Predicting success is hard

March 20, 2017 2 COMMENTS

Basketball player with ballby Dan Oswald

How good are you at picking winners? If you’re one of the 70 million Americans who filled out a bracket for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, you probably have a sense of how hard it is to predict success.

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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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Optimism is a powerful tool in overcoming adversity in the workplace

February 13, 2017 2 COMMENTS

Think positive writing on white napkinThis week’s Oswald Letter is a guest post from Elizabeth Petersen, BLR’s executive vice president of strategy and revenue.

by Elizabeth Petersen

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Leadership lessons from New England Patriots

February 06, 2017 0 COMMENTS

Gillette Stadium One Direction Concertby Dan Oswald

Sunday night, the New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in the greatest comeback in the Super Bowl’s 51-year history. None of us should have been surprised. The Patriots have had more success in this millennium than any of the other 31 teams in the NFL. Since head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady joined the team in 2000, the Patriots have accomplished the following: read more…

Ensure your team is working together for a common goal

January 23, 2017 2 COMMENTS

Team Teamwork Meeting Success Happiness Conceptby Dan Oswald

Our newly inaugurated president is in the midst of selecting the team he will work with to achieve his vision for our country. And while, in his case, many of those selections will require congressional approval, they are nonetheless his choices.

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Long-term success requires looking beyond just the results

January 09, 2017 0 COMMENTS

Business handshake and business peopleby Dan Oswald

There’s an old story that goes like this: A man walks into a bar and asks the bartender for a glass of water. Instead, the bartender pulls out a shotgun and fires a shot, just missing the man. Satisfied, the man places a nice tip on the bar, turns, and walks out.

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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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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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Has your work become . . . well, work?

October 10, 2016 0 COMMENTS

I love my work on blackboardby Dan Oswald

What is it you really love to do? Sometimes we lose sight of that and end up settling for something much less.

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