Planners’ Picks — March 5, 2024

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

Yesterday we were told to March Forth. Where are you marching? Let’s build better teams, check in on our core values, and strive for uncommon greatness this week. We also recognize International Women’s Day on March 8 with all of our inspirational quotes and several of the resources being from female contributors.

*Note: Don’t fret if you can’t get to all of these resources! If you’re short on time, maybe choose one or two that are of interest to you to pursue.


:: Image of the Week

The Power of YET I don’t know… YET This doesn’t work… YET I don’t understand this… YET This doesn’t make sense… YET I’m not good at this… YET I can’t do this… YET I don’t get it… YET

A growth mindset tells us we can learn anything if we dedicate ourselves to the process. Use “yet” as your guide when something seems out of reach, and be curious.

“You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.” — Marian Wright Edelman


:: Work Culture & Team Development

The Role of Vulnerability and Empathy in Team Building

How can I extend empathy to others, especially when I haven’t experienced their struggles?” Enter vulnerability. Empathy and vulnerability go hand-in-hand. Both require us to drop our armor and show up authentically. Read on from a short post by Jen Donahue on LinkedIn.

Leadership With Heart: The Awakening Of The Heart In Business

Humanity is evolving and moving into a new paradigm where the heart’s energy is much more prominent. With the complexities around the world and in organizations, there is a need for leaders to connect with their teams from a place of heart, unity and togetherness. In order for organizations to move away from the more traditional leadership styles of command and control—which do still exist—they must begin to focus on shifting behaviors by looking at the whole person and supporting inner transformation.

Read this Forbes article from Surinder Kullar on this subject for more insights into heart-centered leadership.


:: Communication

Podcast: So Many Feelings. Too Many?

How to share with purpose, recover from an outburst, set boundaries, and provide solace.

Author Amy Gallo asks:

“Have you ever found yourself struggling to hold back intense emotions at work in the name of professionalism? Yeah, me too. I’m glad that our workplaces have increasingly normalized expressing our emotional selves at work. That feels like a good thing. But navigating the delicate balance between professional composure and genuine feelings is tricky. Where’s the line between oversharing and vulnerability?”

Join Amy on Harvard Business Review’s Women at Work, where she and Amy Bernstein revisit a conversation from 2020 with Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy. Then, Liz returns to the show to discuss how the expectations around emotional expression have changed since then and what people – especially managers – can do to make sense of the changing norms.


:: Self-Leadership Development

Revisiting Core Values and Intentions During This Unique Time

During times of uncertainty and change it is important to revisit our core values and intentions. These will guide us through these times. Read this post by Harry Webne-Behrman on how to navigate crisis more effectively using your values as a compass.

“Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings JOY and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.”
― Eileen Caddy, Opening Doors Within

Motivation and Self-Worth with Dr. Lora Park

Some people see happiness as cumulative and believe that working towards long-term goals will make us happier in the future. Others see happiness as fleeting and believe ‘living in the moment’ will help us thrive right now, rather than postponing it. At this special event, psychologist Dr Lora Park will share her expert insights relating to motivation and self-worth. She’ll explore how our beliefs about happiness shape our everyday activities and how you can become more motivated in ways that support your well-being and relationships. She’ll also explain how pursuing self-esteem can sometimes backfire and how to develop a healthier sense of self-worth. You’ll have a chance to discover when it may be helpful to focus on long-term goals and when it may be better to live in the moment, without a sense of guilt or anxiety. And you’ll come away with practical ideas to help you stay motivated and get more out of life. This conversation with Dr Mark Williamson was recorded at a live Action for Happiness event


:: Productivity

What’s Your Attentional Rhythm? Some Attention Span Takeaways by David Epstein

David Epstein interviewed Dr. Gloria Mark about her book, Attention Span: A Groundbreaking Way to Restore Balance, Happiness and Productivity.

Nobody has spent more time monitoring how people focus (or fail to focus) at work than Dr. Mark. You can view a recording of their chat here, and David shares a short list of changes He’s made to his work tactics after reading Dr. Mark’s book and some of her papers. Which of these should you be working on?

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” Maya Angelou


:: CSN’s Book of the Week Recommendation

Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership: Because the World Is Counting on You

Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership is a must-have resource for organizations of all shapes and sizes wanting to make a bigger difference in the world. Filled with real-life stories and concrete strategies, this practical guide helps develop the specialized skills and mindset needed to successfully lead and manage a stable and impactful world-class organization.

A lot has happened since Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership was first published in 2017. The COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 election cycle, and seismic economic and cultural shifts have transformed the nonprofit world. This second edition provides a wealth of new content and fresh perspectives on changes in the nonprofit landscape. Brand-new chapters bring the core responsibilities of board service to life, offer practical advice on how small nonprofits can have an outsized impact, discuss effective crisis management approaches, and deliver even more stories and lessons drawn from the Joan Garry’s work with thousands of nonprofit leaders. Throughout the book, the author shares new insights on topics such as managing crises, graceful exits, organizational transitions, and more. Honest, authentic, and sometimes hilarious, this book will help you:

  • Gain a rich understanding of what it takes to lead a nonprofit
  • Raise awareness and make the greatest possible impact
  • Create successful and sustainable fundraising programs
  • Reinvigorate your organization’s passion for its mission
  • Work in true partnership with staff and board members
  • Respond effectively to crises and avoid common pitfalls

Written by the former Executive Director of GLAAD and founder of the Nonprofit Leadership Lab, Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership is required reading for nonprofit board members, leaders, managers, and staff looking to make the greatest possible impact.

Here’s her interview with Coaching for Leaders on the topic of leading in a non-profit environment.

“Perseverance this is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” —Julie Andrews


:: Psychological Safety & Belonging

8 Habits of Highly Psychologically Safe Teams

82% do not feel safe speaking up at work, here’s how to fix it:

Only 18% feel comfortable sharing
their concerns and ideas at work.
• (Center for Creative Leadership)

Successful leaders build teams that are:
• Productive
• Creatively vibrant
• Genuinely collaborative

How? It’s in the little things they do every day. Here are the top 8 habits the successful 18% use.


:: Upcoming Events 

The Future of Leadership

Join the discussion on March 12 as WSB’s Business Writer in Residence, Lauren Weber, moderates a talk with faculty experts and industry leaders to explore what teams could achieve if they were constructed with integrated inclusive practices. This is an in-person event at the Wisconsin School of Business.

Date: March 12, 2024
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: 4151 Grainger Hall – Director’s Room, 975 University Avenue
(No registration required)

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

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