Category Archives: Healthcare Leadership

It was my honor to conduct a face-to-face interview with Michael Dowling, president & CEO of Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System), in his office in downtown Manhattan. Michael Dowling is an amazingly effective leader in so many different ways. He is also a very engaging conversationalist with an extremely interesting and diverse background. I asked Dowling for a piece of advice he would share…

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My friend Mark Dixon, president & CEO of The Mark Dixon Group, LLC, shared with me an excellent leadership suggestion and perspective. Mark is a former hospital CEO and has led a very successful leadership career in hospital, health system, and healthcare consulting. To put it succinctly, when Mark Dixon speaks, I listen…

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I recently conducted and filmed a one-hour live interview with Traci Bernard, president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Southlake, Texas. During the interview she talked about how leaders shouldn’t be afraid to surround themselves with people smarter than themselves. In fact, leaders should actively look for and recruit team members smarter than themselves…

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As founder and CEO of America’s Healthcare Leaders I had the honor of conducting a wide-ranging interview with Joel Allison, CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health. The in-person one-hour interview was conducted in Allison’s office in Dallas, Texas. Joel Allison is truly one of America’s healthcare leaders! During the interview, Allison emphasized the critical importance of…

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In the past few weeks we have touched on a few of the negative aspects of technology. While technology has a few negative implications on our work-life balance, it also enables us to work more effectively and efficiently when utilized well. Click here to read a few keys to using technology well!

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Reading is a delightful pastime often favorited by leaders.  Reading can provide enjoyment as well as be informative and with every page, your mind is stretched and new information is imparted.  In an exclusive America’s Healthcare Leaders interview, Mike Williams discussed his love of reading, noting, “I think we all need to get away from the…

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  Don’t wait to establish a positive work-life balance.  Over the last few years I have done countless interviews and noticed a common trend; most of the people I interview wish they would have made time for the important things in life.  Read the full article on a positive work-life balance by clicking here>>  …

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In a recent interview featured on America’s Healthcare Leaders, Mike Williams offered some excellent advice for students pursuing their administrative residencies, as well as for individuals early in their careers. Throughout the interview Williams encourages people to not be fooled by the “dazzle” and pursue your passion. Click here to read the full article>>>

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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

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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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