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Daniel O'Neil
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Strong leader, 20+ years experience, looking for a new challenge
Interests: I would like to run a us or canadian-based organization that is struggling to make a significant difference. i have over twenty years experience running a wide range of organizations and i am very good at developing a strategic vision, uniting a team behind that vision, and marshaling the resources to accomplish it.
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Carolle’s present for my 50th birthday was to take me to see Queen perform. Freddy Mercury is gone and instead they have a young replacement, Adam Lambert. It was great fun to hear the song that I’ve known since high... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Daniel O'Neil
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Here in Bangladesh you have been very lucky. It has been two hundred years since your last major earthquake. But for how long will your luck last? With its proximity to an active fault, very weak soils, dense population, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Daniel O'Neil
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On Tuesday, Greg Mortenson reappeared after the scandal surrounding his books and charity to apologize for lying. “I stand by the stories. The stories happened, but … not in the sequence or the timing,” Mortenson told Brokaw. If his only... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2014 at Daniel O'Neil
Thanks Ruth!
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I started a bit early and have already had two sessions. I can't stress enough how powerful it is to bring people together to talk. That is by far the most powerful aspect. I look forward to continuing and building upon this!
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I seek out books on the Haiti earthquake in the hopes of finding one that captures what I experienced and perhaps helps me to understand it better. Instead, all of the books seem to describe a different event. Like the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2013 at Daniel O'Neil
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Le Grande Rue--the historic buisness center of Port-au-Prince For the first time in quite a long time, I ventured into the traditional heart of Port-au-Prince. It was a sad sight. Most of the buildings along the main street (Boulevard Jean-Jacques... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2013 at Daniel O'Neil
Thanks Maribeth. It was time.
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2013 on Moving on at Daniel O'Neil
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After 13 years, one week, and four days with the Pan American Development Foundation, I am moving on. As I left the office today, I had a powerful mixture of feelings. I am sad to say good-bye to so many... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2013 at Daniel O'Neil
Seth's new book The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? pushes us to fly towards the Sun. The question isn't "How high are you allowed to fly" or "How high do you dare to fly" but "How high WILL... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2012 at Daniel O'Neil
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Cite Soleil--is this really any better than a tent?: Photo by Jordon Michael Zuniga When journalists discuss the progress of reconstruction in Haiti, they frequently cite the number of people still living in tents as an indication of how much... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2012 at Daniel O'Neil
The Pan American Development Foundation put together a video to thank the Caterpillar Foundation for the support that they gave to us following the Haiti earthquake. It features me telling the story of how we responded. I am very pleased... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2012 at Daniel O'Neil
Congratulations! It is always inspiring to hear from someone like yourself who made it. I look forward to seeing what you do over the next 10 years.
Imagine a life where all your time is spent on things that you want to do. Imagine giving all your greatest attention to a project you create yourself... Imagine that today is your final day of working for anyone other... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2012 at Daniel O'Neil
I agree that we can't control people. The biggest challenge in leadership is striking that perfect balance between setting a clear direction and giving people room to work. If there is no clear direction, then your team can flounder in the wrong directions or even work against each other. But too often, the leader wants to control how the team gets to the destination rather than stepping back and giving them the space to work. I've seen situations where the leader is to directive and where he does not provide clear direction. Either way is a disaster.
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In Issac Walterson's biography of Steve Jobs, Steve is repeatedly quoted in saying that he has strived to make Apple into an enduringly great company--one that will stand the test of time. Yet so much of Apple revolved around the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2012 at Daniel O'Neil
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photo by Jordan Michael of Red 1 Studios Two years ago, the ground in Port-au-Prince shook and tens of thousands of buildings collapsed. The January 12th earthquake was the worst disaster to ever hit the Americas. The early days after... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2012 at Daniel O'Neil
The beauty of Apple's products was their singular, clear vision. Whether it is the iPhone, iPod, or Macintosh, the product was clearly designed with its purpose--Steve Job's vision of what the product should be. By contrast, Farhead Mohat's biggest complaint... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at Daniel O'Neil
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Posted Dec 10, 2011 at Daniel O'Neil
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Sonia Pierre was both lauded and harassed by the Dominican government for her work to protect the rights of people of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic. While the Dominican Government was threatening to revoke her citizenship, her photo was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2011 at Daniel O'Neil
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One of the greatest challenges in rebuiding Haiti is fighting the expectations. To some, the picture above is a picture of poverty. Women squatting in the street selling their meager wares surrounded by poor buildings. I fear that a lot... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2011 at Daniel O'Neil
In anticipation of his book launch, Jonathon has challenged us to write of "a time where you danced with uncertainty…and won." As I wrote in January of last year, my life changed in an instant when the earthquake devestated Port-au-Prince.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2011 at Daniel O'Neil
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How to start your project off right; build the team that you need, ensure that all will end well. Follow these steps to execute a remarkable project and you will ensure that your next project will come looking for you. Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2011 at Daniel O'Neil
Exclusive interview with Seth Godin from GiANT Impact on Vimeo for the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast. There is practical, everyday management. I am not interested in that. Leadership is not practical and it is not everyday. Management and Leadership are totally different... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2011 at Daniel O'Neil
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The story of the Haitian revolution is a bizarrely twisted tail. The revolution began as an uprising by the slaves, became a civil war between the French and the mulatos (mixed race, free people) to a slave revolution. General Toussaint... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2011 at Daniel O'Neil