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  The Leadership Compass                                 Spring 2016

In This Issue:
In The News 

David O'Brien to Present Building a Culture of Accountability at HRACC-SHRM Event

David will be the featured speaker at the Human Resource Association of Central Connecticut's monthly dinner meeting on April 20, 2016 in Rocky Hill, CT. His presentation titled, Building a Culture of Accountability, A leader's guide for optimizing team engagement and impact examines a 4-phase accountability continuum that significantly increases employee engagement. The program also provides participants with the opportunity to objectively assess their current capacity to demonstrate an accountability mindset. This program has been approved by HRCI for 1.25 strategic business recertification credits. To learn more, please visit the HRACC website by clicking here.

David O'Brien to Present Building Emotional Intelligence in Leaders Workshop

As part of David's ongoing partnership with the CT Community Nonprofit Alliance, Center for Professional Development, he will be delivering his very popular Building Emotional Intelligence in Leaders workshop on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at the Graustein Memorial Fund offices in Hamden, CT. In this highly interactive, 3-hour workshop, participants are provided with the opportunity to evaluate their current level of EI competence while also exploring a wide range of techniques for increasing their leadership influence and impact. The 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. workshop is open to the public but registration is required. For more information or to register for this workshop, please visit CT Community Nonprofit Alliance online by clicking here.

The Navigator's Compass Reaches Significant Milestone

Seven months after its nationwide release, the popularity of the The Navigator's Compass, 101 Steps Toward Leadership Excellence has driven the need to create a Second Edition of the book. Final content additions which include over 5,000 words were recently submitted to the book's publisher, Tate Publishing. The Navigator's Compass, David O'Brien's second book is an action-oriented and practical guide which presents proven processes and methodologies for maximizing leadership and team capacity. The book release date is currently scheduled for mid-July of this year.

What My Clients
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Dear Friends,
Welcome Spring! 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 the new Legacy Mindset as it includes seven powerful strategies for taking employee engagement to the next level.

Choose to Navigate,

David O'Brien
Featured Leadership Article:
Beyond Engagement, How a New
Legacy Mindset Changes Everything

I've been having the leadership legacy conversation with my
coaching clients for years. In most cases, these conversations take the form of an exploration of what the leader wants to be known for and of course, what they want to leave behind after they've moved on for one reason or another. Although this process continues to provide significant value for most leaders I work with, I've come to believe that the concept of legacy goes well beyond the realm of leadership. Webster dictionary defines legacy as, "anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor." For many, leaving a legacy is associated with the end of one's career and how their contribution has left things better off for the organization and its stakeholders. While this is important, today's intensely competitive and complex work environment demands a broader view.
With few exceptions, leaders at all levels are keenly aware of how employee engagement drives organizational success. As a result, vast sums of money and other resources are routinely invested in trying to move the engagement needle forward. Despite many well-intentioned efforts toward this end, much of the available data continues to illustrate significant gaps in employee engagement across industries. Struck by this reality, (which has trended in this direction for several years) I have explored the legacy link to engagement within my circle of clients and colleagues. What has resulted from these numerous conversations is not only a new view of legacy, but ... 
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Featured Leadership Workshop:
Building Emotional Intelligence In Leaders

Emotional Intellligence EQ, also known as Emotional Intelligence or EI describes our ability to perceive, assess and manage our emotions and interpersonal interactions in order to maximize our influence and impact. In this highly interactive workshop, participants are provided with the opportunity to evaluate their current level of EI competence while also exploring a wide range of methods for increasing their capacity to lead and influence in all of their relationships both in and out of the workplace. The program includes all materials and assessments including the EI Insights Inventory, Values Insights Inventory and EI Development Roadmap. Optional EI assessments include EI Appraisal and EI Style Profile.

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

Link # One: "Self-Reflection as a Leadership Strategy"
                 - Harry M. Jansen Kraemer 

Former Chairman and CEO of Baxter International, Harry M. Jansen Kraemer shares insights on Values-Driven Leadership Skills at the 10th Annual Chicago Leaders Conference. The 2 � minute video is jammed packed with powerful reminders for leaders at every level. To watch the video, please click here.  
Link # Two: "Leadership Insights, Profiting From Advice"
                                                    -  London Business School

Global CEOs like Alex Gorsky of Johnson & Johnson and David Pyott from Allergan as well as others share the best advice they've received on their leadership journey. The 3 � minute video offers valuable insights into what highly successful leaders do to succeed. To watch the video, please click here.
Link # Three: WorkChoice Solutions Learning Resources

In continuing our commitment to leadership learning, 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, and a variety of leadership articles. Please click here to connect to Learning Resources.

 Leadership Thought To Consider
Thought To Consider "If you want to be happy, put your effort into controlling the sail, not the wind
- Anonymous          
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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