Planners’ Picks – December 8, 2020

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

This week we focus on resilience, emotional intelligence, and empathy as we venture closer to the end of 2020.


How to Start an Email Empathetically During Difficult Times

With the myriad challenges 2020 has brought, day-to-day life charges on. With more people working from home, many of us are drowning in a sea of emails from friends, family members, and coworkers. During these uncertain and often stressful times, starting off an email with the standard “I hope you’re well” can make you sound tone-deaf. Finding a way to greet your recipient in a way that imbues empathy and understanding is a much better option in the current climate.

6 Ways To Cope With More Uncertainty in 2020

Due to its disdain for uncertainty, your brain invents all sorts of untested stories hundreds of times a day to keep you safe. A friend doesn’t respond to a text, a colleague wears a frown and uses a certain tone of voice or you’re not included on the guest list. If you’re like most people, you assume the worst and over-personalize the event. You take these worst-case assumptions as fact without realizing it. These tips will help you stay calm and resilient as feelings of anxiety continue to rise.

Linkedin Learning: Building Resilience as a Leader

Research tells us that resilience is one of the key attributes of successful leaders. Resilience can help you face challenges, navigate obstacles, and thrive in your role. But it can also help you lead your team and your business to bigger and better results. In this course, psychologist and executive coach Gemma Leigh Roberts helps you develop a resilient mindset, a resilient team, and a resilient organization, which can weather risk and change. The tips Gemma offers are approachable and actionable—designed for busy leaders who need an extra edge to survive and thrive in challenging times.

Flexing Your Leadership Style Using Emotional Intelligence

Different situations call for different leadership styles. A balanced and considerate approach will help you lead with emotional intelligence. Our friends at the Center for Professional & Executive Development ask us to think of a recent leadership opportunity you had – how did it go? The next time one comes up, think about what you would want to change and remember these six styles:

How to Take More Control of Your Own Growth

We all tend to believe who we are today is the same person we were 10 years ago and the same person we’re likely to be 10 years from now. (Heck, with the pandemic I’m a different person than I was 10 MONTHS ago!) But if you think about it, there’s a good chance that you’re a very different person than you were 10 years ago—and that means there’s an equally good chance that you’ll be a very different person in the future.

Returning to Resilience: The impact of COVID-19 on mental health and substance use

As governments race to contain COVID-19, it is important to know the actions society can take to mitigate the behavioral health impact of the pandemic and economic crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic is a threat to our population, not only for its risk to human life and ensuing economic distress, but also for its invisible emotional strain. Recent days have seen the sharpest economic pullback in modern history and a record-breaking spike in unemployment. It is inevitable that the global pandemic, compounded by financial crisis, will have a material impact on the behavioral health of society. Be aware of this as you continue to lead and mentor your staff.

Upcoming Events:

Personal Resilience – A LifeMatters Presentation (UW’s EAO Partner)

December 16, 2020 @ 11:30 am

One factor influencing our stress level is how well we manage our energy. The concept of energy management is based on a new way of looking at self-discipline. It challenges the widely held view that time management is the key to work/life balance.

Content includes:

  • Paradigm shift
  • Energy management principles
  • Engaged vs. stressed vs. disengaged
  • Developing positive energy rituals