Planners’ Picks – April 20, 2021

Planners’ Picks:

A collection of resources from CSN planning committee members worth mentioning

Caring Leadership is an art. Learn about it, along with humor and happiness, in today’s PP.


The Next Great Disruption Is Hybrid Work—Are We Ready?

At last week’s CSN What Matters at Work Book Club, our group discussed the physical spaces and relationships as they pertain to a post-Covid world, and possibly coming back to the office on campus. What are your unit’s plans going forward? Have they been announced or discussed? Exclusive research and expert insights into a year of work like no other reveal urgent trends leaders should consider as hybrid work unfolds. In this report, Microsoft gives us seven areas to be aware of going forward with the need for a hybrid work model.

How Do You Lead?

Whitney Johnson has heard this question posed nearly ad nauseam––so many times that she rarely even notices or tune in to listen, much less actually give it some thought. She says “I’ve never really asked myself, What are my leadership principles? How do I lead? Do I even think of myself as a leader?”

These questions deserve serious consideration. We may find it challenging to define what comprises good leadership but, like art, we know it when we see it. She tackles this topic in a podcast episode with Ed Catmull. Here are some attributes of good leadership that Ed personifies:

  1. He leads people by believing they are worthy of his trust.
  2. Ed checks references, but once he hires someone, he believes they can do the job.
  3. He leads by taking responsibility when someone isn’t scaling the S Curve as expected.
  4. Ed Catmull leads by example.

A good leader does what a good parent does: they create an ecosystem of safety for their people and furnish it with growth opportunities. When your people grow, your company grows. Have you stated your leadership principles? Are they due for an update?

Why Humor Is a Secret Weapon In Life

Humor and levity are uniquely powerful tools for leading lives of meaning and purpose. You might already know how to infuse your work life with humor and levity, and why it’s so important. But here’s the thing: Once the workday is over, you go home to your full and beautiful and complicated life. What then?

The Art of Caring Leadership by Heather Younger

In the fine art of caring leadership, what makes one a master?  Leaders who care for their people and teams are not only appreciated by them; they’re helping them and their organizations thrive. Heather R. Younger, who just released a new book on caring leadership, says there are nine ways leaders can make their employees feel cared for to increase productivity, customer satisfaction, and employee engagement:

1️: Cultivate self-leadership skills
2️: Make them feel important
3️: Look for greatness in those you lead
4️: Involve them
5️: Lead the whole person
6️: Create a listening culture
7️: Provide them safe spaces
8️: Empower them to make decisions
9️: Build their resilience

Rich Gassen from CSN is quoted a few times within the pages of this great resource, where Heather interviewed over 80 leaders from all walks of life on her weekly podcast series about their management styles and challenges in leading. Heather also has a community to get support and grow as a caring leader, and an assessment to discover your caring leadership style. Both can be accessed here:

Be watching for this book to be featured in a future CSN book club!

10 Ways Great Companies Create Jobs We LOVE

Pay is obviously important. So are benefits. But pay and benefits are also expected. So what makes a job more than just a list of duties? When you actually care about what you do — and care about the people you do it with and for.

We go the extra mile when we feel we belong to a team, that we’re pursuing a higher purpose, that we’re working with people who care about us as individuals and not just as employees. Then we want to come to work because that work is more rewarding.

Caring gives work meaning and helps us love our jobs. But caring has to start with the employer. We don’t genuinely care about our company until we first know our company cares about us — by showing it. How do great companies do that?

3 Leadership Lessons You May Have to Learn the Hard Way

Where are the stubborn weeds in your leadership, the challenges that are causing frustration? What are the unwanted situations that make you feel things are out of control? Which challenging person has planted themselves firmly in your life, that is making you feel ungrounded? Leadership coach Lolly Daskal gives some leadership advice using a gardening analogy.

Employee Wellness in a Remote World: New Focus on Mental Health & Employee Burnout

The impact of the pandemic on workers has been catastrophic in so many different ways that it’s hard to quantify. While some company leaders might think their biggest employee challenge today is a remote productivity issue, a retention issue or a work-life balance issue, by far the biggest and most pressing challenges for employees today all boil down to this…Employee mental health and employee burnout.


>>>   “Nothing strengthens the judgment and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility.”  – Elizabeth Cady Stanton