Wells Fargo scandal shows serious lack of effective leadership

November 07, 2016 1 COMMENTS

Peru, IN - March 2016: Wells Fargo Retail Bank IIby Dan Oswald

President Harry S. Truman famously had a plaque on his desk that read, “The buck stops here.” It was a reminder to himself that he couldn’t pass responsibility for the way the country was governed. Ultimately, he was responsible.

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6 important ways to avoid playing the blame game

November 16, 2015 2 COMMENTS

Blameby Dan Oswald

When the going gets tough, how long does it take for someone to ask, “Who’s to blame for this mess?” Unfortunately, the answer is not very long. We live in a world in which everyone wants to place blame.

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Master the 5 levels of leadership

March 24, 2014 2 COMMENTS

Leadershipby Dan Oswald

My youngest son came home from school the other day with a packet of information from one of his coaches. Included in the packet was a sheet of paper titled “The Leadership Continuum.” It outlines five levels of leadership and what is necessary to demonstrate each. I hadn’t seen this before, but in reading it, I thought it was certainly applicable not just to team sports but also to the team environment in the workplace.

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The price of leadership

February 04, 2013 1 COMMENTS

As I write this, it’s Super Bowl Sunday, and tens of millions of viewers will be tuning in to watch the big game tonight. In fact, I heard this morning that 177 million people watched last year’s game. For most of us, our team’s season is over. With 32 teams in the NFL, there’s only a 1-in-16 chance your team is playing in the big game. So we find other reasons to watch the Super Bowl. Some tune in for the commercials, others watch for the halftime entertainment, and a certain portion actually wants to watch the game regardless of whether their team is playing.

One of the big story lines for today’s game is that two brothers are facing off in the Super Bowl as head coaches of the opposing teams. Imagine being at the cusp of the ultimate achievement in your profession only to find that the one person standing in your way is your sibling. To achieve your life’s dream, you need to ensure that your brother doesn’t reach his. It seems to me that regardless of which Harbaugh ends up on top, it will be a bittersweet victory at best.

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