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Leadership Compass                          Spring 2015

In This Issue:

In The News 


WorkChoice Solutions Marks 15th Anniversary   

As many of you know, April of this year marked the 15th anniversary of WorkChoice Solutions as a trusted provider of leadership and organizational effectiveness services. Over these 15 years, I have been very fortunate to count many of you as both clients and dear friends. I look forward to the next 15 years and offer my heartfelt thanks for the role you have played in not only helping me to reach this important milestone but also for continuing to inspire me.

David O'Brien's Leadership Trust Article Featured in Leadership Excellence Magazine


David's Leadership Trust article was featured in the prestigious, April edition of Leadership Excellence Magazine. Recognized as the standard of global leadership development, this edition of the magazine features the Winners of Leadership 500 Excellence Awards. To read the article and see this special edition of Leadership Excellence Magazine please click here.

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, June 25, 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,


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 on Accountability as it includes complimentary access to the Navigator Inventory, a proven tool for increasing accountability.

Choose to Navigate,

David O'Brien


Conversation About Accountability  

Taking personal leadership and employee engagement 
to the next level

With very few exceptions, most leaders today would be quick to acknowledge that their teams could be more engaged. Not surprisingly, many would also readily admit that they have made more than a few attempts to boost team engagement, often times with only minimal impact. To be sure, boosting employee engagement requires far more than a single initiative or program. Well respected research from such giants as Gallup, Mercer and Blessing White confirm that sustainable increases in employee engagement require among other things; executive buy-in, leadership clarity and a systematic approach that holds everyone accountable for engagement.  While much has been written... 

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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:  "Leadership Empathy and Authenticity" - Bill George   


Leadership master class excerpt from former Medtronics CEO and current Harvard Business School professor, Bill George. Leadership depends on tuning into people, talking to them in a way they understand, motivating them, influencing them, and listening to them. EI guru Daniel Goleman talks with Bill George about how a leader's empathy is empty without authenticity. This 8 minute video offers tremendous insight into the critical link between empathy and authenticity. To watch the video, please click here.  


Link # Two: "Employee Engagement - Four Key Questions"  

                                                         -  Marcus Buckingham  


Bestselling author and leadership thinker Marcus Buckingham unveils to the Harvard Business Review, the four-key questions that team leaders need to answer quarterly about their team members to drive smart performance management and a higher level of employee engagement. This 3 minute video offers a solid framework for creating clarity and consistency for leaders and teams. 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

"The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves"
                                                  - Ray Kroc, Founder of McDonald's    

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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