9 Tips for Giving the Gift of Feedback

Giving and receiving feedback is one of those things that we all know is important, but in practice, can be daunting and uncomfortable—for both the giver and receiver. So how do you deliver feedback, especially corrective feedback, in a positive and constructive way? Here are 9 best practices: Be timely. “Timeliness is critical in order…

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5 Success Lessons from Lunch at Chick-fil-A

I recently had lunch at a Chick-fil-A restaurant in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The experience was significantly different and better than what I normally experience having lunch throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and for that matter, throughout America as I travel for business and pleasure. As I reflected on my experience, I identified 5 reasons I felt…

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5 Ways to Protect Key Relationships While Pursuing Greater Success

I recently read an excellent article by John Meese titled “How To Protect Key Relationships While Building Your Platform.” In the article Meese shared 5 key rules to follow if you desire to build healthy relationships with the people around you while also building a successful online platform. I think Meese’s advice can be slightly…

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Equip Beyond Essentials

A few weeks ago we discussed the critical importance of investing in those you lead, including providing relevant training and education options and creating opportunities for individual growth. Another way in which inspirational leaders invest in and empower those they lead is by equipping them beyond the essentials required to fulfill their job description.  …

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What Inspirational Leadership Means to You

A few weeks ago I posed a simple question to my LinkedIn connections and followers: “In a word or two… what does Inspirational Leadership mean to you?” 17 people took a few moments to respond, and each response was excellent! Here they are: Kind Trust, caring, encouraging Uplifting, inspirational Visionary, mentor Listening and empowering Practicing…

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What it Means to Empower Your Employees

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” – Jack Welch In this day and age, I think very few leaders want their employees to perform their duties like mindless drones as opposed to the thoughtful, innovative people that they are….

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Is Leading by Example Overrated?

Leading by example may seem like an overly simple (and endlessly repeated) concept. So much so that you likely haven’t spent much time thinking about it in recent years because you already know that leading by example is important. But I hope you don’t dismiss this age-old principle as overrated or too obvious to even…

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Build a High-Integrity Workforce

Retired attorney and ethics professor Michael Josephson once wrote: “Great leaders are principled; they are not merely effective, they are ethical. They adhere to moral principles in forming their objectives and using the methods of influence. They engender trust and credibility because of their integrity and loyalty and because they care about their followers and…

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“Dan Nielsen is a gifted facilitator and inspiring presenter. He truly has a passion for leadership and for getting to the heart of the matter. He knows what it takes to motivate both individuals and groups and genuinely leads by the example he sets.”

Sharla K JonesVP, HR Learning & Development Manager, PlainsCapital Bank

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Dan masterfully orchestrates an environment where diverse individuals can come together to address major questions facing their organizations. At a time when collaboration is a key to organizational success, his assistance should prove to be of substantial value.”

- Eugene S. Schneller Ph. D, ASU

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“Mr. Nielsen was the facilitator of a Leadership Conference with Senior Level “C” Suite attendees. He was engaging and made his role a seamless integration of the entire conference structure. He lead a truly thought provoking and organized event. I hope to have the pleasure of attending another one in the future.”

- Kay White, Senior HR Professional

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“Dan’s keynote presentation met all of my expectations and from other comments I heard, it surpassed the expectations of the attendees.... it was refreshing to hear: ‘I am so glad the presentation was something for me, something that I can use in my personal and professional life.' Dan’s presentation kicked off the meeting on a very positive note.”

- Dee Ann Cross, Senior Clinical Manager, Novation

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“Dan Nielsen is a man of wisdom and passion. His excellent presentation to the leadership of the Affinity Health System included his inspiring personal story and the wisdom of the ages based on teachings from Benjamin Franklin to Og Mandino. Our team was inspired, intrigued, and challenged by Dan.”

- Dan Neufelder, past CEO, Affinity Health

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“Dan is the ultimate professional. He has exceptional relationship development and group facilitation skills. He is a keen observer and is able to offer accurate insights into business relationships.”

- Brenda Moon, Vice President Client Executive, MedAssets

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“I enthusiastically recommend Dan... His facilitation skills – whether in a large group or small group setting – are outstanding. Dan’s speaking style is focused, engaging and motivating. He is a friend and a great resource.”

- John Cox, CEO, The Rome Group, Inc.

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“Dan is a forward thinking leader who is optimistic, collaborative and open to change. He is trusted and respected by colleagues. His speaking style is enthusiastic, confident and engaging. You know that a successful outcome will be delivered when Dan is leading the way.”

- Rick Provencher, Director Member Solutions, Amerinet

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“Dan is a very talented facilitator and presenter... He has the talent to engage his audience due to his wide range of knowledge on many subjects. He is very well read and incorporates his wide breadth of readings into his meeting facilitation or presentations. I highly recommend Dan as a facilitator or presenter.”

- Larry Dooley, VP National Accounts Healthcare Systems, Smith & Nephew

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“Dan is a great and inspiring speaker, who connects work with real life, and real life with work in interesting and thought-provoking ways. He understands the challenges that leaders face, and he offers listeners the opportunity to learn something new whenever he is in the room.”

- Lynn Gentry, President, Write Stuff Public Relations

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“I’ve known Dan for many years and he has always demonstrated that he is an individual of integrity and character and practices what he preaches. Dan has great insight and an exceptional ability to communicate inspirational and heartfelt messages. It is a privilege to recommend Dan as a skilled facilitator and leader.”

- Sharla K Jones, VP, HR Learning & Development Manager, PlainsCapital Bank

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“Dan is a great communicator and inspirational speaker. His message is positive and always very motivating. I recommend Dan to help any organization optimize their employee’s potential.”

- John Penhollow, Director of Corporate Accounts, Medical Action Industries

“Dan is one in a million. His integrity is untouchable. His professional motivation is at its peak and he keeps it there. Probably the most interesting person I know.”

- Bob FurmanRetired Director, YMCA Camp Kitaki

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“Dan is a gifted leader who has the extraordinary ability to develop a strategic vision and mobilize an organization to achieve it. He operates with great integrity and character. Dan completely understands business dynamics and utilizes that understanding to optimize exceptional leadership. If you’ve heard Dan lecture, he is an inspiration and motivation to all he reaches. It has been my honor to know him.”

- Stacy Shillan, IV Infusion & Respiratory Services, Walgreens

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“Dan is a high energy and creative individual, with decades of experience at the highest levels of healthcare. His management style when I worked for him was inclusive and enthusiastic.”

- Ed Crane, Executive Director, Dallas/Fort Worth Medical Center Foundation

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“Dan has a passion for leadership and for providing the tools for others to become effective, insightful leaders.”

- Linda DeWolf, Founder, Travel Well

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