What’s On Deck for You?

July 11, 2022
Executive Coaching

I go to a men’s barber franchise to get my hair cut. I love going there because they make it a real experience. You get a cut, hot steamed towel, shampoo, conditioning, neck massage and full attention is paid to you as you sit in the seat.


The best way to set an appointment is to do it on-line. Then when you get there you check in and wait until your time.


As you look on the board above the cashier you see where you’re at in line and see how many minutes it will be until your haircut experience.


My favorite thing to see on the board is “Dan Chiodo— ON DECK. That means I’m next and that I should prepare to take a seat and wait for my barber. Anyone as great as she should get a plug— her name is Sarah.


I like this term ON DECK. To me it means we are ready to go and the work will begin. Sometimes we talk about a “to do” list. I changed mine to an ON DECK LIST. It has the things I will be working on immediately and need my attention. Here’s how I do it:


1. Take an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper and assign a number to each item.  Put the number on the left.


2.  I number each item so that I see what needs to be done.


3.  After putting the number of the item on the left, I list the person’s name who it involves. That way if     I have several things to do with that person, I can scan the list for everything that involving them.


3.  There’s one more thing to do. List the priority of them item. Is it an “A” (most essential) “B” (essential). or “C” (less essential). By doing that you will know in what order to do things.

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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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