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@jeffespo @AmyVernon I am in the South and am pretty sure nature and science apply to me but I am not a man so that may be why. Heh
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Goodbye Republican Party, It’s YOU Not Me
@juliepippert Trying to flesh out your imaginary character - so pop that bubble why don't you LOL. ;) I think you have to take each candidate on merit and choose by position and record. I've never straight party ticket voted in my life.
Well done and well said. I think it shows tremendous courage and courage of conviction to stick to your morals, ethics and ideals rather than compromising to fit with a group. Good for you so calmly and matter of factly explaining why, too.
@stevenmcoyle It needn't be a woman thing and I say that as a woman who was really hoping for more progressive leadership from younger, female and other out of the box type executives. It does need to be a structural issue of workplaces issue. because BOY do we have one and it affects men and women alike. Some of the top talent opts out of the traditional workforce because it can't support them
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Yahoo! Letter: Was Their Communications Team Consulted?
@HowieG @JoeCardillo @SteelToad @danielnewmanUV My solution to challenges at my home office is to use the library. They have private rooms you can pre-book and free wifi. Coffee shops can be good but noisy. I can sit totally focused and hammer out a lot of work in those library offices. I can also do skype calls etc. OT but just wanted to mention.
@belllindsay You know what I think is better leadership? A 3 month window: here are our new performance standards and expectations, here's why (rah rah rally, let's succeed), here are the ways we're setting you up to succeed, and here's the outcome for not meeting or exceeding. Along the way, constant way points of review, how is it going. It sets a high bar for management and workers alike, but sets a supportive, enable to succeed culture. if people feel like they're on a team, they'll work their hearts out (a lot of people will, not all). If they feel like minions on a wheel, they'll resent the higher ups.
1. The better letter.
I think your letter was a lot better on many levels but I think it presumes that the company has a healthy morale and people are feeling loyal. Having worked in dysfunctional companies that asked for a lot of sacrifice and loyalty of employees' with little return on that investment, I can say a lot of employees rarely are able to muster up the rah rah. They are just trying to make it until they can shake it. I don't know if this is Yahoo! but from whispers here and there I think it might be possible.
2. Feminism, sexism, whateverism.
I think a lot of us hope to see progressive and innovative business solutions from younger CEOs like this, and (mea culpa) I admit to thinking a lot more highly of women in this hope. So to me, that's the only way it's a "woman" thing. It's not about feminism -- it's about hoping that when you get someone "out of the box" into the C-Suite, they'll bring fresher ideas that just might keep the boat afloat. Then downstream, that helps the company, employees and overall economy.
3. Remote and flex workers.
Whenever I hear "time to pull in employees" I feel like that a slacker copout business fix. It's a kneejerk reaction I admit. But I've done it successfully and know it's not just me who has to be stellar -- the manager has to be able to manage it too. So if the workers aren't working, that's one thing. But to blame bad business on flex workers sounds suspicious because I know a lot of great ones. Too many times I see bad management leading to poor conditions for workers. So do I think this is wise? I don't know. But I am skeptical.
@belllindsay It's not just you. Me too. :)
@DallasK Dollars to donuts that decision was deliberate, thought through and done to insulate Marisa. Sets up a different fall guy -- or so the thinking often goes.
Will comment later after I finish laughing and clapping with one hand.
3 months ago on For the Love of Spam
So much breadth and depth of useful info!
3 months, 1 week ago on The Hashtag Bowl
We have long lived in a society that expected responsible production and responsible consumption. Court cases, regulations, and consumer choice consistently back up this culture. To ignore one and lay all accountability on the other is short-sighted. Bob's advice was spot on. I truly wish that this had been taken as an opportunity rather than a miss. The benefit, nevertheless, was a reminder to be careful.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Storify and Facebook Privacy Breaches: How NOT to Respond
Heidi is the total embodiment of awesome and inspiring!
5 months ago on #FollowFriday: Heidi Massey
@Liz Well that's a point to ponder because after a conference today I drove a friend to the airport, someone I met by building community and we talked about tribes. We talked about how life transitions sometimes bring tribe transitions, especially when cancer disrupts life. It was a deep, complex talk. So that's where my head is on it right now.
I think it takes a village, not just to raise a child but to develop and support a life. Each of us builds and experiences community differently -- some for a long or life time, some for shorter term -- and either way, they are valuable. We have the community we are born into and the community we choose. Some people are brilliant at building community in which they are the center, and some are brilliant at building community as a connector. We really laud the former, and I think it's important to value the latter too, even if they end up more peripheral.
8 months, 1 week ago on Wednesday Bubble: Team Brilliant
Done and done.
begas = begs
10 months, 1 week ago on A fresh look at brand Canada. What do you think?
I think it's funny -- when done well -- these stereotypes. But -- and maybe the Canadians should sit down, don't need any injuries here -- you guys don't fly as far under the radar as you think you do. Global business, global arts and literature, and the great global boundary hopper (the Internet) have kind of...opened boundaries. We know more about you than you think we do.
So the whole "ignorant American" and "America needs to be educated" begas the very real question of "based on WHAT" and how is that evidentiary enough to build an entire campaign around?
When I first saw this campaign, also from Dave, my comment was:
It's very clever. The concept and angle, plus visuals, are cool.
A few questions:
1. What is the chief purpose? Tourism? If so, it seemed a little focused in this presentation on people, and truth is, I come for places or experiences when I travel. Perhaps the campaign has less Bieber and peanut butter and more Montreal, Toronto art fest and Victoria.
2. When they say America, do they mean US, or the continent?
FWIW, maybe it's me (my sister lived in Toronto for years and I worked for a company based there for a while, we traveled to Quebec quite a bit, etc.) and just my friends but I think we do know quite a bit about Canada beyond hockey and syrup. One thing I didn't notice in this campaign (as I skimmed it) was a big heads-up on your chief Canadian advocates: popular writers who are spreading Canadian culture worldwide, such as Louise Penny. Writers and artists are cultural advocates without boundaries. I learned more about Quebecois separatism from Louise Penny books than anywhere. And it made me go look it up, see if what she wrote was all true and it was.
Danny, excellent advice and points here. So very sorry you had to make them. Very upsetting. I wish you , your family and business the best.
10 months, 1 week ago on Facebook Hacking and the Value of Social Currency
@DenVan Wow I did not know that about Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ). My mind goes straight to fine wines. Not Jesus. Although, upon closer thinking, fine wines and Jesus are actually related so maybe that one is quite clever. Unintentionally.
Otherwise, I absolutely agree about names. They need to be accurate and descriptive.
Also glad I could help (and flattered to be included) clarify one teeny portion of the very confusing Texas state government.
10 months, 4 weeks ago on Railroaded! 10 misleading brand names.
Love the rundown and I honestly did not realize that is what Counts meant! Wish I could be there!
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Technology? Social Media? Who’s Got Time To Learn This Stuff?