Planners’ Picks ― May 31, 2022

Planners’ Picks

A collection of resources from CSN planning committee members worth mentioning

After our holiday break, we reinvigorate by powering up, motivating teams, and leading with empathy. Special thanks to those who attended CSN’s recent session on Emotional Intelligence; if you missed it, we have notes and resources available on our website under Past Events.


:: Image of the Week

Infographic: Things that can co-exist Growth/Mistakes, Anxiety/Confidence, Accountability/Self-forgiveness, Learning/Unlearning.

:: Resources on Self-Leadership Development

Friday Forward: Happy When by Robert Glazer

“Rather than saying “Happy When,” focus on being happy now, each day. Practice being grateful for what you have and finding ways to improve your happiness in place before you look to make external changes that may not have the desired results.”

This quote is from Robert Glazer. He is the author of the book Elevate which CSN did a book club on last year, and also writes a weekly email newsletter with over 200,000 subscribers (a tiny bit more than CSN’s!). This past week, he talks about being happy every day instead of chasing happiness with that next promotion or material item. It’s a great reminder that we have the power within us to be in control of our happiness.

Read his whole article here, and subscribe to Friday Forward to get it in your inbox every week.

7 Ways To Power Up Your Leadership

Becoming a great leader is a constantly evolving journey that never ends. Those who are committed to honing their leadership practice typically spend considerable amounts of time learning about leadership, developing their leadership skills and reflecting on where they can improve. As a result of the Great Resignation, leaders are arguably under greater pressure than ever before to lead in ways that enable their organizations to attract and retain the very best talent. Here are seven suggestions for how they can do just that.

Coming soon from LTD: PSM Plus

Did you know that more than 600 people have received their UW-Madison Principles of Supervision and Management certificate? Once the PSM courses are finished, PSM graduates continue to learn and grow through on-the-job experiences and groups like CSN. Coming soon, you will have the opportunity to share experiences and continue to learn in LTD’s PSM Plus, a new series for PSM graduates. You can help influence the development of the course by taking this brief poll if you have finished PSM training in the past.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Historian Will Durant paraphrasing Aristotle

Surround yourself with positive people

A reminder from the group at Leadership First: Surround yourself with positive people who are pushing you towards greatness. Choose the people around you wisely because they will significantly impact your potential and how successful you become. If you surround yourself with people trying to improve and better themselves, those qualities will help push you also to be better.

On the other hand, if you associate with people who engage in self-destructive habits, those habits will negatively affect you. Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions, especially during these unprecedented times. According to Mark Twain, small people always do that, but the greats make you feel that you too can become great.

Being around like-minded people will help you reach your goals and, in the process, allow you to become extraordinary.

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:: Resources on Building Trust

Understanding the Trust Equation

Had the chance to review this equation again today, and am ever more inspired by its simple message that we undo people’s trust in us when we are too focused on what we will get out of a relationship vs what the other person will. Let’s pay attention to and be intentional about whom we seek to benefit when we reach out with the unresearched confidence that we can help.


:: Resources on Work Culture & Team Development

The 3 things that keep people feeling motivated at work

This post is part of TED’s “How to Be a Better Human” series, each of which contains a piece of helpful advice from people in the TED community. It outlines the three main drivers of motivation according to self-determination theory — autonomy, competence, and relatedness — and provides practical ways to leverage the power of each.

“People who experience autonomy at their jobs don’t feel micromanaged. Instead, they feel empowered by their managers to pursue objectives and deadlines on their terms.”

Ben Zander’s Philosophy on Competition and Winning

Competition is not about winning; it’s about personal improvement and the journey to getting there. See this story about Ben Zander’s ideas on competition.

What Are The Main Sources of Drama at Work

Ever feel like you can’t narrow down the main sources of drama or conflict that are keeping your team from results, engagement and happiness? In this video, Alex Dorr, VP of People Evolution, gives a quick overview of the 5 main sources of drama that all leaders and teams will encounter in the workplace.

If you are a leader looking for:

– How to have less conflict on my team

– How to coach my team to better results and engagement

– How to increase buy-in with my team

– How to lead my team through change

– How to raise accountability levels of my team


:: Upcoming Events

Practicing Empathy when Leading

In CSN’s recent presentations on Building Employee Trust, we discussed four growth areas for building trust in teams: Emotional Intelligence, Change Management, Empathy, & Coaching. We will spend some more time on each of these topics, and next up is Empathy.

Join CSN members Rich Gassen and Carol Hulland for a small group discussion on this topic, with definitions, examples, and resources for practicing empathy as a leader. Some pre-work will be sent via email June 3rd To registrants. Come prepared to share stories and have candid conversations around your journey in this area of supervision.

When: June 7, 1:00-2:15pm via Zoom


Hurry; limited spots are available for this small group discussion!