Planners’ Picks — July 12, 2022

Planners’ Picks

A collection of resources from CSN planning committee members worth mentioning

We want to draw upon your de-stressing strategies, curiosity, positivity, and literally your drawing ability in this episode of PP.


:: Image of the Week

Illustration showing a big accomplishment and zooming in to see it’s made up of a bunch of daily habits.

Big accomplishments are the sum of millions of seemingly tiny, daily habits and choices.

“When determining the size or complexity of a new habit ask yourself, “What can I stick to—even on my worst day?” Start there. Master the art of showing up. Then advance.”  – James Clear


:: Resources on Mental Health and Self-Care

Incorporating Rest into Growth

There’s a word that comes up often in my work with clients and that is tired. We are all feeling tired right now. A mistaken assumption about grit is that you must plow through exhaustion, ignore it, or push it to the side. But if you are feeling overwhelmed and uncertain, burnout might be around the corner. This means that what you really need to do is to take a break.

6 “In-the-Moment” De-Stress Strategies for Work

We all know that chronic stress hurts us physically, mentally and emotionally. Wouldn’t it be great to have a handful of proven “in-the-moment” strategies to reduce stress?

 “Sometimes, to keep going, we have to allow ourselves to stop.”  – Gretchen Rubin

Doodle or Draw and Reap the Rewards

I have been an artist my whole life and can speak to the benefits of drawing for personal enjoyment as well as getting into a flow state of mind. This article stood out to me as worth sharing for those who have not realized the benefits of doodling or even doing more serious art with a pen and paper. — Rich Gassen

Perhaps you were told as a child to stop doodling and get back to work. While drawing is often quiet and introspective, it’s certainly not a “waste of time.” On the contrary, it has significant mental health benefits and should be cultivated in children and adults alike.


:: Resources on Work Culture & Team Development

Leading with Curiosity: a Conversation with Heather Younger and Dirk Frese

Heather Younger, author of The Art of Caring Leadership, has started a series of live discussions with industry leaders on various topics. The first episode was with Dirk Frese, VP of Sales, Marketing & Service at JULABO USA, Inc. USA. He’s also the Founder of WISDOM, and an advocate for new, customer-friendly technologies. Dirk says: “I had the opportunity to have a candid conversation on one of my very favorite topics – curiosity. My interest in this topic stems from childhood (when we are our most curious versions of ourselves!) and continued very early into my career with a fascination in the biology and neuroscience behind it. I live and breathe curiosity daily, and I encourage my teams to do the same.” Listen in on their Linkedin Live conversation (now a recording) to learn about leading with curiosity.

Four Ways to Build Influence at Work, No Matter Your Job Title

Being influential has its benefits. People seek out your opinion and listen to you. Your words have power. Those around you believe what you say and give weight to your input. But you don’t have to be a member of the C-suite or a high-ranking employee for this to be true. It’s possible to expand your influence in virtually any role.

The Ridiculously Awesome Manager’s Guide to Intrinsic Rewards

What would it be like if your people took the initiative to self-direct, manage, and lead themselves in their roles and career? Would your role as a leader be easier or more meaningful? What if your team members would share new opportunities with the leadership team and help to surface and create effective solutions to challenges the company is facing? Sound like a dream? For most organizations it probably is, but for those with a willingness to cede control, extend trust, and teach how to execute better it can become the standard.


:: Resources on Self-Leadership Development

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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“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” – Henry David Thoreau

3 Ways to Better Understand Your Emotions

Dealing effectively with emotions is a key leadership skill. And naming our emotions — what psychologists call labeling — is an important first step in dealing with them effectively. But it’s harder than it sounds; many of us struggle to identify what exactly we are feeling, and often times the most obvious label isn’t actually the most accurate.


:: Upcoming Events

2nd Annual Student Employment Summer Summit

The team at Student Employment in the Office of Student Financial Aid hopes you can join them for the 2nd Annual Student Employment Summit! This event intends to bring together supervisors, hiring managers, and others who support student employment at UW-Madison to connect while sharing knowledge, best practices, and engaging in different perspectives on a variety of Student Employment topics.

Wednesday, July 20th | 8:30 am – 1 pm | Online via Zoom

More information and registration links at

Connect, Learn, and Grow: Virtual Learning Series

Successful Outcomes Through Servant-Leadership

Thursday, July 21 | 1:00 – 2:00pm | Virtual Learning via Zoom

Presenter: Joe Goss, Senior Business Analyst, Project Manager, and Team Facilitator, Department of Information Technology

The positive impact on customers, staff, and business outcomes prompted countless “big name” U.S. companies to adopt and practice Servant-Leadership. Pockets of UW-Madison practice this leadership style, as well. Learn the core principles of Servant-Leadership and how to practice it within your organization, which can lead to significant improvements in staff outlook, customer satisfaction, and organizational success.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand Servant-Leadership as a transformational leadership style by building mutual trust and staff empowerment
  • Flip top-down, autocratic management into one of service to staff, and staff to customers
  • Learn the 10 characteristics of a servant leader, enabling you to implement Servant-Leadership in your organization or context

Setting the Stage for the Future You

Thursday, July 28 | 1:00 – 2:00pm | Virtual Learning via WebEx

Presenter: Carol Hulland (a CSN Planning Committee Member!) and Cliff Robb, Co-Chairs, UW Retirement Issues Committee

This interactive session will begin with a check-on on how attendees are currently feeling about and preparing for eventual retirement, followed with a presentation on consumer finance and saving for retirement. The session will end with a question and answer period.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Build confidence preparing for retirement as a normal part of one’s work life
  • Preparing for a healthy retirement is possible for every UW employee – we can all make this a more natural conversation for and between employees at all career levels and employment types
  • Shift the perspective and take away the shame of feeling unprepared – recognize that there can be a lot of reasons it’s hard to prepare for, and transition to, being retired.