Get Beyond the Current Coronavirus Complications!

March 23, 2020
Executive Coaching

At first, I thought, “What could I possibly add to the subject of the Coronavirus as an Executive Coach?” Newspapers, television and radio stations, and social media outlets have all done a very extensive job of keeping the public up to speed. Also, the medical community is telling us things that are helpful to keep us safe.


But perhaps I could speak about the business side of things. If you watch the President’s regular press conferences, you are getting a good idea of what’s going on behind the scenes as well as what might be available to help small business. So what can we do as leaders to move things in the right direction? Here’s what I came up with:


Many of the companies I’ve worked with over the years are in the Midwest, New Mexico and also in other countries. Presently, though, I live in Florida, so I also have several clients there. Here is the special twist about Florida: As businesses, we spend part of the year “in season” (a time when there are millions of visitors) and part of the year in “non-season”.


Non-season is when businesses make improvements and implement new systems. They check their Strategic Plan and do as many updates, etc. as possible, since they don’t have time to do it during “season.” There’s just too much business to handle.



My recommendation, then, is to pretend this is “non-season:” at your business. Since we can’t do anything about the present, let’s optimistically look at the day when the coronavirus is gone and business returns to normal. Here are some things you can think about during the upcoming weeks


  1. What could I be doing for my clients or my community right now during this pandemic?
  2. Do I have a Strategic Plan? If not, it’s time to create one.
  3. If I do have a Strategic Plan, what are the things I can do earlier than planned to be proactive?
  4. Who are the people in my field from other parts of the country whom I need to talk to? (They probably have plenty of time right now, too, so get the conversation started.)
  5. What systems need to be upgraded or added ? It’s time to do it.
  6. Have I done all my performance evaluations? This would be a good time to do them while I have extra time.
  7. What are some topics I can discuss with employees in their one-on-one meetings to get to know them better?


Here’s hoping that we get through the pandemic (causing this business downturn/shutdown) quickly. Everything you do now could help create a bright future for your organization.

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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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