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Leadership Compass                          Summer 2013

In This Issue:
In The News
The Kindness Connection
Featured Leadership Workshop: Building Employee Satisfaction & Engagement
Quick Links To Learning
Leadership Thought To Consider

In The News 



Feed Your Mind - Feed Your Neighbor Campaign Continues


In the spirit of giving and learning, I am delighted to partner with Foodshare, Connecticut's largest food bank 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 your neighbors too. For every e-book sold ($7.95), I will donate 100% of the proceeds to Foodshare to assist them in honoring their mission to end hunger in the Hartford area. To learn more please click here.  



David O'Brien to Present Choose Your Attitude Workshop


As part of David's ongoing partnership with the CT Association of Nonprofits, he will be delivering his very popular, Choose Your Attitude workshop on Friday, August 30, 2013 at CT Nonprofit's office in Hartford. In this highly interactive 2-hour 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. The 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.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.



David O'Brien Introduces "Building Employee Satisfaction & Engagement" Workshop


After 8 months of development and one pilot program, David recently delivered his new and improved Building Employee Satisfaction & Engagement program as a keynote address and as a 3-hour workshop. The workshop combines the latest research with proven strategies for helping leaders to maximize employee capacity. In addition to providing participants with the opportunity to assess their current state of organizational engagement, the workshop offers an actionable framework for harnessing employee engagement to increase stakeholder value. To read the full outline of the workshop please  click here



What My Clients 
Have To Say

Dear Friends,


I need your help! My featured article, The Kindness Connection may be the most important article I have ever written. Beyond exploring the leadership context, it reminds us that the power of kindness is within everyone's grasp. To this end, I am asking that you please read the article (below) and forward it to one person. In doing so, we can bring a little more kindness to those around us.

Thank you for your support!

Choose Kindness,

Dave O'Brien


The Kindness Connection

Practice Kindness As a passionate student of leadership, I have had the good fortune of being able to learn from many leaders over the years. While experience continues to be a trusted teacher, my countless conversations with leaders at all levels have proven to be an invaluable source of knowledge and inspiration. A common thread woven through every conversation is the exploration of how leadership has evolved and what separates great leaders from all of the rest.

To be sure, timeless factors such as integrity, trust, respect, consistency and transparency continue to serve as the foundational building blocks of leadership excellence. Although these factors remain at the core of leadership effectiveness, today's complex work climate coupled with the accelerating pace of global change demand more from us as leaders. Central to this demand by my estimation and by the estimation of many leaders I've spoken with in recent months is the need for a higher level of kindness not just at work but outside of work too. One executive I spoke with recently summed it up quite well when she said, "Today's kindness deficit has resulted in countless people and organizations being emotionally bankrupt. People are hungry for kindness and as leaders we must honor our responsibility as role models".
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Featured Leadership Workshop:  

Building Employee Satisfaction & Engagement 
Employee Satisfaction Global competition, technological advances and the demands of cost-quality-time conscious customers and stakeholders have produced a workplace environment aptly described as "permanent whitewater". Add to this the rapid pace of change and the never ending pursuit of excellence and organizations today face an unparalleled challenge to succeed. While many of these new workplace realities present real obstacles, they also present an unparalleled opportunity for organizations to set themselves apart from the competition.
For the Full Course Description of this workshop,  please click here.  

Learning Key Quick Links To Learning

Link # One:  "The Happy Secret To Better Work" -  Shawn Achor  


TED Talk by the world's leading positive psychology expert and bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor.  Shawn is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard. This 12 minute video clip offers tremendous insight into the power of positive thinking as well as the self-imposed barriers that prevent us from a deeper sense of happiness. This TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with over 4 million views.  To watch the video, please click here.  


Link # Two: "Absence of Support Makes the Heart Wander" - Center for Creative Leadership 


As the premier global provider of executive education and leadership research, CCL offers a powerful glimpse into the critical role that organizational and leadership support play in employee retention in this recent study. To connect to CCL to read the 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

"The only way some of us exercise our minds is by jumping to conclusions." 

 - Cullen Hightower


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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