“Well, If You Want My Opinion…”

June 22, 2020
Executive Coaching

We all have opinions. We are comfortable with our own. In fact sometimes some people start to think that what they think is the only right way. It’s the smart way to view things. Then they wonder why anyone would think differently. That’s dangerous.


I once had a boss who was one that I often use to give examples of how NOT to do things. If he wrote a book, it might be called “Don’t Let This Happen to You”. He of often went in directions that many of us could not understand.


One day he was fuming about someone who did something that was completely normal— but it wasn’t how HE would have done it.


After it happened, I went in my office because I know he would call me to come in and chat about this person. In a few minutes he called me, as well as another manager. We sat down and waited for him to cool down.


He was looking out the window and clenching his jaws. He turned to both of us and said: “Why can’t everyone be like me?”


I’m so glad he didn’t really want an answer. The other manager and I both looked at each other and later discussed that a world with everyone like him would be a terrible place.




  1. Do you see your opinions as just one way of looking at things?
  2. Do you really listen when someone else is expressing an opinion that is not like yours?
  3. As a leader, do you make decisions that are solid and done objectively so that you consider how everyone might feel?
  4. Are the decisions you make fair to all concerned or are they always made to give yourself an advantage

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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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