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Leadership Compass                                 Fall 2011

In This Issue:
Featured Article: Stress Management As A Leadership Opportunity
Featured Leadership Workshop: Building Emotional Intelligence In Leaders
Quick Links To Learning
Leadership Thought To Consider

In The News 



David O'Brien to Present Building Emotional Intelligence in Leaders Workshop  


As part of David's ongoing partnership with the CT Association of Nonprofits, he will be delivering his very popular Building Emotional Intelligence In Leaders workshop on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at the Hartford office of CT Nonprofits. The three-hour program is designed to provide participants with an opportunity to evaluate their current level of EQ competence while also exploring a wide range of methods for increasing their capacity to lead and influence both in and out of the workplace. 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.


WCS Introduces New Stress Management Workshop

As part of our ongoing commitment to leadership learning and organizational effectiveness, we are pleased to introduce a new stress management workshop for leaders entitled, Leading Through Stress. Based on months of research and development, the workshop offers a meaningful framework for helping leaders to uncover and seize the role model opportunity associated with workplace stress. Please click here to read the full workshop description. We also invite you to contact us directly to learn about our Managing Stress Factors In The Workplace workshop for teams.


David O'Brien to Present The State of Leadership 2012 at HRACC Event


David O'Brien will be the featured speaker at the Human Resource Association of Central Connecticut's monthly dinner meeting on January 19, 2012. His presentation entitled The State of Leadership 2012 offers many valuable insights into the key dimensions of leadership success in 2012 and beyond. It also provides a framework for expanding HR's influence, impact and value. This presentation has been submitted for Strategic CEU credit approval. To learn more, please visit the HRACC website by clicking here.

David O'Brien to Present Leading Through Stress at SHRM Tri-State Leadership Conference


David O'Brien will be delivering a keynote version of his new Leading Through Stress program at the SHRM Tri-State Leadership Conference from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on January 18, 2012 at the Public House in Sturbridge, MA. In this highly interactive presentation, participants will explore a variety of techniques for helping to turn workplace stress into a leadership opportunity. You are invited to attend this 90-minute presentation at no charge but are asked to please contact David O'Brien via e-mail by December 31, 2011 to register.

Dear Friends, 
Welcome to another edition of the Leadership Compass. In this issue, you will find a range of ideas and resources that reflect my observations about the current state of leadership. Not surprisingly, workplace stress and emotional intelligence continue to be central themes that surface in my conversations with leaders across all industries and sectors. I hope these observations serve you well on your leadership journey. 

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and may you find the time to savor all that is special to you.  
Choose to Navigate,

Dave O'Brien

Featured Leadership Article:

Stress Management As A Leadership Opportunity

10 Strategies For Leading Through Stress


Stress Management"To whom much is given, much is expected".  Although this age-old adage can be attributed to a variety of sources, one thing that is certain is that it is a poignant reminder for all of us who are called to lead in the 21st century.

At a foundational level, leadership is a gift and a huge responsibility which must be honored. After all, who else is provided with countless opportunities each day to influence and impact people's lives in so many ways? While the responsibilities are many and at times burdensome, we must never lose sight of these opportunities nor take them for granted.  

One of the most pressing challenges facing leaders today is the accelerating pace of change and the constant drive to do more with less. Add to this the uncertainty of the global economy and its resulting fallout and most workplaces today are experiencing an unparalleled level of stress and anxiety.


To be sure, there are huge bodies of research available on the impact of workplace stress today. Much of which, offer a compelling case for why organizations of all types need to address this near epidemic.  However, a much smaller body of work has been written about the leader's role in managing stress.  When we consider the ... 

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Featured Leadership Workshop:
Building Emotional Intelligence In Leaders

Emotional IntellligenceEmotional Intelligence describes our ability to perceive, assess and manage our emotions and interpersonal interactions in order to maximize our influence and impact. In this 3-hour workshop, participants are provided with the opportunity to evaluate their current level of EQ competence while also exploring a wide range of methods for increasing their capacity to lead and influence in all of their relationships both in and out of the workplace. The program includes all materials and assessments including The EI Insights Inventory..

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

Quick Links for LearningQuick Links To Learning

Link # One: Tom Peters - "The Four Most Important Words of Leadership"
Considered by many as one of the great leadership thinkers of our time, Tom Peters shares what may very well be the four most important words that all leaders need to remember. Only 2 minutes in length, this video clip should be viewed on a weekly basis by any leader who wishes to maximize team potential. Please click here to watch the video.

Link # Two: "Teamwork and Collaboration" featuring John Chambers
This 6 minute video features John Chambers, Chairman and CEO of Cisco Systems who explains how abandoning command and control leadership has enabled his company to innovate more quickly using collaboration and teamwork. 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


"The deepest hunger in human beings
is the desire to be appreciated."
-- William James 

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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  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?

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