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Product Details

  • Series: Capital Career & Personal Development
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Capital Books (January 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193310256X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933102566
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,194,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nan S. Russell has spent more than twenty years in management. She went from a minimum-wage employee to vice president of a 4.4 billion dollar QVC with five promotions in seven years. She has held management positions in human resource development, communication, marketing, and line management. Her eColumns, "Winning at Working" and "In the Scheme of Things" appear regularly on more than eighty websites and online newspapers, with estimated readership in excess of five million.

More About the Author

A decade ago, Nan Russell left a successful corporate career on the east coast to pursue her dream to work and write from her native Montana. Today she lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, is the author of four books, a workplace consultant, and national speaker. In 2014, she was named a 100 Top Thought Leader by Trust Across America.

Her books include:
Trust, Inc.: How to Create a Business Culture that Will Ignite Passion, Engagement, and Innovation (2014, Career Press); The Titleless Leader: How to Get Things Done When You're Not in Charge (Career Press, 2012); Hitting Your Stride: Your Work, Your Way (Capital Books; 2008); Nibble Your Way to Success (MountainWorks Press, 2007)

Nan's Winning at Working column appears in numerous publications and she is a blogger for Psychology Today on "Trust: The New Workplace Currency."

After being fired from her first professional job, her first career took her from a minimum wage employee to Vice President of multibillion dollar QVC, spending more than 20 years in leadership roles. She has a B.A. from Stanford University and M.A. from the University of Michigan. More at www.nanrussell.com

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I found this book to be very informative and helpful.
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It will help guide you through different situations and help you create a stronger way of life.
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One thing I really enjoyed about this book is the stories she tells.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Love to learn on January 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought Hitting Your Stride for my nephew who graduated from college last year and can't seem to find his niche in the corporate world yet. I read it before I gave it to him, there is a lot of wonderful information written in a fun and engaging way for any young person starting their career. Ms. Russell has done a fabulous job using many interesting scenarios. I highly recommend this book for all young people and their parents, it gives you a new outlook on what your children are facing and how they can handle these new challenges. Times have changed, that's for sure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kroth on March 8, 2009
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I can't think of a better book to recommend for folks thinking about their future during these challenging times. Nan provides personal examples, valuable success stories, and thoughtful ideas for moving toward work that is authentic and passionate. It is interesting reading throughout. She shares insightful ways to move toward career success. This isn't one of those books filled with platitudes and simple clichés. This is a keeper.

I especially like the way Nan lets us into her thinking. We see how she has struggled with situations. I particularly appreciated her chapter on "Shades of Grey," sharing how most work issues can't be dealt with in absolutes but are, rather, as she says, more human, more complex, and more heart engaged. Life isn't black or white. Her other chapters - like Creating Your Own Luck, Bringing Yourself to Work, and Waking Up - helped me to understand myself better and what I can do in my life to "Hit My Stride." Buy it for yourself, but also for friends, co-workers, and family who are reconsidering what they want their work to be and to become.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L on September 12, 2008
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No-nonsense career advice, dispensed with anecdotes from the author's own life to make for friendly reading. Unlike preachy self-help books that end up sitting unread on the shelf, this book invites repeat visits and is set up so that you can dip into chapters in whichever order appeals to you.
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Hitting Your Stride was a fascinating read that sheds light on what employees struggle with and how to overcome the short falls. Nan S. Russell helps you to see things in a different light and helps you understand the type of person that is desirable for a company. It’s not all about the knowledge you have or who you know, but rather “putting yourself out there.”
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I found this book to be very informative and helpful. It presented several new, fresh ideas that will benefit an individual that is currently working in or interested in a professional career. This book will help a person become very successful and also find that they need to be passionate about their career choice. I enjoyed how the author presented the information in an easily relatable context. The examples she presented are well thought out and make it simple for the reader to use the concepts described in their own life. She speaks from experience as she has been successful in the business world for over 30 years. I think you will find this book to be very helpful and thought provoking. I hope you enjoy it, as I did!
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When I first started this book, I was thinking, oh great another self help book. But it is more than self help-- and it's not the too good to be true version. The author gives some really good advice that I have already applied to my everyday life. It's not all just butterflies and bubbles, there's actually some meat and good information in the book. I especially love the chapter where she talks about the reflective assessment. She writes about a previous manager who looks at herself in the mirror each day and decided if she did her best. Can she look herself in the eye and feel good about what she did that day.
It's a really moving and helpful book. Great read, and a great way to start out a new job or other endeavor!!
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Hitting Your Stride is a great book to read whether you plan to make your way in this world as a business professional or not. It‘s beautifully written and contains so many great bits of information that it would be impossible to not find something that speaks to you. The author utilizes powerful storytelling, inspiring quotes, and questions to encourage you to think about your life and the decisions you make. It would be beneficial for anyone from those fresh out of high school to anyone who is considering a change in careers (or a change anywhere in their life).
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After reading "Hitting Your Stride” for a seminar class, I'm left with much to think about. My first impression of the book was that it was a lot of common sense, but then I reconsidered - If it was so common, why hadn't I thought of these things in so long?

Rather than a proclaimed book of answers, Ms. Russell encourages us to find our own through her anecdotes and experiences. Not only applicable to work, Ms. Russell relates her lessons and advice to life in general.

My final impression is that it's a good book to have on hand on a rainy day. Read it and reread it. Read it when you didn't get the promotion, when your boss tells you that you actually didn't do as good a job as you thought. It will inspire you, encourage you, and most of all make you think. It inspired and reminded me that above all, I must live up to my full potential.

As an aside, the postscript at the back contains a series of short stories that she refers to as a "glimpse into the boss's office." They're short enough to read on your ten-minute work-break, but still full of insight!
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