Planners’ Picks — March 26, 2024

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

Today, the CSN Planners ask that you slow down, show your gratitude for others, and say less. Sound good? We think so. Enjoy these links!

*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

Green flags in people:
• They celebrate your wins
• Remember small things about you
• They respect your boundaries
• You feel energized after seeing them
• They listen without being defensive • They allow you to be fully yourself
• They make you feel safe
• You don't have to watch what you say
• They support your goals

Do you have some “green flag” people in your network? If not, Coaching Circles (below) might be a great place to find some.


:: Self-Leadership Development

Coaching Circle Pods at UW-Madison

Coaching Circles have been going on for some time now at UW-Madison, and this is your chance to see what they’re all about! Form new connections with a small group of colleagues from across campus. Have a trusted place to share your challenges and support others with theirs. Discover a space once a month where you can show up completely unpolished.  CSN featured some introductory classes over the past year, and OHR continues to add people to pods as they express interest.

One participant said, “Simply amazing. I learned so much from their listening to help me move forward. Thank you so much for this gift.”

Want to learn more? Go to the website for information and a short video. Sign up for an upcoming Intro Course.

“There can be no vulnerability without risk; there can be no community without vulnerability; there can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community.”   –  M. Scott Peck

3 Leadership Mindsets for the Future of Work

Your leadership mindsets are a powerful tool, especially for shaping the future of work. The mindsets you practice today will cascade across the people you lead, setting them up to conquer what’s to come. But which mindsets can best prepare us for the unknown future, and how can you actively cultivate them?

“The right leadership mindsets are what makes it possible to simultaneously run and change a business,” says Korn Ferry Senior Partner Margie Warrell, a global authority on leadership. “When others feel lost, leaders with these mindsets are prepared to embrace ambiguity and confidently lead their teams.” Margie shares the three leadership mindsets essential for the future of work and speaks on how you can cultivate them.


:: Mental Health and Self-Care

The Art of Slowing Down

If there is one piece of advice that rarely shows up amongst all the efficiency gurus and productivity experts, it’s this: Slow down.

But that’s just the advice that Leo Babauta, founder of zen habits, offered author Greg McKeown during a recent conversation on The Greg McKeown Podcast.

It was not the same “do one more thing, add another thing, do this thing better” mantra. Instead, it was an encouragement to make space in your day, to enjoy the space between each task instead of rushing to fill the downtime with something else, to focus on just one thing at a time and make that your priority in the moment.

Leo’s advice: Take a sticky note or piece of paper and write the words “SLOW DOWN”. Then hang it up somewhere you will see it often: the bathroom mirror or by your computer. It’s a simple, low-tech reminder to enjoy each moment and surrender to the space and pace of an intentional life.

“In an age of speed, I began to think, nothing could be more invigorating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing can feel more luxurious than paying attention.”   –  Pico Iyer


:: Work Culture & Team Development

Engage Groups Using Block’s “Six Conversations”

Facilitating group conversations to bring about meaningful change can seemingly go in so many directions. Having a framework to guide those conversations can help groups move forward. Block’s “Six Conversations” is one such framework. Read our recent blog post from Harry Webne-Behrman about “Six Conversations” and how you might use them.

“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Glass Ball or Rubber Ball?

As leaders, get yourself and your team to significantly make progress by continuously asking this one emotionally intelligent question: “Is this a glass ball task or rubber ball task?” Asking this one question will save relationships, time, money—and even a legacy. The gang at Employ Humanity has you covered.


:: CSN’s Book of the Week Recommendation

The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever

In The Coaching Habit, coaching becomes a regular, informal part of your day so managers and their teams can work less hard and have more impact.

Drawing on years of experience training more than 10,000 busy managers from around the globe in practical, everyday coaching skills, Michael Bungay Stanier reveals how to unlock your peoples’ potential. He unpacks seven essential coaching questions to demonstrate how–by saying less and asking more–you can develop coaching methods that produce great results.

  • Get straight to the point in any conversation with The Kickstart Question
  • Stay on track during any interaction with The Awe Question
  • Save hours of time for yourself with The Lazy Question, and hours of time for others with The Strategic Question
  • Get to the heart of any interpersonal or external challenge with The Focus Question and The Foundation Question
  • Finally, ensure others find your coaching as beneficial as you do with The Learning Question

A fresh innovative take on the traditional how-to manual, the book combines insider information with research based on neuroscience and behavioral economics, together with interactive training tools to turn practical advice into practiced habits. Witty and conversational, The Coaching Habit takes your work–and your workplace–from good to great.


:: LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning: Fred Kofman on Managing Conflict

Do you dread difficult conversations? Avoiding conflict doesn’t save relationships. Managing conflict makes them stronger. Learn the tools that turn conflicts into positive outcomes in this workshop-style course with philosopher of leadership and LinkedIn Influencer Fred Kofman. He takes a real-life story of conflict and shows how careful listening, negotiation, and commitment can turn opponents into allies and create a renewed shared purpose.

This course is the first in a series with LinkedIn Influencers, a select group of highly influential entrepreneurs, creative thinkers, global leaders, and policy makers chosen to share their thoughts with LinkedIn members. Keep the conversation going. Share these ideas with your own friends and followers.

Learning objectives:

  • Review the important elements of Angeli’s story.
  • Examine how to listen in a disarming way.
  • Recognize the techniques to use while speaking so that you are understood.
  • Explore how to negotiate on the interests.
  • Determine the elements of making a commitment.
  • Explore the components of coming up with an alternative to a negotiated agreement.


:: Managing Yourself

5 Mistakes We Make When We’re Overwhelmed

When we’re overwhelmed during busy and challenging times, the way we react can actually make things worse. By being aware of the five common patterns overwhelmed people tend to fall into, you can make things easier on yourself and those around you. First, stop waiting for the opportune moment and actually take the time to do the things you know will help you. Second, make use of your unconscious mind. Third, replace your self-criticism with compassionate self-talk. Fourth, consider your values and make sure they’re the right fit for the situation. Finally, don’t miss opportunities to fill your emotional cup.


:: Gratitude in Leadership

How to Recognize Remarkable People

We all want to be surrounded by remarkable people in our work. A key piece to building relationships with them is recognizing when they come across our radar screens. In this conversation, Guy and I explore some of the key indicators for recognizing remarkable people. Listen to this Coaching for Leaders podcast with Guy Kawasaki, the chief evangelist of Canva and the creator of Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People podcast.

Key Points

  • Remarkable people reflect back to childhood. They recognize the experiences and people that contributed to their success.
  • Remarkable people don’t find their passions, they develop them. They know that it’s rarely love at first sight.
  • Remarkable people aren’t trying to save the world. They start with small and simple questions that scratch an itch.
  • Remarkable people make themselves indispensable. They do work nobody else wants to do which separates them from the pack.
  • Remarkable people interact with a diverse group of people. They want to hear different perspectives and recognize that diversity makes them better.
  • Remarkable people have overcome hardships. They’ve challenged themselves to find paths forward through the toughest situations.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ― William Arthur Ward