Friday Fab Four

IMG_5432It’s Friday, again! I spent the week at Disney World with my family and I have to say…the “Happiest Place on Earth” is my home! Here are four interesting articles I read this week…probably from a Disney bus.

1. Dear Workaholics, This is an Intervention–Tanner Christensen {the Unschedule!}

2. This Woman Will Completely Change the Way You Think About Weight Loss–Locke Hughes {a good reminder, it’s about getting healthy}

3. How to Find What Makes You Happy–Marcus Williamson {life is short, people}

4. The Real Bullies at School–Linda Flanagan {a good read for any sports parent…I experienced this playing college basketball}

Friday Fab Four

IMG_5432Happy First Day of Spring and happy Friday! March Madness has begun and I hope your brackets are still in tact.  Here are four great articles I handpicked for you today.

1. Why Google Doesn’t Care About College Degrees, In 5 Quotes–Gregory Ferenstein {Good for Google}

2. 50 Life Changing Motivational Quotes Posters–Mary Stribley {beautiful design work and great messages}

3. A Beginner’s Guide to the Secret Language of Airport Runways–Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan {My Uncle Hal knows this language well…I thought this was fascinating}

4. When H&R Block Realized ‘Get Your Billions Back’ Catchphrase Would go Viral–Hilary Burns {great example of a company taking a marketing risk and winning}

Embrace the Madness

marchmadnessIf you don’t know that this week is the start of March Madness, then you are either really unplugged (yea for you) or you live on another planet.  For a bonafide basketball junkie like me, March Madness is absolute heaven.  Great games, Cinderella stories, huge upsets, busted brackets…what is not to love?

I’m betting not a lot of bosses love March Madness because productivity in the office plummets on Thursday and Friday.  According to this article…it’s close to 1.9 billion in lost wages for the 60 million Americans who will watch the games from their offices.

Look, I get it, that’s a lot of wages lost but you can’t stop Americans from doing what they are going to do…watch basketball and try to beat their co-workers in the office bracket pool.  It’s not called March Madness for nothing.

So what is a boss to do? In my opinion…roll with it.  Know that Thursday and Friday your team might be a little distracted and plan ahead by getting the most out of them M-W.  Use the tournament as a morale builder and offer to show games at lunchtime in the boardroom.  Make sure to be there yourself, (Boss Lady/Man), so the team sees that you are caught up in the madness as well.  If there’s an office bracket pool, play along even if you don’t know basketball.  (You’d be surprised how many of my friends choose teams based on the color of their jerseys and win)

The tournament really only lasts 3 weeks…and by the second and third week there are less games during work hours.  So really, it’s only this Thursday and Friday that your team will be absolutely worthless…2 days. Surely, any great team can weather a little distraction for two days.

Speaking of brackets, I filled out two:  I’ve got Duke winning in one and Arizona in the other…because nobody is PERFECT.

Friday Fab Four

IMG_5432Happy Friday the 13th! I read a ton of great articles this week but picked the four most interesting just for you!

1. The 29 Most Common Social Media Rules –Kevan Lee {Really good list of rules}

2. 10 Reasons Why Your Personal Brand Sucks–Steve Tobak {Don’t take yourself too seriously}

3. Harried Parents embracing Uber to Move Kids Around Town–Brigid Schulte/Lori Aratani {interesting}

4. ‘Dream Boards” How one PR Exec Lands Big-Name Brands–Hilary Burns {I love a dream board and love that her team meets around their dream boards}

Friday Fab Four

IMG_5432Happy Friday! The sun is shining and hopefully winter is gone for good.  We spring forward this weekend so I feel like that’s a good sign that Spring is on its way.  Here’s your fab four!

1. 10 Things You Can do to Improve Your Personal Brand Online–Lauren Ridgway {Or you can hire me to do it for you!}

2. What Meditation Isn’t–Louise Jensen {I’m trying to meditate more in 2015 and I liked the truth in this article}

3. Your Emails are Silently Enraging your Co-Workers–Travis Bradberry {yep!}

4. When Your Punctuation Says it All (!)–Jessica Bennett {I’ve been known to ‘affectively lengthen’ a word or twoooooooo}

Stop Tweeting about Children

blogMost of the time, I am not surprised by what I see or read online.  Maybe I am jaded now and not affected by the fact that people hurt each other, cheat, lie and steal, every.single.day. The world is a tough place.

What does continue to surprise me is the enormous amount of people who negatively tweet about children, every day.  This is one of my biggest pet peeves and it is most rampant in sports.

I praise and commend Curt Schilling for his actions this week to confront the people who attacked his daughter on Twitter.  I mean, what the hell? I cannot believe that there are people in this world who think it’s ever a good idea to attack a 17 year old girl on Twitter.  I’m disgusted by this mis-use of social media.

It should come as no surprise that I am a huge sports fan…I played college basketball, my son plays high school basketball and I love college sports.  I’m a passionate Razorback fan and love the ‘thrill of victory’ and have lived through (a lot of) the ‘agony of defeat.’ It goes without saying, I watch a lot of games in person and on television.  Many, many times I am frustrated or upset with a play and may even yell at the television but I will not tweet about a child.

Student-athletes are children and people should never tweet about children that aren’t their own. I am always disappointed to see so many people tweet about these student-athletes and how bad they are or how they screwed up.  I always think back to this great story I heard about a soccer coach who invited the parents of his players to show up on a mandatory Sunday to play soccer with their kids. The coach then split the parents up in to two teams and told the kids to stand on the side-lines and yell at their parents just like they yell at them.  The coach said it was a revelation for the parents to hear their kids yell at them using the same terms and phrases the parents use in games.  The parents didn’t enjoy playing very much that day.

This same story could be applied to social media attacks. What would would it be like for hundreds of people to criticize your work and tweet you to say things like “Hey @johndoe, you sounded stupid in the meeting today, pull your head out” “Nice job, @janedoe, you didn’t get the report done on time, you suck.”

Could we as adults handle this barrage of criticism? I doubt we could.  Why do we think student-athletes can handle it?  Do these people who negatively tweet realize when you tweet about a student-athlete, whether you use their handle or not, they can find these tweets and read them? Would we want someone tweeting horrible things to our 18-19 year old kids? Is this a great plan for keeping or recruiting student-athletes?

I’m the first person to admit that I lose my mind when my team turns the ball over or misses a field goal but I cannot and would not tweet about that child directly.  It’s not nice and after all they are just children. They are not professionals getting paid to play a sport, they are college kids. My son hopes to play college basketball and I can only imagine what I would feel if strangers were to tweet negative comments about him.

Social media has made us cowards, we sit at home on our couches and hide behind our Twitter handles freely saying whatever we want to whomever we want and it’s gross. I seriously doubt the horrible people who tweeted about Mr. Schilling’s daughter would dare say those things to his face.

If this is something you do, please remember that the student-athlete you are bashing online has a mom and dad who probably want to kick your ass. Think twice before taking out your frustrations on social media about a kid who didn’t win the game…it.is.just.a.game.

Furthermore, if you are a die hard fan…don’t ever bash your own players.  Use social media to send positive, uplifting messages to the student-athletes…believe me, recruits would much rather see those tweets than the negative ones when thinking about choosing your alma mater.

Local Brand Engagement

I just wrote a post about brands who do not respond on social media and how frustrating that can be EurekaPizzaTweetfor the customer.  I found this great example of a local company responding to a tweet.  Here’s what is great about this exchange:

1. The owner of Eureka Pizza, Rolf Wilkin, said “thank you.”

2. Rolf retweeted the tweet with his message, which meant the tweet went out to his followers as well.

3. Eureka Pizza was paying attention!

Social media is no different than face to face interaction…brands need to treat people on social media as they would if they walked in their store/restaurant/law office/bar, etc. Great job Eureka Pizza!