Nan S. Russell
Author & Speaker

All posts in November, 2015

everythingI’m a colleague of Nan’s. I regularly post here about work, life and sometimes the merging of the two. In the next several days many of us will be thinking about the people, the places and the things we’re thankful for as we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. What we may not realize is, being thankful throughout the year can have tremendous health benefits for us and it is free! This week, I did some fact-finding* and research* on why it is healthy to practice gratitude every day. I thought I would share it here.

So, what is gratitude? Why is it healthy? And, how do you practice it?

According to Merriam-Webster it is a feeling of thankfulness.

Robert Emmons, a psychology professor at the University of California at Davis, a leading researcher in a growing field, called (continue reading →)

Life, Tips 

Turkey. (1024x867)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. While enhanced benefits emerged to replace that poultry gift, the missing turkey still appeared as a resentment issue years later in employee forums.

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

Winning at Working 

P1060135 (800x600)After a two hour drive from the hotel, my husband and I arrived early morning in a small Wisconsin town on Lake Superior. That’s where our excursion to the Apostle Island National Lakeshore would begin. Our reservations were on a double-decker boat which held 149 people, and 40 minutes prior to launch at least half of them were lined up on the dock.

After all, it was an entire morning adventure and there were only two seating options: inside on a cool early fall day, or the chillier better-views top deck. We wanted the latter and joined the line. As loading began, the majority seemed aligned with us. By the time it was our turn to board, the top deck was nearly full and we moved quickly to claim a bench for two near the back. Across the aisle and one row behind was a similar bench marked “Crew Only.” In five minutes that was the only space open on the upper deck.

More than a dozen parties-of-two longingly looked at the open bench marked “Crew Only” before going downstairs where seats were plentiful. But one young couple didn’t. They ignored the (continue reading →)

In the Scheme of Things