I'm your worst nightmare! Well, actually, I'm not. I'm the guy whose picture my ex-girl friends' Moms would display well after the relationships ended.
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.
2 days, 4 hours ago on #FollowFriday: Amy Tobin
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.
2 days, 22 hours ago on Five Tips to Deal with Angry Clients
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.
1 week, 6 days ago on Narrowcasting: How to Use Research and Engagement for Growth
@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.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on #FollowFriday: Amanda Gant
@amandalgant @ginidietrich I don't think I have any tears left to shed, but I appreciate the thought.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on #FollowFriday: Amanda Gant
@amandalgant @ginidietrich Excellent idea! Why didn't I think of that? Breakfast it is!
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!
@ginidietrich Yes, of course. How silly of me.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Become a Spin Sucks Brand Ambassador
I'm in. Congratulations on the book! I see wine in our future...on your LA book tour stop.
@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.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Over-Communicate to Be a Better Leader
In the words of Tommy Boy: That. Was. Awesome!
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Follow Monday: Say Happy Birthday to Gini Dietrich!
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.
@EdenSpodek or maybe that ship sailed.
4 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Kevin Vandever
@feeesh You know my rule: The one who scores me the best birthday and Christmas gifts is my favorite daughter.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on #FollowFriday: Kevin Vandever
@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.
@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.
@belllindsay I lose me at the IT-geek part.
@jasonkonopinski Thank you Jason!
@ClayMorgan @KevinVandever Ha. It matters. Thank god for editors.
@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.