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Leadership Compass                              Winter 2012

In This Issue:
In The News
Featured Leadership Article: The Three Critical Dimensions of EI in 2012
Featured Leadership Workshop: Managing Stress Factors In A Changing Environment
Quick Links To Learning
Leadership Thought To Consider

In The News 



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


David O'Brien will be the featured speaker at the Human Resource Management Association of Western New England's monthly dinner meeting on February 27, 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 program has been approved by HRCI for 1.50 strategic business recertification credits. To learn more, please visit the HRMA website by clicking here.

David O'Brien to Present Managing Stress Factors In A Changing Environment Workshop


As part of David's ongoing partnership with the CT Association of Nonprofits, Center for Professional Development, he will be delivering his very popular Managing Stress Factors In A Changing Environment workshop on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at the Hartford office of CT Nonprofits. In this highly interactive, 3-hour workshop, leaders will assess their current stress management capacity while exploring a variety of techniques for effectively managing stress in and out of the workplace. The workshop also provides a meaningful framework for helping employees to manage stress more effectively. 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.


David O'Brien Announces Global Release of His Change Management Case Study


After many months of anticipation and some final editing, David's case study, Leading Change From The Top Down, The Importance Of Executive Sponsorship had a worldwide release on February 1st.  Included in the global MBA text Lessons In Leading Changebook, Lessons In Leading Change, the case study examines the critical role that executive sponsorship plays in building workplace resilience. To request a free copy of the case study, please click here.


David O'Brien's Soul of Leadership Model Receives HR Accolades


Six months after first introducing the Soul of Leadership Model to a small group of colleagues, David introduced it to the broader HR community at last month's SHRM Tri-State Leadership Conference and HRACC's State of Leadership 2012 program as part of his keynote speech at each event. In addition to generating some thought provoking dialogue with participants, the Soul of Leadership Model received numerous accolades for its breakthrough approach to leadership and organizational effectiveness. Based on David's work over the last 12 years, the Soul of Leadership Model offers a proven process for guiding leaders to the next level of leadership excellence. Please click here to view the Soul of Leadership Model.

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Dear Friends, 
Welcome to another edition of the Leadership Compass Newsletter. I hope that 2012 is off to a good start for you. Like many colleagues I've spoken with these past six weeks, I begin the New Year with gratitude and a deep sense of optimism for what lies ahead.

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. 

Let us all commit to do our part in being the role models for true leadership in 2012 and beyond.  
Choose to Navigate,

Dave O'Brien

Featured Leadership Article:

The Three Critical Dimensions of EI in 2012


Emotional Intellligence"The new gold standard of leadership success is one's capacity to build and maintain meaningful relationships through human connection". This powerful insight from leadership crusader, Lyle Winslow offers a stunning glimpse into a multitude of universal leadership truths in 2012. As a beginning point, it reminds us that the measure of our success as leaders continues to evolve. At another level, it calls us to re-examine our leadership thinking and success formula. Even more importantly and at a much deeper level, it offers us a guidepost to a higher level of leadership in all of our roles.

Creating human connection by most estimates is not only a worthwhile endeavor but also a critical leadership competency deeply rooted in emotional intelligence. While many of the foundational aspects of true leadership remain constant, today's do-more-with-less business climate demands a higher level of emotional intelligence than ever before.

Much has been written about Emotional Intelligence since the mid-1990s when pioneers like Daniel Goleman, Robert Cooper and Peter Salovey first introduced the EI concept. At its simplest level, EI is the combined sum of an individual's social and interpersonal skills. It also encompasses one's ability to sense, understand and influence other people. 


In the broadest context, EI competence includes such factors as self-awareness, self-regulation, interpersonal skills ...


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Featured Leadership Workshop:
Managing Stress Factors In A Changing Environment

Stress ManagementOne of the biggest challenges facing leaders today is the accelerating pace of change and stress in the workplace. For most teams, the pressures of shifting priorities and the never ending need to do more with less have created a very real barrier to engagement, productivity and morale. Not surprisingly, the leader's capacity to manage stress has a tremendous impact on team resilience. In addition to employing a wide range of stress management strategies, today's leader must also be able to maximize time to ensure high efficiency across functions. In this hands-on and highly interactive workshop, leaders explore a variety of techniques for effectively managing stress and time as role models.

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

Quick Links for LearningQuick Links To Learning

Link # One: Colin Powell - "The Essence of Leadership"
Just under 3 minutes in length, this video clip serves as an important reminder for all leaders that the fundamentals of leadership excellence are timeless. Please click here to watch the video.

Link # Two: "The 5 Choices of Extraordinary Productivity" 
-- Franklin Covey

Best described as brilliant and entertaining, this 12 minute video clip from Franklin Covey presents a powerful framework for enhancing personal and organizational productivity. 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


""Understanding human needs is half the job of meeting them."
-- Adlai Stevenson 

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.



Three 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?

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