Planners’ Picks — September 6, 2022

Planners’ Picks

A collection of resources from CSN planning committee members worth mentioning

Here we are: post-Labor Day, spiced lattes at Starbucks and the Halloween decorations for sale in front of the stores. Let’s follow the advice of the trees and let go of things we no longer need. Let’s embrace change as the seasons do. We’ll also lead by example and love our jobs again.


:: Image of the Week

Image of hands with a lot of challenging things in them.  Each person in the world is carrying struggles, challenges, fears, traumas, abuse, losses and other weights and burdens that we are not aware of and cannot see.  Just because I carry it well, doesn’t mean it isn’t heavy.

“Everyone carries an invisible backpack.”

Each person in the world is carrying struggles, challenges, fears, traumas, abuse, losses and other weights and burdens that we are not aware of and cannot see.


:: Resources on Mental Health and Self-Care

Marie Forleo shares how to turn your pain into positive fuel

Do you ever wonder if you’re “too sensitive”?  Maybe you pick up on negative vibes around you. Or unresolved conflicts make you feel sick to your stomach. If you’re anything like me, a critical comment can totally knock you off balance. However, your sensitivity is your strength.

In this short MarieTV, you’ll learn a profound yet simple practice to protect that tender heart of yours — especially when the negativity in the world feels too heavy to bear.

Suicide Prevention: Teens & Young Adults

Teen suicide is more than just a tragedy, it is quickly becoming a growing health concern. In fact, in 2020, it was the second-leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The young adult mental health crisis continues to be one of the most pressing challenges for healthcare and education workers in recent years as the teen suicide rate continues to rise post-pandemic.

According to an April 2020 report from the CDC, suicide rates have risen by more than 35% since the start of the 21st century; the growing rates among teens are of particular concern. Visit this website for more information on factors that assist in suicide prevention in this population, especially if you are a parent or work around college students.

“This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” ~ Maya Angelou

What we find depends upon what we look for

That old saying, “What we find depends upon what we look for” is so true! If you begin each day with the intention of looking for good things, you’ll see good things you might have otherwise missed. And on the really tough days, the good things are even more powerful. See what Dr. Melissa Hughes was looking for in this article and accompanying video short.


:: Resources on Work Culture & Team Development

5 Ways Highly Sensitive People Can Thrive at Work

In the workplace, it’s a personality trait that’s considered a challenge—and a gift. People who have it show a heightened awareness to information, sensory stimulation, or emotions. They are known as HSPs, or highly sensitive people.

Experts say HSPs make up as much as 20% of the population. The trait may be less discussed in inclusion and diversity trainings than other kinds of differences, but it can affect performance. “Even a moderate and familiar stimulation, like a day at work, can cause an HSP to need quiet by evening,” writes Elaine N. Aron, author of The Highly Sensitive Person.

If you’re an HSP, here’s what experts suggest doing in order to thrive at work.

Lead by Example to Create a Culture of Recognition

In this short clip, Christopher Littlefield, Speaker, Author and Founder shares how a top-down approach to celebrating your people is a great way to instill a culture of recognition. What do you think of this idea of promoting recognition from above?

The Quit Alternative: Instead, Take That Job And Love It – With Ben Fanning

All this talk lately about quiet quitting brings us to this post. In this Lead Through Strengths episode, Ben Fanning shows you how to take the job you’re already in and shape it into something you’ll love. He says to think twice before quitting your job. He cautions you to look carefully before you fire a team member. Why? Well, it’s because both actions can cost as much as buying a new car. That’s a lot of money! And often, the role can be tweaked in a way that brings your talents (or theirs) to the forefront.

You’ll find this episode especially useful if you’re not in your “dream” job. Even if you are – things change – and you need to know how to steer those changes toward work you can truly enjoy and thrive in.

If you have team members who aren’t performing…well, look closer. Their low productivity might be caused by their job responsibilities not lining with their natural talents. In this episode, you’ll get three cool angles for lining them up:

“If I could talk to myself twenty years ago, I would tell myself to focus on my strengths, and not on my weaknesses; on the things I could do and not the things I couldn’t do; to strive to excel and hone those skills to the point of excellence. That this was the best strategy to secure my future. I would say to myself that the only real obstacles you have are those you create for yourself.” – Painter Mariam Paré


:: Resources on Communication

Don’t soften feedback

This advice from the Better Allies newsletter:
In her book Radical Candor, Kim Scott explores why it may be harder for men to be radically candid with women. She writes, “Most men are trained from birth to be ‘gentler’ with women than with men. Sometimes this can be very bad for the women who work for them.” In other words, men might hold back from criticizing women employees because they’re afraid they might cry.

But that’s not all. As Lean In and McKinsey found, giving feedback to someone different from us can also be uncomfortable. Here’s why. We might be concerned they’ll think we hold prejudices against them because of their race, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, or educational background. To avoid this perception, we might soften the feedback.

Yet, constructive feedback helps people to grow in their careers. Allies, let’s not ease up to avoid hurt feelings or because we don’t want to come across as prejudiced.

“The role of a manager, in short, is becoming that of a coach.” – Hermina Ibarra, author of Act Like A Leader, Think Like A Leader

Post Interview Thank-You Notes

A “thank-you” note after an interview can say all or nothing about you liking the company (and they know it, too). That’s why the gesture increases your chances, yet, only few #job candidates do it. Nicely written thank-you notes can do wonders. These days, email is perfectly acceptable and expected, but it wasn’t long ago the sweet spot was the employer receiving a physical card or note.


:: Upcoming Events

Live Webinar: Self-Care in 10 Minutes

Join Dr Lee David and the Action for Happiness team to learn how you can improve your mental wellness in just 10 minutes a day.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 @ 1:00 pm CST