A Lesson from Benjamin Franklin: Create a Success System

  In my first book, Presidential Leadership, which focuses on learning from the strengths of U.S. Presidents and identifying, improving, and leveraging your own strengths, I closed with a Call to Action that includes the following story: “In the mid-1700s Benjamin Franklin developed a personal system for cultivating his character by focusing on improving in…

8 Habits of Inspirational Leaders

  As I’ve mentioned in recent articles, intentional, positive habits are the most powerful tools at our disposal for achieving greater success personally, professionally, and organizationally. If you desire greater success in any area of your life, cultivating the right habits is key. In my book, Be An Inspirational Leader: Engage, Inspire, Empower, I spend…

Choose the Right Habits

This time of year many of us are thinking about the habits in our lives that we want to change—or new habits we want to establish. Some habits are very easy to identify as “bad.” For example, we all know smoking is bad for us, we shouldn’t look at text messages while driving, and staying…

Be Intentional

Habits. We all have them. We’re aware of many of our habits, but there are likely many more to which we haven’t really given much thought. It’s easy to take habits for granted and to just keep doing things the way we’ve always done them. But in doing so we miss out on the huge…

Leverage the Power of Habit

  Whether it’s as simple as your daily routine or how you shake hands, or as significant as what words appear most in your vocabulary or how you respond to pressure in the workplace, habits control a very large portion of your daily life. In fact, habits likely dictated when and how you went about…

Leaders: Extend Trust… and Grace

These last few weeks we’ve been talking about the importance of giving authority, refraining from micromanaging, and encouraging appropriate independence and autonomy. These are all things that require trust. Without trust, leaders are hesitant to delegate tasks, and try to retain as much control as possible—which not only causes them unnecessary work and stress, but…

Encourage Independence

When given the freedom to do it in their own way, employees feel a greater sense of ownership for their work, which in turn boosts morale and engagement. In contrast, when given responsibility but not corresponding authority, employees quickly become frustrated, discouraged, and disengaged. As leaders, we should strive to give those we lead authority…

Are You a Micromanager?

Micromanaging is one of those terms you most often hear in association with disliked bosses and disgruntled employees, and you hope it doesn’t apply to you as a leader! So let’s do a quick self-check. Micromanaging Leaders The definition of micromanage is “to manage or control with excessive attention to minor details.” To put it…

I am a leader, speaker, and author who is passionate about Leadership Excellence and Achieiving Greater Success. I am the author of the books Be An Inspirational Leader(2016) and Presidential Leadership (2013), and deliver keynote presentations on those topics and several others.

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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


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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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.


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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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