Is it a holiday in the U.S. and someone forgot to tell me? There was NO traffic this morning. What is going on?

Anyone? Bueller?

No?

Maybe they’re all staying home so they can finish The Hunger Games series. Not that, uh, I want to do that. I can’t help it! They are sooooo good! If you haven’t read them, get on it. Stat! And continue freeing up Chicago traffic. Please and thank you.

I’m ornery today. Guess I should stop talking and give you Gin and Topics.

5. The People Who Just Don’t Get It. So this woman has been writing about the decision she and her husband made to close their restaurant for the Boston Herald. From what I’ve heard, it’s been an interesting series. Until this last one. Is it me or does this seem really whiny and unappreciative? I’m a business owner. I always make decisions that are best for the business. Not best for Gini. Not best for the Dietrich household. Best for the business. When you make it personal, you staff does too.

4. Five Strategic Ways to Get More Done In a Work Day. Love that Liz Strauss and this blog post is no exception. I think we all suffer, from time to time, from not getting enough accomplished during the day. She gives you five really easy ways to stay focused so your work doesn’t pile up and you have to spend all weekend working.

3. In Lithuania, They Give Parking Tickets with Tanks. Yes, you read that correctly. If you park illegally, they just crush your car. I’m glad that doesn’t happen in Chicago. As many parking tickets as Mr. D gets, we’d have been through quite a few cars this year alone!

2. What You Can Learn from a Gang Leader. Wow. Barry Moltz outdid himself on this one. He met Andre Norman, one of the former top gang leaders in the Massachusetts prison system who had been convicted of everything from attempted murder to rioting. And he took away five really important lessons.

1. Gus vs. the Pool. Molli Megasko posted this on our Facebook wall and I added it to Google+, so you may have already seen it. But, for those of you who haven’t seen it, go Gus!

Happy weekend!

Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder, CEO, and author of Spin Sucks, host of the Spin Sucks podcast, and author of Spin Sucks (the book). She is the creator of the PESO Model and has crafted a certification for it in partnership with Syracuse University. She has run and grown an agency for the past 15 years. She is co-author of Marketing in the Round, co-host of Inside PR, and co-host of The Agency Leadership podcast.

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