Planners’ Picks – November 24, 2020

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

This week is all about the Boss Factor: being a great manager and unleashing your best work as a leader.


5 Signs Your Boss Is a Great Manager (and You Shouldn’t Leave Your Job)

What type of leaders do employees enthusiastically follow? Read this Linkedin article on 5 traits of great leaders, and see which of them you possess.

The Boss Factor: Making the world a better place through workplace relationships

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.

The 7 Types of Managers You’ll Encounter Throughout Your Career

What type of supervisor are you? The Teacher? The Defender? Read about seven manager styles in this article and see the benefits of some styles over others.

How to Lose Your Best Employees

You want to be a great boss. You want your company to be a great place to work. But right now, at this very moment, one of your key employees might be about to walk out the door.

Podcast on Creativity and Unleashing Our Best Work

Robert Glazer, author of ELEVATE, has a great podcast series with leaders from all walks of life. In episode 109, Todd Henry helps others unlock their creativity and passion or their work. Todd is the founder of Accidental Creative, and delivers keynotes and workshops all over the world to help creative people and teams do brilliant work. Todd is the bestselling author of several books, including his latest, The Motivation Code, which released in October 2020. He is also the host of the very popular podcast, The Accidental Creative.

Three Key Things You’ll Learn if you listen:

  1. How individuals and teams can employ strategies and processes to build creativity.
  2. How creative workers can adapt to pandemic-era changes.
  3. How we can better understand what motivates us.

When Nothing is Normal: Managing in Extreme Uncertainty

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic recession have affected most large organizations around the world. Managers continue to scramble to address rapidly developing changes in the public-health environment, public policy, and customer behavior. And then there is the economic uncertainty—managers find themselves working in ways unsuited to a highly uncertain environment. They know what they need: flexibility, the capability to act collectively, quickly, and across the whole organization as challenges arise. They need also to be able to work in this way over an extended period. Some organizations have therefore begun to experiment with new operating models that allow managers to work together. Some of the changes have been successful and others have failed.

To increase the odds that a new operating model will be effective today, managers must ensure that it addresses the problems of operating under highly uncertain conditions. The COVID-19 operating environment requires that managers reexamine their collective thought processes and challenge their own assumptions. Instead of establishing a plan and ensuring the organization sticks to it, managers must understand and respond continuously to dynamic and wrenching change.

How to Masterfully Recap and Follow Up On a Meeting

An effective meeting recap shows that the allotted meeting time was used productively. It also helps with accountability, itemizing tasks that were accomplished, unexpected project challenges, and next steps that are needed. It’s this recap step—and subsequent follow-up communication—that keeps teams cohesive despite not being in the same room. Here’s what makes a written recap and action item follow-up stellar.