Planners’ Picks — June 8, 2021

Planners’ Picks:

A collection of resources from CSN planning committee members worth mentioning

We cover empathy, trust, remote work burnout, and developing self-love in this week’s installment of CSN’s PP.


Bring More Joy into your June from Action for Happiness

This month’s theme is all about finding the joy in life, even when things are difficult.  Research has shown that experiencing positive emotions in a 3-to-1 ratio with negative ones leads to a tipping point beyond which we naturally become more resilient to adversity. So let’s train our brains to find the joy. You can learn more about the science behind this at our events this month too (details below the calendar).

This Is The Best Way To Avoid Remote Work Burnout

Robert Glazer, the author of CSN’s recent book club book Elevate, has released a new guide entitled How To Thrive in the Virtual Workplace. For those of you either continuing to work remotely, or leading others who will be, this is a great resource to check out. Here is an excerpt from it on avoiding burnout.

A Lesson on How Your Mind Works and Leads You to Drama

A crucial part to your peace, happiness, and great results at work – regardless of circumstances – is the ability to ‘run your own toggle switch.’ In this video, you and your teams will learn about the invisible light switch that we all have on our forehead that indicates whether we are in low-self or high-self.

⬇️ Low-self almost always leads to blaming circumstances and other people, feeling like we can have no impact, and often includes venting, score-keeping, judging, and tattling.

⬆️ High-self, on the other hand, is where you are ‘toggled up.’ You have access to all of your intelligence and training. You are naturally innovative, collaborative, creative, and ready to problem-solve.

But guess what? You can’t be in low-self AND high-self at the same time. That’s just not how our brains work. Ready to master how to move you and your teams to high-self? Watch this video for the simple technique to ditch the drama and ‘toggle up’ for good.

Abusive Leadership: 7 Ways to Support Someone Who Hates Their Job

Toxic environments can eat professionals alive and can make employees feel trapped without any options for resolution, especially when HR is unable to support employees… here are seven ways to support someone dealing with abusive leadership at work.

>>>   “Change is painful, but nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.” – Mandy Hale

Women, Are You Practicing Self-Love?

Local Luxury Portrait Photographer Miriam Bulcher has started a new project – Self-Love Mentoring for Women. She is helping to rise up herself and others through conversations and workshops. In her words: This group is fabulous because there is already TONS of value in there and women are crushing it learning to build their self-love! If you’d like to join in on the fun, tap the link; I’ll approve you within minutes. I’m going to pour my heart and soul into this group! Can’t wait to see you inside!”

Women, join Miriam’s Facebook group here:

The Ultimate Productivity Hack is Saying No

James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, says that the ultimate productivity hack is saying no.

Not doing something will always be faster than doing it. This statement reminds me of the old computer programming saying, “Remember that there is no code faster than no code.”The same philosophy applies in other areas of life. For example, there is no meeting that goes faster than not having a meeting at all.

This is not to say you should never attend another meeting, but the truth is that we say yes to many things we don’t actually want to do. There are many meetings held that don’t need to be held. There is a lot of code written that could be deleted.

How often do people ask you to do something and you just reply, “Sure thing.” Three days later, you’re overwhelmed by how much is on your to-do list. We become frustrated by our obligations even though we were the ones who said yes to them in the first place.

How the Best Leaders Build Trust at Work

Trust is a crucial element for any successful team. When team members are working remotely it becomes even more important—but also more difficult to achieve and maintain. Whatever your team’s situation, the best way for you to foster a climate of trust is to lead by example. If you want your people to trust one another, you need to first demonstrate that you trust them yourself. Here’s some tips from author and leadership coach Lolly Daskal on what trust in teams can look like.

>>>  “Trust is the bridge from yesterday to tomorrow, built with planks of thanks.” — Ann Voskamp

Brené Brown Empathy Video Short

Do you know the difference between empathy and sympathy? Let Brené Brown tell you in this short cartoon video.

How to Communicate with Empathy in the Remote Workplace and Beyond

In 2020, Businessolver’s annual report on the state of workplace empathy shares a noteworthy phenomenon: While empathy’s value in the workplace has been rising, companies are not making gains in the hearts and minds of their workers. Learn about the importance of empathy on internal, remote teams and other areas.


Upcoming Training on Empathy at UW-Madison:

Leading with Empathy

Campus Reuniting and You: Showing Up with Intention, Empathy, and Agency