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Ah yes. Gray. Possibly my least favorite color in the world. I am so easily distracted by those bright flashy reds and purples and yellows. So crisp! So clear!


But there's a reason Frost's poem continues to haunt us years after we read it in high school English class. He's speaking to truth. Grown-ups know that accepting the reality of loss and regret is an integral part of success. We cannot be all things to all people nor can we be a master of all trades. But we can be the best of what we consciously choose to do. 


And yes, that does make all the difference. 


Thank you for writing the very post I needed to read today!

1 week, 5 days ago on Don’t Be Afraid to Miss Out

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@mickeygomez I became a much better supervisor after I had children because I was more patient, more specific in my instructions and more invested in the success of my staff. (And you know I'm not saying you have to be a parent to be a good manager.) These are skills that employers should value. Not everything you need to thrive in the workplace is developed in an office environment.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on What the Opt-Out Generation Means Longer-Term

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@katskrieger @RebeccaTodd I think Louis is one of the most highly evolved humans I know. He should not be eaten by lions. I can make other recommendations in that area.

1 year, 3 months ago on Gin and Topics: Dedication Edition

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What I love about the whole "to sell is human" concept is that even when sales isn't a line item in our job descriptions, it's a mindset that indispensible for success, whatever our calling in life. We have to sell ourselves in a job interview. We have to sell our ideas to our bosses and our colleagues. David Mamet said it best: "Always be closing! " Because there's always a deal in the offing that can move us to the next stage in our careers.

1 year, 4 months ago on To Sell is Human: A Communicator’s View on New Business

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While I am personally creeped out by the idea of an open video session (I like my office, although the door is always open), what's great about this conversation is the reminder that there are so many ways to stay in touch while working virtually. Phone. Text. Email. Skype. Google. I'm not in a virtual office environment right now, but I have been in the past. I figured out what communication tactic worked best for each staff person and that's what we did. As a team, we met regularly via conference calls (no video).

 

Isn't it nice that we can customize the way we work with our colleagues, just as we can customize the way we reach out to our audiences? I love it. We truly are free to work anywhere these days. What happened at Yahoo is a failure of management and I wish we were talking about that, instead of blaming the staff.

1 year, 4 months ago on Can Technology Replace In-Person Meetings?

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 @PattiRoseKnight1 What a nice distinction. Part of listening is also showing that you're engaged so the speaker doesn't have to wonder whether you're really paying attention or not.

1 year, 4 months ago on Shut Up: How Great Leaders Listen

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 @ginidietrich  @ElissaFreeman I love that phrase: This isn't the Gini show. It's not the Marianne show either. (More's the pity -- HA.) But it's only by shutting up that we really help team members grow into their strengths, build confidence, show their smarts and ultimately become better contributors to the overall mission. Sounds like a pretty good reason to bite our tongues.

1 year, 4 months ago on Shut Up: How Great Leaders Listen

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 @JackVincent You're really on target with this. Being intentional about listening gives you the information you need to tailor your pitch to the individual prospect. You're not making assumptions about what they need. It turns a sales call into a partnership. 

1 year, 4 months ago on Shut Up: How Great Leaders Listen

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I almost forgot! Happy birthday, Lindsay!

1 year, 5 months ago on I Hate PR People: The Rules of Pitching Bloggers and Media

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I enjoy a good sports analogy. So when you think about pitching and baseball, you realize that a successful pitcher can not only visualize his target (home plate) but knows his audience (in this case, the batter). He literally designs his pitch for the person standing in front of him. He wants the guy to whiff, of course and a PR professional would prefer a home run, but the concept is the same.

 

So whether you're aiming for a blogger or a batter, you need to have a clear target in mind and customize your delivery for each individual. Otherwise, it's not really a pitch at all. It's a hot mess.

1 year, 5 months ago on I Hate PR People: The Rules of Pitching Bloggers and Media

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@ginidietrich @magriebler Oh yeah.

1 year, 5 months ago on Gin and Topics: Iron Man 3 (My Boyfriend) and YOLO

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Your boyfriend. is. brilliant.

1 year, 5 months ago on Gin and Topics: Iron Man 3 (My Boyfriend) and YOLO

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So lovely to meet you, Elissa. I love how you spell your name. And I love that you work hard at taking care of yourself . Way to inspire the rest of us!

1 year, 5 months ago on #FollowFriday: Elissa Freeman

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To this outstanding list (including the insightful comments) I would add: Learn to quantify your work so that you can always demonstrate your potential impact on the bottom line (or the organization's mission, if you're on the nonprofit side as I am). That means taking the time to set achievable goals and measurable outcomes for everything you do. There have been many great Spin Sucks posts on this topic, so I won't reinvent the wheel. But too often PR is overlooked because senior management thinks it doesn't make a dent in the strategic plan. Show them HOW and WHY it does.

1 year, 5 months ago on Five Things You Can Do to Be Successful in PR

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@Erin F. @Shonali I've always loved the phrase: Perfect is the enemy of the good. If we try to avoid the mess, we might stay neat and tidy but we won't be creative. And sometimes, in the messiness, we are able to mine something truly precious and unique.

1 year, 5 months ago on Embrace Messiness

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 @lauraclick Laura, I think you perfectly captured the fine line in this issue. In a corporate setting, too much "me" can definitely interfere with the "we" of the larger mission (and can make you look like less than a team player). 

1 year, 6 months ago on Two Reasons a Personal Brand is Imperative to Business Growth

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We all wanted Armstrong to be clean because his life was such a great story and we're hard-wired to need great stories. So you're exactly right when you say this is bigger than professional cycling. Many of us know cancer survivors and their friends and families who hadn't ridden a bike since grammar school but wore that Livestrong bracelet because of the hope it gave them. What a sad, sad mess this is.

 

Watching the interview with my PR hat on, it was clear that he'd been coached to say the right words. But you can't coach or manufacture genuine emotion and that was sorely lacking. He just wants to be able to compete again and he's willing to do anything to make that happen, including lie through his teeth and genuflect before Oprah. The only time he looked uncomfortable was talking about his kids. But not when he talked about trying to destroy people's lives when they spoke the truth. At that point the interview was scarier than any horror movie.

 

 

1 year, 6 months ago on The Three Things, Edition 16

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 @samfiorella Looks like you're doing just fine. :-)

1 year, 6 months ago on #FollowFriday: Sam Fiorella

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Hi Sam! Lovely to meet you. Welcome to the #FF Roast here on Spin Sucks. From what I can tell, everyone does survive. 

1 year, 6 months ago on #FollowFriday: Sam Fiorella

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 @bradmarley  @RebeccaTodd Your secret is safe with us.

1 year, 6 months ago on What is Your Professional Social Stalking Protocol?

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 @bradmarley LOVE it. A great analogy.

1 year, 6 months ago on What is Your Professional Social Stalking Protocol?

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 @RebeccaTodd It is impractical. FB seems almost like an obligation lately, although I do go through phases of pretending like it doesn't exist. (You and I have to meet IRL some day, missy.)

1 year, 6 months ago on What is Your Professional Social Stalking Protocol?

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Clearly you've been stalking my stalking protocols! I think you did a great job of highlighting best practices for online networking. LinkedIn and Twitter are my go-to platforms for business relationships and I am holding a pretty hard line on that. After getting burned on Facebook, I've tried to keep that purely personal, although there are Spin Sucks colleagues (among others) who make it through the filter. But that decision only comes after a courtship in my more professional arenas.

1 year, 6 months ago on What is Your Professional Social Stalking Protocol?

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 @ginidietrich Not so much. Maybe 3 cm on the ground and it's spitting a few flakes here and there. I really have to upgrade my snow dance. It's been a total bust this year.

1 year, 7 months ago on A Complete Compilation of the 2012 #FollowFriday Recommendations

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#FF on Spin Sucks is always the best. day. ever. And love the recap!

1 year, 7 months ago on A Complete Compilation of the 2012 #FollowFriday Recommendations

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 @HeidiMassey I'll check it out; thanks! 

1 year, 7 months ago on #FollowFriday: Heidi Massey

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 @SocialMediaDDS  @HeidiMassey Claudia, you always make me blush! I love that! And now is as good a time as any to share my good news with you: I recently started a job as head of marketing at The Morton Arboretum. It definitely made the holidays brighter! 

1 year, 7 months ago on #FollowFriday: Heidi Massey

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 @HeidiMassey  I do! And I live in the Chicago area too. Maybe some day our paths will cross ....

1 year, 7 months ago on #FollowFriday: Heidi Massey

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Hi Heidi! It's always good to run into someone from the nonprofit side. Enjoy your day in the spotlight here at Spin Sucks! Consider it an early Christmas present from all of us.

1 year, 7 months ago on #FollowFriday: Heidi Massey

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 @belllindsay Chicagoans do too. I've got photographic evidence.

1 year, 7 months ago on Gin and Topics: Christmas, Sports Fans, and Procrastination

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The Christmas Movie Viewing Season has officially started at our house and first up was "Love Actually." OBVS. London at Christmas! Naked people! Love all around! It's a perennial favorite.

 

And take a look at Robert Palmer's Addicted to Love video to see the inspiration for Billy Mack and his back-up "musicians." :-)

1 year, 7 months ago on Gin and Topics: Christmas, Sports Fans, and Procrastination

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 @ginidietrich He sets the bar high! I love it.

1 year, 7 months ago on #FollowFriday: Joe Thornley

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Reading and people who read absolutely rule! Lovely to meet you, Joe. Enjoy your day in the sun here at Spin Sucks.

1 year, 7 months ago on #FollowFriday: Joe Thornley

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I think you're spot on here. For me, I find that I gain trust in people who are consistent in their behavior, on- and offline. Our personal brand is becoming more and more important as a tool to break down barriers and make new connections possible. It doesn't happen overnight; it takes time; it takes patience. All of these are in short supply lately, sad to say.

1 year, 7 months ago on The Trust Problem

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@barrettrossie I can't explain it, but no! ;-)

1 year, 7 months ago on How not to Build Company Morale

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 @HeatherTweedy  @belllindsay And I just want to say: Why can't we all get along? User fatigue is always a risk with over-specialization. And world peace will never be possible if the networks that are supposed to be SOCIAL can't even figure out a way to cooperate.

1 year, 7 months ago on Google+ Communities, Twitter Photos Change Social Game

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@Erin F.  You are so right: t-shirts and rah-rah meetings do not a culture make. Clarity about roles, expectations and outcomes help employees feel secure and motivated. I wish more organizations understood that. It's nice to see that you do!

1 year, 7 months ago on How not to Build Company Morale

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 @barrettrossie  @kateupdates But you do have that pretty face ....

1 year, 7 months ago on Likable vs. Successful: The Issue Women Leaders Face

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 @RebeccaTodd  @kateupdates  @ginidietrich  @KDillabough Now there's a topic for a guest blog post on Spin Sucks!

1 year, 7 months ago on Likable vs. Successful: The Issue Women Leaders Face

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@jasonkonopinski I think it's so interesting that what feels like failure to us can look like success to other people.

1 year, 7 months ago on Got My Mojo Workin’, Again

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 @RebeccaTodd  @kateupdates  @ginidietrich  @KDillabough It's been one of my personal goals of late to get more comfortable in situations where I find myself in disagreement with someone I care about. I'm making progress, although the steps are tiny.

1 year, 7 months ago on Likable vs. Successful: The Issue Women Leaders Face

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You only posted once last week -- but what a post! Really looking forward to having the Wandering Moleskine show up at my door one day.

1 year, 7 months ago on Got My Mojo Workin’, Again

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 @barrettrossie Your check is in the mail.

1 year, 7 months ago on Likable vs. Successful: The Issue Women Leaders Face

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 @Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes  @barrettrossie But then again, there is your pretty face!

1 year, 7 months ago on Likable vs. Successful: The Issue Women Leaders Face

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 @ginidietrich  @RebeccaTodd  @KDillabough Maybe it's the attachment to the caring, not the caring itself? At any rate, I am grateful for a very cathartic morning at Spin Sucks. Thank you, Gini.

1 year, 7 months ago on Likable vs. Successful: The Issue Women Leaders Face

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 @KDillabough Me too; me too.

1 year, 7 months ago on Likable vs. Successful: The Issue Women Leaders Face

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 @Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes I've gone through media training, which can be painful and enlightening. I also use evaluation forms when appropriate to make sure I'm being effective. It's important to remain humble; that's the hard part. We are not always the best judges of our performances in a professional setting.

1 year, 7 months ago on Likable vs. Successful: The Issue Women Leaders Face

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 @Erin F.  @RebeccaTodd  @kateupdates  @lizreusswig Rebecca, I think you're absolutely right; pretty sure it's an "I" thing. It just doesn't always seem to happen that way in the real world. I know too many people who have schmoozed their way into leadership positions and then don't deliver.

1 year, 7 months ago on Likable vs. Successful: The Issue Women Leaders Face

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 @Erin F.  @RebeccaTodd  @kateupdates  @lizreusswig In my experience the exchange of ideas come first in order to anchor the relationship. Then comes the chit chat. Extraverts do this in the opposite order, I think.

1 year, 7 months ago on Likable vs. Successful: The Issue Women Leaders Face

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