Planners’ Picks – November 10, 2020

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

Today’s entries are all about the team: Creating strong team culture will benefit everyone in the organization. Showing gratitude is critical to developing a great culture.


The Positive Power of Workplace Gratitude

Who doesn’t want to be thanked for their loyalty or a job well done? Who doesn’t want a metaphorical pat on the back for going above-and-beyond? Everyone values a genuine thank you! But engagement and appreciation efforts  workplace gratitude  should be sincere and consistent across an organization. Building a workplace culture of gratitude is especially relevant now because of what we are seeing as a result of the pandemic. We are witnessing increased worker stress, loneliness, anxiety and depression; concern about the future and the pressure of juggling family and work commitments.

Creating Inclusive Cultures with Team Emotional Intelligence

Human behavior is not new. The study of Team Emotional Intelligence, however, is. Lila Smith is an influencer on Linkedin, and has a show called #LIVEwithLila. This episode had guest speaker Vanessa Druskat, PhD talking about teams and emotional intelligence. Viewers will learn to assess the emotional intelligence of their own team, and identify where new team norms/habits could be helpful. Watch this discussion if you are leading a team, especially remotely. Make sure everyone on the team feels like they belong and is aware of the shared mission of your group.

Book Barn: The 7 Intuitive Laws of Employee Loyalty by Heather Younger

In 2017, Heather Younger published her first book, The 7 Intuitive Laws of Employee Loyalty. A guidebook to navigate employee engagement and retention, her book is a must for all leaders to reference and have at their fingertips. CSN has used her material many times in discussion groups because it is so relevant and immediately usable. Also, during the pandemic we are in, her laws are even more pertinent. Rich Gassen summarized the topics in her book earlier this year on Linkedin.

Along with this great book, Heather has produced a TED talk on transforming adversity into opportunity (another timely reference for COVID-19 working environments). We all face adversity in our work and personal lives — how do you overcome it, rise from it, build upon it or excel in spite of it?

A Conversation with Chief Happiness Officer Sarah Ratekin

Happiness is a renewable resource. You can help your team learn healthy ways to overcome today’s challenges and destress so they are more productive. Sarah Ratekin joins The One Broken Cog podcast to discuss the neuro and social science data behind what really creates happier workplaces, and the idea that happy employees translate to successful businesses that drive sustainable innovation, performance, and well-being.

Managing Virtual Teams

Working remotely has been on the rise for many years now, with research showing that hiring managers expect nearly half of all their workers to be working remotely over the next decade. While many trends feed into this way of organizing work, managing the work effectively will be key to the success of organizations globally. In this course, instructor Phil Gold provides managers with a clear approach for getting the most out of their remote teams. He zeros in on the key factors that will ensure productivity, engagement, and growth, as well as a manager’s role in building trust, removing roadblocks, nurturing connections with team members, and setting clear goals. This is a Linkedin Learning Module (UW has an enterprise license to access these and many more video trainings).

Military Panel Explores Resilience In Adversity

In a DoIT-led panel discussion in August, several former members of U.S. military branches gathered to discuss the concept of resilience, and how their military training has helped them build resilience in the face of adversity and challenges. The panel was assembled to share insights and advice with DoIT colleagues (and others) who do not have military backgrounds.

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