Nan S. Russell
Author & Speaker

All posts in January, 2015

MB910216359[1]Based on dozens of articles that arrived in my inbox in a single week, one might think that the majority of people work in difficult work-cultures, alongside clueless co-workers, under distrusting bosses. Here are a few examples:

  • “You’re the Boss, Not the Babysitter”
  • “What to Do When Your Employees Won’t Stop Whining”
  • “Giving Feedback to the Clueless”
  • “How to Survive a Toxic Boss”

Fortunately, most of us don’t work for or around people like these. Yet, we can create our own versions of “us” versus “them” without even realizing it. The reality is that what we focus on is what we see. When you’re thinking about buying a new car, you notice only the model you want; having a baby and you see babies; think your boss is difficult and you’ll spot behaviors reinforcing it.

People who are winning at working know that what they focus on is what they see. That can be helpful or detrimental, so they’re careful with how they describe themselves and others. They understand that labels impact how we see our world.

Take generational labels for example. There are (continue reading →)

Winning at Working 

MB900402202[1]There are all kinds of birthdays. Some fade into memory-fog like any other day; others stand out. Some bring milestones with age related changes, removing restrictions on everything from what we can watch to what we can buy. Other birthdays enable new responsibilities like driving, voting, or drinking; some paste on category-labels such as teenager, adult, or senior citizen. These birthdays can mark changes to how we perceive ourselves, or how others perceive us.

Some birthdays are memorable in other ways; we attach significance to them or consider them differently. This month marks one of those birthdays for me – the one mandating Medicare registration. I keep hearing words from a poster I came across: “I thought growing old would take longer.” Me, too. And that got it me thinking about birthdays and the wisdom-gifts they can bring.

When I turned 30, I felt discouraged that I hadn’t (continue reading →)

In the Scheme of Things 

MH900401271[1]Now that the holidays are over, I don’t know about you, but I’m still catching up. If you’re like me and digging out literally – we got nearly 2 feet of snow this week – or figuratively, with scores of unread emails or unfinished work, this post is for you.

With too much to do and too much “out there” to ever read through, I thought I’d narrow things a bit for you by offering a few articles related to work I thought might be helpful:

Also, a few months ago (continue reading →)

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