Planners’ Picks – January 26, 2021

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

On this snowy winter day, we focus on personal improvement, boundaries, and confidence building in this installment of PP.


Upcoming Live Session:

Rethinking Impostor Syndrome

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 — 3:00 p.m.

Join Dr. Valerie Young to learn how to address self-doubt despite all evidence to the contrary. For postdocs, staff, and faculty.

Despite degrees, promotions, tenure, awards, grants, and other tangible evidence of their abilities, millions of people around the world, from CEOs to Oscar winners to PhDs, secretly worry they’re not as bright and capable as other people “think” they are. It’s called the Impostor Syndrome. You don’t need to personally identify with this all-too-common form of self-doubt to attend. If you teach, advise, manage, or parent other people, you need to understand the individual and organizational cost of impostor syndrome as well as strategies for addressing it. Join us for an interactive program on impostor syndrome in higher education led by an internationally recognized expert and author Valerie Young.

This event is co-sponsored by the UW-Madison Graduate School Office of Professional Development, Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI), the Office of Postdoctoral Studies, and the Women Faculty Mentoring Program (WFMP).

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10 Confidence Boosting Tips

The definition of confidence is a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities.

Bestselling author and keynote speaker Allison Liddle has had the privilege of speaking to thousands of people from all over the globe and has heard that no matter your job title or experience, many people struggle with having confidence.

Here are 10 Confidence-Boosting Tips you can implement…today!

Set Better Boundaries

Boundary predators appear in every realm of life. From the boss who asks you to fix the slide show botched by a colleague (and to add three new slides while you’re at it) to the 10-year-old who asks for “just five more minutes” of screen time to complete their video game, it can feel like you say “no” all day long. The author supplies scripts and sample language to help you set — and hold — boundaries, no matter who is trying to push you to do more than you agreed to.

Zoning In and Out of Stress

We all navigate varying levels of stress every day, especially amid the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is normal and happens consciously and unconsciously. But if we don’t take steps to mitigate stress, it saps our effectiveness and can even make us fall ill. Learn about navigating the three levels of stress we encounter to work for us instead of against us.

6 Ways to Slay the Afternoon Slump

We’ve all been there… it’s full steam ahead all morning and after a quick lunch, you have the best of intentions of powering through your to-do list. Instead… around 3:00 you find your attention wandering, your energy plummeting and all you really want to do is curl up under your desk for a nap. Research shows that there are some really simple ways to slay the dreaded afternoon slump.

Building Endurance: Leading Without a Playbook [webinar]

Recently, leadership has become a game of endurance. Leaders are working through massive changes without a playbook, and with considerable change comes leadership fatigue. How can you survive and continue to lead effectively through all these changes? Here are a few actionable tips to acknowledge and handle the fatigue going forward.

5 Morale-boosting Strategies to Try Right Now

“Team morale is the spirit of a group formed by the mental and emotional state that motivates them to succeed. Positive morale leads to an increase in productivity, satisfaction, and retention.” Just because your team *is* performing, that doesn’t mean their morale is high. And if it’s not, that level of performance is not sustainable.

It takes a lot of continued effort and intention to build, grow and maintain a team’s wellbeing and performance. Not surprisingly, these tips all come back to a combination of caring for people as human beings, growth mindset, and psychological safety.


>>>   “Either you run the day, or the day runs you.”  – Jim Rohn