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  The Leadership Compass                             Fall 2015

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David O'Brien to Present "Delegating As a Leadership Strategy" Workshop

As part of David's ongoing partnership with the CT Association of Nonprofits, Center for Professional Development, he will be delivering his very popular Delegating As a Leadership Strategy workshop on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at CT Nonprofit's office in Hartford, CT. In this interactive, 2-hour workshop, participants explore proven tools and processes that help to optimize team capacity through the use of effective delegation strategies. Additionally, participants will be able to assess their current delegation capacity with emphasis on being able to identify meaningful development opportunities. The 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. workshop is open to the public but registration is required. For more information or to register for this workshop, please visit CT Nonprofits online by clicking here.

David O'Brien to Present "Deliberate Leadership In a Distracted World" Keynote at The Oakdale Theater

David will deliver his high impact, Deliberate Leadership in a Distracted World keynote address as part of the kick-off of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce annual Business Expo on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at the Toyota Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, CT.  Aptly called the Big Connect, the GNHCC Business Expo is considered the premier business event in CT which routinely draws hundreds of businesses and several thousand attendees. The breakfast kick-off begins with David's keynote at 7:30 a.m. The entire expo is free to attend and features a wide range of other educational sessions. To learn more or to register for the Big Connect, please click here.

David O'Brien Discusses "The ROI of Effective Leadership" on The Engine Radio Show

David was recently a featured guest on The Engine, a regional talk-radio show with host Thom Fox. During the 25 minute interview, David discussed the tremendous value that effective leadership brings to teams and organizations alike. He also shared his insights on the topic of employee accountability and engagement. To listen to the broadcast, please click here.

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Dear Friends,
This latest edition of the Leadership Compass features an abundance of leading edge content including some powerful insights from leadership experts Marshall Goldsmith and John Maxwell. Please be sure to check-out the featured leadership article from guest contributor and award winning Educator, Tracy Youngberg. In it, she explores the intricate balance between managing and leading.  

Thank you for your commitment to leadership excellence and best wishes for continued success in every leadership role you play.

Choose to Navigate,

David O'Brien
Featured Leadership Article:
A Sweet Journey Through The
Delicate Balance of Effective Leadership

"You got your peanut butter in my chocolate!" "You got your chocolate in my peanut butter!" Are you old enough to remember the commercials in the 80's where an unsuspecting person is eating a large chocolate bar and another eating peanut butter straight from the jar accidentally collide to create the yummy combination known as Reese's Peanut Butter Cups? Regardless of your age, I am fairly certain most know this delicious candy treat in one or more of its current forms. I personally prefer the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup miniatures, or the smaller cups individually sealed in gold wrappers, as they have what I believe to be the tastiest combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Regardless of which variation you prefer, few will argue the fact that chocolate and peanut butter make a delicious combination.

While enjoying one of my favorite miniature cups graciously offered to me during a recent meeting, it occurred to me that... Continue Reading

Featured Leadership Workshop:
Delegating As a Leadership Strategy
All too often employees are delegated a task and sadly they fail. What's wrong with them? Quite often, absolutely nothing. In many cases the disconnect lies with the leader who did not delegate the task properly. Effective delegation is a skill which requires careful planning, patience, solid coaching and communication skills. It also requires a clear understanding of what to delegate, when to delegate, and how to delegate in a way that maximizes employee productivity and performance. Good delegation saves you time, develops your people, and motivates. In this highly interactive workshop, participants explore proven tools and processes that help to optimize team capacity through the use of effective delegation strategies.
For the Full Course Description of this workshop,  please click here.   
Learning Key Quick Links To Learning

Link # One: "Six Questions That Increase Employee Engagement"
                          - Marshall Goldsmith

Leadership author and executive coach Dr. Marshall Goldsmith - who is always skeptical of catchphrases like employee engagement - talks about the qualities necessary to galvanize individuals' commitment at work. This 3 minute video draws from the foundation of his new book, Triggers and offers a powerful development framework for all employees. To watch the video, please click here.  
Link # Two: "Developing The Leaders Around You"
                                                                      -  John Maxwell

Best-selling author, Dr. John C. Maxwell explores the critical role that influence plays in expanding leadership capacity across the organization.  In addition, this 5 minute video presents 2 very important questions that leaders need to ask themselves every day. 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
"People support what they help to create."    - Marvin Weisbord     
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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