Bring your parents to work and show them what they helped you achieve

October 31, 2016 4 COMMENTS

Woman helping an elderly person using laptop for internet searchby Dan Oswald

Recently, one of my colleagues suggested that we have a “bring your parents to work” day at the company. It’s a great idea and one that I, frankly, would have never thought of even though it makes perfect sense. Many companies have a “bring your kids to work” day, although many people don’t have kids or their children are really too young to understand what it is mom or dad does. So bringing our adult parents, who can grasp the roles we play at work, into the office to see where their children work and what they do makes sense.

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Step up and make a difference in someone’s life

August 29, 2016 0 COMMENTS

Nurse with Elderly Womanby Dan Oswald

Early last year, Yesenia Diosdado, just 11 years old, got off her school bus near her home in Lexena, Kansas. As the bus pulled away, Yesenia noticed that a three-car accident had occurred at a busy nearby intersection. Police and emergency workers were on the scene attending to the victims. Yesenia wandered over to join a small crowd of onlookers.

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Politics and religion aside, Truett Cathy still great example of servant leader

October 06, 2014 13 COMMENTS

Leadership3by Dan Oswald

I recently wrote about servant leadership, mentioning that it has long been a concept that intrigues me. I used as an example—in part because of his recent passing—Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A. My choice for an example wasn’t universally embraced by those who read the entry. Many of the negative comments I received about the article referenced either Cathy’s politics or his religious beliefs. I had written about neither.

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Chick-fil-A founder was embodiment of servant leader philosophy

September 15, 2014 7 COMMENTS

Chickfilaby Dan Oswald

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the phrase “servant leadership.”

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Lessons on life and leadership from Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 20, 2014 5 COMMENTS

MLKby Dan Oswald

Today we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Inarguably, he accomplished much during his lifetime, and there certainly are lessons we can learn from his approach to life and leadership.

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What Makes an “Employee of the Year”?

March 19, 2010 1 COMMENTS

Last week I wrote about the importance of employee recognition and described our company’s version of the “employee of the year” award. I got to thinking about our most recent award recipient and what set her apart from her peers. What was it about this award winner that caused her coworkers to nominate her and made her worthy of such a distinction? She must demonstrate attributes that every employee could learn from. If not, she wouldn’t have been recognized as being the “best of the best” by her colleagues and management. So what makes a great employee?

Kim MesecherOur employee of the year for 2009, Kim Mesecher, was an incredibly deserving candidate. In fact, her contributions during the past year made her a clear winner of the award. But Kim isn’t new to the company or someone who was recently promoted into management. Kim has been with the company for more than 16 years.

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