Planners’ Picks – March 16, 2021

Planners’ Picks:

A collection of resources from CSN planning committee members worth mentioning

As luck would have it this St. Patrick’s Day, we have a “pot of gold” in mixed topics for you this week.


Science Says You Can Create Your Own Luck

Conventional wisdom posits that luck is a matter of chance; some people have it and others don’t.  We all know that person who always wins the contest, always seems to be at the right place at the right time, and always gets the most amazing opportunities.  Science says that those people create their own luck! Listen to Dr. Melissa Hughes about luck.

“Luck is generally thought to be an external force–sometimes we’re lucky and sometimes we’re not–but it’s possible to make your own luck. To a very large extent, lucky and unlucky people are responsible for much of the good and bad fortune they encounter.” – Richard Wiseman

Rebuilding clinician mental health and well-being after COVID-19

The pandemic has exacerbated existing issues around the mental health of healthcare workers. Providers can learn from other industries to develop an integrated framework promoting overall well-being. Many supervisors at UW-Madison are in the healthcare sector—this is a great article to reference for your staff going forward.

The healthcare sector may consider shifting its focus away from short-term mental health “fixes” in the aftermath of acute events and toward the development of an integrated framework to address clinician mental health and the long-term effects of trauma. While the precise formulation of individual programs will vary, there are a set of principles that should inform any new mental health framework. Providers can consider embedding mental health training through education, deploying regular risk assessments for all students and staff, establishing new structures within the organizational hierarchy to prioritize mental health and well-being, and procuring resources dedicated to supporting clinicians who require safety net services.

This Defense Mechanism Is Holding You Back – Even If It Helped You In The Past

Where in your life or career are you telling yourself a story that is no longer true? Where might you be still wearing armor that is needlessly weighing you down? If you can answer that question, you might feel a lot lighter. I quick Friday Forward article from author and CEO Robert Glazer on carrying armor.

>>>   “You can’t fully grow and contribute behind armor. It takes a massive amount of energy just to carry it around—sometimes it takes all of our energy.” – Brené Brown

What to Do When Your Employee Is Totally Checked Out

There are many reasons an employee might mentally check out and fail to meet your expectations. They could be experiencing a personal issue or feeling burnt out, or they could be unaware that they’ve been slipping. In any case, as a manager, you need to be aware of how they’re affecting the team. When confronting them, you should be kind and work with them to determine what’s going on and how you might be able to reengage them in their work. Be patient with them, but if the solutions you’ve arrived at ultimately don’t work, it might be time to consider whether or not the role is still a good fit for them.

These Are The 3 Traits Of Bosses That Everyone Wants To Work For

Do you want to be known as the manager who served his people well or as that selfish boss a former employee is now writing a book about? People don’t work for companies; they work for people–namely, their bosses. In a recent employee report done by workforce engagement software provider TinyPulse, 1,000 working Americans were asked what one thing they wished they could change about their manager, and the second most popular answer was to have their manager quit.

Leadership @ UW: A Values Based and Community Shaped Framework

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a rich history of developing engaged citizens in an ever-changing society. This is not coincidental, but a natural outgrowth of our university’s culture and mission.

Leadership development is taking place across our campus in organizations, programs, and courses. By connecting people and opportunities, Leadership @ UW supports our great University of Wisconsin in its tradition of promoting leadership for positive change on campus, across our state, and throughout the world. If you are not familiar with their framework, we recommend you take a look. The website offers support, and Leadershare Resource Directory, and much more! They recently featured CSN in their posts, and we are returning the favor.

Leadership @ UW links:  Web |  ::  Facebook | LeadershipatUW  ::  Twitter | LeadershipatUW

Innovative Innovation Meetings: Formats, Designs, and Examples

Design more innovative innovation meetings that boost creativity and strengthen engagement.

We’ve all been to uninspiring organizational meetings before. Far too often, engaging and innovative meetings are rare and fall short of accomplishing their goals. They can be too passive, boring, yield few ideas (and even fewer creative innovations), last too long, and result in too much discussion and too little action. However, it doesn’t need to be this way. You can host more innovative innovation meetings that inspire.

Make Time for Small Talk in Your Virtual Meetings

Before Covid-19, executives often had the chance to casually chat with colleagues while they grabbed coffee before a meeting started. Today, as participants’ windows pop up on the screen, it’s either talk to everyone or don’t talk at all. As a result, Zoom etiquette seems to call for meetings to get underway either on schedule or shortly after the relevant participants have signed on, depending on the culture. This means the best opportunity for a team to “shoot the breeze” without impinging on meeting time — those few minutes of pre-meeting gathering time — has vanished. And along with it, the benefits of unstructured conversations. The authors offer four ways to bring small talk back.

3 Lenses for Management Success by Dedric Carter

In this short article, Mr. Carter talks about how stepping back and considering the 3 lenses (strategic, political, cultural) gives you some insight into the landscape that needs to be navigated for you and your project to succeed. CSN recently covered this topic in a peer learning collective small group discussion.


>>>  If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.” – Dolly Parton