Spring, 2019
Dear Friends,

In this issue, you will find a range of ideas and resources that reflect my thinking on the current state of leadership. Please be sure to check out the featured article, The Kindness Connection as I think you’ll agree that it applies to leaders and teams everywhere.   

As 2019 continues to unfold, 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 Article: 
 The Kindness Connection
As a passionate student of leadership, I have had the good fortune of being able to learn from many leaders over the years. While experience continues to be a trusted teacher, my countless conversations with leaders at all levels have proven to be an invaluable source of knowledge and inspiration. A common thread woven through every conversation is the exploration of how leadership has evolved and what separates great leaders from all of the rest.  

To be sure, timeless factors such as integrity, trust, respect, consistency and transparency continue to serve as the foundational building blocks of leadership excellence. Although these factors remain at the core of leadership effectiveness, today’s complex work climate coupled with the accelerating pace of global change demand more from us as leaders.
In The News &
Upcoming Events
WorkChoice Solutions
Marks 19th Anniversary
As many of you know, April this year marks the 19th anniversary of WorkChoice Solutions as a trusted provider of leadership and organizational effectiveness services. Over this time, I have been fortunate to count many of you as both clients and dear friends. I look forward to many more years of doing what I love and offer my heartfelt thanks to those of you who have helped me to reach this important milestone. 
David O'Brien to Present Creating a Culture of Accountability 
at SHRM Event
David will be the featured speaker at the Human Resource Association of Central CT’s monthly dinner meeting on June 12, 2019 at the Sheraton Hartford Hotel in Rocky Hill, CT. His presentation, Creating a Culture of Accountability is a 1-hour executive overview of his popular Building a Culture of Accountability workshop. This interactive presentation provides participants with an actionable framework for garnering executive sponsorship and for helping to create a culture of accountability. To learn more, please visit the HRACC website .
David O'Brien to Present Building a Culture of Accountability Workshop
As part of David's ongoing partnership with the CT Nonprofit Alliance, he will be delivering his very popular, Building a Culture of Accountability workshop on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at the Nonprofit Alliance offices in Hartford, CT. The program provides leaders with a systematic way to overcome common barriers to accountability by focusing on a 4-phase accountability continuum which includes; Role Clarity, Purpose, Ownership and Behavior.
When linked, this continuum allows employees at all levels to make significant progress with moving tasks forward to achieve a higher level of job impact and job satisfaction. Participants can expect to leave the workshop with new tools that can be applied immediately to expand their leadership influence. The 9:00 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 Nonprofit Alliance.
David O'Brien Selected as a Vistage Speaker
David was recently selected by Vistage Interactional as an approved Speaker within their CEO Advisory practice. Vistage, founded in 1957 is the premier global provider of advisory services for CEOs, Executives and Business Owners. Their mission is to help high -integrity leaders make great decisions that benefit their companies, families and communities. To learn more, please visit Vistage .
David O'Brien is Pleased to Announce the WorkChoice Solutions Core Capabilities Profile
As WorkChoice Solutions enters its 20th year of helping organizations maximize their leadership and employee potential, Founder and President, David O’Brien is pleased to share a new and expanded profile of our Core Capabilities. From development training and coaching to succession planning and corporate retreats, learn why WorkChoice Solutions is a trusted organizational development partner to so many organizations. To view or download the Core Capabilities profile please click here.
Featured Workshop:
Building a Culture of Accountability
At every level of every organization, projects begin, tasks are assigned, efforts are made and deadlines are met - or missed. Directions are given but not always understood. Deliverables are promised but not always delivered and agreements are made but not always followed. It’s not really any one person’s fault, it’s just part of how people fail to communicate in a specific and deliberate manner about the tasks they assign or accept.
The Building a Culture of Accountability program provides a systematic way to overcome these common barriers by focusing on a 4-phase accountability continuum which includes; Role Clarity, Purpose, Ownership and Behavior. When linked to mutual understanding, this cycle allows employees at all levels to make significant progress with moving tasks forward to achieve a higher level of job impact, job satisfaction and organizational success. Additionally, the workshop includes a range of group brainstorm activities which are designed to enhance immediate skill application opportunities.

The content and activities in this program help leaders to develop skills that foster an acceptance of responsibility, build self-empowerment and create a deeper personal leadership mindset that enhances team engagement and impact.  

Leadership Thought To Consider
Thought To Consider

" The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”
– Oscar Wilde

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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