Signature Strengths of Highly Effective Leadership Teams with Dan Norenberg | Live with Bottleneck

On this episode of Live with Bottleneck, our guest Dan Norenberg talks about how to identify and nurture the signature strengths of highly effective leadership teams.

Dan Norenberg is an advisor, coach, and consultant to various leadership teams. His book, Executive Ownershift, gives an insider view of how leaders and their teams can fast track to success.

So if you want to get your leadership teams to the next level, stay tuned to this episode.

Who is Dan Norenberg?

Dan Norenberg has a background in Psychology and Criminology, as he wanted to be a lawyer growing up. But as he spent his years in California working with tech companies, he thought his business experience would be more helpful to those aspiring to be great leaders in their own categories.

After his experience with tech companies, primarily in sales and marketing, he also had a chance to manage other people as the company he was in grew. But when the company went out of business, he decided to take a sabbatical.

“When the company went out of business, I just said I’ve had enough. I needed a break. So I sold my house and packed everything up. I went to Europe for two weeks, just to sort of clear my head. That two weeks turned into 30 years, and here I am in Munich.” – Dan Norenberg

At first, he didn’t know what he was going to do, as he didn’t even speak the language. But with his skills and no-how, he managed to coach and be an expert in his field, and work as a consultant for different companies.

Putting Yourself Out There

As much as Dan’s story is amazing, he himself felt scared when he was starting out. As Dan said, he did not know a word of German back then, and he didn’t know anyone at first. But as Dan further shares, you really just have to put yourself out there and follow your heart, things will start happening.

Of course, Dan doesn’t credit everything to just himself. He has met a lot of wonderful people who were willing to help a guy who was just starting out in a foreign land.

“I wouldn’t be fair if I tried to take all the credit myself. Because as you know, from starting a business and working with people, so many people came out of the woodwork to help and support me, and showed me the way. To give me opportunities to show my skills and what I could do with my experience that I brought over from the United States, which were somewhat unique. So I’m really grateful to all those people and organizations that gave me a shot.” – Dan Norenberg

Training Latent Talents

Jaime asks Dan if coaching was something he had learned prior to being in Germany, or if it was something that he had learned along the way while working for Siemens as a coach for Team Development.

Dan replies that as his dad was a principal and his mother was a teacher, he has always been around education and the environment of teaching. While he did not want to be a teacher himself, some of the skills translated as he worked in his managerial role in California, and more so when he was a coach in Siemens.

“I was what you might say, a seminar junkie, going off to learn the next thing about negotiation, or selling, or strategic selling, or whatever. It was so I could bring it back and introduce it to my team. So there was always a function of learning or training in my line management role.”  – Dan Norenberg

To learn more about Dan Norenberg and how to nurture the signature strengths of a highly-effective leadership team, continue listening to this episode.


Dan Norenberg is an advisor, coach, and consultant to leadership teams who strive to play at their best. He had worked with over 100 leadership teams on three continents. His book, “EXECUTIVE OWERSHIFT, Creating Highly Effective Leadership Teams”, gives an insider view of how leaders and their teams can fast track to success.

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Jaime Jay

About Jaime Jay

Meet Jaime Jay – a man who wears many hats, and wears them all admirably. He's a master connector, an entrepreneur extraordinaire, and a published author who knows how to get things done.

Before he found his way to the business world, Jaime served his country as a brave paratrooper in the U.S. Army. But that's just the beginning of his many accomplishments.

He's the founder of the renowned Bottleneck Distant Assistant Services firm, and his book "Quit Repeating Yourself" has become a must-read for entrepreneurs everywhere.

When he's not busy building his empire, you can find him on his beloved Harley Davidson, cruising through the countryside and taking in the invigorating effects of Uitwaaien – a Dutch practice that involves facing the wind to boost health and relieve stress.

He enjoys spending his free time outside building stuff with his wife, Nikita the dog and their two kittens (for now at least) Tommy and Tater.

He is ‘over-the-moon’ happily married to his wonderful wife Sara, his amazing daughter, Jessica, who is serving our country as a United States Army soldier. Jaime and Sara are the proud grand parents of two beautiful little girls.


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