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Leadership Compass                             Summer 2012

In This Issue:
In The News
Featured Leadership Article: The Distraction Epidemic
Featured Leadership Workshop: Leading From The Inside Out
Quick Links To Learning
Leadership Thought To Consider

In The News 


David O'Brien to Present "Leading From The Inside Out" Keynote at National Conference in NYC


David O'Brien will be delivering a 90-minute keynote version of his Leading From The Inside Out workshop at the NAAAP "Leadership Never Sleeps" National Conference in New York City on August 23rd.  Founded in 1982, the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) is the largest and fastest growing Asian American professional organization in the U.S. and Canada. Through its committees, NAAAP delivers a regular schedule of forums, seminars and workshop on leadership and professional development. To learn more about NAAAP or to register for the National Conference, please click here.

David O'Brien Joins The ATMA Center Faculty


David O'Brien has joined the adjunct faculty of The ATMA Center in West Hartford, CT. The ATMA Center is an urban retreat center specializing in programs that enable individuals and organizations to; Awaken the heart, Transform limiting beliefs, Manifest an authentic life and Ascend to one's higher potential. To learn more, please visit The ATMA Center online or call 860.206.9822.


Change Management Case Study Book Receives Accolades from Academics & Executives

The Lessons In Leading Change MBA text book which features David O'Brien's case study, Leading Change From The Top Down has received high praise from an impressive roster of Academics and business Executives. Recognized as a "must read" for every student of leadership, the book covers the essential skills of being a high impact leader. To read more about what's being said about the book, please click here.

Dear Friends, 
With the 2012 Summer Olympics finally here, I couldn't resist the urge to explore the link between Olympic athletes and leadership. Not surprisingly, the parallels are many. My quick, short list includes; Dedication, Perseverance, Commitment, Passion, Winning, Sacrifice, Consistency, Determination and Motivation. What other parallels can you uncover? Even more importantly, what links can you demonstrate in your role as a leader today and after the Olympics?

While most of us may never win an Olympic Gold Medal, all of us are presented with countless opportunities every day to demonstrate many of the qualities of Olympic athletes in our role as leaders. Let us all commit to go for the gold in our own small way.  
Choose to Navigate,

Dave O'Brien

Featured Leadership Article:

The Distraction Epidemic 


Distraction"The main thing is keeping the main thing, the main thing". This powerful observation from author Steven R. Covey offers a multitude of insights into one of today's most pressing leadership challenges. On one level, it reminds us of the constant need for a keen, unwavering focus on things that matter most. On another level, it offers an inspiring guidepost for helping us to discover our full leadership capacity both in and out of work.

With very few exceptions, leaders today are stretched (and in many cases stressed) to a level that borders on unhealthy. Add to this the accelerating demands of life outside of work and most leaders would agree that it's a huge challenge to keep the main thing, the main thing with a high degree of consistency.
Over the last several months, I have had numerous conversations about this universal leadership challenge with clients and colleagues at all levels and across many industries and sectors. Again and again, I hear that the increased demands of work and life result in leaders and teams feeling distracted at an epidemic level. 

It doesn't matter where you work or what you do, you probably deal with a multitude of distractions on a daily basis. And these distractions are costly: A 2010 study by consulting firm Workplace Options, estimates that distractions cost U.S. businesses $650 billion per year in lost productivity. The cost may very well be higher if the less than optimum decision making associated with being distracted is factored into the equation.


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Featured Leadership Workshop:
Leading From The Inside Out

LeadershipToday's rapid pace of business has produced an unparalleled opportunity for all employees to expand their leadership influence and impact. A key factor in being able to seize this opportunity is our capacity to demonstrate personal accountability and true leadership regardless of our role, function or job title. Not surprisingly, this capacity is most often driven by clarity and purpose both of which result from a heightened awareness of our career goals and aspirations. Additionally, this clarity and purpose allow us to define our own personal leadership formula based on our unique set of skills, experiences and values. 

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

Quick Links for LearningQuick Links To Learning

Link # One: "Mercer's What's Working™ Survey shows declining employee loyalty worldwide"


Global consulting firm Mercer recently released the finding of its global study on employee engagement and motivation. This groundbreaking study offers many meaningful insights into one of today's most pressing organizational challenges, talent management. Please click here to read more.

Link # Two: "Boringness, The Secret to Great Leadership" - Joel Stein
Leadership thinker and Harvard Business Review contributor Joel Stein offers an amusing and yet insightful perspective on an often overlooked characteristic of effective leaders.  Please click here to read the article.

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


"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is a failure"
-- Albert Einstein 

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. Speaker SolutionsDo 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.

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