It’s a Sign. Have Faith. Get Ready for the New Normal.

April 20, 2020
Executive Coaching

Like many of you, I have been working from my home office.  Each day I try to accomplish something of significance, learn something new and improve myself in some area.


I like to do something for someone who may need some help.  Yesterday I volunteered to wash my neighbor’s outside windows.  We live in a villa here in Florida, so our neighbor’s door is very close.


She commented on the flowers on the lattice work outside my office window.  She told me they were beautiful.  I told her my secret:  They’re fake.  I told her I got  tired of replacing them and wanted something beautiful to look out at as I worked, and the fake flowers seem to do the trick.


The next day I was gazing out at the flowers and noticed they looked different.  Suddenly  I knew why she liked the flowers.  After two seasons, the orchids in the pot that I stuck the fake flowers in re-grew.  They were a deeper purple than they were when I first bought the plant two years ago.  


Here's why I was delighted.  To me, it was a sign that things will get better.  Amid all of what we’re facing with COVID-19 and all its pain, things will get better.  They will not be the same, but maybe some things will be greater than before.  We must believe that and hope for that.



  1. What good has come out of the COVID-19 experience?
  2. Have you seen any signs that some new systems you have put in place should stay in place, even after things are a bit more normal?
  3. Are you working on the new initiatives that will make a difference once you’re up and running?
  4. Is there anyone you could be helping right now?  (It will make you feel good and you may learn something that could be helpful to your organization.)
  5. Go back to Question #1 and see if you can come up with a list of good things that are happening.  Put it in front of you for the next month so that you don’t lose sight of what’s working.

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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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