Planners’ Picks — January 2, 2024

Planners’ Picks  A collection of resources from CSN planning committee members worth mentioning


We’ve made it out to the other side of the holiday tunnel. Now it’s time to start setting goals and move into the new year strong. Let’s play the long game, Work on what matters, and change some habits in PP.


:: Image of the Week

Don't let their bad ruin your good. You be you, as you should. - Amanda Blair


:: Resources on Developing Trust

Without Trust You’re Toast!

Edelman, the world’s biggest PR firm has this annual report called the Edelman Trust Barometer. As stated in HBR’s series on trust, *trust* is a big deal. And to lose even a little of it can wipe billions off the share price.

But it’s more than that. Trust is the main currency of civilization. Without it, Rome burns. If you watch this summary video by Richard Edelman for the 2019 version, you’ll see that trust is organic, that it changes and evolves and morphs. Trust is “spongy”.


:: CSN’s Book of the Week Recommendation

The Long Game: How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World

Your personal goals need a long-term strategy.

It’s no secret that we’re pushed to the limit. Today’s professionals feel rushed, overwhelmed, and perennially behind. So we keep our heads down, focused on the next thing, and the next, without a moment to breathe.

How can we break out of this endless cycle and create the kind of interesting, meaningful lives we all seek?

Just as CEOs who optimize for quarterly profits often fail to make the strategic investments necessary for long-term growth, the same is true in our own personal and professional lives. We need to reorient ourselves to see the big picture so we can tap into the power of small changes that, made today, will have an enormous and disproportionate impact on our future success. We need to start playing The Long Game.

As top business thinker and Duke University professor Dorie Clark explains, we all know intellectually that lasting success takes persistence and effort. And yet so much of the relentless pressure in our culture pushes us toward doing what’s easy, what’s guaranteed, or what looks glamorous in the moment. In The Long Game, she argues for a different path. It’s about doing small things over time to achieve our goals—and being willing to keep at them, even when they seem pointless, boring, or hard.

In The Long Game, Clark shares unique principles and frameworks you can apply to your specific situation, as well as vivid stories from her own career and other professionals’ experiences. Everyone is allotted the same twenty-four hours—but with the right strategies, you can leverage those hours in more efficient and powerful ways than you ever imagined. It’s never an overnight process, but the long-term payoff is immense: to finally break out of the frenetic day-to-day routine and transform your life and your career.

Along with the book, Clark has created the Long Game strategic thinking self-assessment adapted from the book,  which you can access here. This gives you a roadmap to do the work toward your goals in a strategic way.

She also created an online course for LinkedIn Learning about Strategic Thinking. An astonishing 1.4 million people have now taken the course, and it made her realize how deep the hunger is around applying strategic thinking principles to our careers, and our professional lives, and pushed her to write the book as a result.

The book:

Her website:

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”  —Thomas Edison


:: Resources on Self-Leadership Development

Purpose & Performance Group’s ‘Magic in the Room’ Podcast #176: One Year of Intentional Leadership

Listen in on the team from P&PG as they wrap up a season of Intentional Leadership. Everyone is a leader because they can notice something that could be better choose how to change things for the better and act to make the change. This simple idea has much depth, and this group has spent the last year talking about it. In this episode, Chris, Hannah, and Luke wrap up the season by reflecting on the most significant things they have learned and hope listeners apply to their lives.  They also have links to previous episodes if you want to catch up.

Matter and Control

We all spend time on things that don’t matter or that we can’t control. But what if we instead focus on that sweet spot between matter and control?

Please look at this short post from James Lawrence on how to be more effective and satisfied in the new year.

Full-Length Free Courses on Leadership

Want to take your leadership training to the next level? Here are free full-length training courses from top universities in the country. Ranging from 8 to 30 hours in length, these are the same courses that students would take when attending these colleges.

There’s no room for excuses. It’s time to start your leadership development program and become the leader you’re capable of being. While you won’t get the credits for these courses, the learning itself will be valuable to you in your growth and development as a leader.

1. Learn to Create & Strengthen Trusting Relationships — Harvard University
Foundational Principles to Employ When Leading

2. Visualize Your Full Potential & Clarify Priorities — Yale University
Individual & Team Leadership

3. Organizational Behavior Fundamentals & Analysis — Stanford University
Understand Organizational Behavior

4. Increase Your EQ & Self-Awareness — Indiana University
Discover and Develop Your Leadership Style


:: Resources on Communication

Rose, Thorn, & Bud Check-in Exercise

“Rose, Bud, Thorn” is a simple yet powerful check-in activity that can transform the way your team engages with each other. This activity allows you to identify areas where your team members may need additional support or resources. More details here:

“The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion draws all things else to support and agree with it.” – Francis Bacon


:: Resources on Mental Health and Self-Care

How Curious Are You? Take the Quiz to Find Out.

Curiosity, the search for understanding, is about more than just learning new information for trivia night. When you direct it toward exploring yourself or others in a deeper way, it can become a force for connection and transformation in your life. The research is clear that curiosity has a range of benefits such as improving your well-being and relationships with everyone from loved ones to strangers. Curiosity is also a potent tool for us to bridge our social and political differences.

But how strong is your curiosity today? To find out—and discover ways you can strengthen it like a muscle—take this quiz curated by Scott Shigeoka, the author of SEEK: How Curiosity Can Transform Your Life and Change the World, with support from Meg Rice and the Greater Good Science Center team.

“Excitement is a better motivator than discipline. The people who appear to have an exceptional work ethic or remarkable discipline are often those with a genuine curiosity or interest in that area. The person who smiles is more likely to keep working than the person gritting their teeth.”  – James Clear


:: Resources on Work Culture & Team Development

Four Things You Do That Drive Your Coworkers Bananas

Have you ever noticed that nobody believes they’re the annoying co-worker in the office? It’s a common phenomenon, isn’t it? We all find ourselves working alongside individuals who irritate us at times.

But here’s the thing: every one of us has our moments when we are the ones unintentionally driving our co-workers, bosses, or direct reports up the wall!

Join Darcy Luoma and Jill Mueller as they delve into the four common behaviors that can inadvertently cast you in the role of the not-so-great co-worker. They won’t just point out these behaviors, but will also provide you with valuable tips and insights on how to replace them with more thoughtful and intentional ones.

We’d love to hear what your quirks are that drive your co-workers bananas!

Race and Equity Culture Tools

Our friends at the USC Race and Equity Center offer a range of professional learning experiences for leaders, faculty members on college or university campuses, and small executive teams. These high-quality virtual learning experiences provide effective strategies to improve and advance equity, diversity, and inclusion on campuses or in workplace settings. Each session offers tools and resources to help participants dismantle practices that perpetuate racial inequality in their work. Check out this and other resources they offer at the following website:


:: Upcoming Events 

CultureCon Webinar: Building a Strengths-based Culture

January 16, 2024 11:30 AM

A strengths-based culture and strengths-based approach is a powerful differentiator that helps companies attract top talent, bring out the best performance in every employee, and create organic business growth. Gallup has studied and worked with the world’s leading strengths-based companies — the companies with top engagement and performance — and they understand what the top organizations do differently to achieve top results with strengths. Learn from a Gallup senior expert who will discuss strategies for building a culture of strengths through development, coaching and engagement. After this webinar, you will: 1. Understand how a strengths-based workplace culture drives organizational performance 2. Know how to start building a positive culture within your team 3. See case studies from strengths-based organizations

How To Change – with Professor Katy Milkman

Wed, January 10, 2024 1:00-2:00 pm CST

How can we change our habits for greater happiness? Habits are the foundation for well-being, but changing our habits can be hard! What if you could turn your desired habit into a source of pleasure, instead of a chore?

At this special event, author and change expert Professor Katy Milkman will reveal a proven path that can take you from where you are to where you want to be. Katy will share how change happens when you understand what’s standing between you and success. You can then turn your uphill battle into a downhill success story! Her research can help you find ways to overcome common barriers to change, such as impulsivity, procrastination, and forgetfulness. She’ll also explain why timing is important when it comes to making changes and how to turn temptation and inertia into assets.

This event is the perfect way to get 2024 off to a happier start. So join us and get an invaluable, science-based blueprint for achieving your goals, once and for all.