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@JayDolan @Keena Lykins Abbey has figured out how to open the windows in the car and barks at me if I use the child-lock. She loves feeling the wind in her face.
1 month, 1 week ago on The Five Stages of Writing a #FollowFriday Post
Love the stick figures and can totally relate. The only person I can think to recommend is my snarky, smart-ased dog.
@Robb Wexler @Keena Lykins @ginidietrich They can't hitch hike or text, although I hear Apple is working on an iFlipper to solve that problem.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on How Our #FollowFriday Recommendations Work
@Robb Wexler @ginidietrich @Keena Lykins Way to frustrate a creature without opposable thumbs, Robb.
@ginidietrich Post with a Purpose. That's what I tell my clients. I normally ignore FF but thanks for the reminder that it can be a useful tool.
@ginidietrich @KristenDaukas Now that's interesting, Gini. Do they work while traveling, i.e. they go to Florida and lay on the beach but still check in and handle hot items before heading out for the night?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Treat People Like Adults and You’ll Have High Productivity
@NancyD68 @HowieG @bdorman264 @ginidietrich And personally I prefer that people surf Facebook over porn sites.
@ginidietrich I stole toilet paper from the college conference center when I was in college. But then I was so poor I couldn't afford it otherwise.
I think this goes back to the earlier discussion about the illusion of being in control. Just as companies can't control the conversation about their brands, they can't control employees. Employees are either going to be honest, productive and valuable or they will game the system, steal pens and waste resources. You can't control their behavior, just your reaction, which means promoting the good ones and sending the bad ones out to "seek new opportunities."
@LauraPetrolino @ginidietrich @Word NinjaDad wanted to name me Sissy Marie. Mom said that sounded like a cow's name. She wanted a girl named Keena since she was young. She even named my older brother Kevin so it would be a K name to go with Keena.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Belly Ballot Hoax: Communication Gone Wrong
The second greatest lie is "It's under control." It's never under control.
@stevenmcoyle I think her age is a factor only that 20-somethings look at what appropriate for social media differently than some of us who are older. No, not all 20somethings would post what she did nor would all 40somethings NOT post what she did. Anyone can 'go rogue' although my questions are did she see it as going rogue or did she just tweet without thinking about the implications?
3 months, 1 week ago on Three Things You Can Learn about Social Media from HMV
Poppy is 21. She grew up with social media and the idea that the private is public. She and her peers (say 7 years in either direction) post photos, comments, links, etc., that we older and wiser (and probably more paranoid) folks wouldn't. One of the first mantras I learned was never be photographed with a drink in your hand. Now some will post photos with kegs, bongs, etc. and think nothing of it. It's a living experiment as to whether it will affect their careers.
We applaud protestors who use social media to organized rallies, air a regime's dirty laundry and bring change to their country. We write editorials against the powers that be when they shut down accounts or the Internet. On a smaller scale, Poppy used social media to shed light on what she thought was unfair treatment. I am not defending her actions, but in all this talk about passwords and protecting accounts I think the bigger issue is company executives need to understand that their actions will be under social media scrutiny regardless of who holds the keys to the account and embrace transparency. This is a cautionary tale for us to take back to clients, reminding them that the best defense against bad PR is transparency and to do the right thing.
But it's also a reminder to know where the keys are just in case.
@ginidietrich @itsjessicann OMG, my puppy is so used to me being around all the time, she gets wigged out if I change my schedule, i.e. work in the kitchen rather then desk or use the treadmill desk in the morning rather than the afternoon. Maybe we need a puppies-at-home support group.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Getting Things Done: Why Working at Home is Better
@ginidietrich @Tinu What type of headphones do you use? I've never thought about them before, but now I'm wondering if they would be helpful.
@aimeelwest I've had bosses who had this same philosophy and it always confounded me. Do you really want employees whom you have to babysit? It's obvious whether or not someone gets the work done. If they don't do the work, then why does it matter where they are? Get rid of them. At least that's how I've always looked at it.
@ginidietrich You knew I'd weigh on this subject.
As a writer, working from home is the only way I can truly get good work done. My productivity doubles, the quality of my work is better and I am a much happier person when I can avoid a commute, work in my pajama pants and break up desk time with all those chores that I never feel like doing at 10 p.m. Best of all, it's environmentally friendly.
I believe face-to-face meetings are important for teamwork and client interaction, but those can be scheduled and managed without the need to be in the office on a daily basis. I also find virtual meeting space, i.e. Go to Meeting, can be quite productive.
That said, I am an introvert, so being in an office is incredibly taxing for me. I can understand why extroverts would prefer to work in the office.
As for focus, I grew up in a newsroom. I learned how to focus through noise and distractions. When I'm in the zone, I wouldn't notice the party downstairs until glass shatters and the wail of police sirens fill the air.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Getting Things Done: Why Working at Home is Better
Gini, I think we all go into our first novel thinking, "this will be easy." Then we are all shocked and surprised how hard it is to write fiction, much less good fiction. Keep at it. You can't revise if you don't finish that first draft.
4 months ago on Lessons Learned from National Novel Writing Month
@ginidietrich When did he go silent on social media? I read his August statement and got the feeling that that would be his last word on the matter regardless of what happens. Looking back on it, his emphasis on the use of "physical evidence" suggests he knew exactly what was coming. If he's not posted much since then, he might not post again.
And if he's not going to respond to the most recent rulings, is there anything he can say that won't be construed as avoiding the issue, etc.?
6 months, 4 weeks ago on The Lance Armstong PR Crisis
Interesting post, Gini, and like everyone else, I've been waiting for you to write it. If I were his PR counsel, I would tell him to say "sorry" or say nothing. If he's guilty and not sorry, then he shouldn't play sorry on TV. Silence is better than false contrition at this point.
And as much as we want to know the truth (well, some do. I can't say I've lost much sleep over this) silence may be the smartest thing he can do for himself and his family. Look at it this way, unless I've missed major news in the last few days, he still hasn't tested positive for doping. Like Cory Giles (Salem Witch Trials) as long as he's silent, the those charges remain unconfirmed. Sponsors may grumble about getting their money back, but that's just noise. None of them will go to court to get it because they'll be the ones put on trial to show they are either complicit with the practice of doping or encourage it. How many other athletes have been asked to repay his/her sponsorship when they tested positive? If I were a lawyer, that would be a strategy I'd fully explore.
So silence is a way to stay rich even if it leaves his personal legacy in tatters.