The Best Boss Ever

May 29, 2023
Executive Coaching

I do interviews for organizations to help them bring on the right people for the right fit within their organization. I love to change up the questions for every interview to make sure we discover who the person really is.


One of my favorite group of questions deals with having them tell me about the things the appreciated about their favorite boss in their career.


Some people say that they have always had good bosses, but most of them can quickly flag down one boss who left a great impression on them.


They launch into the exact characteristic they like about them. And many times they think of several things they liked.


The leaders of the organization are usually present for these interviews so they can determine whether that person would be a good fit for the organization— and in particular whether they would take well to that person’s method of management.


There is another question I sometimes ask, too. I ask whether they can describe the worst boss they ever had. That is also interesting to listen to, since I will hear some rough experiences they went through.


Of course they don’t want to face these experiences again. As they tell their bad experience it gives the leader a chance to listen to see if they might have a similar way of operating and how that person would react.


Who was your very best boss?


         —Did you learn from her/him and do you demonstrate some of that?


         —If you had several good bosses, list the qualities on a list in case you’re ever asked about it.


The reason for doing this exercise is to be ready for being asked that question should you ever interview for a new job somewhere.

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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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