Planners’ Picks — January 12, 2021

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

Help your employees solve problems, build trust, and find their happy place with these links.


How to Help Your Employees Solve Problems

There’s no denying that being a manager is hard. You are responsible for your own work and making sure your team has what it needs to be successful, all while you are likely continuing to work from home. There are countless things to prioritize, conversations to have, and you are expected to execute your role while both coaching and managing your people.

Being a good manager matters to you and your organization. Whether you have a background as a manager, you recently made the transition from individual contributor to manager, or you’re somewhere in between, you’ll have to adapt your management style in this new world of remote working. Becky Kirgan teaches Manager Boot Camp at the Wisconsin School of Business Center for Professional & Executive Development, and shares this article with us.

Simple Steps You Can Take to Boost Your Immune System on a Daily Basis

Washing our hands is important, but it’s also vital that we commit to building additional preventive healthy habits. We asked our Thrive community to share the small steps they take on a regular basis to boost their immune systems and destress. Which of these will you try?

Business Lessons from the World of Improv

A good read below about using the skill set of improvisational comedy to be better leaders and communicators. UW-Madison has its own monthly sessions on this subject matter at UW-IT Connects – Leadership Improv. Leadership Improv meets the last Friday of each month at 12:00pm, and provides an opportunity to learn and practice improvisational skills through active participation in exercises and skits to help tackle difficult leadership situations experienced in our daily work on the UW campus.

How to Build Trust Within a Team

In this podcast, Dr. Amy Climer introduces three ways to start building trust within you team. But first, she explain why trust matters and how it impacts creativity. What You’ll Learn: Two types of trust that are important to creativity / The relationship between trust and conflict / Three strategies you can implement to increase trust within your team. (Dr. Climer was the keynote speaker at UW-Madison’s Leadership and Development Conference in 2019.)

YouTube Live Event: How Happiness in the Workplace is a Strategy for Excellence Featuring Sarah Ratekin

Join happiness advocate Sarah Ratekin as she presents on the Bricks+Brands Broadcast January 20 at 10:00am CST with host Benjamin Warsinske. Come ready to ask your questions about how you can increase happiness in the workplace and use it to your advantage as a strategy for excellence. Visit Sarah’s website to learn more about her fascinating work and research by visiting Happiness is Courage.

YouTube Live: January 20 – 10:00am CST

Test Your Leadership Competence Using The ‘3Q’ Framework

2021 is underway and the leadership challenges we face continue to be bountiful on the heels of a tumultuous year. People need competent leadership more now than ever, and it’s our mission to help you answer the call.

That’s why Conant Leadership designed a simple leadership assessment to help you measure your leadership competence as it stands right now — and gain a fuller understanding of your unique ability to contribute in this moment. You’ll find that when all 3 Qs are developed with focus and discipline, and leveraged together in harmony, overall leadership competence is elevated.


“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.’” –Alfred Lord Tennyson