Planners’ Picks – April 6, 2021

Planners’ Picks:

A collection of resources from CSN planning committee members worth mentioning

We’ll work on uncertainty, leading with heart, and amplifying appreciation today.


Instead Of Saying ‘Hey, Guys!’ At Work, Try These Gender-Neutral Alternatives

“Hey, guys!” It’s the greeting that launched a thousand meetings and Zoom calls.  But when used to address your colleagues, it’s a gendered greeting that could be sending signals about who is ― and isn’t ― included in your workplace. Here are some alternatives.

How Leading with Heart Uplifts Teams and Organizations

Everyone who is reading this will have encountered managers who genuinely cared for them and those who did not. Those who do not genuinely care leave employees feeling like they are just a number. You may have found yourself thinking or overheard others say, “I don’t understand why they do not care about all my efforts” or “They don’t care about the hours I work; they just want me to get the work done.”

By contrast, those managers who made you feel that you had an important role to play in a team’s success and the organization would have gotten the best out of you. After what seemed like a lifetime of repeatedly hearing and reading about these same scenarios and experiences, Heather Younger set out to clearly define what caring leadership looked like and how leading with heart uplifts teams and organizations in her new book.

How to Amplify Certainty in a Sea of Uncertainty

A Video conversation from executive coach and author Caroline Webb — When a situation feels challenging, uncertainty makes it feel even more stressful – and this stress hampers our ability to make good choices about what to do next. In this episode, Caroline talks about the science and practice of grounding ourselves in certainties, to restore a sense of calm and clarity in our thinking even in the middle of chaos. There are also a couple downloads from her book How To Have A Good Day.

eBook: 6 Crucial Conversations to Succeed in 2021

VitalSmarts’ latest research of 1,200 employees, shows that when it came to succeeding in 2020, how well you hold crucial conversations is more important than the resources at your disposal, grit of your team, good ideas, and even talent. And while dialogue is critical in a crisis and its aftermath, some conversations matter more than others. Leaders identified six conversations that are critical to 2021 success.

But while speaking up is necessary for survival and success, it isn’t always easy. We often give in to stress, pressure, and fear. When our voice is needed most, we bite our tongue and tell ourselves that speaking up will only complicate the issue, rock the boat, and derail the plan.

Download their eBook, Speak Up to Move Forward: Six Crucial Conversations for Success in 2021 to learn the six conversations and four skills for holding them successfully.

Struggling to Achieve Your Goals? Embrace the Goal Reflection Loop

Every business needs goals. Without goals, there’s no direction. No destination. No sense of shared purpose. Setting goals is everything. But if that’s the case, why do so few organizations — and people — manage to actually achieve their goals? The way you think about goals can lead to much better outcomes.

Great Leaders Frequently Use These 2 Words

You’ve heard the old saying, “People don’t leave bad jobs. They leave bad bosses.” It’s true, and more often than not, it’s because they don’t pay enough, but it has nothing to do with salary. Many bad bosses are bad because they don’t pay enough attention to currencies more compelling than money. Dr. Melissa Hughes reminds us to thank those in our care and why.

60 Heartfelt Employee Appreciation Quotes to Say “Thank You”

Each occasion deserves a personalized thanks. Here are some common times to show recognition, with appropriate employee appreciation quotes for each. Use these meaningful quotes from O.C. Tanner to show your true gratitude for your people.

How Gratitude Changes You and Your Brain

With the rise of managed health care, which emphasizes cost-efficiency and brevity, mental health professionals have had to confront this burning question: How can they help clients derive the greatest possible benefit from treatment in the shortest amount of time?

Recent evidence suggests that a promising approach is to complement psychological counseling with additional activities that are not too taxing for clients but yield high results. In our own research, we have zeroed in on one such activity: the practice of gratitude. Indeed, many studies over the past decade have found that people who consciously count their blessings tend to be happier and less depressed.

Help UHS Suicide Prevention Staff develop new, online training

UHS Suicide Prevention staff are currently developing a new, online suicide prevention training tailored for UW-Madison faculty and staff. The purpose of the training is to build capacity in faculty/staff to support student mental health and prevent suicide. The training is expected to launch on campus in early Fall 2021. Please help us understand your needs and interest in a faculty/staff suicide prevention training by completing a brief questionnaire by Monday, April 12th. Please also share this with your colleagues – the survey is open to all UW-Madison faculty and staff.

Follow this link to take the 5-minute survey:

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 4/14 Laughter in Leadership: Unlocking Innovation, Communication and Your Team’s Greatest Potential

April 14, 2021 – 8:00 am CT

Join in on a free webinar with Jenn Lederer! Keynote speaker Jenn Lederer combines comedy, heart, intuition and business strategies. Helping her audiences laugh their way to a breakthrough!

Speaker Jenn Lederer’s talks are relatable, inspirational and designed to light a FIRE under your you-know-what. Bridging the wellness and entertainment industries using laughter, real talk and real life experience. Her quick, comedic wit and glam irreverence make her message and the world of wellness accessible to everyone. After all, we are united by humor (and who couldn’t use a good, authentic, heartfelt laugh).

Why you should sign-up for Jenn Lederer’s free webinar:

  • Jenn’s Motivational Comedy delivers VALUE and LAUGHTER with a jolt of inspiration!
  • Her webinar will knock your socks. LAUGH ABOUT IT is sure RAISE the vibes at any event!
  • As the saying goes…always leave ‘em laughing…and in this case, MOTIVATED, too!

>>>  “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.” – Mahatma Gandhi