is listening. We’re talking, but does anyone hear us?

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Don’t let an unhappy employee bring down your workforce

June 20, 2016 0 COMMENTS

Boredby Dan Oswald

We’ve all heard the quote, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I’m a firm believer in this. Life’s too short to toil away in a job you hate.

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Take control of the way you spend your time

June 13, 2016 1 COMMENTS

Group of Hands Holding Clockby Dan Oswald

It seems as if we get busier every day. How often do you get to the end of the day and feel like you have more left to do than when the day began?

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Ramping up at BLR: hiring key people

May 31, 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 once again is Robert L. Brady, the founder of Business and Legal Resources (BLR). This week, Bob talks about BLR’s HR manager, Amy Champlin, and what has made her career with the company such a huge success.

by Robert L. Brady

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DOL’s new overtime rule comes with unintended consequences

May 23, 2016 4 COMMENTS

clocking systemby Dan Oswald

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a new rule that requires anyone who makes less than $47,476 to receive overtime pay. When a colleague suggested I consider this topic for my blog, I was reluctant. I’m not an expert on wage and hour issues. We have many people much more qualified than I to discuss the impact of the new rule. My second thought was that I don’t want to invite a DOL audit and all that comes with it. Yet here I am writing about it.

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