About Todd Nielsen

Todd Nielsen helps organizations create miracles of success and profitability through the power of execution. Having served as Vice-President, President, Chief Operations Officer, Chief Strategy Officer, and Chief Executive Officer of organizations, he has learned how to create a culture that "Gets Things Done." He is passionate about leadership, and is a dynamic and inspirational speaker.


  1. while in the military, I once had a commander that routinely asked me to do just about everything (even though there were seven of us equals) because he knew I would get it done quickly, efficiently and with quality. (that drove me nuts)I couldn’t possibly do it all so I had to enlist the help of my equals to get it all done. I had to find a way to get my equals to participate because I couldn’t order them to do it. I realized that in order for them to help, I had to help them with anything I could think of as often as possible. this included personal help too. eventually we developed a great team that constantly looked for ways to help each other. my commander never “got it” and now has a reputation within our higher headquarters as being a terrible micromanager.

  2. Hi,

    In my experience the issues you’ve described apply equally to leading subordinates. This is especially true for managers who rely on the fact that they are at a senior grade to obtain respect and dictate terms to their teams, rather than on showing true leadership skills and genuine respect for their subordinates to elicit the best from their teams.

  3. I love your "execute or be executed" motto. It's true: Do something great or risk being swept away to make room for something better.

  4. Tim Wilkey says:

    I am joining a brand-new accountability group today. Your post was a great wake-up call for me prior to our group’s first meeting.

  5. Great reading and sharing. it has been a while that these write ups have supported me in the right progresive direction of management, leading almost 4 offices together kind of keeps me on track. your articles means a lot to me.
    right way forward. thank you for your benevolent sharing and caring for everyones professional growth
    very best

  6. Many thanks for trying to describe the terminlogy to the newbies!

  7. Todd,
    Thanks for providing a valuable post. I especially appreciated the authenticity in each of your five points.

    Judy White, SPHR, GPHR, HCS
    The Infusion Group™


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