Winter, 2020
Dear Friends,

Welcome to the new decade of leadership. I’m sure you would agree that this new decade ushers in an unprecedented need for true leadership in every corner of our society. This latest edition of The Leadership Compass features an abundance of leading edge content that is sure to make you think about the opportunity that this truth creates for each of us. Please be sure to check out the featured article, Hope, The New Leadership Competency.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to leadership excellence and may 2020 be your best leadership year ever. 

Choose to Navigate,

David O'Brien
Featured Article: 
Hope, The New Leadership Competency
With performance review season about to get under way in many organizations, countless conversations will be focused on leadership competencies. Despite a wide range of universal competencies that drive leadership success, few of these conversations will include a measure of the leader’s capacity to build hope. To be sure, competencies like visioning, execution, resource management and the full list of EI related competencies (to name a few) remain critical measures of leadership impact. What’s changed, however, is that today’s workforce is overstressed and overworked to a point where hope has been replaced by uncertainty and fear in many organizations. 

As a beginning point, it’s helpful to consider what hope as a leadership competency involves. At a foundational level, hope is the absence of fear.
In The News &
Upcoming Events
WorkChoice Solutions
Marks 20 th Anniversary
As many of you know, this year marks the 20 th anniversary of WorkChoice Solutions as a trusted provider of leadership and organizational effectiveness services. What started as a singular vison to create more leaders, has become a way of life that reminds me every day that we are all role models for the behaviors we wish to see in others. For all of you who have helped me to get to this point and to discover this truth, Thank you! 
David O’Brien to Present “Accountability” Program
at SHRM Tri-State Conference
David will be a featured speaker at the SHRM Tri-state Conference 2020 at the Mohegan Sun Conference Center on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. His presentation, Building 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 SHRM Tri-state Conference website .
David O’Brien to Present Workshop
Building a Culture of Accountability
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 Thursday, March 19, 2020 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 online, or call them directly at 860-525-5080.
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.

Leadership Thought To Consider
Thought To Consider
 "The deepest hunger in humans is the desire to be appreciated."
– William James, Pioneering Psychologist & Philosopher  

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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