Planners’ Picks — July 27, 2021

Planners’ Picks:

A collection of resources from CSN planning committee members worth mentioning

Let’s talk more about transitioning back to the office, building a sense of belonging with your team, and some self-care topics in this installment of PP.


New Manager? Focus on These 5 Things

New managers are facing challenging working environments filled with rapid change and former management legacies that created employee burnout and apathy. Below are 5 things new managers should focus on when transitioning into a management role from from a non-management role.

“The true measure of a successful leader is their ability to discover the hidden talent in those they lead and challenge them to achieve greatness.” ~ Henry Ford

Why You May Actually Want to Go Back to the Office

When leaders start talking about getting people to return to the office, it’s natural for many employees to resist. The central problem is that many of the benefits of working from home are good for the individual, whereas many of the benefits of working from the office are good for the organization and affect the individual more indirectly. If you’re dreading going back to the office, it might help to have a reminder of how in-person work can actually benefit you — not just your company. The author presents three ways the office can make your working life easier.

Self-Compassion: Secret to Easing Workplace Transition

As we emerge from the challenging pandemic to some sense of normalcy at both work and in our personal lives, it’s an ideal time to check in on how we are speaking to ourselves. Many of us had extra time alone with ourselves during the pandemic and while some people seemed to flourish, many of us struggled with added loneliness, stress, grief, and anxiety. Often our own internal voice during this time was our toughest critic and harshest judge. The transition back to an office or to a job can be rough right now.

There is no better time to show ourselves some compassion and grace.

5 Quick Motivational Video Workouts to Try Today on Your Break

Short on energy to work out? You might just need a motivational video workout to get you going. With the hybrid work model becoming the norm, many workers are sitting a lot longer than usual. But that doesn’t have to be you or your team.

Share this post with your coworkers and employees to get them inspired to get up and move their bodies. Doing so daily can help prevent back pain and poor posture while increasing energy and blood flow. Looking to lose weight or keep cardiovascular health in check? Regular exercise does that, too. Below, you’ll find five inspirational and motivational video workoutsto offer a visual of how to do a workout that doesn’t require equipment or a change of workout clothes.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

Core Values Research Tools

CSN did a breakout session on our recent book club (What Matters at Work) on Core Values development, which included some links to values lists, tools, and a free online strengths finder assessment. Knowing your values and strengths as a leader can help you lead others more effectively. If you have not already explored this for yourself, check out these resources:

Beyond Diversity: How Firms Are Cultivating a Sense of Belonging

Companies are adopting the stance that diversity and inclusion isn’t enough: there must also be a sense of belonging for all employees. Sam Lalanne referred to belonging as “the evolution of the journey.” But what is it exactly, and how can companies achieve it? When high-level people talk about the struggle to fit in, or to be their authentic selves at work, it can be a powerful tool to nurture a sense of belonging among an entire workforce. Are you being honest, open, and vulnerable with your team? Read this article for some advice on cultivating a sense of belonging.

“The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.” – author unknown.

How to Improve Teamwork in the Workplace – Linkedin Live Recording

Gallup CliftonStrengths employees Jim Collison and Maika Leibbrandt talk about some current trends in hybrid teams, in building trust in small groups, How to “re-onboard”, and more in this quick but fertile discussion on Linkedin. Showing up and supporting each other regardless of whether we are in-person, hybrid, or remote is critical to team success.

Additional resources around Improving Teamwork from Gallup:

What is Imposter Syndrome? – And What You Can Do About It

Even after writing eleven books and winning several awards, Maya Angelou couldn’t escape the doubt that she hadn’t earned her accomplishments. This feeling of fraudulence is extremely common. Why can’t so many of us shake feelings that our ideas and skills aren’t worthy of others’ attention? Elizabeth Cox describes the psychology behind the imposter syndrome, and what you can do to combat it.