Nan S. Russell
Author & Speaker

All posts in November, 2014

MB900422846[1]It started with a turkey. In the early days of a start-up company I once worked for, a plump turkey was a small thank you token given to employees around the holidays. The turkey-giving practice lasted maybe three years, until the growing size of the organization necessitated its change. And while enhanced benefits emerged to replace that poultry gift, I found it amazing that the missing turkey still appeared as a resentment issue years later in employee forums.

Similarly, I was surprised when I recently heard employees grumbling at a company that provided a daily complimentary hot breakfast to employees. Turns out their well-intentioned gesture was not met with thanks, but with complaints. Not enough organic fruit, too many high carb selections, no green tea, and limited options were frequent murmurs. What didn’t surprise me (continue reading →)

Winning at Working 

MH900422169[1]Tired and emotionally drained after a morning visiting my mother at the skilled nursing facility where she resides, my husband and I stopped back at the hotel to relax before the family event that had brought us to California that weekend – the celebration of my mom’s 93rd birthday.

Multiple buses in the parking lot and a packed elevator were the first hints our hotel was not the quiet oasis anticipated. Greeting us on our floor was a hallway of high school “jocks” in various states of floor-sitting and wall-leaning; some engaged in what looked like homework, others texting, chatting, snacking, or napping.

With the exception of one or two rooms, the floor was transformed. With a dorm-like ambiance, doors were opened to the hallway for easy access, exposing the clothes-dropped-on-floors shared rooms of teenage boys.

I tried to be opened minded – really, I did. However, (continue reading →)

In the Scheme of Things 

As a colleague of Nan’s, I regularly post here when things grab my attention about today’s workplace and sometimes, life. At this time of year, I make a conscious decision to think about the many good things and people I’m grateful for in my life. Gratitude … feeling or showing thanks,  as defined by WebsterWith that in mind, here are several of my favorite quotes about Gratitude:heart medallion2

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive. To breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” – Marcus Aureluis

“An attitude of gratitude brings great things.” — Yogi Bhajan

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” — Aesop

“Giving is an expression of gratitude for our blessings.” — Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen (continue reading →)