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  The Leadership Compass                                Summer 2016

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In The News 

David O'Brien to Present Harnessing the Power of Leadership Vision 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 Harnessing the Power of Leadership Vision workshop on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at the CCNA offices in Hartford, CT. In this hands-on and highly interactive workshop, participants are provided with the opportunity to explore the visioning process from a "best practice" vantage point. The program also provides participants with a solid framework for developing a team specific vision and related action plan. The 9:00 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 Community Nonprofit Alliance online by clicking here.

The Navigator's Compass Second Edition has Nationwide Release

The Second Edition of The Navigator's Compass, 101 Steps Toward Leadership Excellence will have its official nationwide release on August 26th. Hailed as a "must read" by such well-known leadership authors as Jesse Stoner and George Hathaway, the book is a collection of observations and personal experiences that explore the common denominators of truly great leaders. The Navigator's Compass is an action-oriented and practical guide which presents proven processes and methodologies for maximizing leadership and team capacity. To order the book, please click here.

David O'Brien Announces Appreciating Generational Differences Workshop

Based on numerous requests from clients and 6 months of R&D, David O'Brien is pleased to announce that the Appreciating Generational Differences workshop is ready for roll-out. This highly interactive workshop is designed to provide managers and employees with a deeper understanding and appreciation of generational differences while also presenting proven strategies for successfully navigating today's multi-generational workplace. This customizable program can be delivered in 2 and 3 hour formats as well as in the 60-minute Executive Conversation Series format. To read the full workshop outline, please click here.
Limited time offer: Book two or more Appreciating Generational Differences workshops at your company before December 31, 2016 and receive any other WCS workshop at 50% off standard pricing; plus receive 25 complimentary copies of The Navigator's Compass, 101 Steps Toward Leadership Excellence.

What My Clients
Have To Say 

Dear Friends,
This latest edition of the Leadership Compass features an abundance of leading edge content including some powerful insights from Whole Foods CEO, John Mackey. It also heralds the introduction of my latest workshop, Appreciating Generational Differences, as well as the nationwide release of the Second Edition of my 2nd book, The Navigator's Compass, 101 Steps Toward Leadership Excellence.  
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:
Bridging the Generational Divide
5 Strategies for Harnessing Team Capacity

"Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it." This observation, attributed to George Orwell offers a multitude of insights into one of today's most pressing organizational challenges. Namely, to get employees from multiple generations to work together toward a shared goal. On one level, it reminds us that the gaps we see in the generational divide are not unique to one generational group nor are they new. In fact, these generational perceptions have been traced all the way back to ancient Greece when Aristotle said, "The young people would always rather do noble deeds than useful ones. Their lives are regulated more by moral feeling than by reasoning."
Orwell's observation also offers a context for tackling one of the biggest obstacles to bridging the generational divide and ultimately, to harnessing the collective talent and capacity of today's multi-generational workforce.

The typical picture that is painted of today's millennial generation (Gen Y) is that of an arrogant, self-absorbed and entitled group who resent authority and who have an unquenchable thirst for feedback and praise. We're also led to believe ...  Continue Reading
Featured Leadership Workshop:
Appreciating Generational Differences

With very few exceptions, the topic of generational differences in today's workplace is on the minds of leaders and teams in nearly every sector. While having as many as four generations working together toward a common goal has its challenges, it also represents an unparalleled opportunity for organizations that can harness this diversity to increase team collaboration and impact.

To effectively harness, engage and motivate today's multi-generational workforce, successful organizations must strive to create a culture of mutual understanding, respect and appreciation. This highly interactive workshop is designed to provide managers and employees with a deeper understanding and appreciation of generational differences while also presenting proven strategies for successfully navigating today's multi-generational workplace. Participants can expect to leave the workshop with new tools that can be applied immediately to expand their influence and impact across the multi-generational organization.
For the Full Course Description of this workshop, please click here.
Quick Links To Learning

Link # One: "John Mackey on Conscious Capitalism"
                 - Tuck School of Business 

Tuck Professor Richard D'Aveni interviews Whole Foods CEO, John Mackey who talks about the secret of business success including the four principles of Conscious Capitalism. The 10 minute video which is part of the Tuck Strategic Business Insights series offers leaders at all levels many powerful reminders about what it takes to lead with clarity and purpose. To watch the video, please click here.  
Link # Two: "Qualities That Define a Leader"
                                                    -  Harvard Business School

Harvard Professor Anita Elberse interviews Sir Alex Ferguson, the former manager of the Manchester United soccer team who shares his thinking about the most important qualities of a successful leader. The 4 minute video offers valuable insights into what it takes to lead with influence and impact. 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 "The real act of discovery consists not in finding new lands but in seeing with new eyes."  - French novelist Marcel Proust
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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