Nan S. Russell
Author & Speaker

All posts in March, 2015

As a colleague of Nan’s I sometimes post here about work, life and sometimes both. I’m not much of a sports fan but every March, I am ‘all in’ as the popular phrase touts. March Madness – College Hoops – leather basketball isolated on a white backgroundBracket Crazy – Going to the Dance; that’s been my passion this month. And, I’ve learned there are many parallels between Sports and today’s workplaces. Like most things, some good, others not so good.

Here are 3 are good ones that come to mind:

Be for Something – So, what does this mean? Being for something requires strength of convictions and a willingness to stand up for them. When you’re for something you are full of passion, taking risks, thinking creatively and solving problems. You’ve see it on the basketball floors at the NCAA tournament. See if you can find it in your workplace? These are your colleagues who are full of ideas, self- motivated, have high energy and making valuable contributions. What do you aspire to bring about at work? Be for something.

A Dose of Discipline – According, to Merriam-Webster – discipline (continue reading →)

Today's Workplace 

clocksI hesitated before I answered the question. It was just a slight hesitation, but the question took me by surprise. Someone asked me how could they work on self-improvement and development on the clock. And while I answered at the time with a few tips, the on the clock part stuck with me and got me thinking.

When it comes to self-improvement and personal development, there are at least four kinds of people at work: people who don’t care about improving themselves; people who only care if someone is paying them or requiring them to do it; people who want to develop skills but who get pulled under into their sea-of-busyness and rarely do; and people who are winning at working and view self-development not as a task, but as an ongoing process.

The latter are the people who understand it doesn’t matter who signs their pay check; ultimately, (continue reading →)

Winning at Working 

i-am-the-door[1]A hundred years ago, most physicians in this country didn’t have college degrees, most houses didn’t have bathtubs, and no woman could vote. Fifty years ago, life expectancy was 70, a first class stamp was a nickel, and only ten percent of adults had college degrees. Twenty-five years ago, most people hadn’t used a computer, email was new, and Amazon was a river in South America.

It doesn’t take much hindsight to see the impact of change. And this century is guaranteed to bring more; some positive; some not. But regardless of how it impacts, change requires more than acknowledging it happened. And personal change issues require even more.

A decade ago, my husband and I moved to Montana after years of discussion and planning. I dreamed of trading a corporate role on the east coast for a writing career in the town where I was born. Despite how excited I was to make that shift and how prepared I thought I was to reach a long held author-dream, I felt empty and lost. I expected (continue reading →)

In the Scheme of Things 

Column36-man sorting mailWith too much to do and too much “out there” to ever read through or watch, I thought I’d narrow things a bit, as I do each month here, with a few work related things I thought you might find helpful.

If you’d like to receive tips and insights from me in your email each month, you can (continue reading →)

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