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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

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 »

10 Commandments That Fix All Lousy Meetings

By Dan Rockwell

December 5, 2014

The responsibility for great meetings is always the responsibility of the person leading the meeting. Great meetings create focus, clarity and decision-making. An empty conference room costs less than one full of people wasting time. If you are wasting time, the people around the table ... Read more »

Running Through the Mud

By Dan Rockwell

November 30, 2014

Your voice is born in solving your own struggle. Wisdom is found while running through the mud. Struggling in the mud makes you useful. It's where solutions emerge, not from standing on the sidelines. You are the message.Strength hides behind: * Disappointment with yourself ... Read more »

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 »

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