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  The Leadership Compass                             Winter 2016

In This Issue:
In The News 

Deliberate Leadership
Keynote Receives High Praise

David O'Brien's recent keynote, Deliberate Leadership in a Distracted World at the Greater New Haven Business Expo continues to receive accolades for leaving the audience upbeat and motivated to take action. The keynote provides an actionable framework for helping participants to lead with a higher level of congruence in every leadership role they play. To watch the video of the keynote, please click here. To learn more or to schedule the keynote for your team, please contact David directly at

David O'Brien Introduces
The Navigator Inventory 2.0

After several years of development and testing, David O'Brien is pleased to announce the official, nationwide release of The Navigator Inventory 2.0 accountability assessment. Grounded in extensive research that included over 100 test cases, the self-scoring inventory offers a proven methodology for expanding personal accountability to increase both job impact and job satisfaction. For a limited time, you can access a complimentary copy of The Navigator Inventory 2.0 by clicking here.

David O'Brien to Present
Harnessing the Power of Positive Thinking Workshop

As part of David's ongoing partnership with the CT Association of Nonprofits, he will be delivering his very popular, Harnessing The Power of Positive Thinking workshop on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at the CAN office in Hartford, CT. The 2 hour program is designed to provide participants with an actionable framework for increasing personal and professional effectiveness. The highly interactive workshop explores 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 9:30 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 2016 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 as well as your complimentary access to the newly released, Navigator Inventory 2.0 accountability assessment. 

As the New Year unfolds, let us all be mindful of the opportunity we have to be positive role models for the behaviors we wish to see in others.

Choose to Navigate,

David O'Brien
Featured Leadership Article:
Building an Accountability Mindset

With very few exceptions, organizations of all types and sizes are heavily invested in trying to maintain some type of competitive advantage. In many cases, the key differentiator between high performing organizations and others is a culture of accountability where all employees demonstrate an accountability mindset.

What is an accountability mindset? Simply put, it's a belief shared by all employees (regardless of level or title) ...
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Featured Leadership Workshop:
Harnessing the Power of Positive Thinking

Research suggests that the average human being has somewhere between 35,000 and 50,000 thoughts each day. Every time one of these thoughts takes place, chemicals are produced in the brain that can trigger reactions felt throughout the body. As such, there is a strong correlation between what we think and how we feel, both physically and emotionally. At another level, our thoughts and related self-talk particularly during times of change, define how we see the world around us and ultimately influence our behavior. Not surprisingly, our mind-set has a significant impact on the choices we make relative to our attitude and related happiness. When we choose a positive mind-set, our performance and overall capacity to be successful on nearly every level improves. In this highly interactive 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.

For the Full Course Description of this workshop,  please click here.   
Quick Links To Learning

Link # One: "The Practice of Mindfulness" 
- TED Talk with Diana Winston

Former Buddhist nun Diana Winston is the director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA's Mindful Awareness Center, and the author of several books on mindfulness and meditation. With more than 20 years in the study and practice of mindfulness, Diana explains how routinely taking the time to be in the moment can have a profound impact on our everyday lives and relationships. To watch the 15 minute video, pleaseplease click here.  
Link # Two: "Emotional Intelligence at Work"
                                                              -  Travis Bradberry

Dr. Travis Bradberry, one of the world's leading researchers on the impact of Emotional Intelligence shares some of his latest findings while making a strong case for why all leaders, especially those in the C-Suite need to expand their EI capacity. To watch the 5 minute 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
"Listening is such a simple act. It requires us to be present and that takes practice. We don't have to advise, or coach or sound wise, we just have to be willing to sit there and listen" 
- Margaret Wheatley, Leadership and the New Science    
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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