Planners’ Picks — February 14, 2023

Planners’ Picks – The “Love” Edition

A collection of resources from CSN planning committee members worth mentioning

It’s Valentine’s Day and we’re sharing our love of leadership with you! Bite into some sweet treats from CSN below, as we extend our heart-felt gratitude for this community.


:: Image of the Week

Rose, Thorn and Bud Check-in technique

Use the Rose Thorn and Bud Check-in technique with staff or for yourself. This could be a journaling prompt.


:: Resources on Work Culture & Team Development

The Benefits of Making Learning Fun

Too often, learning is portrayed as something we have to labor through. Something you have to push yourself to do. In reality, learning should be a positive and enjoyable experience, leading to increased motivation, engagement, and memory retention. I want to give you some of the reasons WHY, but also HOW you can start having more fun in your learning.

“Life is hard, you know, and laughter is how we come to terms with all the ironies and cruelties and uncertainties that we face.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Putting Gratitude to Work at Work

Show the love! What if there was a simple initiative to make your workplace one where people actually want to work, contribute, and belong?   And what if it was completely free, required no special training, and would generate results immediately? That initiative isn’t too good to be true. It exists and it is surprisingly simple.

“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” —Vincent van Gogh

13 Points About REAL Belonging

With all the belonging talk, you’d think we’d be hearing about more love and positive results here on LinkedIn. It’s because most businesses and academic institutions aren’t getting what real belonging is.

Here are 13 points about REAL belonging by Paul Haury on Linkedin.


:: Resources on Self-Leadership Development

3 Tips for Leaders: Boundaries, Energy, Self-Care

If you have recently been promoted or plan to step up into a more senior leadership position in 2023, these are the three areas you can focus on first to set you up for success and avoid burnout.

  1. Reassess your personal and professional boundaries.
  2. Explore what gives and takes your energy.
  3. Make self-care part of your daily routine.

Reassessing your boundaries is essential. Still, it is one of the main challenges Executive Coaching clients face when they take on a new role, which is always different from what they experienced in their previous position. Ignoring this will only lead to further challenges in the future. See what Peter Griffiths has to say about this, and listen to his podcast episode The Mind Takeaway.

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” —Helen Keller

The Only Choice We Have

Are we truly being responsible for our decisions, especially when they don’t turn out the way we had hoped? Do we suck it up and acknowledge our mistakes? Or, do we play the victim and deflect blame onto others?

Consider this scenario: Your boss calls you into their office to inform you that someone else on your team reported that you have been displaying a “bad attitude”.

What is the first thought that crosses your mind? For most of us, that first thought is, “Who said that about me?” Then, you might spend hours obsessing and being angry with that unknown person who said those things about you. You may think “How dare they?”

Some sage advice from Steve Klubertanz on how to handle yourself.

“Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.” —Ancient Indian Proverb

Got Trust, Compassion and Respect? Then You Can Lead With Kindness

The question these days is: Can leaders be effective and get better results by leading with kindness? What happens to both the leader AND the team when everyone practices kindness? We firmly believe that leaders can, in fact, affect meaningful change in their organizations by starting with kindness.

See Hacking HR’s article on this topic. By exhibiting trust, compassion and respect with your team, you will be laying a strong foundation in leading with kindness.


:: Resources on Change Management

Want to Change Behavior? Give Learners a Nudge

As often happens in the learning profession, what most of us know as nudge learning has been adapted from its original purpose in a different domain to address L&D needs. Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein’s Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness introduced the term in 2008 as a framework for achieving social change at scale by making tiny, incremental changes in the behavior of a large population. The theory suggests that offering a series of choices, each leading a bit closer to the desired behavior, is more effective than trying to change complex human behavior all at once. Two fundamental assumptions of nudge theory are:

  • Human behavior isn’t based solely on logic, so we can’t change it by simply presenting facts.
  • People can’t be forced to change their behavior. We can only offer them choices and make the adoption of desired behaviors more attractive than established alternatives.

So how might you use this idea with your team? Read on.


:: Resources on Communication

How Storytelling Makes You a Better Leader

Stories allow listeners to imagine themselves in the same situation as the storyteller, connecting people at a human level that can never be matched by logical arguments or factual information.

Stories help others see and feel things from a different perspective and provide context, meaning and opportunities to strengthen relationships. Tales can also evoke emotional associations and stir people’s imaginations, transporting listeners and nudging them to uncover greater insights about their own lives. Read on to see how to be a better storyteller.

“All we need is love.” – The Beatles

The Mind Takeaway Podcast: What Gets in the Way of Listening?

What gets in the way of listening to your team and yourself? Listening to understand is probably one of the most impactful and profound skills you can master. In this short episode, Mira and Peter Griffiths explore what gets in the way of becoming a better listener and what practical steps you can take to improve this much-in-demand skill.

Getting Along with Amy Gallo

Do you interact with other human beings? Possibly in a work setting? Then this podcast episode is for you.

“One thing I appreciate is that you note that it takes two to tango when you’re dealing with a difficult coworker. [Your book is] attracting people who want to deal with a difficult coworker, but you’re helping people realize they’re often the difficult coworker.”

Learn how to respond to the different archetypes of personalities in the workplace and the world with nine principles in Amy Gallo‘s newest book, called “Getting Along: How to Work with Anyone (Even Difficult People).

You’ll also get a taste of improv toolsets like Yes, And. Much of responding is about being in the moment and improv skills play a key part in that ability.


:: Upcoming Events

Student Employment Diversity Forum

Friday March 3rd, 2023
1:30-4:30 pm
Gordon Commons & Event Center

Please encourage your student employees to attend and share the following information with them!

Whether you are a current UW-Madison Student Employee or not, we all play a part in creating an inclusive Badger community for all. Join your peers in this thought-provoking forum which will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas while engaging in a variety of topics on diversity, identity and inclusion. The forum consists of a keynote address and two workshop sessions. Students can attend all or any portion provided as part of the Diversity Forum. All sessions will take place in person at the Gordon Dining and Event Center and will be an hour in length.

Student Employment Diversity Forum Friday March 3rd, 2023 1:30-4:30 pm Gordon Commons & Event Center