Take time to recognize accomplishments in 2017

December 11, 2017 1 COMMENTS

They'll jump at the chance to help you outby Dan Oswald

I’ve said before on these pages that I don’t do a great job of celebrating our company’s successes. It seems that as we achieve a goal, I immediately look to the next opportunity or focus on a problem area that needs attention when I should be recognizing and congratulating everyone involved in our success.

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Make sure your time is spent on what is most important

December 04, 2017 1 COMMENTS

multi-purpose business woman with a large number of handsby Dan Oswald

Time is a limited resource. No matter how hard you try, you can’t pack more hours into a day. There are 24 hours each and every day, and there is simply nothing you can do to change that. Time just rolls on. How often do you catch yourself wishing you had more time to do something? How often do you find yourself saying there aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything you want to do?

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Make a strong push to achieve 2017 goals

November 27, 2017 0 COMMENTS

finish lineby Dan Oswald

Typically, coming out of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and staring Christmas squarely in the eye, I would be writing about taking the time to appreciate family and friends. It’s a time of gathering with those closest to you at holiday parties and meals. It’s a time of celebration and thanksgiving.

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When you believe, anything is possible

October 30, 2017 5 COMMENTS

American Hockeyby Dan Oswald

If you’ve been around a while like I have, you might remember the 1980 Olympic “Miracle on Ice,” where the upstart American men’s ice hockey team defeated the heavily favored Soviet Union team. As the clock wound down to the final seconds of the game and it became apparent that the U.S. team would upset the Soviets, veteran broadcaster Al Michaels uttered his now famous words, “Do you believe in miracles?”

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13 characteristics of a great teammate

October 16, 2017 1 COMMENTS

Together we can do anythingby Dan Oswald

We all have worked side by side with people we have enjoyed and respected—the type of teammates who make work fun. And we all have worked with people whom, well, we didn’t enjoy or respect—the type of teammates who suck all the joy out of work for everyone around them. So, there’s obviously people who make better teammates than others. What are some of the distinguishing characteristics of great team members?

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Be sure your people know “why” they’re important

October 02, 2017 2 COMMENTS

purpose - cube with letters, sign with wooden cubesby Dan Oswald

Viktor Frankl was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor. His experiences in the German concentration camps gave him a unique perspective on the importance of purpose in a person’s life.

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Develop these 5 skills to foster innovation

September 25, 2017 0 COMMENTS

Businesswoman hand touch word innovation on screen, business conceptby Dan Oswald

At our company, one of our core values is innovation. We believe creativity and progressive thinking are critical to our success. I happen to share the opinion of former Ford CEO Mark Fields, who said, “Without innovation, I strongly believe companies die over time.”

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‘Made in my image’ is wrong way to assemble a winning team

September 18, 2017 1 COMMENTS

Making success look easyby Dan Oswald

If you’re going to hire someone, why not hire someone made in your image? Let’s face it—you’ve been successful. You’ve climbed the management ranks. You must be doing something right. So, who better to add to your team than someone just like you? Someone who acts like you. Someone who thinks like you. Someone who even walks and talks like you. That must be a winning formula, right?

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Good company culture is essential to a business’ success

August 21, 2017 1 COMMENTS

Business People Meeting Corporate Digital Device Connection Concby Dan Oswald

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” It’s a statement attributed to Peter Drucker, the famed management guru, and a concept that many business leaders ascribe to. I like to quote it, and I want to believe it, but is it true?

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You are in control of your own legacy

August 07, 2017 3 COMMENTS

Vintage inscription made by old typewriterby Dan Oswald

I enjoy reading biographies. People’s lives fascinate me and most of the time are much more interesting than any piece of fiction. Over the years, I’ve read dozens, if not hundreds, of biographies of politicians, business leaders, and athletes.

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