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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Master self-awareness to grow as a leader

May 08, 2017 1 COMMENTS

Soon I'll be running this cityby Dan Oswald

How well do you really know yourself? It can seem like a silly question. You spend every day with yourself. You’re privy to all of your most private thoughts. Yet how well do you know yourself?

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Learn great leadership skills from the pros

April 10, 2017 1 COMMENTS

Competitive Edgeby Dan Oswald

The other day, an adviser I work with who provides me with organizational development counsel sent me an e-mail. It caught my attention, not just because he sent it on a Sunday morning, which isn’t the norm, but because of what it contained. The sender has been providing advice and counsel to leaders for nearly 25 years, and he had decided to share with me a few of the leadership principles he has collected during that time.

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Uber says it’s time to stop tolerating ‘brilliant jerks’

March 27, 2017 2 COMMENTS

Businessman yellingby Dan Oswald

How much are you willing to put up with from a talented employee? That’s a question that, as a manager, you’re bound to face sooner or later. It’s a question the Uber board of directors is faced with right now.

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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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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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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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How to win by losing strategically

December 05, 2016 1 COMMENTS

Girls rallying before a rugby gameby Elizabeth Petersen

This contribution is the second in a two-part series from BLR Executive Vice President Elizabeth Petersen about business lessons learned through sports.

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Active listening allows you to hear what is being said

November 14, 2016 0 COMMENTS

Be An Active Listener, message on paperby Dan Oswald

When I was in elementary school, it wasn’t unusual for my report card to come home with a note from the teacher at the bottom that read something like, “Danny is well-behaved, but he must learn not to talk so much in class.” I somehow escaped the “Danny” moniker by middle school, but that’s a story for another day. I remember, on more than one occasion, a teacher making me write “I will not talk in class” a hundred times for being disruptive in class. Obviously, I had a hard time keeping my mouth shut.

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