‘Some of My Best Dishes Were Mistakes’

December 21, 2020
Executive Coaching

Just like the way I listen to the news, I review television shows on occasion.  The idea is that if you look at different ideas, perspectives and topics, you become a more educated person.


I was watching a food show recently where a chef was talking about some of her creations. As she was showing viewers how to make a recipe she said,

“ Some of my best dishes came from mistakes I made.”

We learn early in life to follow recipes. In grade school, we learn the basics. Then in high school we also follow the rules. When in college you are taught to think more critically.


Then we’re  thrown into the business world, where many times we are told how to do things and avoid mistakes.  With most organizations,  mistakes are frowned upon.


There are two types of organizations, though. One is based on saying that mistakes are bad. The other is that mistakes are learning experiences.


Sometimes we make mistakes that turned into real money-makers or answers for some complex problems.


For that reason, we should always applaud mistakes. It’s not that we want to repeat them, but how about analyzing them to see if we learned anything from them, such as developing new products, services or systems.



  1. When is the last time you make a mistake?


  1. What was your mistake?


  1. Did you figure out a way not to repeat it?


  1. What did you learn from your mistake?


  1. Did it create something good that you WILL repeat?

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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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