interior design guy who loves other stuff; social media, photography, film, food and anything that is good for the growth of the self.
@SlartyBardfauster Thanks for your comments Slarty. Now there's a name for you. Thanks for the link to MWC. I especially like the 8 mistakes. Very thoughtful.
1 day, 4 hours ago on How behavior influences workplace design.
I like #1. Of course when you entire day is meetings then it's easy to "block" them into neat chunks. The rest are great too. Unfortunately, I have to do #6 on Saturdays......
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Time Management: Six Tips to Be More Productive and Get Things Done
Well. I bought the book at least. And i happen to like spin. It doesn't suck. It's the awesomest thing ever.
6 months ago on The Spin Sucks Brand Ambassador Program: A Case Study
@hessiejones Yeah, Hessie. I agree but I was talking purely from a business perspective. I shudder to think that someone can't be transparent about their business practices. Maybe the term transparent is somewhat subjective? Dunno.....but transparency to me equals accountability. Something like that. So when I suggest that people strive to achieve transparency I mean to be accountable for what they do,.
6 months, 1 week ago on Online Integrity: Are You Who You Say You Are?
Interesting post. Transparency is something that many people strive to achieve in business but as many don't. It's so hard to know for sure unless you spend time figuring it out. I guess we need to ensure our spidey senses are as sharp as possible.
You must be older than me @martinwaxman I am just on the cusp of the Boomer gen. Born in 1965 so I could swing both ways.......but, you know, I have just a wee bit of disdain for the Boomer get set....nothing overtly serious but just what you spoke about.
You're never too old to try something new.....or are you?
7 months ago on Social Media, Boomers, and Rock and Roll
It's all good. Live your life and share stuff when you can. You're simply rockin' another avenue at the moment. It's cool.
7 months, 1 week ago on The Dark Side of Blogging
" I’m sorry. I built community right here on this blog one-by-one, painstakingly, and for years." Well now, that's the thing many people are afraid of.......hard work.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Where Should You Build Community?
Spain would be proud. Love this idea purely because it becomes that much more interactive. Always gotta think when I come ovah heah.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition is Coming!
Where are you guys hanging out? Hardly see you on Facebook anymore. Or it it just I am outta touch?
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Rotary Phones, the Oscars, and the Polar Vortex
@belllindsay @LauraPetrolino @rdopping @ginidietrich
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Over-Communicate to Be a Better Leader
@Howie Goldfarb @rdopping @ginidietrich word!
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Follow Monday: Say Happy Birthday to Gini Dietrich!
@ginidietrich @rdopping Thank gawd
Brilliant Howie. Has to be the best birthday card anyone could wish for. Even @ginidietrich would be impressed.
@ginidietrich , I didn't know PR folks were so HYPER-sensitive. Yowzer.
So, you're saying when I slam my imaginary cubicle door and start muttering with my headphones on someone might think something's wrong?
Oh, and yeah, happy birthday, for the 10,000th time....;-)
@adamtoporek would likely agree as do I.
I have a national client and servicing them is challenging work. They are very demanding and the market is full of firms nipping at our heels. One of the best assets we have is a great team of folks who wok together very well. We can only do that by ensuring our ducks are in a row internally as much as we do when we are client facing.
We work very hard to make sure each one of the team has the tools they need to be successful. Internal communications is one thing we do often but in a casual, informal way and sharing failures and successes becomes so much easier when everyone feels like they have a stake in the game. You know, like what they do matters, no matter how small the task may be. It has worked for going on 4 years now and we just getting stronger the further down the line we go.
Great piece @LauraPetrolino
8 months, 3 weeks ago on How’s Your Internal Customer Service?
damn, I'm soup....
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: NFL Bad Lip Reading and Woman Dies of Brain Cancer
I like the way the Three Amigos have changed over time. Keeps it fresh. What-eve's, right?
Books. I have read two of the 100mil set, 3 of the 50 mil set, none of the 30mil set (by I saw the movies) and 5 of the 10mil set. What does that say about me? It looks like most of these are fiction and I tend to read a lot of non-fiction. Again, what-eve's, right? Best title = Who Moved My Cheese?
Agreed that women need to advocate for themselves. So do men. The article should have been about how all people who are not assertive and confident can build both o improve their standing. No! I didn't read the article. I am riffing off what you wrote @LauraPetrolino
Love the same on history @belllindsay The curse of knowledge thing is a big deal in my books because, believe it or not, a lot of people know very little about the Interior Design process. When i speak about it, write about and discuss it with clients I often have that same confused look on my face when they stare at me blankly. Must...fix...that...immediately.
Love the 3 things.
9 months ago on The Three Things, Episode 65
I read somewhere recently that culture = behavior over time.
I feel strongly that culture is the result of the behaviours of all people in a workplace; top to bottom. Creating a workplace that celebrates purpose by looking for like-minded people who are passionate about what they are doing and then allowing them to grow through experience and respect builds trust. Rewards such as autonomy and the opportunity to explore new avenues of business opens the door to innovation.
So, because you have fun, you are flexible and you are transparent in your business practice you have a positive culture. And I think your 8 ways are all great ways to develop positive behavior over time.
Sharing successes is a great way to share your team's passion for their work. I love that. It's great to see other companies sharing their passion with their communities. We do similar things mainly through our website including using Instagram to share the ideas of the employees on their view of the practice of architecture, life and personal passions.
9 months ago on Company Culture: Communicate a Contagious One
Boy, do I have a story for you......well, not really.
All that makes perfect sense to me and as an "outsider" in the space of understanding what Google does it seems to me that they are fighting hard to ensure the intrawebs stays legit, so to speak. Did I get that anywhere near right?
9 months ago on Guest Blogging: A Change in the Google Algorithm
@VictoriaHorobin Thanks Victoria.
I suppose I could have dug into the options a little more. I think the format of the forms with NCIDQ need to change alongside these new options. Also, it would be beneficial, just as in the OAA requirements, that IDEP now mandate work experience across all sectors.
I agree that an Intern should have access to the tools necessary to assist them with tracking their progress from their association. I think it's great that NCIDQ is promoting this type of transparency but I still feel like there's a lot more the leadership in the industry can do to help build stronger well rounded designers.
9 months ago on Becoming a registered Interior Designer: Is there a missing link?
@Howie Goldfarb @rdopping I'm in love with landscape architects.
9 months, 1 week ago on #FollowFriday: Howie Goldfarb
@Howie Goldfarb Thanks Howie. Somehow I can't help but think you are always making fun of me. I do agree with your comments on communication. It's really the gist of the subject. Without good communication what's the point, really?
9 months, 1 week ago on Interior Design Project Managers: The truth, some lies and a surprise.
Geeee.....I have been waiting for this moment since I discovered SpinSucks.
It was in the first week that I started reading this blog that I met Howie. Like any good Internetian I ventured over to Howie's space site and was thoroughly confused. I knew at that moment I was dealing with an extra-terrestrial super-mind. Since then, I have cautiously tip-toed around Howie's presence here as not to whip him into an uncontrollable rage.
If I had to be truthful I actually kinda like Howie but I wouldn't admit that in public or in front of him. Other than being helpful (in his own little way) I may go as far as saying for a guy who loves to eat large buckets of yogurt (even though that in itself is grounds for dismssal) his winning sense of style (and by style I actually mean sarcasm) is what many people gravitate toward (ignore).
Howie is an phenomenon.
That's the best word I can think of with my limited vocabulary.
Now, Howie, don't berate me for not attending an institute of higher learning. I am doing the best I can with my limited resources. I do admit a man of your stature deserves such an auspicious acknowledgement as an #FF on this site much as I am forced to admit it.
Welcome to the club....... it's about time.
@ginidietrich @rdopping awwwww.......
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Content Marketing: Too Much of a Good Thing?
Boy, all that stuff about @ginidietrich LIES, pure lies. I met her. She's nothing like that. AT ALL!
@ginidietrich @rdopping Next time you are in TO, I suppose. Although, I could be coerced into coming to Chicago again. Loved that weekend.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on 2014 Business and Personal Goals
@Howie Goldfarb @ginidietrich @rdopping Oh Howie. Such a charmer.
My goal is to sleep enough, get in better shape and help my community (my design community) get better at what we do......oh, that and eat cake (occasionally).
That was awesome Chuck.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Follow the Dreamers
I still come by here occasionally to see what's up. I have always liked your style and writing and that's what keeps me hanging around. Nice list. I wish I could say I am willing to spend the time reading all these great folks. It's just nice to know they're out there doing their thing.
Best for 2014! Lots happing in the on-line world so surely it won't be any less of a roller coaster.
10 months ago on The Happy Friday Series: Seven Happy Peeps
@ginidietrich @rdopping Damn. You're right (of course).
10 months, 1 week ago on The #FollowFriday Recommendations of 2013
Boy that M Organ guy must be really special. he made the list twice. @ClayMorgan
Some folks I missed this year that I shall get caught up with. It's been a fun year around this place. Thanks @ginidietrich @belllindsay and the rest of your team for making this the must visit site of the year.
@ginidietrich @rdopping Imagine that! An all white truck with me in a lab coat (think Doc Brown with the crazy Einstein hair) selling soft cones only. Nothing else.
10 months, 1 week ago on Best Childhood Dream Jobs
Sigh. I wanted to be an ice cream truck driving architect cowboy. None out of 3 isn't a bad average.
The CIA in Ludum's Bourne novels. Evil, manipulative, sociopathtic behaviour bent on destroying opposition thereby ruining the lives of otherwise normal human beings. Basically, treating humanity as a disposable weapon.
Ahhh, such a Christmas-y thought.
10 months, 1 week ago on Fourteen Greatest Villains in Literature
Funny, it's the other way around in our house. The 4lb Yorkie rules the 10lb cat......
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Basketball, Baseball, and Puppies
@CarrieMorgan @rdopping It all counts.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Carrie Morgan
@jasonkonopinski @ginidietrich @rdopping Absolutely. Why? Because he didn't sing when Peter Gabriel was around. Genesis died when he left the band anyway.
@ginidietrich @rdopping Yeah but you still love me.
I think Phil Collins says it best......
@ginidietrich @rdopping No. but I will now.
Not to take away from your post but the man is so so sad. He is now being sued for libel by Vision TV. Not sure on the details. That guy needs some serious PR.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on When a Leader Learns of Unethical Behavior
@ginidietrich @Howie Goldfarb or how about a roll of life cherrysavers?
Clearly the mayor of Toronto hasn't learned these lessons himself. We tried to fire him but regardless of his stature he's one slippery son-of-a-gun. Sigh.
No idea who you're talking about here (and I don't need to know) but I am sure glad you sorted it out. I suppose having a procedure for this sort of thing will keep out the riff-raff. That's certainly a GOOD thing.
The accountant thing sucks....he's one of those genuinely bad people. Yuk!
What did that guy Charles do when you started out? Lazy so and so.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on The PR Firm Debate: Should Startups Hire One or Not?
@Jeevanjacobjohn Hey Jeevan. I suppose every experience is an opportunity to learn something. That is, if you choose to learn from it. Thanks for the comment. I wish you well in your pursuits.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on The Art of the Possible: Great design with competitive fees: QOTW 13:47
@DallasK @ginidietrich @rdopping we drink brandy up here in Toronto.
11 months ago on The 82 Things I Love
@Howie Goldfarb @rdopping @ginidietrich Wassa matta? You never heard of a moth dorm? They gotta keepum somewheres.
@RebeccaTodd Thanks Becks. for you.
11 months ago on The Art of the Possible: Great design with competitive fees: QOTW 13:47
I wonder how much that list would change if you did it once a moth dorm a year?