Planners’ Picks — May 7, 2024

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

Graduation week is upon us! Here’s to ceremoniously moving forward, supporting each other, and recognizing our successes in this issue of PP.

*Note: Don’t fret if you can’t get through these resources! Choose one or two that interest you if you’re short on time.


:: Image of the Week

Morel Support a group of morel mushrooms offering advice of “you got this,” “we believe in you,” “You can do it,” and “you are enough.”

Morels are unique mushrooms, found in the wild—not unlike your unique professional network, which you are growing every day. Do you have some supportive morels in your life?


:: Work Culture & Team Development

How Can Leaders Create a Culture of Courage in the Workplace

People thrive when they can act with courage. And so do organizations!

When employees voice their ideas, address concerns, and share their perspectives openly, it sets the stage for innovation, growth, and collective success.

Yet, it’s essential to acknowledge that fear is a natural part of the human experience. Whether it’s the fear of rejection, failure, being wrong, or feeling emotionally uncomfortable, these anxieties can loom large and stifle our ability to speak up.

So, how can leaders intentionally foster a culture where courage thrives?

“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” – Napoleon Hill  

Consistency: The Unsung Hero of Success

Have you ever heard the phrase, “80% of success is just showing up”? That’s exactly what we’re doing today. Even though we faced a scheduling hiccup, we’re here to keep our streak going. Why? Because consistency is about seizing opportunities and learning lessons when they arrive. Kevin Eikenberry explains.


:: Self-Leadership Development

The 9 Behaviors of Caring Leadership

Caring Leadership builds bridges for organizations to ensure emotional and social intelligence, cultural competency, and strategies for active listening resulting in success in all areas of business.

This is important because every employee deserves to go to a job, they love with leaders who show they care for them. Check out this short episode of Leadership with Heart with author and keynote speaker Heather Younger on the nine behaviors of caring leadership.

“Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people.” – Barbara Bush  


:: Communication

How to Change People’s Minds

Michael McQueen specializes in helping clients navigate uncertainty and stay one step ahead of change. He is a bestselling author of nine books and was previously named Australia’s Keynote Speaker of the Year. Michael recently released the book Mindstuck: Mastering the Art of Changing Minds*.

There’s a lot of evidence that our minds would rather feel right than be right. How then, do you influence someone when they are really convinced of their position? In this week’s episode, Michael and Dave Stachowiak discuss the initial steps that help in changing people’s minds. Listen in on this Coaching for Leaders podcast!


:: CSN’s Book of the Week Recommendation

Learn Lead Lift: How to Think, Act and Inspire Your Way to Greatness

Imagine a world where people love going to work thanks to leaders who are inspiring and supportive, and who create a culture that lifts each team member up. If this has not been your experience, you are not alone. There are, however, companies and leaders that lead and lift their team and their organizations. Learn Lead Lift® was written to inspire leaders and give them a framework for being/becoming great leaders who create teams where every person is valued and encouraged to fulfill their potential. The kind of workplace you are excited to enter each day.

Learn Lead Lift® is the leadership book you’ll pick up and return to time and time again. In this easy-to-read and actionable how-to guide, you’ll access timely insights cultivated from leaders representing a wide range of identities, backgrounds, roles, and industries. You’ll find author Wendy Ryan’s advice to be relatable, practical, and immediately useful.

“Trust is the lubrication that makes it possible for organizations to work.”  – Warren Bennis  


:: Mental Health and Self-Care

The New Happy at Work

In this podcast, Laura, Tessa and Michael of The Happy at Work team dive deep into a thoughtful discussion about building a happier and more meaningful life through work with special guest Stephanie Harrison.

Stephanie founded The New Happy, an educational platform focused on sharing a new philosophy of happiness based on positive psychology research. She shares her career journey from management consultant to executive roles at LinkedIn and Thrive Global, and how these experiences shaped her views on well-being in the workplace.

Stephanie discusses her book, The New Happy, which aims to translate the science of happiness into practical strategies for letting go of misguided societal beliefs and discovering true sources of well-being through authentic self-expression and helping others.

Listen in as Stephanie provides insights into how organizations can better support employees’ ability to be their whole selves at work and use their unique strengths to make a positive impact, driving both individual and business success.


:: Gratitude in Leadership

The Power of Gratitude w/ Traci Austin

In this episode of Culture Conversations, host Megan Robinson is joined by Traci Austin, an HR professional with a passion for helping organizations bridge the gap with their people. Traci’s career journey is one of overcoming obstacles using data and insights to coach teams toward reaching their full potential. Join Megan and Traci as they delve into the culture of gratitude and how it can transform workplaces for the better. Tune in for an insightful discussion filled with laughter, best practices, and heartfelt connections.–traci-austin

“Gratitude paints little smiley faces on everything it touches.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich


:: Upcoming Events

Know You’re 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: