Planners’ Picks — February 27, 2024

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

We’re just about ready to March into spring, even though you would think we’re there already when you go outside. Let’s also go down the burnout rabbit hole, and learn about intelligent failures.


:: Image of the Week

Not all progress is visible. 
Not all victories are celebrated.

Just because others can’t see the results doesn’t mean you’re not getting better. 

Just because someone is ahead of you doesn’t mean you are on the wrong trajectory. 

Just because no one notices doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter. 

Just because there is no applause doesn’t mean you didn’t score.
~ James Parrish, author of Clear Thinking

Progress comes in many forms; don’t discount your progress just because there isn’t a parade celebrating it.


:: Self-Leadership Development

What Are You Bringing to the Table?

In our journey through personal and professional landscapes, we often pause to take stock of where we stand. We ask ourselves, “What am I contributing? What value do I bring?” But equally important is to flip the question and ask, “What experiences are enriching me? What am I gaining from the environments I’m part of?” UW employee Ella Tschopik ponders these things and more in a recent LinkedIn post. See where you and your peers are in their leadership journey through the lens of this post.


:: Work Culture & Team Development

The Right Kind of Wrong with Amy Edmondson

In this episode of the HR Leaders Podcast, I was joined by acclaimed Harvard Business School Professor Amy C. Edmondson. Amy’s new book, “The Right Kind of Wrong: The Science of Failing Well,” examines a topic most business leaders shy away from – how to productively learn from our failures and mistakes.

Human nature makes us avoid failure out of fear of humiliation or rejection. Yet, the world is too complex and fast-changing to expect perfection. The most innovative organizations don’t make fewer mistakes – they make more small, “intelligent” failures in pursuit of innovation.

Where most companies go wrong is in how they respond. Leaders must frame efforts as opportunities to learn and improve, not just rigid succeed/fail binaries. This promotes a growth mindset across teams.

“Your blessing in life is when you find the torture you’re comfortable with.” – Jerry Seinfeld

Magic in the Room #177: Lead a Team

In this episode of Magic in the Room, Hannah, Chris, and Luke introduce the topic of Leading a Team.

Everyone’s leadership journey starts with leading themselves, which was the topic of Season 4 of Magic in the Room. The next step on the journey may be having formal leadership over a team of people. As you make this leadership shift, you must change your definition of success from focusing on individual accomplishments to equipping your team to be effective. The transition is not easy! In this episode, we discuss what that transition is, how to make it, and the practical skills you need to develop to be an effective team leader.


:: Mental Health and Self-Care

The Cascading Effects of Burnout in the Workplace

Siobhan Murray is a resilience coach, best-selling author of The Burnout Solution, an international speaker, and psychotherapist. In this episode, Siobhan talks about her own experiences with burnout and how they led her to the career she has. She also talks about how burnout and specifically, the cascading effects on families and friends, is wildly overlooked.

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

Pay Attention to What You Pay Attention To

Is your glass half full or half empty? Are you more motivated by fear or by aspirations? Do you see challenges as opportunities or obstacles? How we answer those questions – how we see the world – significantly affects our neurochemistry and brain function.

It turns out that what we choose to pay attention to – what we focus on – has great influence over our thoughts and behaviors. Dr. Melissa Hughes explains in this post.

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.”


:: Change Management

How To Deal With The Messy Middle

There are messy moments on the road in your journey, particularly when you are in the midst of a change or in transition.  Feeling uncomfortable, dissatisfied or discouraged is a normal and sometimes necessary part of taking on a new work project, a new position, or trying to accomplish a major goal for your personal growth and development.  You start out great, fired up with enthusiasm and energy, then you stumble squarely into the middle of what often seems like a big, complex, confusing mess. Sounds familiar? Welcome to the messy middle.

“You are just as likely to solve a problem by being unconventional and determined as by being brilliant.”  – James Dyson


:: CSN’s Book of the Week Recommendation

Elevate: Push Beyond Your Limits and Unlock Success in Yourself and Others

To inspire change in yourself and your team, you must break free from what’s holding you down.

In Elevate, Robert Glazer reveals four life-changing principles ― or capacities ― that will allow you to overcome self-limiting beliefs, establish positive habits, and find your “why.” As we look to elevate ourselves, we mean so much more than beating the competition. After all, our greatest competition is ourselves! We need to find ways to consistently outperform ourselves and our own expectations.

Robert Glazer has built a career on accelerating productivity and careers. ELEVATE is based on the five foundational elements necessary for increasing our capacity: Finding Your Why, Overcoming Self-Limiting Beliefs, Setting Goals and Creating Accountability, Maintaining Health and Wellness, and Establishing Routine and Positive Habits.

CSN featured this book in 2021 during our summer book club. Resources and study materials from those sessions can be found here:


:: Upcoming Events 

How to Have a Good Day Webinar

Join bestselling author Daniel Goleman to learn how emotional intelligence can help you have a great day any day, while avoiding burnout. The Action for Happiness webinars are at no cost to attend.

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2024
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. CST
Online (link shared after registering)

Student Employment Diversity Forum

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

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 panel discussion and 2 workshop sessions on Friday, March 15th, 2024. 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.  This event is a collaboration between the Student Employment team in the Office of Student Financial Aid, the Office of Inclusion Education, & Recreation & Wellbeing.

Date: March 15, 2024
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Gordon Dining & Event Center

Students can learn more at