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Dan Rockwell

Dan Rockwell

Dan Rockwell is author of the popular Leadership Freak Blog. He has 35 years' experience as a public speaker and teacher, and 15 years’ experience as a consultant. Currently, Dan resides in central Pennsylvania with his wife, Dale. He leads a local nonprofit organization, writes, teaches, and coaches in the leadership and social media arenas. Follow Dan on Twitter at @leadershipfreak or email him at

Articles from Dan Rockwell

Overcoming a Negative Past

By Dan Rockwell

January 30, 2015

The past is a weight that grows heavier with the passage of time. Little mistakes grow larger. Offenses get heavier. Failures persecute.The past crushes those who hang on to it. The older you get the more you see what you could have done, but didn’t. Read more »

What Do You Care About Most?

By Dan Rockwell

January 23, 2015

Fill in the blank: “All I care about is _______.”If you can’t complete it, you’re just going through the motions. A person going in many directions ends up going nowhere.Choose your nut – the thing you care most about – then do what ... Read more »

Fuel Your Passion

By Dan Rockwell

January 16, 2015

Leadership is agony without passion. Everyone who ever made a difference had passion. Nothing of significance is done without it.Here are some things that drain passion: * Distant leaders * Work without purpose * Labor without rest * Achievement without reward * Negative teammates – reform or remove ... Read more »

Don't Poke the Lion

By Dan Rockwell

January 9, 2015

Those who poke lions end up bloody.It was news to me when my boss’s boss said, “I know you guys don’t get along.” I thought we got along great. She thought I was hard to manage.Bosses define success. The difference between disruption and ... Read more »

Work: It Makes a Difference

By Dan Rockwell

January 3, 2015

It matters more that you believe in work than you believe in yourself. You say if you don’t believe in yourself, you won’t work. But self-belief is irrelevant if you don’t work. Work makes you matter. Work so you don’t have to work misses the ... Read more »

10 Ways to Build Success in 2015

By Dan Rockwell

December 26, 2014

Here are 10 ways to become a successful leader in the coming year: * Over-respond to courage when you see it in others. Bold mistakes are better than timid success. * Spend 20 percent of your time acknowledging problems and 80 percent creating solutions. The ... Read more »

A Lesson from Oz

By Dan Rockwell

December 21, 2014

The Tin Man cried because he didn’t have a heart, but how can a heartless person cry over being heartless? The Cowardly Lion longed for courage, but he displayed courage on the quest to save Dorothy. The Scarecrow figured out how to save Dorothy from ... Read more »

Coaching My Wife

By Dan Rockwell

December 12, 2014

Believe it or not, I coach my wife. If I can coach my wife, you can coach the people on your team.She knows if I’m coaching by my emotional state. Energetic emotion gets in the way. Instead, calm questioning helps. When I’m emotionally calm, ... Read more »

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