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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

How to Lead with Compassion but Not Be a Pushover

By Dan Rockwell

November 21, 2014

Compassion goes wrong when it goes too far – too much compassion prolongs helplessness, failure and mediocrity. Compassion done well fuels confidence, excellence and success. Organizations without compassion are fear-filled, ugly places to work.Don’t extend compassion to those who won’t acknowledge need. They’ll despise ... Read more »

What to Do When It's Cold Inside

By Dan Rockwell

November 14, 2014

Like fire, an untended culture grows cold, dark, ugly and useless.When you look in the organizational mirror, do you like what you see? You can.One regional medical facility's mission statement begins, “To extend God’s healing love.” It’s impossible to extend love to outsiders ... Read more »

13 Things You Don't Need to Lead

By Dan Rockwell

November 7, 2014

Pressure that’s rooted in unrealistic expectation frustrates, defeats and sometimes even crushes. Self-imposed pressure drains joy, prevents progress and invites leaders to become isolated and self-protective.13 things leaders don’t need to do: * Stand up front * Pretend they know when they don’t * ... Read more »

How to Get the Most from Irritating People

By Dan Rockwell

October 31, 2014

You don’t want to understand irritating people. You want to control, correct or eject them. Leaders who don’t understand irritating people resort to authority while they miss opportunity.Influence and personal growth decline in proportion to negative reactions.Understanding: Irritating people judge you through the ... Read more »

How to Energize Your Organization

By Dan Rockwell

October 24, 2014

The four elements of unhappiness are helplessness, paralysis, isolation and insignificance. You can’t feel happy and feel like you don’t matter.Successful leaders energize, and happiness is energy. Success always includes making someone feel happy. So how do teams find energy?What does happiness feels ... Read more »

How to Prevent Unnecessary Conflict

By Dan Rockwell

October 17, 2014

The worst fight is the one that’s unnecessary. People collide over small issues and completely miss the big stuff. Every problem you repeatedly face has a deeper meaning that sits below the surface. You should agree on a deeper purpose before solving surface problems.I ... Read more »

7 Ways to Stop Vultures and Protect Vitality

By Dan Rockwell

October 10, 2014

Bad leaders only feel good when they’re talking about bad.Problem-centric leaders circle death and neglect vitality.Focus: Organizations stink when vulture-leaders take over. The problem in shipping makes you forget that production is up five percent and complaints are down ten. The more you ... Read more »

Solve the Frustration of Team Decision-Making

By Dan Rockwell

October 3, 2014

Can we please make a decision and move on?Ineffective teams don’t know how to make consensus decisions.Margaret Thatcher complained of consensus: “To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which ... Read more »

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