How to Be a Successful Change Agent - Episode 43 with Dave Woods

November 2, 2020

Some people enjoy change and some don’t.  But change is so much a part of our lives today, it’s good to have a healthy view of it.  The episode’s guest Dave Woods joins host Dan Chiodo to talk about how to keep a healthy view about change AND get the results you’re looking for.

Being a Change Agent

I.  Embrace change

    A.  Change isn't going away

    B.  Get used to it

II.  Nurture People

     A.  When you create change, you put people into chaos

     B.  Adopt to the needs of the people you are working with

          1.  First do what they will be comfortable with

          2.  Approach different people in different ways

                a.  Rate their willingness to change

                b.  Let them know you are there to support them

III.  Sometimes you have to be a bit of a bully to get to the goal

      A.  Evolve or die

      B.  Speak differently to different audiences

           Get the right message to the right audience at the right time

      C.  Get the heritage employee to do something new and the others will follow

IV.  "If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."  Wayne Dyer

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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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