Planners’ Picks ― May 17, 2022

Planners’ Picks

A collection of resources from CSN planning committee members worth mentioning

We step back this week and look at purposeful leadership, chasing career fulfillment, and cognitive reframing in this installment of PP.


:: Image of the Week

Infographic with 9 beliefs you need to succeed at anything.


:: Resources on Self-Leadership Development

5 Principles of Purposeful Leadership

Understanding why you are in the room is more important than being the smartest person in it! What are your #leadershipprinciples? What kind of leaders do you believe we need now? Read this HBR article by author Hubert Joly.

The traditional model of the leader-hero who saves the day, knows it all, is the smartest person in the room, and is too often driven by power, fame, glory, or money is not appropriate in today’s environment. People today expect a different kind of leader. While each company needs to define its own leadership point of view, the author presents five attributes that characterizes leaders who are able to unleash the kind of human magic you see at work at some of the most high-performing companies. First, be clear about your purpose. Second, be clear about your role. Third, be clear about whom you serve. Fourth, be driven by values. Finally, be authentic.

Use Your Gifts To Chase Career Fulfillment – With Marcus Sheridan

Use CliftonStrengths As Your Career Compass! In this episode of Lead Through Strengths, you’ll learn to use your strengths in service of career fulfillment rather than allowing job titles or $$ to be your north star. Your career is very much like a hiking trail — you can’t tell where it’s going to go. You need to keep walking to see. Remember, using your strengths every day at work makes you a stronger performer. If you place a lopsided focused on fixing your team’s weaknesses, you’re choosing the path of most resistance. Go claim your talents and share them with the world!

Empower Yourself and Your Organization with Leadership Coaching

The Office of Strategic Consulting’s experienced, credentialed leadership coaches are ready to help you thrive, even in these uncertain and challenging times.

A leadership coach is a confidential resource who can help you develop your intrinsic leadership skills to achieve personal, professional, and organizational goals. Our leadership coaches use proven coaching techniques and candid feedback to guide you through a process of reflection and discovery to define your goals; they then work with you to develop action steps to meet those goals.

The six-session coaching package is $850. Many campus departments sponsor coaching for their emerging leaders so ask your supervisor if this is an option for you. Personal payment is also accepted.

For more information about leadership coaching or to schedule a free consultation, contact:

Sarah Murphy, Coaching Team Lead


:: Linkedin Learning

Linkedin Learning: Beating Procrastination

Why do we procrastinate? Why not just finish what we need to do and move on? In this audio-only course, instructor Petr Ludwig introduces practical, research-based techniques you can use to beat procrastination. Petr explains how you can build willpower through good habits and nourishing both your body and your mind. He shows you simple, direct methods to block distractions and push past your social comfort zone. Petr discusses how to create healthy habits and track your progress with a habit list. He emphasizes the power of motivation and goes into extrinsic motivation, goal-focused intrinsic motivation, and journey-based intrinsic motivation. Petr concludes with the strategy of proactively resting before you’re tired, in order to rest more efficiently and effectively.


:: Resources on Reframing Situations

How to Reframe Situations So They Create Less Stress

When facing potential stressors, the way we view what we’re experiencing can greatly increase our stress—or minimize it. Cognitive reframing is a time-honored, psychologist-recommended method of looking at things in ways that create less stress and promote a greater sense of peace and control. If you don’t already use this stress relief strategy regularly, you may want to consider it.

Cognitive reframing – it’s not about what happens to you, but how you frame it

All situations that happen to you in life have no inherent meaning. You are the one who signs a meaning, seeing a situation through a certain frame. With cognitive reframing, you can change the way you look at something and consequently change how you experience it.


:: Resources on Work Culture & Team Development

How good are you at listening?

Listening is a fascinating topic – on first consideration we think about what we hear with our ears. Hearing is the mechanism by which sound travels to the brain. Listening is how and what we pay attention to – and the meaning we create from this. Listening isn’t just about audio sound – what is said or heard. It can include taking in the subtle cues of body language and energy. It can also be understanding what isn’t said or heard, the avoidance or gaps. Listening at a deep level is a skill that needs to be worked at. How good are you at fully listening?  – Dani Saveker, from her weekly LEAPS newsletter

Five Unique Ways to Keep Your Staff Happy

Have you ever thought about your employees’ happiness? Indeed, this is a thought that hardly crosses many bosses. Yet, when dealt with, it can shift a business’ production to the next level. Happiness at the workplace doesn’t only come by ensuring timely monthly paychecks. It is about how the workers feel as they execute their duties.

Once you have a happy team, you are sure that each day they come to work, the workers are determined to make a difference, and the opposite is true. Here are some ideas that can kick-start you in this journey of creating a happy working ambient.


:: Take Five*

*Note : CSN is adding a “Take Five” article occasionally to take you off the beaten path. Articles will be about local or regional areas of interest, but not necessarily focused on leadership development. The intent is for you to take a break from being a leader and relaxing for a moment!

Are the Great Lakes Really Inland Seas?

The Great Lakes of North America’s midsection—Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario—together span nearly 100,000 square miles, with a combined coastline just shy of 10,000 miles. They hold more than a fifth of Earth’s unfrozen fresh water, straddle an international border, and help move more than $15 billion dollars’ worth of cargo each year. They even have their own U.S. Coast Guard district, the only lakes with such a distinction. And the Guard’s rescue teams stay busy: Superior and its siblings are capable of storm surges, rip currents, tsunamis, rogue waves, unique extreme weather phenomena, and destructive surf. They have claimed more than 6,000 ships, more than the Gulf of Mexico and the Black Sea combined, according to estimates. So should we really be calling them the Great Inland Seas?