Planners’ Picks — July 5, 2022

Planners’ Picks

A collection of resources from CSN planning committee members worth mentioning

Now that we’ve survived a long holiday weekend, let’s start FY23 off with a bang and focus on purpose, trust, and connection.


:: Image of the Week

Drawing of a flower, showing bloom, stem, and roots. Bloom is labeled Purpose, Stem is labeled Strategy, and roots labeled Culture.

“…because #culture plays such a powerful role in making #purpose and #strategy come to life” — Hubert Joly.

Culture is like a root system. Its quality helps nourish the stem and leaves and allows the plant to flower. Through the roots, nutrition flows to the whole plant. And it’s the same with #corporateculture; if it’s weak, it will never bloom.

Read the full article about the importance of culture online here:

Drawing by Anna Bohonek


:: Resources on Mental Health and Self-Care

UW-Extension Families & Finances (Human Development & Relationships)

The Extension Institute of Human Development & Relationships provides the tools Wisconsinites need to thrive as well-rounded, capable individuals and families. We support families in caring for each other in ways that promote growth and understanding. Our programs promote aging-friendly communities, coach effective parents and help families put technology, mindfulness and financial awareness to use.

Want To Be Happier? Express Gratitude to Others

What makes you happy? Have you ever wondered why? Did you know that just a small shift in your daily life could make you a happier person? Science suggests that by simply expressing gratitude, you boost your own happiness as well. Join SoulPancake as they take an experimental approach on what makes people happier in The Science of Happiness. Then do this exercise for yourself!


:: Resources on Work Culture & Team Development

11 Prompts to Spark Connection + Trust with Your Team

Rachel Druckenmiller shares 11 ways to be a better leader, including seven prompts to reflect on ourselves to help us show up with greater self-awareness and effectiveness and questions to ask our peers, allowing them to reflect back what they see. Check out her recent article on team development and trust building. See how she explores three specific ways leaders can show up and be more intentional, and, therefore, more effective and impactful, by being self-aware, curious and caring.

“It is high time the ideal of success should be replaced with the ideal of service.” — Albert Einstein

Demonstrating Great Leadership

Your peer and fellow UW employee Vanessa Vosen had an inspiring post on Linkedin recently, sharing some thoughts on leadership that have been swirling around in her head for the past few months. “Getting them out here for folks to help me expand my mindset!” Thanks Vanessa for sharing your observations! What would you add to her post?


:: Resources on Empathy in the Workplace

Linkedin Learning: Leading with Empathy

Leaders often have misconceptions about what empathy at work looks like in practice, yet it is an essential skill for anyone looking to successfully lead today. In today’s world where rapid change comes at us every single day, leaders must quickly build strong relationships with people, whether they’re employees or customers, in order to better collaborate and engage. In this course, Maria Ross helps you identify the key behaviors that make up empathy, like practicing presence, actively listening, cultivating confidence, and finding common ground. Finding empathy is one of the most desired leadership strengths, so join Maria in this course as she shares straightforward and simple tips for implementing and practicing empathy.

TED: How to build (and rebuild) trust

There are 3 crucial components to cultivating trust: Authenticity, logic and empathy. Watch the full TED Talk from Frances Frei to learn how to express them:

“Be really good every day at all the things that don’t take talent.” – Bo Ryan


:: Resources on Communication

Redirecting Negative Situations Into Positive Outcomes

When was the last time someone said or did something that triggered you? How did you feel – frustrated, angry, unsafe? What did you say? The chances are you reacted in one of two ways, either by shutting down, avoiding the conflict or by saying something defensive back because conflict begets conflict.

It’s critical to learn how to RESPOND instead of REACT in these situations. I talked all about this in Episode 3 of the new podcast season. Listen to Greg McKeown’s podcast on this topic.

“When one teaches, two learn.” – Robert Heinlein

The 3 Questions Guaranteed To Improve Your Communication Skills

As a leader, one thing is essential for your success, no matter your industry or role: the ability to communicate effectively. Done well, it helps you connect to others, enhances your relationships, builds trust, and paves the way for career success by bridging gaps between you and your clients, colleagues, and partners. See what Amy Blaschka has to say on communicating more succinctly.


:: More Resources

MANAGE Newsletter from LTD

Are you receiving the monthly MANAGE newsletter from LTD? It’s a great resource for additional articles and classes related to leading. Check out last month’s issue online at: