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Your Mom Tells You What You Want to Hear

By: Gini Dietrich | January 31, 2011 | 
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I was reading Umair Haque’s review of Davos titled, “Ten Things You’re Not Allowed to Say at Davos.” For those of you who don’t know (and why would you, if you’re not the CEO of a Fortune 10 company or, well, Bono), Davos, Switzerland is where the upper, upper, upper (did I say upper?) echelon meet for the World Economic Summit annual meeting. And it took place last week.

Umair takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the summit and the “tiny hint of a feeling that Davos isn’t exactly fighting to tooth and nail to right the ship — but to hoard the food, and puncture the lifeboats.”

Of the 10 things you’re not allowed to say at Davos but he said anyway, there is one that really sticks out to me.

Your Mom tends to tell you what you want to hear. Davos loves diversity — as long as said diversity doesn’t carry the terrifying prospect of actually generating perspectives that question the primacy of the obsolete, crumbling paradigm known as industrial age capitalism. But here’s the thing: especially in a time when your fundamental assumptions are breaking, it’s probably your fiercest critics — not your compatriots — who have the sharpest, most resonant insights.

And that brings me to something we should all consider.  We tend to attract like-minded people. In our personal lives, at work, and through social media. We read, and comment on, blogs and articles we agree with and whose writers we like. We join groups where there are others who think like us so we feel like we belong. We even judge people with friends who judge the same way (I’m really bad in airports; like someone handed me a fashion police badge and a book of blank tickets).

So many of us are scared to death to put ourselves out there, in life and online. And so many business leaders are afraid to participate online for fear of what people will say about them or their companies.

But here’s the deal: Why wouldn’t we want to attract the detractors? Because, like Umair says, it’s your fiercest critics who provide the most resounding advice. And, let’s be real. When people say negative things to or about us, those are the ones we really listen to and take heed.

So here is my challenge to you for the week. Go find a reporter, blogger, or even colleague who you completely disagree with and have a conversation with them. But, instead of getting defensive and letting your blood pressure rise, really listen and see what you can learn. I’d be willing to bet your mind is open to possibilities you’d never considered.

You up for the challenge? If you disagree with me, I’d love to hear it. Otherwise I’m off to find someone I disagree with and start my own conversation.

Oh, and in case you were wondering and really wanted to attend Davos next year, a ticket is yours for a mere $71,000. But don’t plan to invite any friends or colleagues. Because then the price tag reaches $137,000-$622,000, depending on if you bring one or five friends.

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

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258 responses to “Your Mom Tells You What You Want to Hear”

  1. bdorman264 says:

    I attended Davos w/ 5 of my closest friends…….after we won the lottery. Take it a step further, if you attend regular civic club meetings or board meetings that don’t have assigned seating, make it a point to interact w/ ‘new’ people from time to time.

    BTW, why do you think I respond to your posts; its working I think……….:)

  2. bdorman264 says:

    I attended Davos w/ 5 of my closest friends…….after we won the lottery. Take it a step further, if you attend regular civic club meetings or board meetings that don’t have assigned seating, make it a point to interact w/ ‘new’ people from time to time.

    BTW, why do you think I respond to your posts; its working I think……….:)

  3. bdorman264 says:

    I attended Davos w/ 5 of my closest friends…….after we won the lottery. Take it a step further, if you attend regular civic club meetings or board meetings that don’t have assigned seating, make it a point to interact w/ ‘new’ people from time to time.

    BTW, why do you think I respond to your posts; its working I think……….:)

  4. DannyBrown says:

    Now if only conference organizers would read this post, and put panels together that have strong, solid opposing views and really make a great panel, as opposed to one where all the panelists agree with each other and blow soft pink bubbles across the room.

    We can but hope…

  5. DannyBrown says:

    Now if only conference organizers would read this post, and put panels together that have strong, solid opposing views and really make a great panel, as opposed to one where all the panelists agree with each other and blow soft pink bubbles across the room.

    We can but hope…

  6. DannyBrown says:

    Now if only conference organizers would read this post, and put panels together that have strong, solid opposing views and really make a great panel, as opposed to one where all the panelists agree with each other and blow soft pink bubbles across the room.

    We can but hope…

  7. johnheaney says:

    Gini,
    Another terrific post, as usual, though I think there is a missing advantage to inviting disparate views: you get to see how your opponent/competitor will frame their arguments or attacks against your product/service/program.
    As an unapologetic capitalist and celebrant of the vibrancy and innovative capacity of the free market, meeting with supporters of socialized medicine won’t likely provide me with insightful advice, but I will learn how they intend to frame their opposition to private health insurance companies, physician compensation and growing medical costs.
    The advantages I derive are: preparation to research and respond quickly and decisively when the attacks begin and the ability to generate creative new ways to address the weaknesses they perceive in the current system. In any case, you’re better prepared and informed.
    Shall we pencil in our own jaunt to Davos next year?

  8. johnheaney says:

    Gini,
    Another terrific post, as usual, though I think there is a missing advantage to inviting disparate views: you get to see how your opponent/competitor will frame their arguments or attacks against your product/service/program.
    As an unapologetic capitalist and celebrant of the vibrancy and innovative capacity of the free market, meeting with supporters of socialized medicine won’t likely provide me with insightful advice, but I will learn how they intend to frame their opposition to private health insurance companies, physician compensation and growing medical costs.
    The advantages I derive are: preparation to research and respond quickly and decisively when the attacks begin and the ability to generate creative new ways to address the weaknesses they perceive in the current system. In any case, you’re better prepared and informed.
    Shall we pencil in our own jaunt to Davos next year?

  9. johnheaney says:

    Gini,
    Another terrific post, as usual, though I think there is a missing advantage to inviting disparate views: you get to see how your opponent/competitor will frame their arguments or attacks against your product/service/program.
    As an unapologetic capitalist and celebrant of the vibrancy and innovative capacity of the free market, meeting with supporters of socialized medicine won’t likely provide me with insightful advice, but I will learn how they intend to frame their opposition to private health insurance companies, physician compensation and growing medical costs.
    The advantages I derive are: preparation to research and respond quickly and decisively when the attacks begin and the ability to generate creative new ways to address the weaknesses they perceive in the current system. In any case, you’re better prepared and informed.
    Shall we pencil in our own jaunt to Davos next year?

  10. Doug_Davidoff says:

    Gini,

    Very insightful. One of the values at Imagine (my company) is innovation, which we define as finding “the third way.” If you think about it, innovation is all about finding a new, better way to do something.

    There’s your way, my way and, IF WE REALLY LISTEN TO EACH OTHER, a third way. @johnheaney , I agree with you that listening to the opposition can help us prepare to deal with them, and I’d add that if we REALLY listen to peope we completely disagree with and take a learning posture, we may find that third way that helps to change the world.

  11. Doug_Davidoff says:

    Gini,

    Very insightful. One of the values at Imagine (my company) is innovation, which we define as finding “the third way.” If you think about it, innovation is all about finding a new, better way to do something.

    There’s your way, my way and, IF WE REALLY LISTEN TO EACH OTHER, a third way. @johnheaney , I agree with you that listening to the opposition can help us prepare to deal with them, and I’d add that if we REALLY listen to peope we completely disagree with and take a learning posture, we may find that third way that helps to change the world.

  12. Doug_Davidoff says:

    Gini,

    Very insightful. One of the values at Imagine (my company) is innovation, which we define as finding “the third way.” If you think about it, innovation is all about finding a new, better way to do something.

    There’s your way, my way and, IF WE REALLY LISTEN TO EACH OTHER, a third way. @johnheaney , I agree with you that listening to the opposition can help us prepare to deal with them, and I’d add that if we REALLY listen to peope we completely disagree with and take a learning posture, we may find that third way that helps to change the world.

  13. I think @johnheaney makes a very valid point. Even if you aren’t using opposing viewpoints to arrive at better ‘truth’, in business as well as life, knowing the opposition is key to being successful. Perhaps that’s why we spent 2 hours each morning reviewing film of our opponents in order to prepare for football games in high school … hmmm, perhaps.

    I find dissenting opinions or criticisms extremely helpful. I am at an age where I know enough to know I know nothing. I’m young and I’ve got a career of mistakes and missteps ahead of me. It’s nice to have someone point out where my way of thinking might be ignorant and/or naive.

    Lastly, it’s important to distinguish between a constructive disagreements & compromises versus compromises between a great idea and something below mediocrity. Remember as a kid playing with paints in art class? Mixing a nice pretty pink with a rich brown didn’t yield a better color. It produced the color of muck. So too is it with ideas at times. Two minds are not always better than 1.

  14. I think @johnheaney makes a very valid point. Even if you aren’t using opposing viewpoints to arrive at better ‘truth’, in business as well as life, knowing the opposition is key to being successful. Perhaps that’s why we spent 2 hours each morning reviewing film of our opponents in order to prepare for football games in high school … hmmm, perhaps.

    I find dissenting opinions or criticisms extremely helpful. I am at an age where I know enough to know I know nothing. I’m young and I’ve got a career of mistakes and missteps ahead of me. It’s nice to have someone point out where my way of thinking might be ignorant and/or naive.

    Lastly, it’s important to distinguish between a constructive disagreements & compromises versus compromises between a great idea and something below mediocrity. Remember as a kid playing with paints in art class? Mixing a nice pretty pink with a rich brown didn’t yield a better color. It produced the color of muck. So too is it with ideas at times. Two minds are not always better than 1.

  15. I think @johnheaney makes a very valid point. Even if you aren’t using opposing viewpoints to arrive at better ‘truth’, in business as well as life, knowing the opposition is key to being successful. Perhaps that’s why we spent 2 hours each morning reviewing film of our opponents in order to prepare for football games in high school … hmmm, perhaps.

    I find dissenting opinions or criticisms extremely helpful. I am at an age where I know enough to know I know nothing. I’m young and I’ve got a career of mistakes and missteps ahead of me. It’s nice to have someone point out where my way of thinking might be ignorant and/or naive.

    Lastly, it’s important to distinguish between a constructive disagreements & compromises versus compromises between a great idea and something below mediocrity. Remember as a kid playing with paints in art class? Mixing a nice pretty pink with a rich brown didn’t yield a better color. It produced the color of muck. So too is it with ideas at times. Two minds are not always better than 1.

  16. FollowtheLawyer says:

    Hold your friends close and your enemies closer…

    You cannot compete with, work around or take advantage of opposing ideas unless you understand them.

  17. FollowtheLawyer says:

    Hold your friends close and your enemies closer…

    You cannot compete with, work around or take advantage of opposing ideas unless you understand them.

  18. FollowtheLawyer says:

    Hold your friends close and your enemies closer…

    You cannot compete with, work around or take advantage of opposing ideas unless you understand them.

  19. ginidietrich says:

    @bdorman264 Do you disagree with me?! Let’s hear it!

    Can you believe how much it costs to attend Davos? And that’s not with lift tickets, either!

  20. ginidietrich says:

    @bdorman264 Do you disagree with me?! Let’s hear it!

    Can you believe how much it costs to attend Davos? And that’s not with lift tickets, either!

  21. ginidietrich says:

    @bdorman264 Do you disagree with me?! Let’s hear it!

    Can you believe how much it costs to attend Davos? And that’s not with lift tickets, either!

  22. ginidietrich says:

    @DannyBrown I’m kind of hoping we disagree when we speak together in a month. Heck. I’ll play Devil’s Advocate just to egg you on. I don’t know if this news made it to Toronto, but we have this huge Mayoral race in Chicago. There was a debate between four of the candidates last night and one of them called another a crack addict (which, I think is true, but 20 years ago). Now THAT is a good panel!

  23. ginidietrich says:

    @DannyBrown I’m kind of hoping we disagree when we speak together in a month. Heck. I’ll play Devil’s Advocate just to egg you on. I don’t know if this news made it to Toronto, but we have this huge Mayoral race in Chicago. There was a debate between four of the candidates last night and one of them called another a crack addict (which, I think is true, but 20 years ago). Now THAT is a good panel!

  24. ginidietrich says:

    @DannyBrown I’m kind of hoping we disagree when we speak together in a month. Heck. I’ll play Devil’s Advocate just to egg you on. I don’t know if this news made it to Toronto, but we have this huge Mayoral race in Chicago. There was a debate between four of the candidates last night and one of them called another a crack addict (which, I think is true, but 20 years ago). Now THAT is a good panel!

  25. ginidietrich says:

    @johnheaney I agree with you and also think the advantages are that our minds are opened wider, we become more knowledgeable, and we’re less judgmental and more forgiving. The one I’m trying to figure out right now is pro life people who are also pro death penalty. And pro choice people who are also anti-death penalty. Seems like a conundrum to me.

    And yes…let’s pencil in our own jaunt to Davos!

  26. ginidietrich says:

    @johnheaney I agree with you and also think the advantages are that our minds are opened wider, we become more knowledgeable, and we’re less judgmental and more forgiving. The one I’m trying to figure out right now is pro life people who are also pro death penalty. And pro choice people who are also anti-death penalty. Seems like a conundrum to me.

    And yes…let’s pencil in our own jaunt to Davos!

  27. ginidietrich says:

    @johnheaney I agree with you and also think the advantages are that our minds are opened wider, we become more knowledgeable, and we’re less judgmental and more forgiving. The one I’m trying to figure out right now is pro life people who are also pro death penalty. And pro choice people who are also anti-death penalty. Seems like a conundrum to me.

    And yes…let’s pencil in our own jaunt to Davos!

  28. ginidietrich says:

    @Doug_Davidoff I like the third way philosophy. I always work with my team to do the same…and to give me a few days to think about it and massage it in my brain. We usually come to a third way like that. I may still your verbiage. 🙂

    The best example I have is more than three years ago, my Vistage Chair asked me if I could run my business online. At the time, I actually said, “There is no way. We’re client service-focused and most of what we do is about relationships. How would we do that online?”

    Well, if I hadn’t figured out the third way, I probably would be working inside a global PR firm right now.

  29. ginidietrich says:

    @Doug_Davidoff I like the third way philosophy. I always work with my team to do the same…and to give me a few days to think about it and massage it in my brain. We usually come to a third way like that. I may still your verbiage. 🙂

    The best example I have is more than three years ago, my Vistage Chair asked me if I could run my business online. At the time, I actually said, “There is no way. We’re client service-focused and most of what we do is about relationships. How would we do that online?”

    Well, if I hadn’t figured out the third way, I probably would be working inside a global PR firm right now.

  30. ginidietrich says:

    @Doug_Davidoff I like the third way philosophy. I always work with my team to do the same…and to give me a few days to think about it and massage it in my brain. We usually come to a third way like that. I may still your verbiage. 🙂

    The best example I have is more than three years ago, my Vistage Chair asked me if I could run my business online. At the time, I actually said, “There is no way. We’re client service-focused and most of what we do is about relationships. How would we do that online?”

    Well, if I hadn’t figured out the third way, I probably would be working inside a global PR firm right now.

  31. ginidietrich says:

    @JamesDBurrell2 Wow Jamey. That’s quite insightful for someone who has a career of mistakes ahead of him! I like your analogy and I’m very happy the flower you drew me wasn’t a pink and brown mucky mess.

  32. ginidietrich says:

    @JamesDBurrell2 Wow Jamey. That’s quite insightful for someone who has a career of mistakes ahead of him! I like your analogy and I’m very happy the flower you drew me wasn’t a pink and brown mucky mess.

  33. ginidietrich says:

    @JamesDBurrell2 Wow Jamey. That’s quite insightful for someone who has a career of mistakes ahead of him! I like your analogy and I’m very happy the flower you drew me wasn’t a pink and brown mucky mess.

  34. ginidietrich says:

    @FollowtheLawyer And the old adage goes…

  35. ginidietrich says:

    @FollowtheLawyer And the old adage goes…

  36. ginidietrich says:

    @FollowtheLawyer And the old adage goes…

  37. RachelFordHutman says:

    I agree and this is what two-way symmetrical communication demands. We need to have open, back and worth dialogue where both sides listen to the other instead of claiming victory at the outset. This is also what is missing currently in American politics and why so many people feel apathetic.

  38. RachelFordHutman says:

    I agree and this is what two-way symmetrical communication demands. We need to have open, back and worth dialogue where both sides listen to the other instead of claiming victory at the outset. This is also what is missing currently in American politics and why so many people feel apathetic.

  39. RachelFordHutman says:

    I agree and this is what two-way symmetrical communication demands. We need to have open, back and worth dialogue where both sides listen to the other instead of claiming victory at the outset. This is also what is missing currently in American politics and why so many people feel apathetic.

  40. RachelFordHutman says:

    I agree and this is what two-way symmetrical communication demands. We need to have open, back and forth dialogue where both sides listen to the other instead of claiming victory at the onset. This is also what is missing currently in American politics and why so many people feel apathetic towards the political system.

  41. RachelFordHutman says:

    I agree and this is what two-way symmetrical communication demands. We need to have open, back and forth dialogue where both sides listen to the other instead of claiming victory at the onset. This is also what is missing currently in American politics and why so many people feel apathetic towards the political system.

  42. RachelFordHutman says:

    I agree and this is what two-way symmetrical communication demands. We need to have open, back and forth dialogue where both sides listen to the other instead of claiming victory at the onset. This is also what is missing currently in American politics and why so many people feel apathetic towards the political system.

  43. bdorman264 says:

    @ginidietrich You are so far out there it’s laughable at times, it’s easy to have an opposing view from that dribble you are passing off as content…………just kidding of course, out of all the ‘stuff’ I have to wade through, yours makes plenty of sense and that is why I keep coming back…………like a bad penny……….

    I’m more of a harmonious/relator type from strengthsfinder so I don’t seek out opposing views or try to be a devil’s advocate. However, I will listen as I do want to know what the ‘other side’ is thinking. I’m a big boy, I can play with whoever I want to…….

  44. bdorman264 says:

    @ginidietrich You are so far out there it’s laughable at times, it’s easy to have an opposing view from that dribble you are passing off as content…………just kidding of course, out of all the ‘stuff’ I have to wade through, yours makes plenty of sense and that is why I keep coming back…………like a bad penny……….

    I’m more of a harmonious/relator type from strengthsfinder so I don’t seek out opposing views or try to be a devil’s advocate. However, I will listen as I do want to know what the ‘other side’ is thinking. I’m a big boy, I can play with whoever I want to…….

  45. bdorman264 says:

    @ginidietrich You are so far out there it’s laughable at times, it’s easy to have an opposing view from that dribble you are passing off as content…………just kidding of course, out of all the ‘stuff’ I have to wade through, yours makes plenty of sense and that is why I keep coming back…………like a bad penny……….

    I’m more of a harmonious/relator type from strengthsfinder so I don’t seek out opposing views or try to be a devil’s advocate. However, I will listen as I do want to know what the ‘other side’ is thinking. I’m a big boy, I can play with whoever I want to…….

  46. Gini, are you saying we should write more post that disagree with other bloggers? 😉
    Seriously, love the mindset. I do feel like some blogs are run a bit like fan clubs. The person writes ‘I ate peanut butter for breakfast’ and 50 people comment saying ‘this is so deep I am going to name my first born after you.’
    On the other it needs to be a two way street. I commented a post of an A list blogger which I respect but didn’t agree with on that specific blog and only received snarky remarks in return. Not much of a conversation there, let alone a constructive dialog.

    So I guess the challenge is to find someone who disagrees with you but still agrees that conversation and discussions enrich each other. Umm, tough assignment Gini.

  47. Gini, are you saying we should write more post that disagree with other bloggers? 😉
    Seriously, love the mindset. I do feel like some blogs are run a bit like fan clubs. The person writes ‘I ate peanut butter for breakfast’ and 50 people comment saying ‘this is so deep I am going to name my first born after you.’
    On the other it needs to be a two way street. I commented a post of an A list blogger which I respect but didn’t agree with on that specific blog and only received snarky remarks in return. Not much of a conversation there, let alone a constructive dialog.

    So I guess the challenge is to find someone who disagrees with you but still agrees that conversation and discussions enrich each other. Umm, tough assignment Gini.

  48. Gini, are you saying we should write more post that disagree with other bloggers? 😉
    Seriously, love the mindset. I do feel like some blogs are run a bit like fan clubs. The person writes ‘I ate peanut butter for breakfast’ and 50 people comment saying ‘this is so deep I am going to name my first born after you.’
    On the other it needs to be a two way street. I commented a post of an A list blogger which I respect but didn’t agree with on that specific blog and only received snarky remarks in return. Not much of a conversation there, let alone a constructive dialog.

    So I guess the challenge is to find someone who disagrees with you but still agrees that conversation and discussions enrich each other. Umm, tough assignment Gini.

  49. dino_dogan says:

    The fact that these dbags get together is more scary to me than Saw 3D. You think you have control over what goes on in your life? Davos begs to differ.

  50. dino_dogan says:

    The fact that these dbags get together is more scary to me than Saw 3D. You think you have control over what goes on in your life? Davos begs to differ.

  51. dino_dogan says:

    The fact that these dbags get together is more scary to me than Saw 3D. You think you have control over what goes on in your life? Davos begs to differ.

  52. What the World Economic Summit teaches us about critics http://bit.ly/hDZbv8

  53. RT @ginidietrich: What the World Economic Summit teaches us about critics http://bit.ly/hDZbv8

  54. Great thoughts by @ginidietrich: What the World Economic Summit teaches us about critics http://bit.ly/hDZbv8

  55. ginidietrich says:

    @johnfalchetto I agree it’s a tough assignment and that not everyone will respond with class or professionalism. Heck, it’s even hard for me to do sometimes. But I do a better job of it online because it gives me time to think, reflect, and then respond.

    Next time I blog about what I had for breakfast, I expect you to name a child after me.

  56. ginidietrich says:

    @johnfalchetto I agree it’s a tough assignment and that not everyone will respond with class or professionalism. Heck, it’s even hard for me to do sometimes. But I do a better job of it online because it gives me time to think, reflect, and then respond.

    Next time I blog about what I had for breakfast, I expect you to name a child after me.

  57. ginidietrich says:

    @johnfalchetto I agree it’s a tough assignment and that not everyone will respond with class or professionalism. Heck, it’s even hard for me to do sometimes. But I do a better job of it online because it gives me time to think, reflect, and then respond.

    Next time I blog about what I had for breakfast, I expect you to name a child after me.

  58. RT @michelletripp: Great thoughts by @ginidietrich: What the World Economic Summit teaches us about critics http://bit.ly/hDZbv8

  59. RT @michelletripp: Great thoughts by @ginidietrich: What the World Economic Summit teaches us about critics http://bit.ly/hDZbv8

  60. ginidietrich says:

    @dino_dogan I think dbags is being nice. This is the “I don’t have anything else to spend my money on” club. Sure there are some smart and genuine people there, but why so exclusive?

  61. ginidietrich says:

    @dino_dogan I think dbags is being nice. This is the “I don’t have anything else to spend my money on” club. Sure there are some smart and genuine people there, but why so exclusive?

  62. ginidietrich says:

    @dino_dogan I think dbags is being nice. This is the “I don’t have anything else to spend my money on” club. Sure there are some smart and genuine people there, but why so exclusive?

  63. ginidietrich says:

    @RachelFordHutman You’re exactly right about American politics. It’s so polarizing and it makes me nuts!

  64. ginidietrich says:

    @RachelFordHutman You’re exactly right about American politics. It’s so polarizing and it makes me nuts!

  65. ginidietrich says:

    @RachelFordHutman You’re exactly right about American politics. It’s so polarizing and it makes me nuts!

  66. ginidietrich says:

    @bdorman264 Why can’t it be the good pennies that keep coming back?

  67. ginidietrich says:

    @bdorman264 Why can’t it be the good pennies that keep coming back?

  68. ginidietrich says:

    @bdorman264 Why can’t it be the good pennies that keep coming back?

  69. RT @ginidietrich: What the World Economic Summit teaches us about critics http://bit.ly/hDZbv8

  70. bdorman264 says:

    @ginidietrich Or the good luck or the good looks or the good friends……I think you are on to something…………

  71. bdorman264 says:

    @ginidietrich Or the good luck or the good looks or the good friends……I think you are on to something…………

  72. bdorman264 says:

    @ginidietrich Or the good luck or the good looks or the good friends……I think you are on to something…………

  73. @ginidietrich But you never blog about what you eat for breakfast so none of my girls will be named Gini! 🙂 Or maybe I am not looking at the right place.

  74. @ginidietrich But you never blog about what you eat for breakfast so none of my girls will be named Gini! 🙂 Or maybe I am not looking at the right place.

  75. @ginidietrich But you never blog about what you eat for breakfast so none of my girls will be named Gini! 🙂 Or maybe I am not looking at the right place.

  76. @ginidietrich @DannyBrown Re: that mayoral panel… I especially loved when then moderator wouldn’t let the accused person retort, saying, “We want to move on to other topics.” REALLY!? I think the moderator was the only person who wanted to move on. 🙂

  77. @ginidietrich @DannyBrown Re: that mayoral panel… I especially loved when then moderator wouldn’t let the accused person retort, saying, “We want to move on to other topics.” REALLY!? I think the moderator was the only person who wanted to move on. 🙂

  78. @ginidietrich @DannyBrown Re: that mayoral panel… I especially loved when then moderator wouldn’t let the accused person retort, saying, “We want to move on to other topics.” REALLY!? I think the moderator was the only person who wanted to move on. 🙂

  79. @ginidietrich @DannyBrown Re: that mayoral panel… I especially loved when then moderator wouldn’t let the accused person retort, saying, “We want to move on to other topics.” REALLY!? I think the moderator was the only person who wanted to move on. 🙂

    –Tony Gnau

  80. @ginidietrich @DannyBrown Re: that mayoral panel… I especially loved when then moderator wouldn’t let the accused person retort, saying, “We want to move on to other topics.” REALLY!? I think the moderator was the only person who wanted to move on. 🙂

    –Tony Gnau

  81. @ginidietrich @DannyBrown Re: that mayoral panel… I especially loved when then moderator wouldn’t let the accused person retort, saying, “We want to move on to other topics.” REALLY!? I think the moderator was the only person who wanted to move on. 🙂

    –Tony Gnau

  82. Really good one today Gini… can’t say I do enough of this. One thing I do continue to do within my field is watch videos that aren’t my style. I definitely have a preferred way of producing things, but I think it’s good to push my boundaries.

    –Tony Gnau

  83. Really good one today Gini… can’t say I do enough of this. One thing I do continue to do within my field is watch videos that aren’t my style. I definitely have a preferred way of producing things, but I think it’s good to push my boundaries.

    –Tony Gnau

  84. Really good one today Gini… can’t say I do enough of this. One thing I do continue to do within my field is watch videos that aren’t my style. I definitely have a preferred way of producing things, but I think it’s good to push my boundaries.

    –Tony Gnau

  85. johnheaney says:

    @ginidietrich not to divert this thread down a political detour, but the intention of pro-life advocates is to protect the innocent unborn. From their perspective, the baby has done nothing to merit its death. The same is not true of the death row inmate whose personal actions have been deemed deserving of the ultimate punishment. I think their positioning is much more consistent than the death penalty opponents who oppose execution for unrepentant murderers yet cannot sustain the same outrage when innocent lives are terminated by abortion.

  86. johnheaney says:

    @ginidietrich not to divert this thread down a political detour, but the intention of pro-life advocates is to protect the innocent unborn. From their perspective, the baby has done nothing to merit its death. The same is not true of the death row inmate whose personal actions have been deemed deserving of the ultimate punishment. I think their positioning is much more consistent than the death penalty opponents who oppose execution for unrepentant murderers yet cannot sustain the same outrage when innocent lives are terminated by abortion.

  87. johnheaney says:

    @ginidietrich not to divert this thread down a political detour, but the intention of pro-life advocates is to protect the innocent unborn. From their perspective, the baby has done nothing to merit its death. The same is not true of the death row inmate whose personal actions have been deemed deserving of the ultimate punishment. I think their positioning is much more consistent than the death penalty opponents who oppose execution for unrepentant murderers yet cannot sustain the same outrage when innocent lives are terminated by abortion.

  88. LucyThorpe says:

    Ah Gini, I know you like to talk to people who disagree with you! But I do have to concur about the fashion police thing – what is it about airports?

  89. LucyThorpe says:

    Ah Gini, I know you like to talk to people who disagree with you! But I do have to concur about the fashion police thing – what is it about airports?

  90. LucyThorpe says:

    Ah Gini, I know you like to talk to people who disagree with you! But I do have to concur about the fashion police thing – what is it about airports?

  91. Your mom always tells you what you want to hear http://bit.ly/hDZbv8

  92. ginidietrich says:

    @LucyThorpe HAHAHA! Right? It’s totally something about airports. I try really hard, and Mr. D gets mad at me, but sometimes you just wonder what people are thinking.

  93. ginidietrich says:

    @LucyThorpe HAHAHA! Right? It’s totally something about airports. I try really hard, and Mr. D gets mad at me, but sometimes you just wonder what people are thinking.

  94. ginidietrich says:

    @LucyThorpe HAHAHA! Right? It’s totally something about airports. I try really hard, and Mr. D gets mad at me, but sometimes you just wonder what people are thinking.

  95. ginidietrich says:

    @T60Productions That’s such a great idea! Not just reading what others write, but watching videos that are terrible. And you’re nice not to say anything bad about mine. 🙂

  96. ginidietrich says:

    @T60Productions That’s such a great idea! Not just reading what others write, but watching videos that are terrible. And you’re nice not to say anything bad about mine. 🙂

  97. ginidietrich says:

    @T60Productions That’s such a great idea! Not just reading what others write, but watching videos that are terrible. And you’re nice not to say anything bad about mine. 🙂

  98. ginidietrich says:

    @johnfalchetto Dang. What if I did blog about it? Would you then?

  99. ginidietrich says:

    @johnfalchetto Dang. What if I did blog about it? Would you then?

  100. ginidietrich says:

    @johnfalchetto Dang. What if I did blog about it? Would you then?

  101. @ginidietrich @T60Productions I’m watching them, so you must be doing something right. 🙂

  102. @ginidietrich @T60Productions I’m watching them, so you must be doing something right. 🙂

  103. @ginidietrich @T60Productions I’m watching them, so you must be doing something right. 🙂

  104. ginidietrich says:

    @T60Productions Or are you watching them to learn what not to do?!

  105. ginidietrich says:

    @T60Productions Or are you watching them to learn what not to do?!

  106. ginidietrich says:

    @T60Productions Or are you watching them to learn what not to do?!

  107. HerzogIND says:

    So good, Gini.

  108. HerzogIND says:

    So good, Gini.

  109. HerzogIND says:

    So good, Gini.

  110. ginidietrich says:

    @HerzogIND Thanks HerzogIND.

  111. ginidietrich says:

    @HerzogIND Thanks HerzogIND.

  112. ginidietrich says:

    @HerzogIND Thanks HerzogIND.

  113. JMattHicks says:

    Great article, insight, and challenge.

    Oh, and BTW, see you in Davos next year!

  114. JMattHicks says:

    Great article, insight, and challenge.

    Oh, and BTW, see you in Davos next year!

  115. JMattHicks says:

    Great article, insight, and challenge.

    Oh, and BTW, see you in Davos next year!

  116. ginidietrich says:

    @JMattHicks We’re getting together a nice contingent. Pack your skis!

  117. ginidietrich says:

    @JMattHicks We’re getting together a nice contingent. Pack your skis!

  118. ginidietrich says:

    @JMattHicks We’re getting together a nice contingent. Pack your skis!

  119. @ginidietrich Content Gini… I’m watching for the content. 🙂

  120. @ginidietrich Content Gini… I’m watching for the content. 🙂

  121. @ginidietrich Content Gini… I’m watching for the content. 🙂

  122. HerzogIND says:

    @ginidietrich You’re welcome, ginidietrich.

  123. HerzogIND says:

    @ginidietrich You’re welcome, ginidietrich.

  124. HerzogIND says:

    @ginidietrich You’re welcome, ginidietrich.

  125. HowieSPM says:

    Did you read this? http://blogs.reuters.com/davos/2011/01/25/jealous-davos-mistresses/
    I’m like ewwwww! gross lame rich people.
    It is pathetic. Proves to me that I more change in the world gets done at SXSW, Burningman, and Miami WMC! Also I saw a lot of scathing journalism about how since its inception the event is all talk and nothing ever gets done. Why should it, it would rock that paradigm. If you help fix the worlds problems you fix that obsolete paradigm because that is the worlds problem!

    Love your post. There was a nice Economist article how the US is segregating into Conservative and Liberal enclaves on our own. And of course we all love yes people.

    I started yesterday before you write this. Trying to prove to @DannyBrown that Bonsai really is spelled with a Z. Of course maybe in Canada it’s different.

  126. HowieSPM says:

    Did you read this? http://blogs.reuters.com/davos/2011/01/25/jealous-davos-mistresses/
    I’m like ewwwww! gross lame rich people.
    It is pathetic. Proves to me that I more change in the world gets done at SXSW, Burningman, and Miami WMC! Also I saw a lot of scathing journalism about how since its inception the event is all talk and nothing ever gets done. Why should it, it would rock that paradigm. If you help fix the worlds problems you fix that obsolete paradigm because that is the worlds problem!

    Love your post. There was a nice Economist article how the US is segregating into Conservative and Liberal enclaves on our own. And of course we all love yes people.

    I started yesterday before you write this. Trying to prove to @DannyBrown that Bonsai really is spelled with a Z. Of course maybe in Canada it’s different.

  127. HowieSPM says:

    Did you read this? http://blogs.reuters.com/davos/2011/01/25/jealous-davos-mistresses/
    I’m like ewwwww! gross lame rich people.
    It is pathetic. Proves to me that I more change in the world gets done at SXSW, Burningman, and Miami WMC! Also I saw a lot of scathing journalism about how since its inception the event is all talk and nothing ever gets done. Why should it, it would rock that paradigm. If you help fix the worlds problems you fix that obsolete paradigm because that is the worlds problem!

    Love your post. There was a nice Economist article how the US is segregating into Conservative and Liberal enclaves on our own. And of course we all love yes people.

    I started yesterday before you write this. Trying to prove to @DannyBrown that Bonsai really is spelled with a Z. Of course maybe in Canada it’s different.

  128. HowieSPM says:

    @ginidietrich @LucyThorpe don’t you wear sweats, uggs, and a hoodie like everyone else?

  129. HowieSPM says:

    @ginidietrich @LucyThorpe don’t you wear sweats, uggs, and a hoodie like everyone else?

  130. HowieSPM says:

    @ginidietrich @LucyThorpe don’t you wear sweats, uggs, and a hoodie like everyone else?

  131. HowieSPM says:

    @johnfalchetto @ginidietrich I think today I am going to actually visit Mashable and converse with the journalists.

  132. HowieSPM says:

    @johnfalchetto @ginidietrich I think today I am going to actually visit Mashable and converse with the journalists.

  133. HowieSPM says:

    @johnfalchetto @ginidietrich I think today I am going to actually visit Mashable and converse with the journalists.

  134. HowieSPM says:

    @ginidietrich @DannyBrown I love cross border skirmishes. I have them all the time. So many hot buttons galore.

    Wait Rahm is a former crack addict?! I knew it! Bet Obama found him on the street and helped him get his life together back when we was organizing the community.

  135. HowieSPM says:

    @ginidietrich @DannyBrown I love cross border skirmishes. I have them all the time. So many hot buttons galore.

    Wait Rahm is a former crack addict?! I knew it! Bet Obama found him on the street and helped him get his life together back when we was organizing the community.

  136. HowieSPM says:

    @ginidietrich @DannyBrown I love cross border skirmishes. I have them all the time. So many hot buttons galore.

    Wait Rahm is a former crack addict?! I knew it! Bet Obama found him on the street and helped him get his life together back when we was organizing the community.

  137. ginidietrich says:

    @HowieSPM OMG! I just read that Reuters blog post! I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS WOMAN! It’d be really nice if we didn’t all love yes men. Ask meganbeausang . I love a good debate!

  138. ginidietrich says:

    @HowieSPM OMG! I just read that Reuters blog post! I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS WOMAN! It’d be really nice if we didn’t all love yes men. Ask meganbeausang . I love a good debate!

  139. ginidietrich says:

    @HowieSPM OMG! I just read that Reuters blog post! I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS WOMAN! It’d be really nice if we didn’t all love yes men. Ask meganbeausang . I love a good debate!

  140. @ginidietrich @DannyBrown NOPE — I strongly disagree with you Gini — most politicians are smoking something, they need to put their pipes down!

    @danny — haha, soft pink bubbles across the room, you kill me!

    Ahh, a good @danny @Gini scrap – that’s the makings of a good conference. It will be interesting to see who prevails here.

    Sorry @danny, I’ll have to put my money on @Gini, you’re too much of a gentleman — sounds like @Gini wants to break out a can of whip-ass.

    Oops, there goes the language, that’s why I try to stay out of online disagreements, I wouldn’t be a very good example for my 7 kids and 2 grandsons — haha

    I’ll just keep blowing pink bubbles : )

  141. @ginidietrich @DannyBrown NOPE — I strongly disagree with you Gini — most politicians are smoking something, they need to put their pipes down!

    @danny — haha, soft pink bubbles across the room, you kill me!

    Ahh, a good @danny @Gini scrap – that’s the makings of a good conference. It will be interesting to see who prevails here.

    Sorry @danny, I’ll have to put my money on @Gini, you’re too much of a gentleman — sounds like @Gini wants to break out a can of whip-ass.

    Oops, there goes the language, that’s why I try to stay out of online disagreements, I wouldn’t be a very good example for my 7 kids and 2 grandsons — haha

    I’ll just keep blowing pink bubbles : )

  142. @ginidietrich @DannyBrown NOPE — I strongly disagree with you Gini — most politicians are smoking something, they need to put their pipes down!

    @danny — haha, soft pink bubbles across the room, you kill me!

    Ahh, a good @danny @Gini scrap – that’s the makings of a good conference. It will be interesting to see who prevails here.

    Sorry @danny, I’ll have to put my money on @Gini, you’re too much of a gentleman — sounds like @Gini wants to break out a can of whip-ass.

    Oops, there goes the language, that’s why I try to stay out of online disagreements, I wouldn’t be a very good example for my 7 kids and 2 grandsons — haha

    I’ll just keep blowing pink bubbles : )

  143. ginidietrich says:

    @GACConsultants @DannyBrown I thought blowing soft pink bubbles was hilarious! I keep trying to antagonize martinwaxman and thornley when we record inside_pr . But they never take the bait. They’re too nice.

  144. ginidietrich says:

    @GACConsultants @DannyBrown I thought blowing soft pink bubbles was hilarious! I keep trying to antagonize martinwaxman and thornley when we record inside_pr . But they never take the bait. They’re too nice.

  145. ginidietrich says:

    @GACConsultants @DannyBrown I thought blowing soft pink bubbles was hilarious! I keep trying to antagonize martinwaxman and thornley when we record inside_pr . But they never take the bait. They’re too nice.

  146. ginidietrich says:

    @T60Productions Only in politics in Chicago.

  147. ginidietrich says:

    @T60Productions Only in politics in Chicago.

  148. ginidietrich says:

    @T60Productions Only in politics in Chicago.

  149. ginidietrich says:

    @johnheaney That’s interesting. I get both sides. It just doesn’t make sense to me to take a life at all…no matter innocent or not. You know…that whole thou shall not kill thing.

  150. ginidietrich says:

    @johnheaney That’s interesting. I get both sides. It just doesn’t make sense to me to take a life at all…no matter innocent or not. You know…that whole thou shall not kill thing.

  151. ginidietrich says:

    @johnheaney That’s interesting. I get both sides. It just doesn’t make sense to me to take a life at all…no matter innocent or not. You know…that whole thou shall not kill thing.

  152. ginidietrich says:

    @johnheaney AND! Happy belated birthday!

  153. ginidietrich says:

    @johnheaney AND! Happy belated birthday!

  154. ginidietrich says:

    @johnheaney AND! Happy belated birthday!

  155. ginidietrich says:

    @T60Productions LOL!!

  156. ginidietrich says:

    @T60Productions LOL!!

  157. ginidietrich says:

    @T60Productions LOL!!

  158. ginidietrich says:

    @HowieSPM No. I only wear that to the office.

  159. ginidietrich says:

    @HowieSPM No. I only wear that to the office.

  160. ginidietrich says:

    @HowieSPM No. I only wear that to the office.

  161. Challenge of the week: Find a critic and here is why http://bit.ly/hDZbv8

  162. Find out why @ginidietrich wants you to find your nemesis and start a discussion http://bit.ly/hDZbv8

  163. mikecollado says:

    Love Statler & Waldorf (the old men) from the Muppets! Next week, Gonzo or Beaker, please…

    Your statement that “many business leaders are afraid to participate online for fear of what people will say about them or their companies” sounds like many of the discussions I have with executives. When pressed, most say they are afraid of giving up control. Of course, there is no such thing as control. Never was.

    It’s interesting that these business leaders will gladly hire a pro to critique and fix their golf swing but are reluctant to solicit potentially unflattering feedback about their company or product even though that’s how they earn their living.

    Thanks for the reminder!

  164. mikecollado says:

    Love Statler & Waldorf (the old men) from the Muppets! Next week, Gonzo or Beaker, please…

    Your statement that “many business leaders are afraid to participate online for fear of what people will say about them or their companies” sounds like many of the discussions I have with executives. When pressed, most say they are afraid of giving up control. Of course, there is no such thing as control. Never was.

    It’s interesting that these business leaders will gladly hire a pro to critique and fix their golf swing but are reluctant to solicit potentially unflattering feedback about their company or product even though that’s how they earn their living.

    Thanks for the reminder!

  165. mikecollado says:

    Love Statler & Waldorf (the old men) from the Muppets! Next week, Gonzo or Beaker, please…

    Your statement that “many business leaders are afraid to participate online for fear of what people will say about them or their companies” sounds like many of the discussions I have with executives. When pressed, most say they are afraid of giving up control. Of course, there is no such thing as control. Never was.

    It’s interesting that these business leaders will gladly hire a pro to critique and fix their golf swing but are reluctant to solicit potentially unflattering feedback about their company or product even though that’s how they earn their living.

    Thanks for the reminder!

  166. HowieSPM says:

    @ginidietrich meganbeausang I think if you are destined to be a Nobel Prize winner you probably are going to marry someone who is as smart as you. Hope Mr. D is stoked when you win yours.

  167. HowieSPM says:

    @ginidietrich meganbeausang I think if you are destined to be a Nobel Prize winner you probably are going to marry someone who is as smart as you. Hope Mr. D is stoked when you win yours.

  168. HowieSPM says:

    @ginidietrich meganbeausang I think if you are destined to be a Nobel Prize winner you probably are going to marry someone who is as smart as you. Hope Mr. D is stoked when you win yours.

  169. @ginidietrich @DannyBrown martinwaxman thornley inside_pr haha – you’re such an antagonizer :p

  170. @ginidietrich @DannyBrown martinwaxman thornley inside_pr haha – you’re such an antagonizer :p

  171. @ginidietrich @DannyBrown martinwaxman thornley inside_pr haha – you’re such an antagonizer :p

  172. DannyBrown says:

    @HowieSPM It’s only spelled with a Z by you crazy Americans, that took all words that should have been spelt with an S and made it Z. End-of-alphabet-letter-users that you are. 🙂

  173. DannyBrown says:

    @HowieSPM It’s only spelled with a Z by you crazy Americans, that took all words that should have been spelt with an S and made it Z. End-of-alphabet-letter-users that you are. 🙂

  174. DannyBrown says:

    @HowieSPM It’s only spelled with a Z by you crazy Americans, that took all words that should have been spelt with an S and made it Z. End-of-alphabet-letter-users that you are. 🙂

  175. DannyBrown says:

    @GACConsultants @ginidietrich martinwaxman thornley inside_pr You’re all crazy. I’m off to eat cheese.

  176. DannyBrown says:

    @GACConsultants @ginidietrich martinwaxman thornley inside_pr You’re all crazy. I’m off to eat cheese.

  177. DannyBrown says:

    @GACConsultants @ginidietrich martinwaxman thornley inside_pr You’re all crazy. I’m off to eat cheese.

  178. JMattHicks says:

    @ginidietrich Oh, and thanks to my awesome Swiss bank account, the trip is on me. So is all of the Swiss chocolate you could dream of.

  179. JMattHicks says:

    @ginidietrich Oh, and thanks to my awesome Swiss bank account, the trip is on me. So is all of the Swiss chocolate you could dream of.

  180. JMattHicks says:

    @ginidietrich Oh, and thanks to my awesome Swiss bank account, the trip is on me. So is all of the Swiss chocolate you could dream of.

  181. Great post. RT @ginidietrich: Challenge of the week: Find a critic and here is why http://bit.ly/hDZbv8

  182. ginidietrich says:

    @mikecollado Deal! I’ll figure out a way to use Gonzo or Beaker next week.

    I love, love, love your analogy to getting the golf swing fixed. I’m totally stealing that. Well, I’ll credit you. So it’s not really stealing.

  183. ginidietrich says:

    @mikecollado Deal! I’ll figure out a way to use Gonzo or Beaker next week.

    I love, love, love your analogy to getting the golf swing fixed. I’m totally stealing that. Well, I’ll credit you. So it’s not really stealing.

  184. ginidietrich says:

    @mikecollado Deal! I’ll figure out a way to use Gonzo or Beaker next week.

    I love, love, love your analogy to getting the golf swing fixed. I’m totally stealing that. Well, I’ll credit you. So it’s not really stealing.

  185. ginidietrich says:

    @JMattHicks OMG! You are so my favorite!!!

  186. ginidietrich says:

    @JMattHicks OMG! You are so my favorite!!!

  187. ginidietrich says:

    @JMattHicks OMG! You are so my favorite!!!

  188. So good. So true. Thanks for link, GD. RT @ginidietrich: Davos, critics, and your mom http://bit.ly/hDZbv8 (@umairh)

  189. Have you listened to your detractors lately? @ginidietrich tells us why we should> http://bit.ly/hDZbv8 via Spinsucks.com.

  190. lauraclick says:

    An excellent challenge, Gini. Thanks for pushing us to get out of our comfort zone for our own good.

    Although it might be hard to find someone to spar with, the harder part is doing so without both parties becoming defensive. I think most of us feel pretty comfortable with challenging a blogger or colleague with a different perspective. The trouble is that the constructive criticism isn’t always welcome. But, maybe we just have to be okay with that.

    I also think you have to walk a fine line of disagreeing and being disagreable. The web is full of cynics who disagree with everything just to get a rise out of someone or to get noticed. I don’t think that is productive either. It’s certainly a balance.

    You definitely got my wheels turning today!

  191. lauraclick says:

    An excellent challenge, Gini. Thanks for pushing us to get out of our comfort zone for our own good.

    Although it might be hard to find someone to spar with, the harder part is doing so without both parties becoming defensive. I think most of us feel pretty comfortable with challenging a blogger or colleague with a different perspective. The trouble is that the constructive criticism isn’t always welcome. But, maybe we just have to be okay with that.

    I also think you have to walk a fine line of disagreeing and being disagreable. The web is full of cynics who disagree with everything just to get a rise out of someone or to get noticed. I don’t think that is productive either. It’s certainly a balance.

    You definitely got my wheels turning today!

  192. lauraclick says:

    An excellent challenge, Gini. Thanks for pushing us to get out of our comfort zone for our own good.

    Although it might be hard to find someone to spar with, the harder part is doing so without both parties becoming defensive. I think most of us feel pretty comfortable with challenging a blogger or colleague with a different perspective. The trouble is that the constructive criticism isn’t always welcome. But, maybe we just have to be okay with that.

    I also think you have to walk a fine line of disagreeing and being disagreable. The web is full of cynics who disagree with everything just to get a rise out of someone or to get noticed. I don’t think that is productive either. It’s certainly a balance.

    You definitely got my wheels turning today!

  193. hackmanj says:

    I used to enjoy this a lot more than I do now, that said I think it is healthy and will agree to your challenge.

    When is your chat with dannybrown planned anyway? Let me know if you are able to keep your cool!

  194. hackmanj says:

    I used to enjoy this a lot more than I do now, that said I think it is healthy and will agree to your challenge.

    When is your chat with dannybrown planned anyway? Let me know if you are able to keep your cool!

  195. hackmanj says:

    I used to enjoy this a lot more than I do now, that said I think it is healthy and will agree to your challenge.

    When is your chat with dannybrown planned anyway? Let me know if you are able to keep your cool!

  196. DannyBrown says:

    @hackmanj Did you just call Gini’s blog less enjoyable than it used to be? Oh my…

  197. DannyBrown says:

    @hackmanj Did you just call Gini’s blog less enjoyable than it used to be? Oh my…

  198. DannyBrown says:

    @hackmanj Did you just call Gini’s blog less enjoyable than it used to be? Oh my…

  199. hackmanj says:

    @DannyBrown I am sure she will completely understand my comment….

  200. hackmanj says:

    @DannyBrown I am sure she will completely understand my comment….

  201. hackmanj says:

    @DannyBrown I am sure she will completely understand my comment….

  202. HerzogIND says:

    I’m not sure I do either

    GD is certainly less-enjoyable these days. LOL!

  203. HerzogIND says:

    I’m not sure I do either

    GD is certainly less-enjoyable these days. LOL!

  204. HerzogIND says:

    I’m not sure I do either

    GD is certainly less-enjoyable these days. LOL!

  205. RT @ginidietrich: What the World Economic Summit teaches us about critics http://bit.ly/hDZbv8 (very good point/post Gini!)

  206. 3HatsComm says:

    @DannyBrown Just mentioned it elsewhere, TWW Jed Bartlet approach of liking to hear from smart people who disagree with you. It’s funny b/c I think I do pretty often in my worldwind comments. Agree with points A & B but politely, respectfully refute point C if I disagree. Yes it’d be nice to see leaders and organizers try the same, a healthy discussion and debate from different sides.

  207. 3HatsComm says:

    @DannyBrown Just mentioned it elsewhere, TWW Jed Bartlet approach of liking to hear from smart people who disagree with you. It’s funny b/c I think I do pretty often in my worldwind comments. Agree with points A & B but politely, respectfully refute point C if I disagree. Yes it’d be nice to see leaders and organizers try the same, a healthy discussion and debate from different sides.

  208. 3HatsComm says:

    @DannyBrown Just mentioned it elsewhere, TWW Jed Bartlet approach of liking to hear from smart people who disagree with you. It’s funny b/c I think I do pretty often in my worldwind comments. Agree with points A & B but politely, respectfully refute point C if I disagree. Yes it’d be nice to see leaders and organizers try the same, a healthy discussion and debate from different sides.

  209. 3HatsComm says:

    I love this Gini. I’ve said it before, your critics can be your biggest fans. If they’re really challenging, really arguing – professionally, respectfully – that shows they are listening, they care. Per my comment below, I do apply the approach of listening to smart people with whom I sometimes disagree. I follow a few on Twitter; I read their blogs, sometimes comment with a “I can see that but…” thrown in for good measure. Reading differing views keeps me honest, shows me there’s more than one approach. We can can get too locked into our beliefs of the “right” and “wrong” ways of doing something when it’s just not the case. Even though I’ve not found X to work, maybe someone else has. May not meet the challenge this week, but am sure to spot a post or something with which I disagree. FWIW.

  210. 3HatsComm says:

    I love this Gini. I’ve said it before, your critics can be your biggest fans. If they’re really challenging, really arguing – professionally, respectfully – that shows they are listening, they care. Per my comment below, I do apply the approach of listening to smart people with whom I sometimes disagree. I follow a few on Twitter; I read their blogs, sometimes comment with a “I can see that but…” thrown in for good measure. Reading differing views keeps me honest, shows me there’s more than one approach. We can can get too locked into our beliefs of the “right” and “wrong” ways of doing something when it’s just not the case. Even though I’ve not found X to work, maybe someone else has. May not meet the challenge this week, but am sure to spot a post or something with which I disagree. FWIW.

  211. 3HatsComm says:

    I love this Gini. I’ve said it before, your critics can be your biggest fans. If they’re really challenging, really arguing – professionally, respectfully – that shows they are listening, they care. Per my comment below, I do apply the approach of listening to smart people with whom I sometimes disagree. I follow a few on Twitter; I read their blogs, sometimes comment with a “I can see that but…” thrown in for good measure. Reading differing views keeps me honest, shows me there’s more than one approach. We can can get too locked into our beliefs of the “right” and “wrong” ways of doing something when it’s just not the case. Even though I’ve not found X to work, maybe someone else has. May not meet the challenge this week, but am sure to spot a post or something with which I disagree. FWIW.

  212. HerzogIND says:

    @3HatsComm I live in an industry that doesn’t listen to its critics. It is soooo hard in developed industries/countries to take on new ideas, because they don’t support the status quo. Only the enlightened can push past… 😉

  213. HerzogIND says:

    @3HatsComm I live in an industry that doesn’t listen to its critics. It is soooo hard in developed industries/countries to take on new ideas, because they don’t support the status quo. Only the enlightened can push past… 😉

  214. HerzogIND says:

    @3HatsComm I live in an industry that doesn’t listen to its critics. It is soooo hard in developed industries/countries to take on new ideas, because they don’t support the status quo. Only the enlightened can push past… 😉

  215. @ginidietrich Umm well my daughter already has a name….could we settle for Aunti Gini status?

  216. @ginidietrich Umm well my daughter already has a name….could we settle for Aunti Gini status?

  217. @ginidietrich Umm well my daughter already has a name….could we settle for Aunti Gini status?

  218. 3HatsComm says:

    @HerzogIND It’s a shame because rethinking the status quo, changing what’s always been done the old way for one that is different, mutally beneficial.. that is what makes a real difference, win-win for everyone.

  219. 3HatsComm says:

    @HerzogIND It’s a shame because rethinking the status quo, changing what’s always been done the old way for one that is different, mutally beneficial.. that is what makes a real difference, win-win for everyone.

  220. 3HatsComm says:

    @HerzogIND It’s a shame because rethinking the status quo, changing what’s always been done the old way for one that is different, mutally beneficial.. that is what makes a real difference, win-win for everyone.

  221. ginidietrich says:

    @3HatsComm I’m pretty stubborn and was raised by parents who wanted us to always be right. It’s REALLY hard for me to put that aside and really listen. I’ve gotten much better at it in the past couple of years, but you’re right…we get too locked into our beliefs about the right and wrong ways of doing something.

  222. ginidietrich says:

    @HerzogIND @DannyBrown Brats, Both of you. @hackmanj , totally get what you mean.

  223. ginidietrich says:

    @lauraclick The fine line between disagreeing and being disagreeable. You are so right. The people (trolls) who can’t disagree professionally. Or are just plain grouchy. This comment and our DM exchange has led me to think about today’s blog post on social media and Egypt a bit differently. Is it our human right to have social media access at work?

  224. ginidietrich says:

    @johnfalchetto OK. I can deal with that. I’m a great Aunt Gini! Just ask nittygriddyblog

  225. 3HatsComm says:

    @ginidietrich I’m just as guilty as that.. hear things that make want to go “that’s wrong!” I stick to my gut quite a bit but there are times even when I do, if it’s a reasonable, intelligent counterargument, I at least open my mind to seeing how others see it from the other side. Or I try.. unless we’re talking football and I’ll remain a diehard SEC fan. 😉

  226. jennwhinnem says:

    @HowieSPM @DannyBrown thank you so much for sharing this link! I love it!

  227. […] for a couple of reasons. The first was a post that Gini herself wrote over at Spin Sucks, about why your mom tells you what you want to hear. It’s a great read about conflict resolution, and worth checking out. I shared the post on […]

  228. ginidietrich says:

    @3HatsComm Oh heck! I never said anything about being open minded about sports. My heart is broken right now.

  229. @ginidietrich I can draw one if you want though. Just saying that I’m that talented. Arts is not my only area of expertise. I can make ramen noodles taste like a 5-star meal as well and Wal-Mart (not Target mind you) fashions look red carpet. It’s a gift.

    As for making mistakes, I’d rather fall flat on my face now when I still am able to pick myself up than later in life, when it would be preferable to stay down and wallow.

  230. HowieSPM says:

    @DannyBrown HAHA! Actually Danny I think American’s my age or older think Bonzai because that was what we assumed the Japanese said when attacking our troops in WW2. I just watched Ken Burns the War. And I was born just 32 years after it ended. I had relatives who fought and a few concentration camp survivors. Funny looking back because I have no idea if the word Bonzai was just an ignorant American thing from the movies or really a Warrior Scream into battle.

    But I once had a lovely Bonsai Tree for many years in LA.

    Now in more current and politically correct times I wonder if children now play Cowboys and Displaced Native Americans or US vs North Korea with toy plastic soldiers. Not quite as fun I think.

  231. HowieSPM says:

    @ginidietrich @HerzogIND @DannyBrown @hackmanj I remember when coming here meant free organic free trade coffee and scones. I lobg for the good old days. Now its Nescafe Instant coffee with that fake powdered creamer no food! A-D budget cuts really hit home here at SpinSucks.

  232. DannyBrown says:

    @HowieSPM @ginidietrich @HerzogIND @hackmanj I hear Gini is going to start charging $9.97 per month just to allow us access to her RSS feed.

  233. Great post. RT @ginidietrich: Challenge of the week: Find a critic and here is why http://bit.ly/hDZbv8

  234. Griddy says:

    @HowieSPM @DannyBrown Hola Howie and Bonsai Boy (with an S),

    Are you referring to Kamikaze, Howie? Or I am mistaken?

    Cause if that’s what you meant – then that’s what they use to call the Japanese fighter planes that would crash on purpose with the men still inside. You know – kinda like what they refer to as terrorists today. They just had a prettier name back then.

    Oddly enough – it’s also the name I gave my outfielders (teammates) – I use to yell Kamikaze which meant – go for everything – throw yourself at the ball if you have to. Okay off topic, I know :).

  235. HerzogIND says:

    @DannyBrown @HowieSPM @ginidietrich @hackmanj Fake powdered creamer? Oh that’s it, last straw–I’m outta here.

  236. HerzogIND says:

    @ginidietrich @lauraclick Its our human right to be able to be social.

  237. Griddy says:

    @ginidietrich @johnfalchetto nittygriddyblog She certainly is John :)! Aunt Gini is the bomb aka “la bomba”.

  238. RT @janbeery: Great post. RT @ginidietrich: Challenge of the week: Find a critic and here is why http://bit.ly/hDZbv8

  239. Marc_Luber says:

    This is great Gini. I couldn’t agree more. The best way to learn is to hear opposing views….and the best way to grow is through being challenged. Sometimes those views just help to reinforce what you already thought/knew and other times you get a whole new perspective. I think people in general fear debate. Whether it’s a fear of being told they’re wrong or a fear of not being politically correct and potentially rubbing someone else the wrong way or a fear of controntation in general…I don’t know. Personally, I love debate and hearing all kinds of views.

    On a recent Friday night, I was invited to a friend’s house for dinner. The invite said “be prepared for a group discussion”. The 15 people at the dinner were of all ages, ethnicities and religions. The topic: Are you religious? What does religion mean to you? Do you believe in God? How have these thoughts changed between childhood and today? Heavy stuff! This was the type of stuff many people might feel awkward discussing with those who may see things differently….and everyone in the room saw things differently! But it was a blast! A fascinating discussion. It reminded me of those nights in the college dorm when a group of randoms gather to debate the meaning of life and argue over the trivial differences of opinion. I think we could all benefit from more time in the melting pot.

  240. jennwhinnem says:

    Gini: Please disagree with me!
    Everyone else: GINI YOU ARE SO RIGHT!
    Gini: WAIT A MINUTE

    Gini then nudged me on twitter that I couldn’t say “no comment” so I’m going to just disagree with Gini – Yes Men are where it’s at. If you attract enough of them, your blog can become really popular! Your Klout score will rocket! Suddenly you’re Kind of a Big Deal on Twitter. So you can have dissenting opinion – or you can have popularity.

    Jenn, who can’t believe she found a way to disagree with this post.

  241. ginidietrich says:

    @jennwhinnem You are crazy! LOL! I guess you’re right…as much as I hate to admit it. I’d much rather be popular than have dissenting opinion.

  242. ginidietrich says:

    @Marc_Luber Holy cow! THAT is a party! I need your friends.

  243. 3HatsComm says:

    @ginidietrich @jennwhinnem I’d rather be lucky (good luck, just to be clear) than smart, I’d rather be successful than popular, I’d rather be playing than working right now (but secretly this is kinda fun too). Read something the other day, about echo chambers and popularity and success. The comments were great and loved that it was a science blog, nothing to do with PR and social media. But same problems w/ “Klout.” One comment said essentially that credibility is built in the community (echo chamber) while popularity is developed outside of it and that you need that industry cred to then branch out. http://bit.ly/i7fCzY

    IMO success, credibility, popularity give you some freedom to dissent, to upset the status quo. So if you ARE a big deal on Twitter, you can offer that wild opinion once in a while and keep your popularity.. even pick up street cred for sticking to your own beliefs. JMO.

  244. lauraclick says:

    @HerzogIND @ginidietrich I tend to agree with you. It would say that yes, it is our human right to have access to social media at work. But then, if you consider all of the ways employers can dictate other aspects of our lives (i.e. clothing, hours we work, etc.), why can’t they dictate our ability to use social media too? I suppose this is a better conversation for the OTHER blog post! 😉

  245. HerzogIND says:

    @lauraclick @ginidietrich I actually don’t believe we have the right for social media at work…only that we have the right from our government. 😉

  246. lauraclick says:

    @HerzogIND @ginidietrich Good point. I can agree with that.

  247. […] and a relationship with publics and other forces in its environment. Here, the organization is me! A post I recently came across by Gini Dietrich stated that “we tend to attract like-minded people. […]

  248. jennwhinnem says:

    @3HatsComm @ginidietrich Hey Davina, thanks for the link – somewhat comforting to see that we aren’t the only ones who sometimes suffer from this issue.

  249. meganbeausang says:

    @ginidietrich @HowieSPM meganbeausang She really does love a good debate. So do I. You know just as well as I do that the, sadly, the finance industry is just jam packed full of ‘yes men.’ The herd mentality is what drives bubbles and panics. Whenever I questioned a product/process, and dealing with structured products, believe me, I had A LOT, I was told to “shut up and do your job.” It is so refreshing to work at a company where, one, I’m encouraged to question the status quo and two, that question usually sparks a healthy debate.

  250. NEMultimedia says:

    @Marc_Luber My kind of dinner party, Marc. I love discussions that get us out of our comfort zones and talking about things we’re usually afraid to bring up.

  251. NEMultimedia says:

    Excellent post, Gini.

    The greatest strides, by the way, have always been made by those who were willing to stand alone and be criticized for their ideas. Sometimes they’re really just fools, but once in a while, a real game-changer comes along — like a Martin Luther King, Jr. or a Rosa Parks.

    What you’re talking about doing here isn’t going to change the world, but it’ll at least change your life.

  252. ginidietrich says:

    @NEMultimedia What? But I want to change the world! 🙂 No, I agree. And really, the only person we can change is ourself.

  253. […] when it comes to pitching bloggers (yep, I agree). So, while I blogged earlier this week about finding people you disagree with, I also believe in having friends who you like and are attracted to because of their […]

  254. […] “It’s probably your fiercest critics — not your compatriots — who have the sharpest, most resonant insights.” – Umair Haque (Hat tip to Gini Dietrich) […]

  255. […] Gini Dietrich from Spin Sucks shares her discovery of fear in the most unlikeliest of […]

  256. […] and friendly shout out to her favorite bloggers’ bloggers: Mark Schaefer (@markwschaefer), Gini Dietrich (@ginidietrich), Jay Baer (@jaybear), Danny Brown, (@dannybrown) and Marcus Sheridan […]

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