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Gini Dietrich

Top 5 Stories for Week Ending November 5

By: Gini Dietrich | November 5, 2010 | 
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In Chicago, we were promised snow last night and we didn’t get snow! Between Utah (my home state) and Colorado already getting snow and it getting close to ski season, I’m really homesick right now (but no, mom, I’m not moving back). It’s funny how long I’ve been gone, yet my heart still longs to be in the mountains from October through March. When Project Jack Bauer reaches its vision, I’ll be an opposite snowbird…I’ll head TO the snow.

Enough about me. Here are the top five stories for the week ending November 5.

5. The Unsocial Network. As if the Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien fight weren’t enough to bear, Vanity Fair published an in-depth look at what really happened. It’s a long story, but it’s worth your time. It totally changed my perception of both comedians. See what you think! (And thanks to Lisa Barone for bringing it to my attention through her Saturday morning coffee links.)

4. Secrets Pilots Won’t Tell You. If you’re a frequent traveler, you might not want to read this story (I kind of wish I hadn’t). Readers Digest interviewed 17 pilots and asked them to reveal their best and worst flying stories. The comments will shock you…and almost make you not want to get on another plane. Ever. Again. (Thanks to Rich Burghgraef for posting it.)

3. Cooks Source Masters a New Recipe: How to Annoy the Internet. I’m going to blog about this debacle next week, but if you haven’t already heard what’s going on at Cooks Source, this Washington Post article lays it out nicely for you. Turns out the magazine that’s known for its extremely detailed and very difficult recipes has been plagiarizing. And now the interwebs have found them out.

2. Why Twitter’s CEO Demoted Himself. I’m a big believer in entrepreneurs who step down from executive roles because they realize leadership isn’t a strength, and that’s what Evan Williams, the co-founder of Twitter, did recently. So big kudos to him! But the article isn’t all glowing…stating he has a bit of a chip on his shoulder and even quotes a former colleague as saying working with him was “bitter, horrible, and tough.” Whew! Things I hope my colleagues never say about me.

1. What Elections Can Teach Us About Corporate Communication. Well, the midterm elections are finished (they finally announced our governor last night) and, no matter your politics, you have to agree that the Democratic Party has been a terrible mess, in terms of communicating what they have done the past two years. I’ve been avoiding blogging about it because I don’t want to get into a political discussion, but this SmartBlog does a nice job of discussing what went wrong without bringing in the he said, she said debate.

Have a great weekend!

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, a Chicago-based integrated marketing communications firm. She is the lead blogger here at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. She is the co-author of Marketing in the Round and co-host of Inside PR. Her second book, Spin Sucks, is available now.

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JonHearty
JonHearty

Wow @ginidietrich the post about Evan Williams was amazing! I love reading in-depth stories about tech CEO's, how it all started, and where it is today. I agree that this was a rare showing of a founding CEO's humility; to step aside and refocus energy can't be easy for someone like Evan, but it was certainly a smart move. Thanks for resources, I look forward to reading through more of them!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

@JonHearty Cool, huh? I really love it when an entrepreneur knows his/her strengths and weaknesses and is smart enough to hire the people to support their weaknesses.

Marc_Luber
Marc_Luber

These are great Gini. So tell us - are you now a bigger Conan fan or a Jay fan?? I'll avoid the politics too but I couldn't agree more that the communication strategy of the Dems has sucked big time. That piece you linked to makes a really smart comparison between politics and corporate America. I've worked at companies where leadership (or lack thereof) doesn't communicate and then the rumor mill takes over the place. This clearly happened with the Dems and the healthcare fiasco amongst other issues. Back in 05 when the Dems were MIA, I told my Congressman at a local meeting that the Dems should hire some communications and marketing people from McDs or Starbucks since they clearly weren't effective on their own. Maybe now I should send him a McRib....

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

@Marc_Luber Well...I'm now a bigger Jay fan. I really feel like Conan came off as a narcissitic jerk, but lots of people disagree with me. I guess dancing bears can really make you like a guy. And LOL on the McRib!!

Danny Brown
Danny Brown

What? PRapalooza isn't a Top 5 story? Oy vey...

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

@Danny Brown It's not a STORY. And we all promoted it to death! But look out world! BWE11...here we come!

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