Planners’ Picks — April 27, 2021

Planners’ Picks:

A collection of resources from CSN planning committee members worth mentioning

In honor of the UW Women’s Volleyball team’s success, this week we are all about the TEAM. Working on inclusiveness, trust, a sense of purpose, and resilience within your team is critical to success. They have exhibited all of these traits on their road to the final four championships over the past couple of weeks.


The Elusive Inclusive Workplace

In the wake of the pandemic, you’ve committed to fast action on diversity. The first step is a new, more inclusive lens on talent management—straight through the life cycle.  In the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated working women and minorities—and put faster progress on diversity front and center on the leadership agenda. In this episode of McKinsey Talks Talent, McKinsey leaders and talent experts Bryan Hancock and Bill Schaninger speak with McKinsey Global Publishing’s Lucia Rahilly about the urgent need to increase inclusiveness at work, including how your talent practices could be helping—or hindering—your efforts.

How To Tell If You’re A Manager Or A Leader (And 3 Ways To Be More Of The Latter)

Are you a manager or a leader? Most people tend to use the terms “manager” and “leader” interchangeably, but they’re not the same. Their roles are, by definition, distinct and inherently quite different. Amy Blaschka tells us more in this Forbes article.

Disrupt Yourself Podcast 211 – Stephen M.R. Covey: The Speed of Trust

Whitney’s guest in this episode of her acclaimed podcast is Stephen M.R. Covey, the best-selling author of the critically acclaimed book, The Speed of Trust. He is the son of Stephen R. Covey of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and co-founder of Covey Link and the Franklin Covey Global Speed of Trust practice. And today, he is here with us. Stephen’s work shows us that trust is a valuable lever, one that makes organizations more profitable, people more promotable, and relationships more energizing. In this episode, we learn how, in the midst of a strained and possibly failing merger, Stephen zeroed in on trust – doubled down – and never looked back.

Optimizing Team Performance: Managing the Individual and Managing the Team

Managers have had to navigate many changes as their teams adjust to working from home. While managing individuals has stayed relatively normal, making sure the whole team is optimized and still working together while physically apart is a bigger challenge than it was before. How can managers navigate the differences between managing individuals and managing teams in this new reality?

Steve King, author and instructor at the Wisconsin School of Business Center for Professional & Executive Development, recently explained in the webinar Optimizing Team Performance: Managing the Individual and Managing the Team what conversations managers need to be having with their teams to help them navigate some of the issues their teams are facing.

How to Help Your Team Feel Their Purpose at Work

Studies have confirmed what we already know: employees with a strong sense of purpose are likely to be not only happier but also more effective, more productive, and more results-oriented. Purpose-driven professionals are extremely valuable talent. So why are the organizations that foster a sense of purpose so scarce? Executive Leadership Coach Lolly Daskal tells us six ways.

Corporate Rebels: 8 Trends of Progressive Workplaces

Have you read Corporate Rebels, by Joost Minnaar and Pim de Morree? If you’re interested in organizational #culture and learning about companies doing things differently, then it’s a must-read. Joost and Pim traveled around the world meeting leaders of companies of all sizes and from a wide range of sectors. Eight themes consistently came up in these discussions and Linkedin contributor Hayley Lewis summarized these for you in an interesting sketchnote graphic.

New Book: How to Build Resilient and Thriving Teams by Gallup

Is your organization prepared for another crisis? Equip your teams for further disruption by strengthening employee wellbeing. Build a resilient workforce. Start by signing up for exclusive content from our new book, Wellbeing at Work, before it launches in May. Sign up for exclusive content about the organizational benefits of a thriving culture.


Building Greater Inclusion in a Socially Distanced World

April 28, 2021; 7:30 pm CT

Diversity and inclusion should be one of the core values of the company – and not just a catchphrase. Corporate cultures might have the best tools and technology to make their employees feel connected, but not necessarily included or valued! In the remote reality today, the formation of a well- built diverse and inclusive work environment is not a miracle that happens overnight, it requires a continuous effort from team leaders, managers and employees, as well.

Every remote worker should have the right to enjoy a space where he feels connected, heard and challenged! But how do companies foster an inclusive virtual work community?

Clarrus Consulting Group and Jalapeño Employee Engagement are collaborating to discuss the best practices of fostering inclusion and improving the correlation between diversity and remote workforces.

Join this interesting panel where the panel indulges in a discussion to help teams lead their way to build inclusive cultures and strengthen the connection between workers remotely. You can attend our virtual event to contribute directly to the analysis and/or gain insight from the interactive discussion 🙂 Everyone is encouraged to share their diverse experience!

Key Takeaways
Here are some learning outcomes that you will be able to take away at the end of this event:
1. How to make diversity and inclusion part of our daily interactions in an online world
2. How to evaluate and optimize inclusion within our team
3. How to provide growth opportunities by becoming a ‘conscious’ and virtual individual and organization

Zevio Webinar Series: Communication Rx for Leaders

May 4, 2021; 8:00 am CT

Join Zevio for a free webinar with the international speaker Robyn Hatcher, a dynamic keynote speaker and communication expert who has worked for over a decade with leaders and teams in major Fortune 500 companies and financial service organizations. Robyn engages audiences with her Communication Rx – a framework to improve productivity, engagement and collaboration and reduce HR drama.

According to Inc Magazine, “91% of recently surveyed employees think their leaders lack communication skills.” Are you one of them? In this current climate, communication needs to be more carefully delivered than ever before.

Zevio Webinar Series: Diversity & Inclusion: Is Social Capital the new Allyship?

May 11, 2021; 8:00 am CT

Take a stand for a life that knows no excuses and no limits – with Winston the Resilience and Diversity expert

Due to a rare bone disorder which stunted his growth, speaker Winston Ben Clements was expected to live a  life of pain and isolation. However, knowing no excuses and limits, Winston has taken a stand for living his life to the fullest. Today, as an extremely popular speaker, he inspires organizations all over the world to help them to create a culture of high performance and resilience. As an award-winning speaker Winston Ben Clements inspires audiences worldwide to break their own barriers: his 2018 TED talk Your Limitations Are An Illusion has had a massive impact online.