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Leadership Compass                            Spring 2014

In This Issue:
In The News
Featured Leadership Article: The Leadership Choice
Featured Leadership Workshop: The Leader As A Coach
Quick Links To Learning
Leadership Thought To Consider

In The News 


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 Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at the CAN office in Hartford, CT. The three-hour program is designed to provide participants with an opportunity to evaluate their current coaching capacity while building an actionable framework for improving the employee development process. 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 Association of Nonprofits online by clicking here.

David O'Brien to Present "Building A Navigator Culture" at SHRM Event

David will be a featured speaker at the Human Resource Leadership Association's Strategic Leadership seminar on June 5, 2014. His presentation titled, Building A Navigator Culture, explores the link between behavior, morale, engagement and results. It also examines the pivotal role that HR must play in building a leadership culture. This program has been approved by HRCI for 1.50 strategic recertification credits. To learn more, please visit the HRLA website by clicking here.

David O'Brien to Present "Driving Employee Engagement" at SHRM Event

David will be the featured speaker at the Human Resource Management Association of Central Massachusetts monthly breakfast meeting on June 12, 2014. His presentation titled, Driving Employee Engagement; A Leader's Guide to Maximizing Employee Capacity examines current research and best practice strategies for increasing employee engagement. The program also provides participants with the opportunity to objectively assess the current state of their organizations' engagement pulse. This program has been approved by HRCI for 2.00 strategic recertification credits. To learn more, please visit the HRMACM website by clicking here.

WCS Marks 14th Anniversary As Trusted Learning Partner

As many of you know, April 11th of this year marked the 14th anniversary of WorkChoice Solutions. Over these 14 years, I have been very fortunate to count many of you as both clients and friends. I look forward to the next 14 years and offer my heartfelt thanks for the role you have played in helping me to reach this important milestone.

What My Clients 
Have To Say

Dear Friends,


Welcome to another edition of the Leadership Compass Newsletter. In this issue, you will find a range of ideas and resources that reflect my observations about the current state of leadership. I hope this content motivates you to think about your own leadership journey and the tremendous opportunity you have each day to be a positive role model.  

Thank you for your continued commitment to leadership excellence and best wishes for a new season filled with an abundance of learning and success.

Choose to Navigate,

David O'Brien


Featured Leadership Article:

The Leadership Choice

9 Strategies for Managing Your Self-Talk  

"Most folks are about as happy as they want to be."  This observation by Abraham Lincoln offers a multitude of reminders for each of us as we make our way through the accelerating demands of our busy lives. At its most basic level, the observation reminds us that when it comes to our happiness, we do in fact have a choice. At an even deeper level, it reminds us as leaders that the choices we make especially about our outlook and attitude have a far reaching impact not just on our lives but on the lives of those we are called to lead.

Few leaders I've met over my career are immune to the almost daily barrage of negative self-talk. Even the most optimistic leaders I know are quick to acknowledge that they have moments of self-doubt often fueled by negative self-talk. While this is a reality that few of us can escape, highly effective leaders make a deliberate effort to manage their self-talk. They intentionally choose to feed their minds positive thoughts that in turn not only help to keep their self-doubt in check but also help them and their teams to see a broader range of possibilities.   

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Featured Leadership Workshop:

The Leader As A Coach

Today more than ever before, leaders at all levels are called upon to continuously develop their team's capacity to succeed. Often, a key differentiator between high performing teams and others is the leader's ability to effectively address the coaching and development needs of each employee. Beyond the ability to respond to a wide range of development issues, today's successful leader must also be able to adapt to the learning styles of each team member. In this action oriented and hands-on workshop, participants explore a wide range of coaching insights that help foster a proactive 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 program includes all materials and assessments including the Coaching Effectiveness Inventory (CEI), the Career Readiness Profile (CRP) and the Leader's Coaching Game Plan. In addition to creating a framework for understanding the leadership coaching process, the program provides tips and techniques for immediate skill application. Participants are also provided with the opportunity to develop an employee specific coaching plan.
For the Full Course Description of this workshop,  please click here.  

Learning Key Quick Links To Learning

Link # One:  "How Great Leaders Inspire Action" - Simon Sinek        


Author and leadership thinker Simon Sinek presents a simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" In this 18 minute video he reminds us that even small shifts in our approach to leadership can pay huge dividends. To watch the video, please click here.  


Link # Two: "The Secret Ingredient in GE's Talent Review System" - Raghu Krishnamoorthy


Harvard Business Review - GE is often highlighted as an organization that develops some of the most effective leaders.  Despite being benchmarked by many organizations worldwide, few are able to fully replicate GE's talent review system. In this recent HBR article, Raghu Krishnamoorthy, GE's vice president of executive development and chief learning officer explains why. To read the full article, 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

"There is more to life than increasing its speed." - Mohandas K. Gandhi   

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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