Planners’ Picks — April 30, 2024

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

April ends and we look for May flowers in the future—we tend to our gardens, both in the yard and in our minds and teams: pulling weeds that choke out the beauty, fertilizing with nourishment, and admiring the growth. Who knows; maybe you’ll attract some butterflies!

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


:: Image of the Week

If you spend your time chasing butterflies, they'll fly away. But if you spend your time making a beautiful garden, the butterflies will come.
Don't chase, attract.


:: Mental Health and Self-Care

Happiness Break: A Meditation to Move Through Anger, With Eve Ekman

Accepting difficult feelings like anger or irritation can help us keep our cool, feel better overall, and find calm on the other side. Listen to this short meditation script to bring yourself back from a situation.


:: Recognition and Appreciation

What Every Leader Needs To Know About Employee Recognition

In this episode of the HR Leaders podcast, Joe Gage, CHRO at Bon Secours Mercy Health, explores how they’ve revamped their people strategy to enhance recognition and engagement among healthcare workers. Joe provides insights into implementing new platforms and strategies to better connect with and support their team.

Learn more about recognition options by listening to this podcast today!

“Life is not what you alone make it. Life is the input of everyone who touched your life and every experience that entered it. We are all part of one another.” – Yuri Kochiyama 


:: Work Culture & Team Development

Your Gateway to a Flourishing Team & Business

At A Human Workplace, they believe that everyone deserves a positive workplace experience. But how do we turn this belief into reality? Their Thrive Assessment is the first step. This powerful, free tool is designed to help you gauge how well you and your team are currently thriving and identify actionable steps to enhance your capabilities to thrive.

By investing in your team’s ability to thrive, you’re not just improving their work life; you’re driving your organization towards greater success.

What You’ll Gain from the Free Thrive Assessment:

  • Customized Insights: Upon completing the 5-10 minute assessment, you’ll receive a personalized outcomes report pinpointing opportunities for improvement.
  • Actionable Recommendations: Get tailored suggestions for immediate actions to close the gaps in areas where your team can thrive more.
  • A Focus on Key Thrive Factors: Discover how your team is faring in areas such as Clarity, Courage, Simplicity, Spaciousness, Wholeness, and Hope.
  • Reflection Opportunities: As you take the assessment, reflect on your experiences for the most accurate results and useful recommendations.

There’s no commitment to purchase anything. Check it out today:

“Great things in business are never done by a person; they’re done by a team of people.” – Steve Jobs

How Leaders Can Move Teams From Isolated to All-In

In this episode of the HR Leaders Podcast, Christopher Rainey is joined by Steven Van Cohen, MS, a Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author and Partner at SyncLX. Steven brings valuable insights from his extensive experience as a leadership consultant, particularly in the context of creating cohesive teams and addressing workplace loneliness.

Steven points out a concerning statistic:

  • 69% of employees feel socially disconnected at work, impacting both productivity and mental health.

This challenge is further intensified in remote work environments, highlighting the need for a shift from traditional leadership models to ones that focus on emotional intelligence and empathetic engagement.

To address this, Steven suggests strategies like ‘Boosters and Blockers’, personal appreciation notes, and ‘Crush’ sessions for peer recognition.


:: Self-Leadership Development

The Formula for the Perfect Leader

Americans want leaders who are “trustworthy” above all else, according to a joint 2023 survey by U.S. News & World Report and The Harris Poll. It’s a seemingly universal result across a range of demographic breakdowns, including by gender, race, generation, household income, political party, urbanicity and geography.

“Honest” and “hard-working” followed trust as the most important leadership traits in the overall results. But unlike the top trait, cohorts of respondents debated whether they preferred truthful leaders over industrious ones who roll up their sleeves.

The findings come from a survey of more than 4,000 American adults that asked respondents to assess a set of 30 different leadership traits, selecting which ones they considered the “most important” and “least important” to being a successful, modern leader.

Why Kindness Matters in Business

Many people believe that kindness and business are incompatible as kindness can be perceived as weakness. Is kindness incompatible with business or should it be viewed as evidence of emotional intelligence, an essential quality in business and leadership?

“Gratitude is one of the most powerful human emotions. Once expressed, it changes attitude, brightens outlook, and broadens our perspective.” ― Germany Kent


:: Communication

Ask Yourself: Why Am I Talking?

This simple yet profound question has the potential to drastically improve how you communicate and interact with others. This question is not just a tool for better communication, but a stepping stone towards becoming a more empathetic and effective leader. More on WAIT (an easy acronym to remember) from Kevin Eikenberry in this short podcast recording.


:: CSN’s Book of the Week Recommendation

Worthy: How to Believe You Are Enough and Transform Your Life

What has self-doubt already cost you in your life? WORTHY is how you change that.

Imagine what you’d do if you FULLY believed in YOU! When you stop doubting your greatness, build unshakable self-worth, and embrace who you are, you transform your entire life! WORTHY teaches you how with simple steps that lead to life-changing results!

“In life, you don’t soar to the level of your hopes and dreams, you stay stuck at the level of your self-worth. In your business, leadership, relationships, friendships and ambitions, you don’t rise to what you believe is possible, you fall to what you believe you’re worthy of. When you build your self-worth, you change your entire life. WORTHY teaches you how. I wrote WORTHY for YOU if you have some self-doubt to destroy and a destiny to fulfill!” – Jamie Kern Lima

Author Jamie Kern Lima’s first, instant New York Times bestselling book Believe It, captured her journey of going from Denny’s waitress to billion-dollar entrepreneur by learning to believe in herself. And now her second, much anticipated, upcoming book Worthy, is the playbook for how YOU can believe in YOU!

If you’ve ever struggled with self-doubt, felt like you don’t have what it takes…or that who you truly are isn’t enough, even if you’re really good at hiding it from the world, WORTHY  is for you.  If you’ve been underestimating your talent and gifts, or battle imposter syndrome, WORTHY is for you. If you’ve been letting fear of failure and rejection hold you back, WORTHY is for you. If you’ve learned to please others so much that you end up betraying yourself, WORTHY is for you. If you’re sick and tired of what self-doubt has already cost you in your life, in your goals, in your relationships, and in your hopes and dreams, WORTHY is for you!  If you’re ready to expand your self-love, ignite your self-confidence, and wake up your self-worth, WORTHY is for you!!

When you change what you believe you’re worthy of, you change your entire life.


  • Get Unstuck from the Things Holding You Back
  • Build Unshakable Self-Love
  • Unlearn the Lies the Lead to Self-Doubt
  • Embrace The Truths That Wakeup Worthiness
  • Stop Dimming Your Light and Doubting Your Greatness
  • Let Go of Past Mistakes and Restore Self-Confidence
  • Overcome Limiting Beliefs and Embody Empowering Ones
  • Eliminate Your Fear of Rejection and Failure
  • Learn to Believe You’re Enough Exactly as You Are
  • Transform the Meaning You Give to Your Own Story and Identity
  • Follow the Roadmap for Achieving True Fulfillment in Life
  • Achieve Your Hopes and Dreams by Believing You Are Worthy of Them
  • Embrace Who You Truly Are

And much more…

Are you ready to unleash your greatness and believe in the power that is YOU? Are you ready to finally stop believing the lies that you’re unlovable, unqualified or not (fill in the blank) enough? Are you ready to triumph over the thoughts holding you back, destroy self-doubt and truly know and believe you have what it takes to accomplish your greatest goals and wildest dreams?


:: Upcoming Events

Know Your WHY, Live Your WHY: Understanding Who You Are Individually and How You Align As a Team

One Word for YOUR Why + Operating as a Why-Centered Organization

People Forward Network has a monthly meeting called Pass the Mic, and May’s session looks like a gem.

Know Your WHY, Live Your WHY: Understanding Who You Are Individually and How You Align As a Team is the theme.

You’ll walk away with:

  • Self & Team Motivation: Understand what drives you and others to achieve goals, fostering clear communication and collaboration.
  • The Power of Why: Internal motivation fuels a shift from individual focus (“ME”) to a collaborative “WE.”
  • People Forward Network Case Study: Putting purpose into practice for individual and team success.

Date: Thursday, May 23

Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m. CST

Register Here: