Don’t Be a Predictable Leader

October 9, 2019
Executive Coaching

Q: Sometimes I don’t think my employees are listening to me as their leader. Do other leaders ever feel that way?

A: Yes they do. You might try doing and saying things a little differently to peak their interest.

Something that I try to remember is not to be too predictable. It’s okay to follow policies and systems, but when you become too predictable as a leader, people start to say “We know what Dan’s going to say”. Or they may say, “Here’s what Dan will do.”

There are certain points that we try to make to our employees not just once, but many times so that they remember them. Often times we start to say them the same way and even handle situations the same way

When that starts to happen, people begin to read you like a book. In fact, whether it’s employees or customers, we should occasionally do things differently so that people listen to what we say each time they have an interaction with us. It’s not that what you’re doing is incorrect but consider doing things and saying things a little differently to get different results. Consider shaking things up a bit.


Here’s a little homework to help you think outside the box: Read some books that you may not have ever thought of reading. This will give you some new ideas and principles to practice. It will make you less predictable and maybe more effective.

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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