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i’m rubber you’re glue …

This one goes out to a dear pal whose jackass of a boss bullies her constantly. We’ve all been on the receiving end of this kind of behavior one time or another. Once you understand that they are acting out of their own pain and insecurities and that to take it personally doesn’t do you any good whatsoever, it becomes easier to ignore the bullies, care less about their behaviors and do your job!

Emotional bullying is when someone tries to gain control by making others feel angry or afraid. It is characterized by verbal abuse such as name-calling, sarcasm, incessant teasing, threatening, mocking, putting down, belittling, ignoring, and lying. Also known as adult and workplace bullying, emotional bullying also includes such abuse as exclusion from a group, tormenting, ganging up on others, or humiliation. Moreover, this type of bullying also extends to racially or sexually abusive comments and behavior.

“If you keep in mind that the bully’s aggression comes from an internalized lack, such as insecurity, anxiety and depression, you may become less personally affected by however this lack presents itself. The intrapsychic damage, terror or pain which is being exhibited through aggression has nothing to do with you nor with anyone else,” states psychotherapist Peg Burr.

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the wisdom of jack donaghy

via The Huffington Post

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tiger PR: FAIL

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if there’s one thing i’ve learned in a decade of doing public relations for high power individuals: you can’t be all things to all people. some folks are gonna love you no matter what because they need someone to believe in, to look up to, and to give them a sense of order as the chaos of real life spins around us. others, too, will hate on you. because they hate authority. they identify with the story of the haves and have nots. the notion that someone else’s riches most certainly come at the expense… and more likely exploitation… of others. what’s interesting is how the individual can get lost in all of this. we project our own issues onto leaders and figure heads, making them responsible for our successes and failures, our joys and pains. and these larger than life figures are the partners in that strange dance, taking responsibility (sometimes) for the stuff that goes right, or wrong. it will always fascinate me.

but i digress. the point is: tiger’s spectacular failure yesterday.  here is a guy who went into hiding like a little weenie boy at a time when he should have showed his face and accepted responsibility. the longer he hid, the more his image suffered. finally, over a month late, he showed up in  a highly staged, highly controlled setting and gave a robotic speech that covered WAY TOO MUCH GROUND.

he spoke for 13.5 minutes. that was 8.5 minutes too long. all the public wanted to hear was
1) he was sorry and
2) when he’s coming back to golf.

instead he meandered into self indulgent defenses and attacks … he did not use performance enhancing drugs (of course we were all thinking viagra instead of steroids) … people should not blame elin (dude, no one blamed elin. if anything we loved the thought of her giving tiger the beatdown. the chinese new CGI video? brilliant!)… the media shoud respect his children’s privacy (sorry dude, but you put your family into this terrible position and have no right to whine about it). then to bring buddhism into it? that smacked of total insincerity. one of my favorite comments to come across Twitter was that he meant “Booty-ism.”

there are few people in the world with the stature and power of tiger woods. when he speaks, the entire world listens … especially after this crazy debacle. at this stage in the game, people did not want to know “tiger’s side of the story.” short and simple would have gone a whole lot further to begin the healing. he has to earn our trust and patience back before he’s allowed to have a say in anything. all we wanted was an indication of his acceptance and repentance. utter humility and a bit of real info (when he’s coming back) was what the event called for. yet tiger, in his unending hubris, decided to make it about himself: his side of the sordid tale. clearly, he is still surrounding himself with sycophants who shield him from reality.

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overall …

image below sent to me by miss laurs, inspired (i think) by my latest internet suitor, courtesy of graphjam.

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i was thinking more about the overalls dude and wuz reminded of the article from this week’s nytimes mag. excerpt:

II. FACEBOOK OVERALLS

Jack Hitt, NYTimes contributing writer: Let me give you a scenario. I’m the somewhat desperate C.E.O. of a company called Jack’s Overalls. We manufacture functional clothes, and in the era of corporate farming, our market is fading. My younger vice presidents are telling me that we need to try new media. So I’m turning to you: Why should I even consider these emerging media? Can’t I just spend my money on old-school, 30-second spots on prime-time television?

LARS BASTHOLM, chief creative officer at AKQA: Well, we do have a ton of different new media and new ways to use them. But before we get there, I would suggest that first, you take a step backward and ask yourself, How do I make my brand relevant? Overalls are a staple of Americana, a cultural icon. The question is, How can you make overalls relevant to people today, and how can you use these different media channels to accomplish that?

BENJAMIN PALMER, the C.E.O. of the Barbarian Group: Your customers in the past have been farmers. Overalls are a commodity.

ROBERT RASMUSSEN, the executive creative director of the Nike account at R/GA: Very functional. And your market is shrinking.

Palmer: So you have to create a new market. Farming may be going away, but what’s on the rise? Right now your overalls are made with special pockets and holders for farming tools. Maybe we retool them for urban farmers, as it were, and their specialized gear. You have special pockets for your iPhone and your BlackBerry, and a pocket for your headphones, another for your wallet, your subway card, your keys.

the article itself is old news … all the stuff they’re saying media companies should do to build brands, they’re already doing (and have been since the late 90’s). the trend will increasingly disintermediate advertising agencies … who needs ’em if you have the right media partners … and within the next 5 years you’ll see brands going directly to the media companies who will, in turn, continue to grow their boutique agency-like capabilities. 

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got to motivate

i found an awesome web site where you can make your own motivational posters. or de-motivational posters if that’s your thing: http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/motivator.php

to kick off the creativity, i give you a creation from the one and only miss laurs of team building is for suckers that made me pee my shorts:

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F-IT! I'LL DO IT LIVE!


we’ve all known for a long time that bill o’reilly is a total douche. many high profile personalities are. many are also total rageaholics to boot. i’ve known a few in my day who’ve go as far as THROW blunt objects at their subordinates. it’s ridiculous. i love when these indiscretions become the world’s business. instant karma. think alec baldwin, david o. russel. and now bill. for a full, wonderful potpourri of bill meltdown videos, be sure to visit team building is for suckers.

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Makin' Copies!


hat tip to miss laurs!

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Value-added

Ugh. The term itself makes me wanna blow chunks. There’s little value-added to the term value-added.

Question: if everyone is dealing with the same problem, wouldn’t it be advantageous to mix up the approaches you’re taking? (Hence the appeal of Obama).

I’m so tired of hearing honchos brag about the Harvard MBA’s they’ve got on the payroll. Does a Harvard MBA REALLY add that much value? You like the thought of it … the idea that you can go to the store and buy yourself the exact thing you need. You want to think that Harvard has done some good weeding out for you, more than you could do on your own. And surely they’ve done something valuable … But there are hundreds of other Harvard MBAs where yours came from. And your competitors are hiring them too. They’ve learned similar things at the same time. I’m not saying your guy is bad, I’m just saying you may need to be more creative than that. In addition to him, you might consider, gasp, finding some talented women and minorities. People from different industries, nationalities, backgrounds and cultures. Certainly it’s hard to merge disparate cultures and sensibilities, but that’s  what it takes to  get the  advantage. To compete in today’s crazy mashup world, you actually NEED diversity (as opposed to doing it because you were shamed into it). Different kinds of people, different kinds of thinkers, different kinds of ways of viewing the world. The usual suspects can only take you so far …

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what's an executive?

a few months back i was in an office with three alpha males under 40 … they nipped at eachother’s ears like frisky little puppies … it was exhausting to watch. the PR guy called the New Media guy an “executive,” to which the New Media guy took offense.

I’m not an executive!

labels matter. and over time i’ve come to the conclusion that New Media guy is a hollywood wannabe. a banker who wishes he were some sort of creative producer/director/shot caller. no one wants to be perceived as the type of heavy that inspires Medellin director Billy Walsh to wear his infamous tshirt. but we all want the dough and the ‘safety.’

Liz Lemmon goes Corporate

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do the dance

“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” ─ Jerry Seinfeld

Public speaking can be terrifying. I sympathize with the speakers I work with … and understand why they get so nervous before speaking at a big event. When you go out there live and in person, you are vulnerable. You don’t control everything, and you can’t brute force your audience into agreeing with your point of view. You have to seduce them, and respond to their energy.

People respond favorably to speakers who are present, authentic, and authoritative without being arrogant. And to be authoritative without being arrogant, you have to prepare. Preparing requires thinking and reflecting on what you hope to achieve with the event, and what you want to convey. You also have to understand how the audience sees the world … and how they see you. Regardless of whether their perception is “accurate,” it’s the framework you have to work within.

Even if you have the best prep in the world (i.e. having col on the case), there are wildcards that can derail your best laid plans. In those cases, the best thing you can do is stay in the moment … go with it … do the dance.

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