"You’ve Been with Us __ Years Today!"

February 10, 2020
Executive Coaching

Today’s tip is something that could become very powerful for you as a leader. It’s meant especially for you to use with all of your team members—particularly those are who are very valuable to the organization.


Have a sheet that lists all of employees’ anniversary dates.  Find out some of their greatest accomplishments so that you are prepared for your conversation with them.  Now,  take them out for coffee or lunch the day of their anniversary and announce how many years they’ve been with the organization.


Some of them may be surprised, either by you taking them out just for that celebration or for you knowing how many years they’ve been with the organization.


What you’ve done with an event like this is create a magic moment.  Remember not to talk about any other projects, deadlines or matters other than this celebration.




  1. Think of something you remember about when they first started.
  2. Ask them if they know how far they’ve come since they’ve been there.
  3. Talk about some fun times you’ve enjoyed together.
  4. Talk to their manager before-hand and have a list of results they’ve achieved.
  5. This is the big one: Tell them to take off a few hours early that day and enjoy themselves.

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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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