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#1: two notable examples: McWrap, and Nook E-Reader (say them out loud).

3 weeks ago on 12 Most Avoidable Mistakes When Building Your Brand

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Disagree with #3: that's how suppliers get a reputation for being yes-men and (IMHO) crooks. I'm in the marketing business and being an order-taker is malpracticing and uninteresting to boot. http://12most.com/2014/02/25/12-reasons-advertising-agency-lies/

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235367

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What about the PA who is a sideways peer who, when other peers are voicing concerns in a meeting with the boss, never seems to have any problems? That's a form of passive-aggressiveness that makes the sideways peers want to throttle the dude/dudette...

2 months, 3 weeks ago on 12 Most Table-Turning Ways to Deal with Passive Aggressive People at Work

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Join groups. Easier to connect with people there.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234118

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Oh, and while you're leaning in, be sure to be born on third base. Makes hitting home runs lots easier. http://lucidatrandom.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/pretty-lies/

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234098

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Excellent post! Sort of a companion piece to my post about creativity: http://12most.com/2012/03/13/12-striking-tendencies-creative-people/ ... Will definitely share yours. One of the surest ways to kill creativity is to tell yourself you're not. ;o)

4 months, 3 weeks ago on 12 Most Pervasive Lies About Creativity

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@deniseleeyohn @Kim Phillips  Didn't realize that was the deal. Was prepared to share the post widely, because it's good advice, but without examples, it sort of loses its punch.

4 months, 4 weeks ago on 12 Most Surprising Things Great Brands Do

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It would be great to have some examples...

4 months, 4 weeks ago on 12 Most Surprising Things Great Brands Do

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Please read the post...it says we don't like rules...it does not suggest that you tell your students they have to follow rules...give them rules or don't give them rules or give them guidelines or don't give them guidelines but this is not about that...please stop it.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on 12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People

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@sculptorartist @Kim Phillips @MaryWhitney1954  Right but nobody is saying these are all rules. You don't like rules, artists don't typically like rules that much. What are you having an issue with, exactly?


6 months, 2 weeks ago on 12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People

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@sculptorartist @MaryWhitney1954  I don't think the word "rule" appears anywhere in the post. It says they are "tendencies."

6 months, 2 weeks ago on 12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People

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@Rhett222  Not sure about the idea this post is "from non-creative people." I've been getting paid for creative work for nearly 35 years now.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on 12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People

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@AidScholarship @Kim Phillips Everybody is (or should be) enthusiastic about their product. I've always said that if it's not interesting without exclamation points, adding them won't make it interesting. Let the words speak for themselves. I would have shared the article but for that. 

7 months ago on 12 Most Unique College Scholarship Winning Tips

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@AidScholarship @Kim Phillips I find it distracting and sort of RAH RAH to the point of maybe seeming spammy. In the past, 12Most hasn't allowed periods on subheads, but now !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! is okay. I was going to share the post but the feel of it seemed more promotional than informational.

7 months ago on 12 Most Unique College Scholarship Winning Tips

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Some good tips. Curious about the exclamation points on each subhead...?


7 months ago on 12 Most Unique College Scholarship Winning Tips

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@Sappho Aviva @Kim Phillips Yeah, hard to get better when everybody's telling you you're perfect. Used to be that sitting on the bench was an incentive for working harder and playing better, that "taking laps" was a consequence of not trying hard enough. If you know you're going to get a trophy no matter what you do, why bother? This leads to entitlement over effort and does nothing to build resilience or character. Had an experience recently with a retail establishment run by 20-something hipsters in a too-cool part of town. A week before Christmas, they're opening at 11:00 a.m., four days a week. Not exactly conducive to selling those gifts I wanted to buy for customers. When I suggested they might want to keep hours that are more like other stores, they went nuts, said I was harshin' their buzz, whatever. That's how sincere, polite feedback is received. Buh-bye. 

7 months, 3 weeks ago on 12 Most Telling Characteristics of a Social Media Troll

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@Sappho Aviva That would depend on the definition of "overly" in rule #2 above. To those raised in the Everybody Gets a Trophy generation, any amount of criticism is too much. There can be no critical discourse because critical (i.e. questioning, challenging) thinking is not allowed. "Good job!" is allowed.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on 12 Most Telling Characteristics of a Social Media Troll

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@Emmalish @BeckyGaylord @Kim Phillips I'd like to think I was that kind. It's also useful to remember that he who owns the printing press--or blog--gets to decide what gets published. You wouldn't believe the things I was asked to "tell" the media when I was a young pup.

1 year, 1 month ago on 12 Most Productive, Low-Cost Ways to Influence the Media

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Love the last one especially!

1 year, 1 month ago on 12 Most Honest, Least Hypey Self-Promotion Tactics

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@BP @Kim Phillips I'm not an expert in Latin, only in buying, selling, and making creative work for over 30 years now. If @Aeli has similar qualifications, I'd consider the question a serious one. 

1 year, 1 month ago on 12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People

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@aeli Tell us about your qualifications as a creative professional, Aeli.

1 year, 1 month ago on 12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People

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@Glen Iliffe @Kim Phillips People pay me handsomely for my experience, so, yes. If you want research, there are probably sites that provide that. I think if you'll notice, most of the posts on this website are written from the experiences of professionals in their fields. Move on.

1 year, 1 month ago on 12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People

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@Glen Iliffe @JenniferSpencer The list is one of *tendencies* not laws. And they aren't necessarily positive or negative in every case. Most people have found the list entertaining and uplifting... one reader even emailed me to say it changed her life. I am entitled to write about my observations of creative types based on my experience of 30 years in buying, selling, and making creative work. If you want deep science, then perhaps there is another website you would enjoy more. Let's elevate this conversation all the way around, shall we?

1 year, 1 month ago on 12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People

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@suslydic @Kim Phillips @AlfRehn @andersabrahamsson @suslyic You understand, exactly. 

1 year, 1 month ago on 12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People

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@Ben Goofingoff You sound like a very creative guy.

1 year, 2 months ago on 12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People

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@Ben Goofingoff Here's my study: 33 years of buying, selling, and doing creative work. This is 12Most.com, not the Pew Center.

1 year, 2 months ago on 12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People

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Mazel tov! Hope it's a great new experience...

1 year, 3 months ago on I’ve Accepted a New Job with Sears

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I usually need #3 reversed.

1 year, 4 months ago on 12 Most Agreeable Ways to Disagree

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Excellent points about blogging, so long as we're talking about blogging as a profession in and of itself. There are plenty of other business reasons to have a blog that don't involve monetizing the blog. In my own case, I don't care about attracting millions or thousands or even hundreds of followers. I care about providing content that is relevant to my clients and soon-to-be clients. It works for retaining clients and for giving prospects a taste of what they can expect if they work with me. Blogging for blogging's sake is like putting out a newspaper that only has news about newspapers. Mine is at www.getlucid.net/blog


1 year, 5 months ago on The Harsh New Reality of Being a Blogger

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@Erin F. @Kim Phillips Good for him. Judging by a lot of the business writing I see, not every employer is doing that.  ;0)


1 year, 5 months ago on Why Do You Obsess about the Writing Rules?

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I don't stress about things like split infinitives; that one is really arcane anyway. But in general, the rules are there for clarity of THOUGHT. If I were still a manager of other people, and a job applicant couldn't be bothered to learn the basics of writing, I'd wonder what else s/he couldn't be bothered with.

1 year, 5 months ago on Why Do You Obsess about the Writing Rules?

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@airlifter Love this very much.

1 year, 5 months ago on 12 Most Solid Ways to Not Drive Your Facebook Friends and Fans Completely Nuts

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 @suninu If you're out there, how'd it go?

1 year, 5 months ago on 12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People

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 @Tracy Stokes Not failings... you are great just as you are. ;0)

 

1 year, 5 months ago on 12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People

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 @creativeconceptsds Than YOU for reading. 

1 year, 5 months ago on 12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People

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LinkedIn is killing off Answers...

1 year, 6 months ago on 12 Most Imperative Internet Marketing Tips You Might Not Know

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I think snark = snide + sarcasm, now. Dictionary says it was originally an animal created by Lewis Carroll. As if.  ;0)

1 year, 6 months ago on 12 Most Portmanteaunamous Portmanteaus

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A designer friend of mine just got a request from a client to design a logo, saying, "Do me four or five mock-ups and if I like any of them, I'll pay you." See #5 above.

1 year, 7 months ago on 12 Most Frustrating Things Designers Hear from Clients

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The gist of the post is good. I was reacting to how you reacted to David.

1 year, 7 months ago on 12 Most Lame Excuses For Not Using Social Media

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 @milesaustin  @DavidSirrine Miles, when you set yourself up as an expert, and a writer, and you deliver snarky, condescending posts, you better be ready for what comes. You call people "lazy" in this post, yet you didn't expend the energy either to check your writing or to have someone else do it. Bad writing diminishes your credibility as a professional, and sarcastic replies to blog comments (especially those which are correct) just add to the negative impression of the blogger. Living online requires a thicker skin. You should take your own advice to learn from others.

1 year, 7 months ago on 12 Most Lame Excuses For Not Using Social Media

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@PaulBiedermann Sometimes you simply have to "drill down the [insert department name] silo."

1 year, 7 months ago on 12 Most Supercilious Corpspeak Terms

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Both "cohort" and "didactic" make my neck stiff. I like "group" and "teaching" so much better.

1 year, 7 months ago on 12 Most Supercilious Corpspeak Terms

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 @PegFitzpatrick Thanks... can always count on you for the real scoop! 

1 year, 8 months ago on Google+ Hits One Out of the Park with Customer Responsive Updates

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I joined two communities I was invited to, and immediately my email inbox was slammed with updates on every little thing. Couldn't figure out how to turn that off (even asked one of the community managers) so I just left one of the groups. The other one is smaller, so it's not so bad, but I doubt I'll join any more G+ communities unless they are VERY small, closed, and the posts will be very intelligent.

1 year, 8 months ago on Google+ Hits One Out of the Park with Customer Responsive Updates

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I see your point of view... if someone has all the business they want and they don't see the need to use social media, that is to be applauded. And you make a good point about the me-too tendency ... the herd mentality is strong. I think what Miles was speaking to is something that I see in my marketing consultancy: some folks (not you) are too lazy or tech-averse to learn to use social media; those are bad reasons not to use it. It's almost as if, 30 years ago, they had pointed to their telephones and pronounced, "I am NOT going to learn to use THAT." Social media is just the new telephone, the new advertising, and the new PR all rolled into one. But if you can do without it, do it.

1 year, 8 months ago on 12 Most Lame Excuses For Not Using Social Media

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Do check out Barbara Ehrenreich's book. She documents where it comes from. 

1 year, 9 months ago on 12 Most Negative Results of Positive Thinking

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Nice post! Lots to chew on...

1 year, 10 months ago on Learning Digital Marketing: What I Wish I Knew Then

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