I Like What You’ve Done with the Place

December 23, 2019
Executive Coaching

Q:  Every year I sit in my office and wonder how I could think a little differently about the the upcoming year— so that I accomplish some big goals. How do I motivate myself to do better.


A:  That’s a tall order, but let’s give it some thought.


Every year I like to make some changes. Because I am an executive coach, I, too, have an executive coach to help me accomplish some big things. Along with creative techniques that I customize for clients, I suggest something about their office that they may have never heard before.


Since I spend a lot of time in my office, I change up the room a bit and put furniture in a different place, re-organizating my filing system and even changing out some of the decor so that there is a new theme for the year.


You may ask why I do this, but the purpose is to do a few different things so that I think differently than the year before. It’s a kind of “bio hack” (read the book Game Changers to learn more about this) so that you practice new habits to get better results.


Since I do a lot of executive coaching and training video sessions from my office in Florida, I usually change the mural on the wall to give it a new look. It costs about $35 and it’s a great topic for the first session of the year. After they see the mural, I give them a virtual tour of the rest of the office and tell them how I’ve set it up to function for success.


You may see some of what I’m doing as just changes and wonder how minor or changes or differences accomplish anything, but I see it as the new environment that’s going to get me to a new level of thinking— and that new level is up!


                             ACTION STEPS FOR THIS IDEA

  1. Take a look at your office and see what could change.
  2. Get creative and look not only how the furniture is set up, but how the systems are presently set up.
  3. Do the walls need new paint? Paint is very inexpensive, and you can consider one of the “current” design colors that might help you think a little differently.
  4. Are your systems efficient? Do you need more file trays, file folders or to update some of the appliances there?
  5. While you’re at it, be sure to sanitize, clean and put something in your office that’s fragrant and makes you happy as you work.

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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 Amazon.com, 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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