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Leadership Compass                          Winter 2015

In This Issue:

In The News 


David O'Brien Explores "Accountability" on National Radio Show  

David was recently the featured guest on The Uncommon Sense for Leaders Show with host Catherine Carlisi. During the 1-hour interview, David discussed the critical drivers of employee accountability and their impact on engagement and competitive advantage. To listen to the December 10th broadcast, please click here.

David O'Brien's Deliberate Leadership Article Featured in Global Leadership Magazine


David's Deliberate Leadership in a Distracted World article is featured in the February 4th edition of Realizing Leadership Magazine. This very popular app based magazine is dedicated to assisting individuals in becoming more effective leaders through quality, intelligent and practical articles on leadership. A complimentary access link and 90-day subscription has been provided for Leadership Compass subscribers. To read the article and access your complimentary subscription to Realizing Leadership Magazine please click here.  The access code for the complimentary 90-day subscription is CLfeb.

David O'Brien to Present Leadership Visioning Workshop 


As part of David's ongoing partnership with the CT Association of Nonprofits, he will be delivering his very popular, Exploring The Power of Leadership Vision workshop on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the CAN office in Hartford, CT. The three-hour program is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to explore the visioning process from a "best practice" vantage point. The workshop also provides participants with a solid framework for developing a team specific vision and related action plan. 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
What My Clients 
Have To Say

Dear Friends,


I hope that 2015 is off to a terrific start for you in every way possible. In this issue, you will find a range of ideas and resources that reflect my current thinking on the state of leadership. Please be sure to check-out the featured leadership article from guest contributor and visionary CEO, Kate Emery of The Walker Group. In it, she explores the realm of mindfulness as a pathway to creating happier and healthier organizations.

As the New Year unfolds, let us all be mindful of the opportunity we have to be leadership role models in every role we play.

Choose to Navigate,

David O'Brien


10 New Year's Resolutions
for the Mindful CEO

Guest Contributor, Kate Emery, CEO - The Walker Group    

As business leaders we are given the responsibility of minding and managing the health of our companies. Your financial bottom line is a clear and simple gauge of its fiscal wellbeing. But there are other spheres in which a mindful leader can create a healthy community - a workplace that is respectful of each member and helps bring out the best in us all.  Here are ten ideas for leaders who want to create healthier, happier companies at all levels.
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Featured Leadership Workshop:

Exploring the Power of Leadership Vision

Few good things in human affairs "just happen". In the majority of cases, things happen only when people dream of a better tomorrow, decide they truly want to make it happen and then act in a deliberate way to turn their vision into reality. This is what vision is all about. Vision is where tomorrow begins, for it expresses what the leader and others who share the vision will be working hard to create. A visionary leader is one who has the ability to formulate a compelling vision for the future of his or her team and organization.
For the Full Course Description of this workshop,  please click here.  

Learning Key Quick Links To Learning

Link # One:  "Why Good Leaders 
Make You Feel Safe" - Simon Sinek 


TED Talk - Author and leadership thinker Simon Sinek asks, what makes a great leader? He suggests it's someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust. In this 12 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: "Leveraging The Happiness Advantage in the Office" -  Shawn Achor


Big Think - Shawn Achor, the world's leading positive psychology expert and bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage discusses how successful leaders increase engagement and morale. He makes a strong case for why a happy workplace is a productive workplace. This 6 minute video 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. To watch the video, 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

"Treat employees like they make a difference and they will" - Jim Goodnight   

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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