Planners’ Picks ― April 19, 2022

Planners’ Picks

A collection of resources from CSN planning committee members worth mentioning

We’re seizing the day, hitting green lights, and weakening the impossible with our resources this week in PP. Enjoy!

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Cartoon Spinning Wheel with options on it and a title of "Step Right Up and Challenge That Thought!


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Compassion Fatigue Is Real and It May Be Weighing You Down

Are you feeling compassion fatigue? As Dina Denham Smith shares in her latest Harvard Business Review article, compassion fatigue is used to describe the mental, emotional, and psychological impact of helping others. It often affects caregivers and those in supporting professions. While it’s natural for empathy to ebb and flow, over the long-term, those with compassion fatigue can start feeling numb to the suffering of others.

The events of the last several years have us all facing an unprecedented level of trauma and stress, and Dina challenges us to examine our own state-of-mind to see if we might be suffering from the unintended consequences of compassion fatigue.

And what about compliance professionals, as support function leaders? What should we do if we find ourselves becoming “comfortably numb” in the face of our workforce stress, anxiety, and uncertainty? It’s at these points of emotion that our business colleagues might be more likely to make ethical missteps in the name of easing their own burden, and need our help the most.

That’s why it’s crucial for compliance leaders to be aware of compliance fatigue- as to avoid succumbing to it.

Definition of the Word “Seize” By Dani Saveker

From Dani: “This is a word that came from a conversation with a client as we chatted about their future and sustainable success. He used the word several time – the desire to seize opportunities.

‘Seize’ is from Late Latin SACIRE, but thought to originate from Frankish SAKJAN which means “lay claim to”. It is also thought to be connected to Gothic word SOKJAN and Old English SECAN meaning “to seek”. To seize anything, we need to open and connected to the external world – and have the energy, inclination and skill to ‘lay claim’. In other words, be ready to be brave and go out there, seek and lay claim to opportunities, learning, growth and improvement.”

Dani Saveker sends a weekly LEAPS newsletter with guidance and advice using the creative GLAS method. Learn more about her and her mission at

 “For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

Managing Stress and Finding Vitality at Work

Stress can move us toward goals, and motivate us. In excess, it can be harmful to our health and prevent us from becoming the best versions of ourselves. In this course from UW-Madison Learning and Talent Development, participants will learn strategies to regulate the central nervous system, neutralize thoughts, and develop a plan for a life with less stress. Come prepared to engage in activities and dialogue that may challenge you to think in a new way.


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Hit Life’s Green Lights: Matthew McConaughey

What does it mean to be a unifier in a time of uncertainty? Join Academy Award winner and bestselling author Matthew McConaughey as shares his experience and wisdom about being present, the power of preparation, and the value of introspection.

Leaning Into the Positive Side of Leadership

Do you feel like you were set up for success when you first began your leadership journey? A big part of learning the ins and outs of leadership is changing your mindset. Switching from an environment where you were responsible for just yourself to creating a culture of building up the success of others can be slightly overwhelming. So how do you make someone feel like they are going to lead well?

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh

4 Ways to Improve Team Morale When Your Staff Is Burnt Out

Leadership is responsible for helping its teams combat burnout. We’ve been running at a marathon pace for a few years and most of us are feeling it.

According to surveys on the subject, nearly three out of four employees may be feeling foggy, exhausted, and apathetic. And burnout doesn’t cure itself or subside over time. In fact, it can spiral a person into depression and illness if left unchecked. This is not a time for managers to demand more productivity. Rather, it requires emotional maturity and compassion from leaders to actively help their teams.

This author makes some concrete suggestions, including:
> Easing up on workloads and tight timelines.
> Offering no-questions-asked PTO for mental health.
> Scheduling downtime and fun time during the workday.
> Reducing the pressure to perform and being supportive around failure.

Resetting expectations and providing what’s possible throughout an unprecedented period of stress benefits all of us who rely on each other.


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Smart Growth: Whitney Johnson

Join bestselling author and big thinker Whitney Johnson as she takes us through the renowned S Curve and dives into the six stages of growth that will push us to keep moving toward who we want to be. Whitney Johnson is CEO of the tech-enabled talent development company Disruption Advisors, an Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private company in America (2020). One of the top ten business thinkers in the world as named by Thinkers50, Whitney is an expert at smart growth leadership. Whitney has worked at FORTUNE 100 companies, and as an award-winning equity analyst on Wall Street.

“Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.” ―Vernon Sanders Law

A 1-Minute Strategy for Weakening the Impossible

When you learn to stop fighting the current and instead use it to your advantage, you might be surprised at the effortless solutions that begin to appear. A quick message from author Greg McKeown on giving some slack.

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