Things Were So Simple Then

May 11, 2020
Executive Coaching

Did you ever watch an old movie or TV show and look at someone and say, “Things were so simple then”? You were probably watching a conversation or procedure where people were only focused on one thing.  There were no distractions.  Very little else was going on at that moment. Maybe some people were sitting on a front porch and just talking with each other.


First: We tend to see the past as golden. We don’t remember the real struggles that might have been going on--  just the goodness of whatever time we were in.


Second: With all of the modern conveniences we have and technology that we utilize, we should be saving more and more time over the years. Yet that’s where the problem is, isn’t it? We let other things swallow up our time so that we lost all that should be saved..


Let’s look at the two thoughts above and think a little differently about each:


First: The past wasn’t always golden AND the present may be much better than we think, if only we would see it in a positive light. A little attitude adjustment and you might be seeing your day in a whole new say.


Second: Figure out what is eating up your time so that you can take a few more breaks or SIMPLIFY some processes.


  1. Do an exercise to ask yourself:  What are some things that we do that are dumb?
  2. What reports are we doing that very few people read?
  3. How could I focus on one thing at a time and do better work on it?
  4. How could I start putting fewer things on my DAILY PLAN so that I can feel more successful at the end of the day?
  5. Where is a good spot at work and then a good spot at home where I can spend 15 minutes to just sit and think (with no interruptions)?

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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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