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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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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A company’s success comes from the team, not individual players

July 17, 2017 0 COMMENTS

Stack of hands showing unityby Dan Oswald

As a manager, would you rather hire a person who wants to do great work for a company or a person who wants to work for a great company? Think about it for a minute. There’s a difference.

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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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Cubs make it to World Series—and teach valuable lessons along the way

October 24, 2016 2 COMMENTS

Wrigley Fieldby Dan Oswald

Let me apologize in advance, but today I’m going to write about the Chicago Cubs. On Saturday night, the Cubs clinched a trip to the World Series by defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0. It’s the first World Series trip for the Chicago baseball franchise since 1945. The 71-year drought had been the longest current streak in major league baseball. I considered waiting to write about the team until after the World Series, but being a Cubs fan, I was afraid I might be too distraught to write about them then. I’ve been disappointed before, so I decided to seize the opportunity.

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Olympics offer important lessons for all of us

August 08, 2016 2 COMMENTS

Torchby Dan Oswald

I was watching the 2016 Summer Olympic Games with my family over the weekend. I can’t help but get caught up in everything they represent. There is a certain amount of patriotism that comes with each Olympics as we cheer on the athletes from the United States. I’m sure there are moments we can all remember from past Olympics that filled us with national pride. Maybe you, like me, are old enough to remember the “Miracle on Ice” when the U.S. men’s hockey team beat the overwhelming favorite Russian team to advance to the gold medal game. My wife tells me that moment during the Cold War brought her father to tears. Or, for you, it might be another Olympic moment that fills you with national pride. (I’d love to hear about your favorite Olympic moment!)

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Getting over the hump: Why BLR was lucky enough to survive

May 16, 2016 0 COMMENTS

Success ConceptFrom Dan: As a way to honor the individuals who have taught me critical life lessons about people and business, I’ve invited several to write guest columns to run in this space over the next few weeks. Today’s voice of experience once again is Robert L. Brady, the founder of Business and Legal Resources (BLR). This week, Bob talks about BLR’s early years and lessons for success that apply to all work situations.

by Robert L. Brady

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Leadership practices that work regardless of company size

April 11, 2016 2 COMMENTS

From Dan Oswald: As a way to honor the individuals who have taught me critical life lessons about people and business, I’ve invited several to write guest columns to run in this space over the next few weeks. Today’s voice of experience is provided by a mentor whose business acumen and people skills have guided me for the past quarter century. John Marozsan is the former president and CEO of publishing giant CCH, Inc., a Wolters Kluwer Company worth nearly $1 billion when he retired in 1999. As John will explain, however, when we met, our circumstances were quite a bit more spartan.Business People Corporate Travel Walking Office Concept

by John Marozsan

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When the stakes are high, the whole team must work to get the win

October 19, 2015 3 COMMENTS

Baseball and Glove on blackby Dan Oswald

It’s October, which means it’s time for the baseball playoffs. Usually at this time of year, I watch with casual interest as the best teams in the game eliminate one another until the World Series champion is crowned. But not this year. This year, my beloved Chicago Cubs are in the playoffs. They have my full attention. And after winning the wild card playoff against the Pirates and taking the divisional playoff series from their rival St. Louis Cardinals, the Cubs are deeper in playoffs than they’ve been in over a decade. Is this year the first time since 1945 that they’ll make it to the World Series?

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Don’t let one person’s lack of planning bring the whole team down

August 10, 2015 4 COMMENTS

emergencyby Dan Oswald

Have you ever seen a sign that says something like “lack of planning on your part doesn’t constitute an emergency on mine” hanging in someone’s office or retail establishment?

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