Apr 012013

In Conversation with Dan Rockwell:
Leadership and Humility

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Dan Rockwell
Realizing Leadership in Conversation
Dan Rockwell is the author of the popular blog, Leadership Freak, where he offers encouragement and wisdom to leaders in 300 words or less. While Dan’s posts are short, they are packed full of valuable insights and perspectives that are clear, easy-to-understand and practical. He’s also been named one of the top leadership bloggers by several organizations. He has 35 years’ experience as a public speaker and teacher, and 15 years’ experience as a consultant. Dan leads a local non-profit organization, he writes, teaches, and coaches in leadership and social media arenas.

To learn more about Dan go to leadershipfreak.wordpress.com and sign up to receive his daily posts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @LeadershipFreak.


Other authors and articles in this issue:

Nancy R. Burke
Founder and Principal, FuturePerfect
The Art of Tactful Self-Promotion: Getting the Recognition You Deserve
Nancy Burke is a seasoned Career Coach who helps people find their appropriate fit in the workplace and who works with people who want to explore and design the next step in their careers. She has a passion for working with Baby Boomers who need the confidence, courage and clarity to plan a bold Second Half of life.

Nancy is co-author of the soon-to-be-released book, The Art of Tactful Self-Promotion: A Practical Guide to Getting the Recognition You Deserve. She is a frequent speaker on that topic, as well as How to Stay Marketable in a Changing World, and Developing Personal Resilience.

Prior to starting FuturePerfect, Nancy was a Senior Vice President with Lee Hecht Harrison, a leadership and career consulting firm. You can contact Nancy at Nancy{dot}Burke100{at}gmail{dot}com.


Linda Byars Swindling
Don’t Let Energy Drains Affect Your Ability to Lead
A recognized authority on negotiations, workplace issues and high stakes communication, Linda Byars Swindling, is a “recovering” employment attorney, a media expert, and a Certified Speaking Professional. Author of over 13 books including her recent book Stop Complainers and Energy Drainers: How to Negotiate Work Drama to Get More Done, Linda speaks at conventions, associations and companies throughout the United States. For more information on how to Stop Complainers and Energy Drainers or to contact Linda, go to StopComplainers.com.

Nancy Daniels
Three Steps for Overcoming a Voice that is Monotone
The Voice Lady Nancy Daniels offers private, corporate and group workshops in voice and presentation skills as well as Voicing It!, the only video training program on voice improvement. Get started improving your presentation skills using Nancy’s free eBook, The #1 Secret for Improving Your Speaking Voice. To discover the best means of adding some life to your voice and your delivery, watch a brief video as The Voice Lady describes Dynamic Public Speaking and visit her website, VoiceDynamic.com, for more information and resources to enhance your speaking skills.


Lolly Daskal
Leading With Love: Just Say It
Lolly Daskal is a leadership coach, consultant and writer dedicated to helping cultivate the right values, vision and culture for individuals and organizations. She is the founder of Lead from Within, a global consultancy whose clients range from heads of state and CEOs of large multinational companies to budding entrepreneurs. Lolly’s coaching, consulting and speaking uses a heart-based leadership approach designed to help people to achieve their full potential to make a difference in the world. The Huffington Post called Lolly, “One of the Most Inspiring Women in the World.”

You can visit Lolly’s website at LollyDaskal.com or follow her on Twitter at @LollyDaskal. Her weekly global Lead from Within tweetchat, in which Lolly discusses emerging and important leadership topics of our time, engages with a Twitter community of over 4.5 million people.

Lolly Links: Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest


Richard Dodson
The Art of Tactful Self-Promotion: Getting the Recognition You Deserve
Richard Dodson is a career coach and an expert on the topic of Tactful Self-Promotion. Through his book, keynotes, and career consulting, he empowers careerists and emerging entrepreneurs to raise their visibility, unlock opportunities, and earn more recognition and reward.

As a Vice President and Consultant at Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH), a premier career consulting firm, Richard has coached over 1000 people toward the fulfillment of their career aspirations. He is co-creator of LHH’s proprietary Behavior-Based Change Model™ and the Developing Personal Resilience™ program, both of which have been rolled out globally.

Richard graduated from U.C. Berkeley, and has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Carlson School of Management where he taught courses on strategic human resource issues. Richard is the co-author of The Art of Tactful Self-Promotion: a Practical Guide to Getting the Recognition You Deserve (Fall 2013), a topic on which he is also a popular keynote speaker. Learn more and download the pamphlet that inspired the book at TactfulSelfPromotion.com.


Steve Keating CME, CSE
No Communication, No Leadership
Steve has over 29 years of sales and sales management experience and he speaks dozens of times a year on topics relating to sales, customer service, management, team building, leadership and business management. He is a graduate of University of Minnesota and certified by Sales & Marketing Executives International as a Certified Professional Salesperson, Certified Sales Executive and Certified Marketing Executive.

Steve is married to Vicki, they have two adult kids and two Cockapoo dogs. They live mostly in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota but also have a home in Sun City West, Arizona.

For more information about Steve go to SteveKeating.me or follow him on Twitter: @LeadToday.


The Ken Blanchard Companies
Three Ways Leaders Hold Themselves Back
Each month Ignite! explores a different topic designed to help leaders at all levels improve productivity, employee engagement, and customer retention by exploring best practices in management training and leadership development. To learn more visit

The Ken Blanchard Companies is a global leader in workplace learning, productivity, performance, and leadership effectiveness that is best known for its Situational Leadership® II program – the most widely taught leadership model in the world. The company’s continual research points to best practices for workplace improvement, while its world-class trainers and coaches drive organizational and behavioral change at all levels and help people make the shift from learning to doing.


Mark Perl
Corporate Hospitality Events Underpin Business Growth, But Do
Your Executives Have the Social Skills to Professionally Host Them?

Mark Perl is a Training Provider, an International Speaker and a Corporate Event MC. Mark has drawn on 29 years of business experience to reveal the Business Networking Skills and Corporate Event Hosting techniques which helps business professionals be more successful in their role and in their career, so you can be assured he has the experience and expertise to bring you the advice and guidance you can trust.

Mark is also the author of two books. The Impeccable Host is the world’s first resource ever written for executives on the interpersonal skills of how to professionally host corporate hospitality events. Packed with practical techniques that can be put to immediate use it is both a training manual and a field guide that takes you through a systematic and linear process to help generate more income from client entertainment, with less stress.

His other book, The Impeccable Planner is focused on the fundamental elements of how to plan corporate events, impeccably. It is aimed at the Personal Assistants and Executive Secretaries who most often organise company events, and it is packed with practical guidance relating to event planning, to prevent them making the same embarrassing, ill-informed, painful and costly mistakes as those made by thousands who have come before.

He is the preferred provider of networking-skills specific training in the UK and over 80,000 delegates have enjoyed Mark’s Master Classes and keynote talks. Amongst others, his blue chip clients include the big five accounting firms, twelve Charities, including The British Red Cross and The Prince’s Trust, fourteen banks, twenty Universities, thirty nine firms of solicitors, various MBA business schools including those in Mannheim and Helsinki.

To find out more about Mark, visit his website at MarkPerl.com and follow him on Twitter @MarkPerl.