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Leadership Compass                            Winter 2011

In This Issue:
In The News
Featured Article: Leadership Influence & The Role Model Opportunity
Featured Workshop: The Leader As A Coach
Learning Resources
Leadership Thought To Consider

In The News 


David O'Brien Named

To NAAAP Senior

Advisory Board


David was recently appointed to the Senior Advisory Board of the CT chapter of NAAAP, the National Association of Asian American Professionals. NAAAP is the premier pan-Asian professional organization in North America with over 4,000 members in 25 states. Each year, NAAAP professional development programs reach over 20,000 Asian Americans. To learn more about NAAAP, please click here.


David O'Brien to Deliver The Leader As A Coach Workshop


As part of David's ongoing partnership with the CT Association of Nonprofits, he will be delivering his very popular, The Leader As A Coach workshop on Monday, March 28, 2011 at the Green Street Arts Center in Middletown, CT. The three-hour program is designed to provide participants with an opportunity to evaluate their current coaching capacity while exploring a wide range of coaching insights that help foster a pro-active development environment. From building a skill baseline to exploring the links to long term success, the program provides leaders with an actionable framework for improving the employee development process. The 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon workshop is open to the public but registration is required. For more information or to register for this workshop, please visit CT Nonprofits online by clicking here.


Emotional Intelligence

Workshop Expanded

to Full-Day Format


After repeated requests for a full-day version of our very popular and impactful Emotional Intelligence workshop, EQ The Hidden Advantage, the full-day version was rolled-out in early January and received high praise from all 27 participants. In addition to the content of the day program, the full-day program includes several new skill builder activities and digs deeper into True North and authentic leadership concepts. To learn more please contact David directly at 860.242.1070 or click here for the full workshop outline.

Dear Friends,

Welcome to another edition of the Leadership Compass Newsletter. I hope that 2011 is off to a good start for you both at work and on the home front. Like many colleagues I've spoken with these past 6 weeks, I too begin the new year with gratitude for what was in 2010 and hope for what will be in 2011.


In this issue, you will find a range of ideas and resources that reflect my current thinking on the state of leadership. I am grateful for this opportunity to share my leadership musings with you and hope that at least some of this content motivates you to think about your own leadership journey. Finally, thanks to all who inspired me to dig deeper into the realm of leadership influence for this newsletter. Indeed, there is still much to learn.


Choose to Navigate,


Dave O'Brien


Featured Leadership Article:

Leadership Influence & The Role Model Opportunity 

Leadership Influence"Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it's the only thing". 

This almost famous but certainly memorable quote from Pulitzer Prize winner Albert Schweitzer offers an inspiring view into an often overlooked realm of leadership. Namely, the critical role that leadership influence plays in both getting employees engaged and keeping them engaged. 


Several years ago, I began exploring the realm of leadership influence at the suggestion of a good friend who also happened to be one of my clients. For as long as I can remember, I have had what some might call an innate curiosity about human influence.  Not just in the context of leadership or work but in the broader context of life and behavior in general.


One of my earliest recollections of observing influence and perhaps more powerfully, experiencing influence, occurred when I attended my very first live concert.  Despite the fact that the  ensuing years have blurred such details as the name of the band, the songs played or even the actual venue, the influence and resulting power of the bandleader remains crystal clear. Without exception, every member of the band, all 10 or so musicians were in hindsight, fully transfixed by the bandleader before and after each song.  

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Featured Leadership Workshop: 

The Leader As A Coach

Today more than ever before, leaders at all levels are called to continuously develop their team's capacity to succeed. Often, a key differentiator between high performing teams and others is the leader's ability to effectively address the coaching and development needs of all employees. Beyond the ability to respond to a wide range of development issues, today's successful leader must be able to adapt to the learning styles of each employee. In this action oriented and hands-on workshop, participants explore a wide range of coaching insights that help foster a pro-active development environment. From building a skill baseline to exploring the links to long term success, the program provides leaders with an actionable framework for improving the employee development process. The program includes all materials and assessments including the Coaching Effectiveness Inventory (CEI), the Career Readiness Profile (CRP) and the Leader's Coaching Game Plan. In addition to creating a framework for understanding the leadership coaching process, the program provides tips and techniques for immediate skill application. 


 For the Full Course Description of this Workshop, please click here.

Learning ResourcesLearning Resources

In continuing our commitment to leadership development, we have added new content to the Learning Resources link on the WorkChoice Solutions web site. Within the link, you will find a wide range of complimentary leadership assessments, power point slides and a variety of leadership articles.

Please click here  to connect to Learning Resources.

Thought To ConsiderLeadership Thought To Consider

"The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway."
   -- Henry Boye


Leadership Suggestion: Consider what this quote means in your world of work and in your role as a leader. Also try to uncover the leadership opportunity that it presents.

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