Nina Spencer

Working Wisdom 2011

A Time to Creep, A Time to Soar:

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It’s now been 16 weeks since I returned from climbing Kili and life has pretty much returned to the normal “chop wood and carry water” rhythms of my speaking schedule, writing and living. Yet not a day goes by that doesn’t have at least one moment of reflection about life on the mountain for those nine simple, singularly-focused days in January. Not one day (now I’m back home at 380 feet above sea level) where I can’t think of some similarity between the mini-dramas of any given workday and a corresponding climbing incident…

Playing Twenty Questions with Yourself for Thanksgiving at Work

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“Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”

14 Strategies for Successfully Moving Through This Time of the Rolling Year

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These last days at work, before Christmas break, can be taxing or terrific, depending on the demands of your job. For some, this is slow season; for others, panic time abounds. Regardless, we’re deep in December and the year’s winding down quickly now. What can you do to protect your energy, lend a hand and make a good start for 2012?

A Time to Creep, A Time to Soar:

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To the second, about never being properly ready for Kili no matter how hard I prepared? I didn’t reply at all. I pursed my lips. Why? Truth was, I got scared. For a couple of days after hearing this arrogant comment, my nerve slipped. Now I was between a rock and a hard place (no pun intended), for I’d handed over a non-refundable deposit. However, a couple of days later…