Nan S. Russell
Author & Speaker

All posts in October, 2014

MH900439288[1]Once upon a time, a prince and princess lived in stressful palace, surrounded by a stressful village, inside a stressful land. They knew it was stressful because everyone said it was. Their parents, the king and queen, worked from sunrise to sunset hearing issues from their kingdom, weighing the requests, and appropriating the collective harvest to the people of their land.

The people also worked from sunrise to sunset, doing their assigned tasks, completing their logs, filing their reports, and seeking an audience with the king and queen to request their needed resources. So it went, year after year after year. And the land became known as Stressland.

When the princess and prince grew up and took over the responsibility for the kingdom from their retiring parents, having watched and listened and learned the process for years, it was second nature for them to share responsibilities according to their talents.

But it happened that the young royals grew tired of their inherited routine and began (continue reading →)

Winning at Working 

20141019_100522_resizedUnder a shade tree on the elementary school playground where my granddaughters who are 7 and 5 attend class, is a small rock garden, a bench, and this plaque. I think the words are as helpful for us at work as they are for children at school.

In that same spirit, here are a few items that crossed my desk this month that I thought you might enjoy:

Also, I recently started a Pinterest Board called WorkStuff where I regularly pin things I find interesting related to leadership, trust, careers, and work issues. You can find it here.

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Things You May Have Missed 

20141005_222354_resized (361x640) (2)Goblins. Ghosts. Witches. Vampires. Superheroes. Princesses. Pirates … and more. Purchased costumes or handmade in self-chosen or parental-guided attire, some shy and some outgoing, these school-aged entities have much in common – at least while seeking candy in atypical clothes one night of the year.

But beneath the face paint, colored hair, and masks, the likes and dislikes, resources, and creativity of these candy-loving creatures are vastly difference. And because they are, none of us would suggest that their costume choices be limited to one for girls and one for boys so only princesses and pirates knocked on candy-givers’ doors going forward.

That’s why in an era where you can have-it-your way from everything from T-shirt sayings to Instagram photo-transformations, and Build-a-Bear to create-a-burrito, it’s interesting to find  (continue reading →)

In the Scheme of Things