Planners’ Picks – September 29, 2020

Planners’ Picks:
A collection of resources from CSN planning committee members worth mentioning

Today we focus mostly your personal leadership style and on building that muscle.


Leadership: What Your Employees Really Want

The way we define leadership is changing. The O.C. Tanner Institute’s 2020 Global Culture Report outlines its findings on what employees want out of a leader, and what it means to be a boss – if anything. The report boldly proclaims that “traditional leadership is dead. Today’s leaders must learn to mentor, inspire, and connect people to things that matter”. They prescribe Connection to Purpose, Connection to Accomplishment, and Connection to One Another as the recipe for success in leading others.


Showcase 2020 Virtual Brown-Bag Series

With so much going on around us, it can be difficult to find time to devote to our own professional goals or to develop our own skill sets. And, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, it can be even harder to find ways to network with peers. In spite of these challenges, with all the changes we are facing, now is actually a perfect time to take advantage of opportunities to learn and connect.

The Office of Strategic Consulting is pleased to announce an upcoming series of virtual brown-bag sessions that provide an opportunity to do just that. In just one hour (per session), you can expand your professional knowledge and connect with UW–Madison colleagues to share ideas.

The Showcase 2020 Virtual Brown-Bag Series features a number of topics that are especially relevant right now—many focused around change management. The sessions are designed to be interactive and engage participants. They are open to all faculty and staff.

Topics and Dates

The series begins October 1 and runs through mid-November. Below are the schedule and list of topics:

  • End the Meeting Madness: October 1, 11 a.m.–Noon
  • Leading a Team Through Change: October 15, Noon–1 p.m.
  • Essential Tools for Leading Change: November 5, Noon–1 p.m.
  • Is It a Change or an Improvement? Your Communications Should Make It Clear: November 12, Noon–1 p.m.

Visit the Showcase website for more information and to register.


What Employees Really Want and 4 Ways to Deliver

When it comes to our personal or professional happiness, there is fundamental element that hold true — the need to feel appreciated and valued. A simple and sincere gesture of gratitude is one of the easiest ways to have the greatest impact on your organization.  And a simple “thank you” is one of the best ways to keep your employees engaged and productive. Check out Melissa Hughes’ post on the topic here:


Manager relationships and correlation to employee job satisfaction

When it comes to employee happiness, bosses and supervisors play a bigger role than one might guess. Relationships with management are the top factor in employees’ job satisfaction, which in turn is the second most important determinant of employees’ overall well-being.


7 Leadership Qualities You May Not Know You Have

Guiding vision, passion, and integrity are well known leadership traits. But there are lesser known leadership traits, as well-in fact, some historically have been perceived as weaknesses. These hidden traits can be developed and nurtured to help further your career and your role as a leader, at work, in your community, or in life in general.

Upcoming Events:

31 days of CommUNITY Well-Being

UW–Madison employees are invited to participate in 31 days of CommUNITY Well-Being in the month of October. Online presentations, resources, and suggested actions will be offered throughout the month. Live sessions will be held during the week of October 19 and will be recorded for viewing later. The month’s events will include a Racial Healing & Transformation series, designed to raise awareness and build understanding of the impact of racism on health and well-being. This series will use sequential, cohort-based learning to explore community well-being through the lens of health equity and racial justice. All events are available to UW–Madison employees at no cost. To learn more and to register, visit


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