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  The Leadership Compass                                Fall 2017

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

David will be the featured speaker at the MetroWest Human Resources Management Association's monthly breakfast meeting on November 14, 2017 at the Clark University, Graduate School of Management in Southborough, MA. 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 MetroWest HRMA website by clicking here.

David O'Brien to Present Strategies for Career Growth at Young Professionals Conference

David will be a featured speaker at the CT Society of CPAs Young Professionals Conference on November 15, 2017 in Rocky Hill, CT. His presentation titled  Strategies for Career Growth is an interactive and highly motivational workshop designed to help early career professionals understand and embrace their role in managing their careers. It also provides a meaningful framework for developing and managing an actionable career development plan that enhances job impact and satisfaction. To learn more, please visit the CTCPA website by clicking here.

David O'Brien to Present a Motivational Speech at CT Nonprofit Alliance Annual Conference

David will be a featured Speaker at the CT Nonprofit Alliance Annual Conference at the CT Convention Center in Hartford, CT on November 30, 2017. His presentation titled  Discovering Your Role in Creating a Fantastic Workplace combines an effective blend of research, serious thought, humor and fun all designed to make for a memorable learning event that fosters a personal leadership mindset. To learn more, please visit the CT Nonprofit Alliance website  by clicking here .  

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This latest edition of the Leadership Compass features an abundance of leading edge content including some powerful insights from leadership guru Ken Blanchard and CEO Liza Landsman. Please be sure to check-out my featured article, No Excuses, No Complaints as it has far reaching application for leaders and teams at every level.

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

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David O'Brien
Featured Article:
No Excuses, No Complaints

After listening to Bob share his frustrations about his team for nearly 20 minutes, I was struck by several powerful observations. One was that while his concerns seemed somewhat warranted, I couldn't help but think that they were focused almost entirely on excuses and complaints. Additionally, I could not ignore one burning question, what example did his complaining and excuse making set for his team? When I shared my observations with Bob he appreciated the feedback and was quick to admit that indeed, excuses and complaints had become part of the norm within his department. He added "if they spent less time complaining and making excuses, they could all help close their department's productivity gap".
Although we both agreed that eliminating the excuses and complaints from his department would have many benefits . . .
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Featured Workshop :
Strategies for Career Growth

An interactive and highly motivational program designed to help early career professionals understand and embrace their role in managing their careers. The program also provides a meaningful framework for developing and managing an actionable career development plan that enhances job satisfaction while also helping to expand career options and impact. Additionally, the workshop includes the Career Readiness Profile and the Career Action Inventory both of which support long term skill application and career resilience .

Read the Full Course Description of this workshop  here.
Thought To Consider Leadership Thought
To Consider

"You can buy a person's time, you can even buy a measured number of skilled muscular motions per hour or per day; but you cannot buy enthusiasm, you cannot buy initiative; you cannot buy loyalty; you cannot buy devotion of hearts, minds and souls. You have to earn these things."
Clarence Francis - Chairman, General Foods

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.
Learning Key
Quick Links to Learning

Link # One: "Servant Leadership"

by Ken Blanchard, London Business Forum 2017

Leadership Guru and best-selling author Ken Blanchard discusses servant leadership, a model where leaders partner with their people to set and attain goals to achieve significance. The 3 minute video is chock full of wisdom that is sure to inspire self-reflection and a higher level of leadership clarity. Watch the video.

Link # Two: "Leadership Insights 2017" by Liza Landsman,
Thunder, Wisdom, Insights Series CEO and former CMO of E*TRADE, Liza Landsman shares some terrific insights about the leadership characteristics she looks for when building high performing teams. The 2 ½ minute video offers many insights into not only the key characteristics that drive team success, but leadership success as well. Watch the video.

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. Connect to Learning Resources.

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