Be a Boss Who Enjoys Being the Co-Pilot

September 16, 2019
Executive Coaching

You’ve been a successful boss. Maybe you even own the company.  Perhaps you started at an entry level in the organization and worked your way up.


Hopefully you have hired people who are even smarter about their areas than you are. That’s what makes a great company.


There are times, though, when you ought to let your people lead. In fact, there may be some things they wish you wouldn’t get involved in because they are more experienced with what’s happening presently in your business.


Don’t feel like you must get involved in anything you don’t need to. Feel proud that you’ve developed a great team.


This is even true for meetings. If you find that you always lead your meetings, consider giving your other leaders or employees some meetings to lead. It gives them great experience and shows that them that “there is a leader in all of us.”



  1. In what areas am I noticing that my people do a more effective job than I do?
  2. If I can’t think of any, am I training them properly (including sending them to some seminars that may sharpen their skills)?
  3. Do I ever see signs that they don’t want me to get involved in something because they feel they can handle it better?
  4. Did I then know enough to get out of the way and let them “shine”?
  5. When was the last time I asked one of my leaders or team members to lead a meeting?
  6. Have I considered rotating people who lead meetings so that they each gain more experience at it and feel like they are a part of things?

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Dan Chiodo

Passion. Charisma. Results. It’s those values and a desire to see others achieve them for themselves that led Dan to found iMPACT Training & Development, a firm which offers training to guide individuals into a higher level of performance through executive coaching, motivational speaking, staff training and organizational development.


As a Certified Mastermind Executive Coach, Dan teaches courses in leadership development, communication, sales, customer service and time management, with a focus on hands-on learning strategies.


Dan’s experience and interest in time management led to writing his book PerfectTIMING which is available on his website, as well as, Barnes & Noble and other books stores.


Dan also serves as the Senior Associate to Dr. Bill Wallisch, founder of MAIN Point, which is a communications firm that specializes in strategic communication skills for organizations worldwide. Clients include astronauts and cosmonauts of NASA, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, General Mills and the White House. MAINPoint also prepares well-known personalities for appearances on national television programs, such as Today, Nightline, Good Morning America and Meet the Press.


Dan spent a great part of his career in the communications field, having served more than ten years as the President & Publisher of the Joplin (MO) Globe, which is one of the largest newspapers in Community Newspaper Holding’s (CNHI) groups of newspapers in the U.S.

Prior to that, Dan held several management positions with Ottaway Newspapers, the community newspaper division of Dow Jones, Inc. He has also worked at communications companies in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Minnesota and Missouri.


Dan graduated from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. He also attended the American Press Institute, Reston, Va., the management studies program at Kellogg University, Chicago, Ill., and Leaderpoint Management Development Institute, Overland Park, Ks. He also taught at the Bloomsburg Journalism Institute, Bloomsburg, Penn., and at Ashland Community College, Ashland, Ky. Dan was an instructor for the Xerox Professional Selling Skills program and administrated it for several Ottaway newspapers.


Dan’s assignments have taken him to countries such as Mexico, Panama, Australia, the UK and Dubai. He has also taught in the U.S. for companies such as General Mills, Nestle, Medtronic, Knutson Construction, the State of Missouri and Freeman Health System hospitals.


Dan is also on the John Maxwell Team of instructors and coaches, working with John to offer his courses throughout the country.

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