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Leadership Compass                            Summer 2011

In This Issue:
In The News
Featured Article: THINK, Exploring the Value of Think Time
Featured Leadership Workshop: The Leader As A Coach
Quick Links To Learning
Leadership Thought To Consider

In The News 



David O'Brien Introduces The Soul of Leadership Model


After nearly 12 months of development and countless conversations with leaders all over the country, David O'Brien is pleased to introduce The Soul of Leadership Model. Based on David's work over the last 11 years, the Soul of Leadership Model offers a proven process for guiding leaders to the next level of leadership. Please click here to view the Soul of Leadership Model.



David O'Brien to Present 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, Leader As A Coach workshop on Monday, August 22, 2011 at the CAN offices in Hartford, 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 Association of Nonprofits online by clicking here.


Also be sure to read David's newly published article entitled 10 Strategies for Accessing Your Full Leadership Capacity in the latest edition of Non Profit Advantage Magazine. Click here to read the article.



WCS Expands Quick Links To Learning


As part of our ongoing commitment to leadership learning, we are pleased to offer an expanded Quick Links to Learning in this issue of the Leadership Compass Newsletter. These links to learning represent many current and relevant insights into leadership excellence. We encourage you to take a closer look and invite you to share other links that would be of interest and value to our readers. 



The Leadership Compass Reaches Milestone


Thanks in large part to friends like you, the Leadership Compass Newsletter has exceeded 500 subscribers and is now read by leaders in eight countries including, China, Colombia, England, Ireland, Japan, Russia, Spain and the United States.  


Dear Friends, 
Welcome to the summer 2011 edition of the Leadership Compass. Although the long cold winter seemed like it would never end, it is now just a memory. With the new season comes a wonderful opportunity to take a well-deserved break from the rigors of work.  Despite the absence of a formal summer vacation itinerary, I am committed to making the time to really enjoy friends and family which for me helps to recharge my creative and intellectual batteries. 
May you find the time to really enjoy all that is special to you this summer and may you find renewal in the process.  
Choose to Navigate,

Dave O'Brien



Featured Leadership Article:

THINK, Exploring The Value of Think Time 


Critical ThinkingWhen was the last time you really took the time to think? If you're like most busy leaders I know, you probably said just a few minutes ago or possibly only a few hours ago. You might even be quick to respond that you're thinking right now as you read these words. If I had been asked this question only a year or two ago, I would have likely responded the same way. I might have even been annoyed by such an inquiry. After all, as leaders we get paid to think. While there is a great deal of truth to this, the deeper truth is that few of us rarely take the time to think about an issue for more than a few seconds or minutes. There are of course exceptions but more times than not today's multi-tasking leader races through the thinking process in the name of efficiency.

To be sure, success in any worthwhile endeavor demands good thinking. To move forward as leaders, we must be willing and able to analyze information accurately, anticipate the consequences of options and to draw reasonable conclusions.  We also need to be able to explain our points of view by providing good reasons and at times, solid evidence.  Not surprisingly, all of this takes more than a few seconds or minutes to ensure a successful outcome.  By my estimation it takes even more than what is commonly referred to as  
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Featured Leadership Workshop:
The Leader As A Coach 

CoachingToday 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 employees. Beyond the ability to respond to a wide range of development issues, today's successful leader must be able to adapt to 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.

Quick Links for LearningQuick Links To Learning

Link # One: Center for Creative Leadership - Latest Articles & Knowledge Resources  

Considered by many as the premier global think tank on all things leadership, The Center for Creative Leadership offers a wide range of leadership articles, research reports and white papers that are intended to build leadership capacity. This link takes you directly their latest articles and knowledge resources. Be sure to check-out the Employee Engagement-Has It Been a Bull Market article. Please click here to connect to the Center for Creative Leadership.   


Link # Two: "The Crucial Skills for Tomorrow's Leaders" Video Clip with Bill George and others

This 5 minute video features more insight into leadership excellence than you might find in a 2-hour public seminar. Featuring such world renowned leadership thinkers as Bill George, Dr. Angelo Cabrera, Batia Wiesenfeld, Daisy Dowling and Dr. Ellen Langer the video clip explores many of the keys to leadership success. Please click here to watch the video.


Link # Three: WorkChoice Solutions Learning 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

"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." 
--  Mother Teresa 


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.

Speaker SolutionsThree Questions Worth Considering:

  1. Do you need a high impact / high content speaker for your next off-site event or conference?
  2. Is there a high potential employee on your team that struggles with public speaking?
  3. Could other people in your organization improve their public speaking effectiveness?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please click here to learn more about Speaker Solutions.