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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 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 »

7 Ways to Thrive with a Bad Boss

By Dan Rockwell

September 26, 2014

If you don’t have a bad boss now, you’ll have one soon.Bad bosses: * Don’t listen. * Use power for personal advantage. * Always know.Is that the type of person you want to fight with?7 ways to thrive with a bad boss: ... Read more »

Everything You Need to Know About Time Management

By Dan Rockwell

September 12, 2014

Everything you need to know about time management is captured in three words. * Eliminate – stop unnecessary or low priority tasks. Prioritize. * Delegate – put stuff on someone else’s plate. * Accelerate – improve efficiency. Use brevity.Trivialities dominate those without priorities.Calendaring:... Read more »

Kryptonite: The Thing that Weakens Leadership

By Dan Rockwell

August 25, 2014

Kryptonite is mythical material from Krypton that drains Superman of his superpowers.Kryptonite:The belief that self-evaluation trumps the evaluation of those directly impacted by your leadership weakens your effectiveness. What you think of your leadership isn’t as important as what others think."Leadership is ... Read more »

7 Ways Immature Leaders Grow Up

By Dan Rockwell

August 18, 2014

Everyone’s been hurt by leaders who need to grow up.Immature leaders always destroy relationships, hamper performance, and increase frustration.Poor performance is often a matter of immaturity, not lack of knowledge.Immature leaders: * Drain energy. Parents with newborns are exhausted. * Feel picked ... Read more »

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