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This is all great information, but I wonder what the REAL owner, Arment, has to say on the subject. 

2 days, 14 hours ago on Gender Roles: Is it Really a Man’s World?

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Wuss!

1 week, 3 days ago on Extra Credit Reading

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I love David Sedaris' work. I haven't read this piece. Thanks for sharing. Don't get the whole skip the wine pairings thing, but I'll try to wrap my head around it. 

1 week, 3 days ago on Extra Credit Reading

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Yes, that's the book. I like his stuff overall. Love his story telling. Seeing him read out loud in a couple months. Wait, you need a stove top to cook mac and cheese?

2 weeks, 4 days ago on What Having it All Really Means

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I was reading a book by David Sadaris yesterday and he talks about how when he visited Australia, he became friends with a successful business owner, who happened to be a woman. She told David, and I am paraphrasing, to think of life as four burner stove (it doesn't matter if it's gas or electric). One burner represents friends, one represents family, one health, and one is work. She went on to say that to be successful in life, one has to turn off a burner and to really be successful, most likely two burners.


I don't necessarily agree. I believe, as you you've stated, that success or having it all depends on the person. My success could be having something on each burner, while someone else's could be to turn off, say health and family, to focus more on career and friends. I would say having it all is obtaining the exact combination of burner on/off that you desire. You can have it all and have all four burners on, but I do wonder if you can say you have it all if all your burners are off. Interesting thought, though. 

3 weeks ago on What Having it All Really Means

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@ginidietrich @Danny BrownI I'm with Gini. I was going to write a similar reply before reading hers.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Sucks is a Bad Word

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I'm with @Danny Brown. I was about to write a similar comment before reading his. 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Sucks is a Bad Word

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Glad to hear you're ok. Imagine that poor kid who has to grow up with Mr. Road Owner as a father.


2 months, 3 weeks ago on Share the Road: A Few Tips for Cars from Cyclists

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My first daughter was born when I was 30. Now both of my daughters are out of the house. I feel like I'm 30 again, only this time I'm heading backward into my 20s with more wisdom and life experience. You kidding me? This is awesome! 


OK, more wisdom and life experience, but less hair.


Thanks @ginidietrich for the post. Important questions. I will dig into them and share. Maybe we swap answers over a bottle of some sort of red beverage. 

3 months, 1 week ago on 31 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Die

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I'm with Mitch on the whole jeans/speaking thing, but you already know that and I know that you know that I would comment on that. 

3 months, 4 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Mitch Joel

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These folks may be on to something. In fact, I've decided to shut off comments and replies to my speaking. No need for me to hear what others have to say. What I have to say is important enough for everyone. 

4 months ago on Why We Won’t Shut Off Blog Comments

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I've always felt like I was a good listener. I've been told I am. I scored well on the test you provided. I have room to improve, but it's easy to look good in this area as the bar is set pretty low by many. I once had a boss who almost always finished people's sentences for them. She was intelligent, but a little impatient. She didn't like to be corrected or contradicted in public so it became a game with those of us reporting to her to see how well we could react to where she took the conversation. Many times she'd finish our sentences and her endings would be way different than ours would have been, but instead of saying something like, "No, that's not where I was going" we'd shift the discussion to her direction. Not the best way to handle the situation, but it avoided the conflict and was kind of an inside joke among some of us. It even inspired me to write a tongue-in-cheek article on what I called Preemptive Listening (http://www.itjungle.com/tfh/tfh111405-story04.html). 


Thanks for the post. Great topic.


4 months, 2 weeks ago on Listening in Life and in PR

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Happy #FF @AmyMccTobin! I once lived near the beach, but I'm so hip* that I moved away from the beach to live downtown. 


*sorry, I said hip, I meant stupid. 

4 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Amy Tobin

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You need to learn how to pick better friends..wait! Forget I said that. 


Good advice that certainly applies beyond the vendor/client relationship. There are some good leadership nuggets in that list, too. In fact, 3 and 4 apply in just about any aspect of life and probably 5, too...except the killing part.  

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Five Tips to Deal with Angry Clients

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Reminds me of my elbow grease story. I'm about eight years of age, and I am washing dishes after a Sunday dinner. I was struggling with a particular pan. I yell out to my mother, who is in another room and can't see what I'm doing,  "I can't clean this pan!". She replies, "quit whining and put some elbow grease into it." 


I spent 15 minutes searching for elbow grease...


I look forward to the webinar.

5 months, 1 week ago on Narrowcasting: How to Use Research and Engagement for Growth

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@amandalgant @KateNolan @ginidietrich Whoa! This is getting way out of hand. Wasn't being nice? Taking sides? Who started this? Oh, right. Never mind. I'm on everyone's side.


...and I know how to fill a wine fridge. 

5 months, 1 week ago on #FollowFriday: Amanda Gant

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@amandalgant @ginidietrich Excellent idea! Why didn't I think of that? Breakfast it is!

5 months, 1 week ago on #FollowFriday: Amanda Gant

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Well I hope you're happy @amandalgant. I was the big deal around here the last couple weeks. Now you come along and I'll be forgotten. A has been. A distant memory. No one remembers @ginidietrich's #FF from two weeks ago. Only this week. So, have fun. Take it all in, but just remember that it won't be long until you, too, will be thrown onto the #FF scrap heap only to be replaced by Gini's flavor of the week. Remember all those who you climbed over to get here. You'll have to see them on your way down, and it won't be pretty. No need to thank me. It's my duty as one who has gone through these ups and downs. You've been warned. But, hey, Congratulations! 


5 months, 1 week ago on #FollowFriday: Amanda Gant

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@ginidietrich Yes, of course. How silly of me. 

5 months, 1 week ago on Become a Spin Sucks Brand Ambassador

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I'm in. Congratulations on the book! I see wine in our future...on your LA book tour stop. 

5 months, 1 week ago on Become a Spin Sucks Brand Ambassador

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@ginidietrich Yes, I thought that was part of being a good leader. I forgot to mention that I decided not to take any chances. I fired everybody and started over. 

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Over-Communicate to Be a Better Leader

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In the words of Tommy Boy: That. Was. Awesome!

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Follow Monday: Say Happy Birthday to Gini Dietrich!

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We administer an employee survey every couple years. When analyzing the results from the first one we ever did, we noticed that a lack of communication from management was at the top of the list. We thought we were doing a great job communicating to our folks, but when we dug deeper we found many areas where we could improve. We score much better in that area these days. We now communicate more than we ever thought we would, and we still get hit with this suggestion for improvement every so often. We can't rest on our laurels. 


I have an personal example similar to your closed door story. I used to walk around the office on Friday afternoons casually talking to the software developers and managers who work for me. These conversations were rarely work related and usually took no longer than a minute or two. It was kind of my "Gin and Topics".  A way to wind down the work week, and wish the folks a good weekend. This went on for months until one day one of my managers mentioned in a one-on-one meeting that some of the folks figured I was using this time to check up on them. to make sure people were still at their desks on Friday afternoons and had not left early. I was stunned. This couldn't have been further from my intention. My actions had been completely misinterpreted by them and I hadn't taken into consideration what my walking around at 4:30 on a Friday afternoon might look like to them. I was in denial at first. "Come on! They know me better than that! I don't manage that way. It's me. I used to be one of them. I thought they'd appreciate..." 


I thought about it for a while and decided to bring it up at the next group meeting. I had to communicate my intentions and explain my general philosphy as the director of the department. That was a few years ago and although I don't do the walk-bys every week, I still manage to get them in once in a while and so far, I've not heard or seen on a survey that it bothers anyone. 



5 months, 3 weeks ago on Over-Communicate to Be a Better Leader

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@EdenSpodek or maybe that ship sailed.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Kevin Vandever

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@feeesh  You know my rule: The one who scores me the best birthday and Christmas gifts is my favorite daughter. 

5 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Kevin Vandever

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@EdenSpodek  Thank you Eden! This is a fun group. @ginidietrich finally realized I wouldn't embarrass her (too much) so she let me come out to play. Oh, and I wish I were as talented as my daughters, but that shipped sailed when they were about eight years of age. Now I'm just trying to hang on to their coattails. 

5 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Kevin Vandever

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@JRHalloran @belllindsay Me too. Let's go grab a glass. I really like the wines from Washington and Oregon, especially the Pinot Noir from Oregon. I'm also with you on Australian and Italian. Mrs. V is in the wine biz so I get to taste from many regions. 

5 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Kevin Vandever

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@belllindsay  I lose me at the IT-geek part. 

5 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Kevin Vandever

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@jasonkonopinski  Thank you Jason!

5 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Kevin Vandever

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@ClayMorgan @KevinVandever  Ha. It matters. Thank god for editors. 

5 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Kevin Vandever

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@LauraPetrolino  Thank you Laura. I may have to take you up on that. Although we are new school and now use a machine for grape crushing, I am happy to save some grapes for you to stomp. We'll bottle and label in separately and call it our Private Reserve. 

5 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Kevin Vandever

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@Howie Goldfarb  I remember those days like it was yesterday, but it's no longer Ken. Once I moved to LA, I changed it to Kennn.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Kevin Vandever

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@biggreenpen @Digital_DRK  That's what I do.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Kevin Vandever

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@Digital_DRK  Yeah, I've heard from role playing game folks as well as from the rocket-propelled grenade folks. They both lost interest in me quickly upon further research of my book. 


I had to look up "plonk" (should I admit that as a winemaker? ) Excellent word. I may have to use it on my next label, although I do want people to drink my wine. 

5 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Kevin Vandever

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@annelizhannan Hi Anne. My business partner tell me I need to stop painting the town with wine. Something about hurting profits. Whatever!  

5 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Kevin Vandever

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@@jason_  Thanks Jason. I love that city, too. You should go back again. Be interesting to see what you think now. I was there a few months after Katrina and it was eerie and surreal.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Kevin Vandever

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@JoeCardillo  I was a natural for that role.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Kevin Vandever

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@ClayMorgan  Thank you Clay! I am happy to be hear?

5 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Kevin Vandever

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@bowden2bowden  Well, I was in a hurry that day so I stuffed a few large marshmallows in my armpits to have later as snacks. I didn't know it was going to be in the 90s that day...and me in a sport coat. 

5 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Kevin Vandever

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@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes @creativeoncall @Howie Goldfarb  I'm just glad there was no social media around when I was hanging with Carmen. 

5 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Kevin Vandever

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@creativeoncall  "I have something hanging from my nose?"

5 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Kevin Vandever

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@Howie Goldfarb @JRHalloran @ginidietrich  My next release is will come in a box with a straw attached. It's the Gini Dietrich blend. "You, too, will think you can achieve Global Domination after you drink this wine"

5 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Kevin Vandever

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@JRHalloran  I make Cabernet blends. Bordeaux style so they are blended with none, one, or more of the following: Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, and Merlot. I would like to make Rhone styles, too, because I really like them. Also South American and Spanish. Oh, and Italian. OK, forget it. Let's try the other way. I don't like the wines from Michigan or Virginia. 

5 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Kevin Vandever

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@KateNolan Thank you Kate! I brought this up to @ginidietrich a while back, but she wanted us to wear those funny hats, with the wine bottle on top and straws leading to our mouths. I told her that I wouldn't stand for it. That my wine held much more class than to be treated in such a sophomoric manner...we put the order in last week. 

5 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Kevin Vandever

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Hello fellow Crazies. Sorry that I'm a little late to the party. I live in LA so not only am I behind most of you in time zone, but I had to wake up late, take a run on one of the beautiful Southern California beaches, bask in the mild but sunny weather, hob nob with celebrities over 9 pump half skim lightly massaged chai lattes and spend over in my car on 5 different freeways for my morning commute. I'm here now, for a moment anyway. It is Friday after all so I have a long lunch, happy hour, and my commute home to plan for. So before I jump into all that I'd like to thank Gini and y'all for the Follow Friday love. I really appreciate it and I look forward to sharing a glass of wine with each and every one of you. *


Oh, @ginidietrich, you can tell Mr. D that he can have ole Roy back. He hasn't won a championship at UNC since 2009. Geez, what's he doing down there?


* There's no way in hell I can afford to have a glass of wine with each and every one of you. The airfare and hotel costs alone would be brutal. Besides, I don't know if I have enough wine to have a glass with each and every one of you and still sell some to make a profit. Then there's my business partner. He would probably frown on this idea because it wouldn't make good business sense, but mostly because he'd be jealous of all this Follow Friday attention I'm getting. This will never happen even if each and every one of you really, really want it to happen. I only said it because I was extremely moved by the Follow Friday gesture and the many comments on this blog. I was overwhelmed with emotion so in a moment of weakness, I succumbed to the pressure of offering something I can never even hope to deliver. Probably like many of you do in our business proposals. With all due respect, of course. 

5 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Kevin Vandever

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Awesome! As I was reading the first two sections, I was thinking "No, Social belongs to everyone". Wait, that means I'm thinking like you?

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Where Does Social Media Belong?

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I'm with you @ginidietrich, although i don't like to think of it as a time management challenge. It's more of living life challenge. To me, it's not about trying to fit activities around the work schedule so I can be more productive at work. It's about living a balanced life, complete with work, rest, family, friends, bubblegum blowing, etc. This will also help my productivity at the office, but allows me to focus on more than just that part of my existence. I worked with a guy in Chicago who was so into time management, he specifically added an entry in his calendar each night to read to his child. I didn't want to judge, but my thought was that some things shouldn't need to be written down or scheduled. * 


Son: "Goodnight Daddy, will you read me a bedtime story?"

Dad: "I'm sorry little man. It's 7:45. I don't have you scheduled until 9."


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Dad: "Goodnight son!"

Son: "Dad aren't you going to read me a bedtime story?"

Dad:" Hmm. I don't see it in my calendar. I guess not. Maybe your Mother has it on her calendar."


* No offense to anyone who schedules time to read to his or her children in this manner. At least you're reading to your children, and no offense to those who don't read to their children. I'm not judging that, either. You're probably just too busy. If that's the case, I've got a blog post you should read. 

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Time Management: A Challenge to Make You More Productive

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Best line in a song ever, "Take the trash as you go..."

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Hollywood and a Visit to Christmas Past

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Love the Sox video! Glad they didn't have me on tape, I might have lost something, too. And, they need to show the sequel of the West Jet story. The one where the dude who only asked for socks and underwear holds Santa hostage until he gets HIS big screen TV. 

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Basketball, Baseball, and Puppies

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