Sometimes You’re Just Stuck!

October 10, 2022
Executive Coaching

As an executive coach I meet a lot of people who work with me because they feel “stuck.” They are at a point where they are just not sure which way to turn.


I felt that way myself the other week when I was on a flight to New Mexico. I was in the center seat of the plane and my video screen was frozen. It just said “Welcome” and that’s it. The “continue” button would not do a thing.


I had gotten up at 3 am that morning so I was really looking forward to watching some news or maybe listening to some music on the flight ,but I couldn’t since my video screen was “stuck”.


The two people on either side of me were not having this problem. They were actively watching live tv or movies and it looked like they were enjoying them.


I guess I could have taken a nap, but I decided to think of all the things I could do in this situation:

— I worked on a few pages of the next book I am writing.

— I perfected a speech I was going to give when while in New Mexico

— I worked on our Holiday Newsletter, since we like to get it out early in the year

— I made a list of five prospects that I would like to court this quarter

My point is that when you are stuck you have to think of all the angles you could take to get unstuck and be productive.


In my case, I just needed better ways to use the time. Sometimes, however, you have a challenge where you are stuck, so you need to think of the many angles you might take to solve it.



1.    Take a sheet of paper and draw a big circle in the middle. This represents your challenge.

2.    Write the actual challenge in the circle.

3.    Now draw at least four lines from the circle going north, south, east and west.

4.    Draw smaller circles at the end of the lines and think of all the things you could do to tackle the challenge and get unstuck.

5.    Once you’ve put at least four ideas outside the circle you can put a big circle around the one that makes the most sense to try.

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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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