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Leadership Compass                             Spring 2013

In This Issue:
In The News
Feed Your Mind, Feed Your Neighbor
Featured Leadership Workshop: Choose Your Attitude
Quick Links To Learning
Leadership Thought To Consider

In The News 




David O'Brien Introduces "Choose Your Attitude" Workshop


After nearly 6 months of development time, David recently delivered his Choose Your Attitude workshop to an enthusiastic audience of 20 financial services professionals who ranged in level from CFO to customer service representative. The 2-hour workshop is designed to help employees more fully understand and harness the power of positive thinking to achieve greater job satisfaction and impact. To read the full outline of the workshop please click here.



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 Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at Worker's Compensation Trust in Wallingford, 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 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 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.



WCS Marks 13th Anniversary as Trusted Learning Partner


As many of you know, April 11th of this year marked the 13th anniversary of WorkChoice Solutions. Over these 13 years, I have been very fortunate to count many of you as a valued partner in leadership and employee learning. I look forward to the next 13 years and offer my heartfelt thanks to those of you who have played a supporting role in helping me to achieve this important milestone.  Thank you!



Dear Friends,


I hope this greeting finds you well and enjoying the sights and sounds of the new season. I am very happy to announce that my new e-book, The Navigator's Compass, 101 Steps Toward Leadership Excellence is now available. In continuing the tradition of The Navigator's Handbook, this latest book explores many of the common denominators of leadership excellence today while also offering a clear roadmap for expanding your leadership capacity both in and out of work.


I am also very happy to announce that 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the e-book will be donated to Foodshare, Connecticut's leading food bank dedicated to ending hunger. Please see more details below.


Best wishes for continued success on your leadership journey and thank you for supporting Foodshare.

Choose to Navigate,

Dave O'Brien


Feed Your Mind, Feed Your Neighbor 


The Navigator's CompassIn the spirit of learning and giving, I am delighted to partner with Foodshare to offer my new e-book The Navigator's Compass to leaders like you. In addition to feeding your mind and expanding your thinking, this represents a wonderful opportunity to help feed our neighbors too. For every e-book sold, I will donate 100% of the proceeds to Foodshare to assist them in honoring their mission to end hunger in the Hartford area.


In 2012, Foodshare delivered more than 10,000,000 meals to neighbors who would have otherwise gone hungry. That included 19,296 turkeys at Thanksgiving as well as backpack meals, school breakfasts for low-income students and hundreds of truckloads of food delivered to shelters, community kitchens and food pantries throughout the greater Hartford area. Despite these extreme numbers and the efforts of over 3,700 volunteers, Foodshare was only able to meet 50% of the need for food within the greater Hartford area.


With your support, Foodshare can not only continue its great work but also reach more neighbors in need all while you expand your leadership capacity.  Foodshare remains one of only two human service charities in the greater Hartford area to be recognized with a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator - for the 5th consecutive year. - so you can rest assured that your contribution will be used as efficiently as possible - with 95% of all donations supporting their work to end hunger.


Please click here to purchase The Navigator's Compass.

Featured Leadership Workshop:

Choose Your Attitude

Positive ThinkingResearch suggests that the average human being has somewhere between 35,000 and 50,000 thoughts each day. Every time one of these thoughts takes place, chemicals are produced in the brain that can trigger reactions felt throughout the body. As such, there is a strong correlation between what we think and how we feel, both physically and emotionally. At another important level, our thoughts and related self-talk define how we see the world around us and ultimately influence our actions and behavior. Not surprisingly, our mind-set has a significant impact on the choices we make relative to our attitude and related happiness. When we choose a positive mind-set, our performance and overall capacity to be successful on nearly every level improves. In this highly interactive workshop, participants explore a wide range of proven techniques for being able to harness the power of positive thinking both in and out of work. Additionally, the program provides a meaningful framework for self-reflection and exploration.


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

Learning Key Quick Links To Learning

Link # One:  "Inner Work for Authentic Leadership" -  Bill George


Bill George, former CEO of Medtronics and currently a faculty member at Harvard Business School discusses some of the key dimensions of leadership excellence with EQ pioneer Daniel Goleman. In this 2 minute video clip, Bill talks about the importance of "inner work" to help achieve authentic leadership. To watch the video, please click here.


Link # Two: "The SHRM / Globoforce Employee Recognition & Engagement Survey" 


This recent survey examined the challenges and opportunities for HR leaders in managing today's global workforce. See how organizations with values-based recognition programs experienced higher levels of engagement, retention, and productivity compared to those without recognition programs in place. To download the free report please click here


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, media interviews, PowerPoint slides and a variety of leadership articles. Please click here to connect to Learning Resources.

Thought To ConsiderLeadership Thought To Consider


"You can buy a person's time, you can buy a person's physical presence but you cannot buy enthusiasm, you cannot buy initiative; you cannot buy loyalty; you cannot buy devotion of hearts, minds and souls. You have to earn these things."  - Clarence Francis, Chairman - General Foods


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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  3. Could other people in your organization improve their
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If you answered yes to any of these questions,
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