Summer, 2021
Dear Friends,

Welcome to the summer Edition of the Leadership Compass. In it, you’ll find an abundance of leading-edge content that explores the current state of leadership. Please be sure to check-out my featured article, Bridging The Engagement Gap as it offers 8 no-cost strategies for increasing employee engagement.

Best wishes for a summer filled with rest, rejuvenation and hope,

David O'Brien
Featured Article: Bridging The Engagement Gap
8 No-cost Strategies for Increasing Employee Engagement
Despite the efforts of many well intentioned leaders, the gap between engaged employees and disengaged employees continues to grow. Numerous studies have confirmed that regardless of industry, market sector or organizational size, the ratio of disengaged employees to engaged employees remains at nearly 3 to 1. While this number at first glance is quite unsettling, the good news is that not all of the disengaged employees are fully disenfranchised or disconnected. Some (or possibly many) are what are best described as ...
In The News &
Upcoming Events
David O’Brien to Present Webinar:
Leading in the Post-Pandemic World
As part of David's ongoing partnership with the CT Association of Nonprofits, he will be delivering the 90-minute version of his very popular, Leading in the Post-Pandemic World webinar on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time via Zoom. This research based, highly interactive webinar is designed to provide leaders with a deeper understanding of the skills and mindset that will drive leadership and organizational success in the post-pandemic workplace.
Participants can expect to leave the webinar with new tools that can be applied immediately to expand their leadership and organizational clarity. Learn more and register.
David O’Brien to Lead a Conversation with
"The Connext Exchange"
David will be the featured guest and conversation starter at The Connext Exchange on Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time via Zoom. His conversation, titled There’s No Off-Switch on Leadership will guide participants through a discussion that explores deliberate leadership and its link to the five dimensions of leadership influence. The Connext Exchange is an online community that hosts weekly conversations to inspire meaningful connections that help shape the world to be one that prioritizes more humanity, generosity, and purpose.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Learn more and register.
David O’Brien to Present at Nebraska
SHRM Conference 2021

David will be a featured speaker at the Nebraska SHRM Conference 2021 on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Standard Time. His presentation, Leading in the Post-Pandemic World is designed to provide leaders with a deeper understanding of the organizational strategies that will drive success in the post-pandemic workplace. Learn more and register.
David O'Brien to Present Surfing the Winds of Change
at Regional IMA Conference
David will be a featured presenter at the Institute of Management Accountants 13th annual, Northeast Regional Conference on Monday, September 13, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time at the Norwich Inn & Spa. In this highly interactive workshop, participants explore a range of “best practice” strategies for turning organizational change into an opportunity for renewed purpose and commitment. Learn more here.
Leading in The Post-Pandemic World Now Available
in 3 Delivery Formats
Based on the positive response to this new program and interest from a wide range of clients, the Leading in the Post-Pandemic World program is now available in 3 different delivery formats. The 90-minute version of the original 60-minute version allows participants to take a deeper dive on the Organizational Pulse activity and the Team Reflection Questions.

The 30-minute version is delivered as an Executive Summary of the research findings with an emphasis on key executive actions that will drive organizational success in the post-pandemic workplace. To learn more, please contact David O’Brien directly at,
Leadership Thought To Consider
Thought To Consider
“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.”
– Andy Stanley  

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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