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Respectfully Yours

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Respect others as you wish to be respected. This hive is to bring awareness to the balance between social etiquette and personal expression. Let's share our ideas on commenting and meaningful conversation. To be a beBee is to be.
  1. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    Grumpy and Grouchy Reflect On Beeing beBee Brand Ambassadors…
    Grumpy and Grouchy Reflect On Beeing beBee Brand Ambassadors…This is the 23rd edition of this column by Phil Friedman and myself, and it’s a bit of an auspicious occasion insofar as Phil has recently been named a beBee Ambassador.Anyone who follows Phil knows that he is not only an outstanding writer and...


    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    15/01/2017 #52 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Jim and Phil
    They fit the bill
    As ambassador bees
    I'm sure they'll please
    They're assets to this site
    because of what they write
    They call the shots
    on what stuff is not
    There'll be no BS. and
    no sappiness
    I look forward to the show
    from this dynamic duo.

    beBee bees buzz with the best of the. Buzzzz on!
    Phil Friedman
    15/01/2017 #51 Phil Friedman
    #50 Yea, well I don't like "Nobody" anyway, @Jim Murray. Now, @🐝 Fatima Williams is another matter altogether. :-)
    Jim Murray
    15/01/2017 #50 Jim Murray
    #45 Nobody likes a smartass @Phil Friedman
    Jim Murray
    15/01/2017 #49 Jim Murray
    #42 Thanks @🐝 Fatima Williams. I think that two of the things we have going for us is that we both like and respect each other. and we are both professional writers and have both been blogging since god was a kid so we are very comfortable in this medium,
    Jim Murray
    15/01/2017 #48 Jim Murray
    #46 @debasish majumder. First of all, I don't and never have considered myself a star of anything. Secondly I have met with a number of bees in my area. Thirdly, I run a consultancy that requires me to be in my area most of the time, On top of that I'm not too crazy about International travel, since I did enough of that when I was younger. Finally my Skype handle is at the bottom of every post I publish. If anyone wants to meet with me, they can always message me with their Skype handle and we can meet. I have done this a number of times and it's a great way to get to know people.
    Phil Friedman
    15/01/2017 #47 Phil Friedman
    #43 Thanks, Don. Forsayong so. Cheers!
    debasish majumder
    15/01/2017 #46 debasish majumder
    i am eager to know @Jim Murray, that while you both are the star of beBee, why don't you aspire to meet with rest of the bees, who will be large benefited by interacting with you personally, at least one in a year to form this social networking site with a true bonding, making a distinct it across the globe? that could make this site a alluring one by all means.
    Phil Friedman
    15/01/2017 #45 Phil Friedman
    #42 Thank you, Fatima, very kind of you to include Jim in that comment. :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    15/01/2017 #44 Pascal Derrien
    ah true @Don 🐝 Kerr would you give me back my needle and drip bottle I an running dry.... :-) @Gerald Hecht drank it :-)
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    15/01/2017 #43 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #1@Pascal Derrien I thought that was you in the bed beside me - you know, not the same bed but the adjacent one. At least I think that is what I think 'cause since the procedure things are a little foggy. By way of this note I am reaching out to @Gerald Hecht to secure a recommendation on some pharmacological means to retrieve what I was thinking before...
    Sorry, lost track there.
    Oh yeah.
    Here's the most unsurprising sentence in G&G's article: "Well, neither my friends, nor my detractors need worry. I ain’t changin’ nuttin." Nor should you @Phil Friedman
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    15/01/2017 #42 🐝 Fatima Williams
    @Jim Murray and @Phil Friedman I like you guys the way you are. Your forte is your uniqueness. Haven't seen anyone like either one of you so Keep rocking and Thank you 🤗#beBeesforever
    Jim Murray
    15/01/2017 #41 Jim Murray
    Thanks guys. I have very little work to do here, as you folks are all entertaining each other. I love it.
    Gerald Hecht
    15/01/2017 #40 Gerald Hecht
    #34 @Paul Walters oh here it is: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@gerald-hecht/algorithms-versus-beegorithms-versus-truth
    Gerald Hecht
    15/01/2017 #39 Gerald Hecht
    #34 @Paul Walters a little grist for the mill (NOTE: This is (necessarily incomplete in some details; as I don't have access to thousands of "PM stuff" happening behind my back)... I have a feeling the "spirit is pretty much on target" ..hmm I can't seem to find it.
    Gerald Hecht
    15/01/2017 #38 Gerald Hecht
    #30 @John Vaughan I always thought there was "more to the picture than meets the eye"...fascinating stuff, this!
    Julio Angel Lopez Lopez
    15/01/2017 #37 Julio Angel Lopez Lopez
    If it's better, it's always good. :)
    Devesh Bhatt
    15/01/2017 #36 Devesh Bhatt
    #35 the evolution is mutual and desirable for now :)
    Julio Angel Lopez Lopez
    15/01/2017 #35 Julio Angel Lopez Lopez
    I'm still evolving.
    From the laziness of @Paul Walters to the lobotomized @Pascal Derrien passing through the 49 leo parallel (in English is what I understand best and if not translator) very interesting reflections.
    In the end, the conclusion is personal as in each bee ...
    That cost me 0
    What money do you ask me 0
    What money do you give me 0
    Maybe 1% but if it was 0 would be 0 (hopefully, many zeros but accompanied)
    I get job offers Yes
    My chances grow
    Evolution Yes
    Really as ambassador, does not change my actions, I am only aware that I have more responsibility, I evolve.
    I thank you all for helping me to evolve.
    Paul Walters
    15/01/2017 #34 Paul Walters
    @Jim Murray @Phil Friedman @Gerald Hecht Hmm interesting thoughts here. Me? Well Bali is so laid back that sloth has become a national pastime. However as an ' ambassador' Im thinking with a population in this country of 300 million and its become Facebook's biggest market plus a billion tweets a day are sent out, there has to be a market here! So, I guess I will just try and send out the word anyway I can. Gosh I dont do much else
    Devesh Bhatt
    15/01/2017 #33 Devesh Bhatt
    As far as promotions are concerned, you people know it better.

    LinkedIn is going down, Bebee can fill the void and expand the very parameters of social engagement, simply because it's basic, natural and unchained.

    There is a collective effort towards quality content which shows, the list of proposed improvements are practical, the only thing holding it back is the fact that people are habituated to LinkedIn, so a person who makes a new profile starts with LinkedIn, say a self employed or a College grad in India starts with LinkedIn and finds it easier to save the same link at jobsites and business sites.

    A lot of suppressed people out here, Bebee can be liberating to many professionals :) after a threshold Indian users will flood this site.
  2. ProducerChas ✌️ Wyatt
    Ambassadorship~ Do I Qualify?
    Ambassadorship~ Do I Qualify?I am humbled by my recent designation as a beBee Brand Ambassador, but, philosophical musings began to arise- maybe I think too much; maybe not. I do accept it and if for any reason it is revoked in the future, I will not be bitter about that...


    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    15/01/2017 #43 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    Hey Chas! Congrats again! Outside beBee land Brand Ambassadors are engaged/contracted or bought to endorse something good (or even dubious), irrespective of their patronage or conviction in the efficacy of the product or service being endorsed. Here the only thing that matters is your belief in beBee. If you got the title from beBees, rest assured, you earned it in full. What's left to do is to do what AmBees are supposed to do, best you can ;) I felt like an AmBee long before it was announced. I even expressed that. Because I believed then as I do now that this is the place for incubating value-based relationships that go the distance. That go into personal space as deeply as they do into professional space. Keep buzzing away!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    15/01/2017 #42 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    I just read through the comments and agree with everyone. If Javier feels you qualify, then by golly, you sure do! @Chas ✌️ Wyatt, you are an uplifting person with a very positive attitude. I'm glad you were appointed. Loved reading about your journey on Social Media. I used to be a myspace addict until it fell apart, then we all left at once and joined Facebook. I have a love/Hate relationship with facebook. We don't use it for business because it doesn't suit my husband's needs. I used to have fun being 'me' on facebook until family members I hardly know found me, friends from HS found me and on the list goes. Now, I feel I can't just let loose like I used to there. That was sort of my playground ;-) My first experience with chat on the internet was using Windows 3.11 IRC. Wow... talk about a dinosaur but I made connections and even went to Penn State and volunteered at a golf outing for some friends I met online. I attended their awards dinner and met the infamous Jerry Sandusky and Joe Paterno... ick, cant believe I actually shook hands with Sandusky now!
    Phil Friedman
    15/01/2017 #41 Phil Friedman
    #40 Not so, Aurorasa. I have a can tab collection. Cheers!
    Aurorasa Sima
    15/01/2017 #40 Aurorasa Sima
    #39 Yeah. My theory is that it´s just a perfidious trick to collect stamps. I fell for it.
    Phil Friedman
    15/01/2017 #39 Phil Friedman
    #36 Aleta, ask @Aurorasa Sima or @Andrew Books about that. Cheers!
    Gerald Hecht
    15/01/2017 #38 Gerald Hecht
    #37 @Aleta Curry I hope that you are feeling better; I just wanted to say that both you and @Chas ✌️ Wyatt make me feel less isolated --I also have no FB, Twitter, Snap, Instagram, etc. accounts --I feel like I don't know what's going on half the time...but that's the "price" I guess... I don't want those things.
    Again Chas, I think that you are a cool (and cool headed) ambassador!
    Aleta Curry
    15/01/2017 #37 Aleta Curry
    Thanks for tagging me, Chas ✌️ Wyatt Sorry, I had a medical emergency (sudden, severe drop in Iron levels) and I've been resting (yes, really!) for a couple of days.

    I see everyone has already addressed your 'fitness for ambassadorship' questions, so there's nothing for me to add. I will speak a little to your chronicle of your social media journey, though, which I read with great interest. I think we've been at beBee a comparable length of time, though you were here first and I remember how happy I was when I got your 'follow'. Your social web journey is very similar to mine, and these are the reasons, I daresay, you brought this to my attention.

    Since I have spent so much time marketing my business, I have tended to stick to the large venues, with one caveat: the system has to work for me, that is, it has to be pretty intuitive and easy to use. I also have to get the feeling that there is engagement of some sort; the writer in me just wants to know that *someone* is reading what I write. beBee answers that for me, so that's why I'm here and that's why I tell others about it. It's really a matter of customer satisfaction: you put out a good and useful product, your fame spreads by word of mouth. That's it, really.

    Like you, I still don't get the charm of Twitter; Facebook I do use because, as I've said before, Facebook for business is invaluable to what we do. Since you mention Pinterest, I'll say that it might suit you, because you are an artist. I have an account there but just can't keep up so it's staledated. I might also suggest Ello; the reason I'm not active there is because it's such a visual platform that seems to really suit people with portfolio, which is why I mention it to you.

    Okay, that's it. And yeah: you're a great Ambassador, blah blah blah. :D
    Aleta Curry
    15/01/2017 #36 Aleta Curry
    #12 Chas, I think it'll be funny if you send him the pull tab from the top of the tin!
    Gert Scholtz
    14/01/2017 #35 Gert Scholtz
    @Chas ✌️ Wyatt Ken Boddie gave us the phrase: "She'll be right mate". You are indeed and have always been. . @Ken Boddie
    Jim Murray
    14/01/2017 #34 Jim Murray
    You'll bee fine, dude.
    Adela Garcia
    13/01/2017 #33 Adela Garcia
    Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    13/01/2017 #32 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    Chas, you are an honest to goodness representative, and a true ambassador. I agree with Chas, and do I truly love what Javier beBee, Juan Imaz and the entire beBee team have created. What a group duo here & all the Bee's that I met over the past year. beBee will continue to be very successful & has great spirit. Best regards, Bill Stankiewicz
    debasish majumder
    13/01/2017 #31 debasish majumder
    yes, i do believe you are an honest an a true ambassador, who candidly express his bent of mind and a lovely approach, bringing a positive vibe to beBee! love insight @Chas ✌️ Wyatt! enjoyed read. thank you for the share my dear bee.
    Liesbeth 🐝 Leysen, MSc. beBee Ambassador
    13/01/2017 #30 Liesbeth 🐝 Leysen, MSc. beBee Ambassador
    oh @Chas ✌️ Wyatt, the question is not 'do i qualify' but 'why do i qualify', we can give you 1000 reasons and more why you do. So enjoy being you. Enjoy beBee's journey.
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    13/01/2017 #29 🐝 Fatima Williams
    @Chas ✌️ Wyatt Your straight-forward and down to earth attitude makes you a very special beBee and you contribute in your own unique way which make the experience even more special to us all.
    I thank Javier and his team and the awesome ambassador team that we are super proud to be a part of. #beBeesforever
    @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman Love the poem 🤗❤🤗
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    13/01/2017 #28 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    You are most deserving @Chas ✌️ Wyatt! Welcome to the team.
    A positive and happy bee
    means a lot to you and me
    We know you care
    by what you share
    Stay just as you are
    and you'll go far
    Kevin Pashuk
    13/01/2017 #27 Kevin Pashuk
    Glad you made the move @Chas ✌️ Wyatt... Hawaiian shirts and all.
    Emily🐝 Bee
    13/01/2017 #26 Emily🐝 Bee
    Chas, if @Javier 🐝 beBee & @Juan Imaz think you're good, then you're good! Take this honor and bee proud. Clearly you are doing enough to get you the Ambassador name and that's awesome. Keep it up. Great article by the way detailing your Social Media travels between so many platforms. :-)
    Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    13/01/2017 #24 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    Congratulations Chas Wyatt, you create solutions! Keep up the great efforts, if I can help you in any way please let me know???? regards, Bill Stankiewicz, Savannah, Georgia Bee
  3. ProducerMax🐝 J. Carter
    Why beBee works
    Why beBee worksI've studied every aspect of this community for months. Studying social behavior is a hobby or me. It always has been. Even as a child I was studying everyone and trying to figure out why they acted they way they did.We are social creatures by...


    Bernard Poulin
    10/01/2017 #28 Bernard Poulin
    I will definitely take all of this into account. Thank you. B
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    09/01/2017 #27 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #26 I understand how you feel @Bernard Poulin it took me some time to find my place and how I best fit in beBee.

    It's not focused it's a shot gun blast of content due to the diversity of the community.

    I find professionalism varies based on ones profession. I had a battle I won with Linkedin over the use of the word Fuck and had to explain how using the word based on my profession is actually professional.

    It's a subjective term that is too often only associated with the corporate side of life though there are many professionals who have never and will never work for a corporation and have a totally different mindset for what it means to be professional in their profession.

    I often find with the "wanna be" that with a lot of them if you take some time with them and ask them what they are doing and why they become open to suggestion however you have to establish the relationship and invest the time with them first.

    With your experience I am sure there is a lot you have to teach.
    Bernard Poulin
    09/01/2017 #26 Bernard Poulin
    I appreciate your comments though I am not yet convinced how I fit in with BeBee. (I'm trying!) Interesting place but the integration of social media and business communications I find distracting so far and not focused. I connect with the idea of branding but don't see it in action. Is that a matter of age and temperament, definition, perspective? I don't know. There is no exclusivity of hives and so everything is mixed thus diluting the essence of "hivery". Being a patient (yeah right!) man I will allow time to pass and input to acclimatize itself in this bear of little brain. . .

    Another consideration is that in Facebook and LinkedIn I was seeing too much wanna-beism in various professions, such as the visual arts and writing, and too little actual professionalism. Maybe (probably) I'm a snob.
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    08/01/2017 #25 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #24 Thank you Franci.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    08/01/2017 #24 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Thank you for this post, Max. Your positivity shines.
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    07/01/2017 #22 🐝 Fatima Williams
    A diverse community that engages with passion to build something for ourselves and to continue building this community simultaneously.
    I agree 100 % that beBee is a passionate affinity network. A network for the people by the people and of the people!
    José Ramón  🐝 López
    07/01/2017 #21 José Ramón 🐝 López
    Great @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher! Thanks a lot!

    Max🐝 J. Carter
    07/01/2017 #20 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #17 Everything is always in a constant state of change and I always keep myself in a state of refinement.
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    07/01/2017 #19 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #16 No regrets at all. and thank you Lisa.
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    07/01/2017 #18 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #15 Thank you David just trying to do my part.
    Mohammed Sultan
    07/01/2017 #17 Mohammed Sultan
    @Max J. Carter. You are now in the position to promote your balanced posture with an image that reinforces your idea.At this point in time,we have to think two things through to make beeBee brand stronger than the contents.First,If your brand is stronger than the marketing strategies and gives the readers a compelling reason to engage with what you are saying you may succeed in changing readers perception.Second,you may even go beyond this logic and commonsense and think of how to reduce the huge amounts of "dislikes" to many posts.Everyone should stick around the idea of strengthening beeBee brand while presenting the output of their skills or promoting their personal brands.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    07/01/2017 #16 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Congrats @Max🐝 J. Carter, and nice buzz!! I'm glad I took the plunge over to beBee last April. No regrets at all.
    David B. Grinberg
    07/01/2017 #15 David B. Grinberg
    Kudos, Max, on a wonderful read. I agree with all of your points, which you articulate well. If I weren't on beBee before reading this, I certainly would BEE afterwards. Keep buzzing!
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    06/01/2017 #14 Javier 🐝 beBee
    Thanks @Max🐝 J. Carter. beBee will become huge if everyone talks about beBee. Buzz on !
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    06/01/2017 #13 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #11 Thank you for sharing the link with us. I look forward to reading it.
    Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    06/01/2017 #11 Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    #8 In fact a couple of days ago another bee, @Jorge 🐝 Carballo Pérez, wrote a Producer about our first collaboration, but it is only in Spanish, sorry. Here you have the link:
    I'll write soon about another very interesting collaboration with @Cristina Alvarez Pagán, CEO on Tips para Emprender.
    Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    06/01/2017 #10 Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    #9 Ok, I'll retweet it so I can tag you.
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    06/01/2017 #9 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #7 I do and thank you for sharing,

    @PoppaSmokeTCRNR is my twitter name,
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    06/01/2017 #8 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #6 Good to hear other success stories @Mamen 🐝 Delgado and I hope to see a "Here's how beBee made this happen" buzz in the future. ;) haha

    It can be a process to go from inspiration to "OK now I can publish." as we often let our passions inspire our topics.
    Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    06/01/2017 #7 Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    Shared on Twitter, buy the way. Have you got Twitter account?
  4. ProducerMax🐝 J. Carter
    Finding the right P.I.L. Partner In Life
    Finding the right P.I.L. Partner In LifeI love monogamy. I have tried exploring this poly-sexual thing and it's not me. To me it's about a lot more than the sex, however if the sex is an issue...I read an article a few months ago about this thing called deep dating while I was in the...


    Brian McKenzie
    28/12/2016 #7 Brian McKenzie
    #6 not likely, i have gone from chasing women, to ignoring them to outright avoiding them. I finally like my life, I am not about to mess it up by inviting trouble. I have a long line of ex's - they all go. "Love" is temporary, transactional, disposable and inherently dangerous.
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    28/12/2016 #6 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #2 Been that guy, got over it, you will too once the right woman....
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    28/12/2016 #5 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #3 @David B. Grinberg You present quite the riddle indeed. Neither one is the answer.

    The right one consumes your thoughts as well as your heart and while yes at times you fight like demons, the make up sex is nearly as demonic and twice as good. ;)

    It gets boring as you noted when there are no waves to ride and hope you can still shoot the curl without eating the ocean floor and being tossed around like a rag doll at the mercy of the crashing waves.

    I often tell men find a woman whose wave you like riding and adjust accordingly as in the USA PMS is a legal reason to get away with murder while being considered legally temporarily insane. I wish I was making it up.

    With each of my marriages I knew long before the end the end was coming as the eye and mind wandered. Their eyes and minds had wandered too. Somewhere we just stopped working at it and for some reason decided there was no way to get it back.

    It retrospect I see the loves I have gone to have and have heard each of them has what I couldn't give them and there was something lacking from their end too, however it's not about blame or he said she said, it just became healthier for where we were growing a part to part ways.

    There is never a cookie cutter answer to any of life's issues as you have to really take the time to think about all the people involved and know every one is going to get hurt if comes to the break up.

    Take the time to make sure you know what you want and have found it in another human being. Even then people grow apart at times.
    Kevin Baker
    28/12/2016 #4 Kevin Baker
    The relationships that last come to us when we are not looking.
    David B. Grinberg
    28/12/2016 #3 David B. Grinberg
    Nice buzz with some good advice, Max. Now riddle me this: what does a guy do when his heart is with one woman but his head is with another? To be more specific, the first is a true love but the two partners cannot live together because each agitates and aggravates the other too often (plus, the sex is bad). The second woman is a rock solid winner, a hard worker and great home maker simultaneously. You get along well (and the sex is good). But things get boring at times. What to do?
    And, no, they won't both marry me in Utah. Thanks for your sage advice based on this limited information.
    Brian McKenzie
    28/12/2016 #2 Brian McKenzie
    Being truly honest with myself led me to know that it is all game, lies heaped upon stereotypes, hearsay and branded iconography from the oracles of Hollywood and Wall Street. There is no "Love", it is simply a dopamine narcotic episode of transactional emotions where money, height, figure and tit-for-tat collide. Don't believe me? Take money off the table - see how long 'Love' lasts.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    27/12/2016 #1 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    HONESTY is a huge word in a relationship - whether it is friendship, partnership, romantic interest, sexual, etc. I agree with your last statement "You can only be honest with someone else once you have stopped lying to yourself."
  5. Producerjesse kaellis

    jesse kaellis

    You took my spot
    You took my spotYou took my spot This was again in ‘83. I was getting ready for my first fight. Like I said, and I have seen this in other fighters, they are constantly "on." It's tiresome and not pleasant. It's because they don't know or trust themselves...


    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    20/12/2016 #18 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    #16 I can't imagine how difficult that must be. At least now you the reason and have medication that will help you.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    20/12/2016 #17 Don 🐝 Kerr
    jesse kaellis
    20/12/2016 #16 jesse kaellis
    I was always a hot head, Franci. It wasn't until I was diagnosed as bipolar and started on medication that I stopped being angry all the time. Much to my relief since that is a terrible way to live.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    20/12/2016 #15 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    I have to give you credit for taking your stance, Jesse. Stay cool.
    jesse kaellis
    17/12/2016 #14 jesse kaellis
    Thanks, Donna-Luisa Eversley, for sharing my post. Thanking the people who chose my story as relevant.
    jesse kaellis
    17/12/2016 #13 jesse kaellis
    I didn't feel sorry for the guy at the time. He was a prick. But it's always in retrospect that one wishes to be a better person. Thanks, Todd.
    Todd Jones
    16/12/2016 #12 Todd Jones
    Love it, Jesse! Unfortunately, some people need to have good manners beat into them. I believe that most social ills today are the result of assholes acting without fear of repercussion. 150 years ago, perpetual assholes found themselves at the business end of a .45. Today they act with impunity and go on to spawn more assholes.
    jesse kaellis
    16/12/2016 #11 jesse kaellis
    Addendum. My friend understood me, and he didn't judge me. He understood that I forced myself to get in the ring. He told me that of all the guys he knew who said they were going to do it ("And I knew a lot of them.") I was the only one who ever did do it. He meant guys who started out as adults.
    I have coached boxers, and I never saw a guy much over 18/19/21 have any real success in the sport. It happens, but it's rare. The heavier weights have more of a shot when they start late.
    jesse kaellis
    16/12/2016 #10 jesse kaellis
    The guy was an asshole, but he probably didn't need to get beat up. When I told my friend the story, he said that maybe that would take some of the pressure I was putting myself under off of me. It was all about fear. My fear. My fear of other men. That's what drove me into the ring in the first place. Not that that is unusual in any way. But it is different when you start out as an adult rather than as a kid. The ramifications are acute. The back is an ordeal, but now that I'm into it I have to carry on as best I can.
    Thanks, Pascal.
    jesse kaellis
    16/12/2016 #9 jesse kaellis
    The surgeon said that if ever a back required surgical intervention it would be my back. Total destruction of L 5 through 3 and a very narrow stenosis. Yes, Cyndi, I'm disappointed. I was hoping for more and less of a travail. I have a lot of work ahead of me regarding rehab.
    Pascal Derrien
    16/12/2016 #8 Pascal Derrien
    I dare not think what if he had stolen your car.......your foot note comments should have been included in the story I think they would make it powerful :-) Hope the back is holding on :-)
    Cyndi wilkins
    16/12/2016 #7 Cyndi wilkins
    Of all my clients who have had back surgery, and there are very many, only one has said he was happy he did it as it rarely turns out for the better...However, your situation was very serious and demanded surgical intervention...Now you need to work with a good pain specialist to help you manage those symptoms without relying too much on opiates...We all know where that leads to. And find a good massage therapist too;-) Rootin' for you!
    jesse kaellis
    16/12/2016 #6 jesse kaellis
    I'll tell you the truth, Cyndi, I would give pause if I knew beforehand all this would entail. It is way more painful and debilitating than I had imagined. But what was the alternative? I had to do something, or I would have ended up paralyzed. Thanks for your good wishes, Cyndi.
    jesse kaellis
    16/12/2016 #5 jesse kaellis
    When I look back on moments like that, moments like that in my life, I reflect upon the fact that I didn't like myself very much at the time. A painful way to live, Phil. I was an angry little man. Thanks for your intelligent and considered comment.
    Phil Friedman
    16/12/2016 #4 Phil Friedman
    Jesse, the honesty of this piece is typical of your writing. You and I both know that the guy didn't deserve what he got for stealing the parking space. No doubt he deserved it for a whole bunch of other things that he'd done, but not for that. As well, although I can't say for sure, but I'd bet he was over it immediately after the first jab, especially if he covered up and bent over. Most guys are. The rest was you working your anger out about entirely different matters on a "live" bag. And you know you could have stopped there. Good thing he was too macho to file charges. I knew a "hillbilly" bantam-weight club pro who lived on Chicago's near north side, name of Willy Wain, who would work his anger off provoking street fights with two or three toughs at a time. He had super fast hands and great footwork, would usually win, always wreak havoc, but sometimes lose and end pretty badly beaten up. But it was just life for him. If you're ever in my area, there are a couple of pizzas and some beers waiting. And I'll even forego the anchovies. Cheers!
    Cyndi wilkins
    16/12/2016 #3 Cyndi wilkins
    " In New York, you might get shot for stealing someone’s parking space. Especially after they dug it out in the winter." Being from the Boston area myself, I know the frustration of a moment like this...some people just enjoy pissing other people off...Bet he won't do that again...Happy holidays Jesse...I hope your back is healing well;-)
    jesse kaellis
    16/12/2016 #2 jesse kaellis
    I was just a hard on at the time, Deb, and I have no excuse. Thanks, Javier,
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    16/12/2016 #1 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    @jesse kaellis!!!!!! Glad to see you hitting the publish button again. Probably the case that being in cars and being behind keyboards makes us all forget our manners expecting that we are insulated to some extent.
  6. ProducerMax🐝 J. Carter
    Why is the road to hell paved with good intentions?
    Why is the road to hell paved with good intentions?Let's stop and think about it. I look back at the white lies I told out of the good intent to spare someone's feelings and what I found out later was that it actually hurt them a lot more in the long run. It's why I feel that anything less than...


    Mohammed A. Jawad
    16/12/2016 #7 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Thanks @Max🐝 J. Carter for empowering truth and shattering lies. Indeed, lying makes a person timid, with colorful deception. Even in a tidbit of truth, there's immense strength and power that turns a person bold enough to battle against rogue evil in multitude. And, for a honest person, the greatest strength comes from truths.
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    16/12/2016 #6 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #5 Great poem @Mohammed thank you for sharing it.
    Mohammed Sultan
    16/12/2016 #5 Mohammed Sultan
    @Max.Nowadays,people compromise their integrity for money ,not love.They have a rainbow colors of lies.They even try to make others comfortable considering all what had been said is a mere trifle and quite unworthy of being dwelt in .Take this poem from OLD RHYME about people of words ;
    A man of words and not of deeds
    Is like a garden full of weeds;
    And when the weeds begin to grow,
    It's like a garden full of snow;
    And when the snow begins to fall,
    It's like a bird upon the wall;
    And when the bird away does fly,
    It's like an eagle in the sky;
    And when the sky begins to roar,
    It's like a lion at the door;
    And when the door begins to crack,
    It's like a stick across your back;
    And when your back begins to smart,
    It's like a penknife in your heart ;
    And when your heart begins to bleed,
    You are dead ,and dead ,and to the hell indeed.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    16/12/2016 #4 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Good topic to bring forward. Lies hurt those you lie to, and yourself. One lie leads to another and another.
    Robert Booker
    16/12/2016 #3 Robert Booker
    It is true. We tell those little white lies hoping they do good. The problem is they don't. A lie is a lie no matter how we tell it.
    debasish majumder
    16/12/2016 #2 debasish majumder
    yes, a single lie will breed innumerable lies. nice insight @Max🐝 J. Carter! enjoyed read. thank you for the share.
    Pascal Derrien
    16/12/2016 #1 Pascal Derrien
    Honesty is an underrated currency nowadays in which nobody wants to invest that's a pity because many will suddenly become very poor when they will reach the check out !
  7. ProducerRobert Bacal

    Robert Bacal

    Why I Don't Routinely Thank People For Reading Or Commenting On What I Write
    Why I Don't Routinely Thank People For Reading Or Commenting On What I WriteI've noticed that on social media, people tend to thank those who read their posts or comment on them. Some do that for almost every single comment made, which clutters up the thread for users hoping for substantive information and discussion.Yes,...


    Robert Bacal
    19/12/2016 #41 Robert Bacal
    #39 Todd you hit on another reason I don't feel I have to respond to or thank people for every comment or read, and that is after spending several decades (since the c-64) sitting hour after hour, day after day, writing, coding websites, etc, I have come to LOATHE sitting here.

    So, it's also why I don't comment that much on others' posts too. I miss out because of it, but I don't find it fun, and my eyesight is starting to be impaired by minor cataracts, which doesn't make it enjoyable.

    PS. There is no dink or not dink. THere is only....
    Todd Jones
    19/12/2016 #39 Todd Jones
    I must admit, @Robert Bacal, when I first read this, I thought "This guy is a dink. I bet he doesn't say 'thank you' when people hold the door for him either." However, after reading the comments, rereading the post, and viewing your profile and blog pages, I have changed my mind.

    Writing for me is merely a winter hobby. I once got lucky with a LinkedIn post that was picked up by Pulse. With over 6,700 views, I made it a point to reply to everyone that took the time to comment, because I truly appreciated that they took the time to respond. And because I had nothing better to do.

    As someone who is busy earning a living rattling a keyboard, I can see how this is not a productive way to spend your time. So, if you chose not to respond to this, I forgive you. Plus, as a seasonal resident of the 1000 Islands region on the St Lawrence, I have never met a Canadian that I don't like. I figure that you cant be all that bad. Count me as a follower.
    Robert Bacal
    19/12/2016 #38 Robert Bacal
    #37 One of the reasons I wanted to post the article was that there is NO right answer, and I wanted more to facilitate a conversation around something where personal preferences apply, but that two positions are equally valid and supportable.

    So I particularly agree with your last paragraph.
    Devesh Bhatt
    19/12/2016 #37 Devesh Bhatt
    What is relevant, the stream or the people?

    Sometimes people need a nudge to give back a great input for thinking and expanding an idea, being polite certainly helps.

    One simply cannot thank everyone, why take the burden and then try to justify it?

    Thats what i think, it doesnt apply to everyone, im writing to express and replying to comments to connect with people.
    Harvey Lloyd
    16/12/2016 #36 Harvey Lloyd
    #35 It is well to practice the deposit/withdrawal concepts of Steven Covey. His premise is that if we seek to make as many deposits as possible, withdrawals, when they occur, don't leave negative bank accounts. Or in this scenario negative emotional accounts.
    Mike Rana
    16/12/2016 #35 Mike Rana
    There might also come a time when you won't have time to dedicate to responding. If you have keen attention to detail and you know who your regular contributors are, you can take time periodically to thank them as a group for their engagement, even if it's a short email.#34
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    16/12/2016 #34 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #33 Well said, Harvey. @Robert Bacal, if you inadvertently miss a comment, then so be it. If your habit is to make a point of being polite and gracious, then, the general opinion of you will be favourable. If your habit is to ignore comments and not participate in discussion, then you will discover that your readership will not be as strong. Generally speaking, we write and publish because we want our voices to be heard and our insights to be appreciated by others. It's a two way street. Eventually, you get what you give.
    Harvey Lloyd
    16/12/2016 #33 Harvey Lloyd
    Acknowledging a comment or thank you by just hitting the plus icon is part of the help process. If your writing is impactful to someone and they took time to acknowledge that it did....then the process should be acknowledged.

    Considering a feed and the many posts that were available for someone to read, they chose yours. To me this is a acknowledgement of your expertise in the subject matter or presentation, second, given time constraints they not only read but took the time to comment about how the article was appreciated.

    From the posting process and receiving the many comments or other indications of activity it is a daunting task. But this is the network we produce. Produce according to your ability to mange the feedback.
    Aurorasa Sima
    16/12/2016 #32 Aurorasa Sima
    #29 You have my attention and readership always.

    Politeness and making people feel appreciated and good about themselves might be a matter of taste - a mistake it is not.

    Yes, we cannot tell if a "thank you" was sincere and heartfelt. We can also not tell if being ignored is a lack of manners, personal style, or indifference.

    What is for sure is that we don´t feel the need to question ourselves when someone thanks us. Insecure people might start to doubt themselves when they do not receive an acknowledgment of their participation, especially true for writers who "reward" only comments they feel are worthy.

    When in doubt, go the positive route. Positive words create positive worlds (:
    Mark Anthony
    16/12/2016 #31 Mark Anthony
    And it is different but when you drill down, self similiar. Thank you, cheers, nice one, etc etc. Fractals Forever, chaos, is order and we are all connected. Spread the love. #30
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    16/12/2016 #30 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #29 Thank you is a fractal phrase. It keeps repeating.
    Milos Djukic
    16/12/2016 #29 Anonymous
    #28 @Robert Bacal, Since I am desperate for attention and readership, I will replay again: Thank you (your turn)
    ”Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.” - Francis de Sales
    "Wishing someone a happy holiday is itself a positive emotional act designed to make others feel good and to raise holiday cheer.” - Adam D. I. Kramer
    "Thank you" - For some people it is an internal need and then there is no help. Therefore, we can never know whether it was sincere or superficial. I do not mind and I even like "Thank you" statement. Please don't ask me why. I have no answer.
    Robert Bacal
    16/12/2016 #28 Robert Bacal
    #26 Thank YOU @Milos Djukic (your turn)
    Robert Bacal
    16/12/2016 #27 Robert Bacal
    So, let me ask you guys something.

    Is the etiquette that you thank someone for the first of their comments to a post? Every first comment?

    Are there any kinds of comments that don't "deserve" a thank you, or is it all comments (trolls excepted)?

    What if you miss people in a comment stream? Doesn't that stand out as a statement if you thank for every first comment?

    Just wondering. I WAS brought up in a barn.
    Milos Djukic
    16/12/2016 #26 Anonymous
    Thank you @Robert Bacal :)
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    16/12/2016 #25 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Being gracious is a smart business practice. Nobody needs to read, comment or share anything you write. I always thank people or at the very least acknowledge a comment with a like, unless it is a comment from a troll. Every comment and share someone makes, including you, boosts your post, which in my opinion, is also good for building your exposure and reach in social media.
    Cory Galbraith
    16/12/2016 #24 Cory Galbraith
    Fair enough Robert.
    Robert Bacal
    16/12/2016 #23 Robert Bacal
    #21 True, @Cory Galbraith There are social niceties that are embedded (and often different) in each culture. I don't know if there is such a thing for social media.

    To be clear, I'm willing to thank people for contributions that I truly appreciate. What I'm saying is that I don't ROUTINELY thank people just for the act of commenting, or reading. If anything readers should thank writers for sharing their ideas free of charge.

    It takes far longer to write a valuable full article than it does to write a one line comment that has no real value at all except to grease the social wheels.
    Robert Bacal
    16/12/2016 #22 Robert Bacal
    #16 @Tony Krznarich Your example kind of makes my point. When Someone says hi to me, I say hi back.

    What I don't do, and I've never heard anyone say "Thank you for saying hello to me"
    Cory Galbraith
    15/12/2016 #21 Cory Galbraith
    In the spirit of your post Robert, I shall introduce a contrary view - that without the common courtesies of "thank you" and "you're welcome" what kind of society would we have? The social niceties, while seemingly empty, do help to provide a sense of community, civility and dare I say - mutual support, all of which are sorely lacking in today's selfie world. As another commentator here suggested - if my boss came to me and said, "you did a great job" but I simply ignored him or her, what signal is that sending? Years ago, I felt that "small talk" had no place in business. Until I discovered how vital it is to establishing rapport. Thanks for letting me comment. (oops).
  8. ProducerMohammed A. Jawad
    Relationships between Rage and Rancor
    Relationships between Rage and RancorWhat an irony where blood relationships get severed, with growing rage and rancor! What prompts people to embrace discord and shun love? Is it devilish temptations, lack of elegant etiquette, or hyperbolic hatred? Of all stages of human...


    Mohammed A. Jawad
    13/12/2016 #8 Mohammed A. Jawad
    #6 @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman Thanks for your thoughtful comments. Perhaps, in this fast-paced global village where communication is easy, accessible and spontaneous, we ought to harbor cordial, peaceful relationships and live cheery lives. That's the need of the passing times.
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    13/12/2016 #7 Mohammed A. Jawad
    #5 @Donna-Luisa Eversley Thanks for your comments and appreciation. Indeed, as long as nothing is initiated and sorted out forgiveness does seem hard to perform. But, when someone comes with apologies, then we ought to readily forgive him/her. On the other hand, forgiving our near and dear ones with our mellowed hearts is worthwhile action. After all, 'to err is human and to forgive is divine'.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    13/12/2016 #6 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    It's disturbing that people can't get along and some carry grudges and some turn to revenge. Your post is timely because, during this time of the year, some people tend to be more caring and giving - but what about the rest of the year? And forgiveness, I agree with Donna-Luisa. Forgiving seems to be easier said than done.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    12/12/2016 #5 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @Mohammed A. Jawad it is quite an interesting post you have here...provocative is the word I should use, because it should stir emotions, and does ! Forgiveness is I think one of the easiest things to give verbally but very hard in action to perform. It is the actions which come after the words which will yield us to our true feelings! Excellent post, I hope everyone will read😊💐
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    12/12/2016 #4 Mohammed A. Jawad
    #3 @Phil Friedman Yea...I have seen families, who clinging on to their ways, had diffusing differences. Either they happen to meet at marriage ceremonies or at funerals. Other than that they keep grudging with complaints and criticisms. But, now-a-days, so much has changed that members of the same families avoid each other on festive occasions and are rarely seen at funerals. :(
    Phil Friedman
    12/12/2016 #3 Phil Friedman
    Mohammed, there is wisdom here. My family on my father's side had an unspoken tradition. At the death of a family member, all family feuds existing at that time were cancelled, and all grievances erased. It would then take several years for new ones to emerge, but they would last only until the next funeral. Not a perfect system, but better than most. Cheers!
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    12/12/2016 #2 Mohammed A. Jawad
    #1 @Ken Boddie Thanks for your comments. Well said. Yea...in fact, anger is after all temporal madness!
    Ken Boddie
    12/12/2016 #1 Ken Boddie
    'Hyperbolic hatred' says it all, Mohd!
    Isn't is weird how anger can turn some people psychotic? 😡
    You might say ..... as mad as a barefoot centipede on a hot rock! 😊
  9. ProducerRobert Bacal

    Robert Bacal

    A Practical, Ethical Social Media Dilemma: What Would You Do?
    A Practical, Ethical Social Media Dilemma: What Would You Do?This is inspired by a few posts regarding bullying, and calling people out based on an opinion about someone else being a snake-oil salesperson that resonated with me. NOTE: What follows is completely hypothetical. While parts of it may sound...


    Robert Bacal
    12/12/2016 #75 Robert Bacal
    #74 @Paul Frank Gilbert Much of my seminar work and a good chunk of my books deal with managing verbal abuse, and one of the things I learned is that to try to coin or use a different term (which I have attempted a lot), interferes with the fundamental purpose -- to communicate about a set of behaviors that are "abusive".

    So, I live with the term. I don't like it either. But since I want to communicate about those behaviors, and I don't have time to get people to accept my own personal preferences and make them the norm, I go with it.

    I have not enough years left in my life to try to change common usage of a word.
    Paul Frank Gilbert
    12/12/2016 #74 Paul Frank Gilbert
    #73 Don't have to like it ... and don't have to support it. People are free to use whatever terms they want. Your opening line "This is inspired by a few posts regarding bullying, and calling people out based on an opinion about someone else being a snake-oil salesperson that resonated with me" used the word bully so I spoke to that for that reason. Still stand my opinion that an open forum with millions of people means we are going to run into folks that challenge us. A lot of our concern with that is because we know others may be influenced/manipulated by a persons view ... without ever truly knowing us .. or even bothering to ask. We can keep our communities small and well managed ...but we miss out on opportunities we might have missed. I think for most of us .. the risk is worth it.
    Robert Bacal
    12/12/2016 #73 Robert Bacal
    #71 @Paul Frank Gilbert Paul, I've written several pieces over the years on how I think bullying is not a good term to apply or use, in the same sense the word "troll" is not a good word because of the attached emotional connotations which stem back to childhood.

    I don't believe I used the word "bullying" in the text of the article, and I chose the picture specifically because the charge of "bullying" is often used when someone might disagree, or point out flaws, particularly when it comes to ads or pseudo articles that are ads.

    HOWEVER, like it or not, "bullying" is the coin of the realm. It's used to refer to adult situations, not only in common use, but also for the purposes of legislation.

    see http://www.lawnow.org/an-overview-of-anti-bullying-legislation-and-alternatives-in-canada/

    for a few examples.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    12/12/2016 #72 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #71 "unbecoming conduct" That is a truly meaningful addition to the overall discussion, @Paul Frank Gilbert

    It is about the conduct - behaviors - not the words used.

    The image the concept bullying brings to mind is of a playground fight - which implies someone will be physically hurt and there is likely a cheering or jeering crowd.

    A pattern of unbecoming conduct.

    Thanks for evolving my thinking so that I can conduct myself more effectively using a less evocative phrase that may keep the discussion on a less incendiary trajectory.

    An open community in frank discussion can learn and achieve a great, great deal.
    Paul Frank Gilbert
    12/12/2016 #71 Paul Frank Gilbert
    Bullying is a word reserved for children ... IMO. As adults and especially in the business world, there is unprofessional conduct. Who as an adult wants to have to complain about being "bullied"? Much more powerful to say "conduct unbecoming of a professional". Legal implications. No weak versus strong, or any other connotations. Social media is a microcosm of (and becoming more and more the reality) our society and our audience is way bigger than we can possibly manage. We are exposed to it all. Every facet of life and the people molded by it. I think we need to be concerned ... but less so about the content that is online ... and moreso about the people that simply believe whatever they read and have become too lazy to take responsibility for understanding the reality of the world around them.
    Robert Bacal
    12/12/2016 #70 Robert Bacal
    #69 I'm guessing you might have read the comments, and not the article, which is not about anything you mentioned in either of your comments. Just trying to keep the conversation focused on the original question: What would you do if you came across claims online (let's say on Bebee) when you believe they are false, misleading, or taking advantage of others? Pretty straightforward, @Ian Weinberg
    Ian Weinberg
    12/12/2016 #69 Ian Weinberg
    #68 @Robert Bacal I really don't wish to enter into a nitpicking exercise. I'm peripherally aware of issues which have occurred on beBee involving several individuals and have consequently caught a whiff of undercurrent nuance reflecting these conflicts in this post and in related comments. And so I choose to merely highlight my perception thereof in broad principle and leave the detailed reflection, if warranted or appropriate, to said individuals.
    Robert Bacal
    12/12/2016 #68 Robert Bacal
    #67 @Ian Weinberg Would you care to address the question in the example? I'm sure you have an interesting perspective.
    Ian Weinberg
    12/12/2016 #67 Ian Weinberg
    Authentic engagement is laying all that you are on the line, warts and all. Innuendo, subtle metaphor and the like is not conducive to collective evolution. Additionally, the sanitization of engagements by deleting comments further detracts from the prevailing authentic reality. If you find that you're beginning to play the player and not the ball, then it's time to re-evaluate yourself because often your negative and aggressive reaction to others is underpinned by quirks within yourself. I would welcome authentic engagement with gloves-off combat if need be, but with a degree of mutual respect devoid of judgmentalism. I would suggest that such constructive engagement is conducive to mutual growth as opposed to destructive tit-for-tat childish banter.
    Ben Pinto
    12/12/2016 #66 Ben Pinto
    I am trying to follow this and I feel like a typo is in order here. I am trying to fool low this...
    Robert Bacal
    12/12/2016 #65 Robert Bacal
    In case you missed this, BeBee at its best, and then BeBee at its worst, and then....whoa, it's cleanup and Bebee at its best again. Coolio.
    Robert Bacal
    12/12/2016 #64 Robert Bacal
    Well, dang. That's cool. We were in a dark cool tunnel with multiple paths and forks, and somehow we ended up with a clear direction and the removal of the distractions.

    No idea of how that happens, but thanks, and maybe it's the Vogons doing some demolition to put in an intergalactic communication throughway?
    Gerald Hecht
    12/12/2016 #63 Gerald Hecht
    Well; I guess we all learned something here; it would be cool to know what that something is --but that's okay.
    Gerald Hecht
    12/12/2016 #62 Gerald Hecht
    #61 @Randy Keho yes --let us all put put things into perspective...and collectively wish Kirk Douglas a happy 100th birthday 🎉...I loved when all of his skeptical companions stood up to the Centurions; one by one...and said: "I am Spartacus."
    Randy Keho
    12/12/2016 #61 Randy Keho
    Whoa, fellas, time out
    I feel that I have inadvertently started this unfortunate diatribe by unintentionally hijacking this hypothetical post and its ensuing thread.
    Therefore, I extend my deepest apologies to everyone involved.I have the utmost respect for each of you and I don't wish to witness the impending train wreck.
    Please accept my apology, relax, and prepare for a new week. Besides, I'm up to my ass in snow, so the upcoming week has already presented me with enough challenges.:)
    Gerald Hecht
    12/12/2016 #60 Gerald Hecht
    @Deb 🐝 Helfrich I am Spartacus.
    Gerald Hecht
    12/12/2016 #59 Gerald Hecht
    @Phil Friedman I am Spartacus.
    Gerald Hecht
    12/12/2016 #58 Gerald Hecht
    @Robert Bacal I am Spartacus.
    Gerald Hecht
    12/12/2016 #57 Gerald Hecht
    @Randy Keho I am Spartacus.
    Gerald Hecht
    12/12/2016 #56 Gerald Hecht
    #52 @Don 🐝 Kerr I am Spartacus.
  10. ProducerDeb 🐝 Helfrich
    Socks, Open-mindedness, and Intolerance Masked
    Socks, Open-mindedness, and Intolerance MaskedThis buzz is solely my personal opinion and represents a rebuttal to some members of this community. Please do exercise your right to click-away if you are uninterested in hearing about some masked discrimination that I recently experienced, as...


    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    12/12/2016 #79 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    I don’t know what the whole fuss is about. I read both articles and found the controversial buzz about snake oil by Don Kerr, with which I disagree although I admire the author. By the way, I think we should be able to speak bluntly and to indicate the article or the author to whom it refers. It's the fair thing to do.
    I have a positive attitude towards holistic medicine because I was convinced in its effects at the example of my family. It is logical approach to the healing process that includes the whole person and not just the human body. But I can also understand the opposite opinions.
    For example, my highly religious colleague is strongly against yoga. When she heard that I was intended to start doing yoga she tried to talk me out of it. She thinks about yoga as some kind of demonic activity. This is her attitude toward meditation, too.
    Unlike her I grew up in an environment which has always been open to new ideas. That’s why I also believe that the ability to discuss any topic is how we grow and learn to be tolerant, the value greatly lacking in society.
    @Deb 🐝 Helfrich, thanks for the post that broadens horizons.
    jesse kaellis
    12/12/2016 #78 jesse kaellis
    It was more than I expected, Robert but it will have been worthwhile if I get the results I expect. I HAD to take action. The consequences of continuing to deteriorate would have put me in a wheelchair.
    Robert Bacal
    11/12/2016 #77 Robert Bacal
    #74 Sorry to hear that, @jesse kaellis. Obviously the surgeries weren't your "garden variety" simple stuff, if there's actually such a thing with something so complex as the back.
    debasish majumder
    11/12/2016 #76 debasish majumder
    snake have a fixed eye ball, which is a hindrance to them, in terms of catching their prey! on contrary, human have an eye ball, enabling them to keep a vision and even enable to widen their vistas! wonderful post @Deb 🐝 Helfrich View more
    snake have a fixed eye ball, which is a hindrance to them, in terms of catching their prey! on contrary, human have an eye ball, enabling them to keep a vision and even enable to widen their vistas! wonderful post @Deb 🐝 Helfrich! ENJOYED READ MADAM. THANK YOU FOR THE SHARE. Close
    jesse kaellis
    11/12/2016 #75 jesse kaellis
    Thanks, Deb. Very much. I couldn't even get near a cyber cafe, so I came back to a backlog of correspondence. Which I knew.
    jesse kaellis
    11/12/2016 #74 jesse kaellis
    Time will tell, Robert. It will take intensive rehab and a recovery period of up to three months. The screws, the apparatus, needs to fuse with the bone. I had two surgeries. I fell shortly after the first one. A disaster. But there's this; I finally understand why people commit suicide over chronic pain. Physician-assisted suicide. At times the pain was extraordinary.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    11/12/2016 #73 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #71 I am tremendously glad you are on the mend - alive and with a back all the better to kick with. I am certain it was a lot to go through.
    Robert Bacal
    11/12/2016 #72 Robert Bacal
    #71 @jesse kaellis Pending your full story writeup did it go well? The surgery that is, and has it helped? I know a number of people who have had back surgery, and some it helped immensely and some not so much.
    jesse kaellis
    11/12/2016 #71 jesse kaellis
    I can only really tell the truth about myself, Cyndi. I just got back from surgery in Mexico, and I'm exhausted. I mean to write it up as a story. It was a lot more than I had anticipated. Thank you.
    Cyndi wilkins
    10/12/2016 #70 Cyndi wilkins
    #69 I love them and loathe them at the same time! And things that go bump in the night;-)
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    10/12/2016 #69 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #68 You know, @Cyndi wilkins, snakes add a lot to the natural eco-system in harmony with a natural balance. I kind of am fascinated by them, offer my respect for their habitat, and constantly exercise my ability to steer clear.
    Cyndi wilkins
    10/12/2016 #68 Cyndi wilkins
    Speaking of snakes...They really don't like it when you make them squirm, do they? Good for you for speaking your truth Deb...Jesse and Max are two of my favorite "cage rattler's" on this platform...Dare to be different;-)
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    10/12/2016 #67 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #61 You can call me any name you want, Pablo! I am certain I will either smile or laugh so hard my keyboard is in jeopardy of frizzing from the coffee spatter.

    Bullies are not trolls. Bullies are taking a public place, marking their territory, and enforcing their arbitrary rules, often in the guise of doing what everyone else wants. Depending on the territory, as @David Navarro López so poignantly points out, we may simply not be able to have a meaningful effect on their activities. Religious, governmental bullies and anyone with weaponry needs to be avoided.

    But a social media platform is the place for open, civil, and impactful discussions. I won't be shamed into silence.

    I am drawing my own line in the sand for tolerance.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    10/12/2016 #66 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #59 #60 Absolutely anything can be said with respect, for instance - "I honestly have trouble regarding this as anything but snakeoil - am I missing something?" "Do you think this might be giving people false hope and be dangerous in the way we think of snakeoil?" Opinion stated in a way discussion can ensue.

    I haven't the slightest problem with the basic challenging question. I object vehemently to the methodology used. Because as I titled this buzz - I believe it to be intolerance masked.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    10/12/2016 #64 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #63 True, but sometimes I feel like being an ambassador is like having a target painted on your back. Some people think that we can't fight back. We shouldn't fight back. Or, we mustn't fight back.

    They're wrong.

    Javier and Juan saw fit to make me an ambassador. It sure wasn't because of my pretty face. Unless. . . maybe they're Homer Simpson fans? Whatever the reason was, I didn't change what I do or how I do it on this or other platforms. I promoted beBee before, I continue to promote it now.

    I'm not here to hold hands and sing Kumbaya either.

    It's a social network, emphasis on the "social." It's easy for cowards to hide behind a keyboard. We need to accept the fact that it's impossible to please everyone.

    I don't really give a rat's patootie what anyone else thinks an ambassador "should" do or "must" do. Javier and Juan selected us, they can unselect us.

    Everybody else is entitled to their opinion, but it ain't worth much. No worries, as was said in another comment, "Haters gonna hate." I chalk it up to jealousy....

    Let the flaming begin.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    10/12/2016 #61 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    I'll start my comment with some direct name calling. Deb, you Inspiration, you.

    Frankly, it boggles my mind that anyone should take offense at what you wrote. While I'm not a fan of any holistic treatments, I respect the individual's right to choose.

    I see little point in forcing my opinion down someone's throat.

    On the larger issue of online bullying, there are several thoughts I would like to share. There is a common thought that one should not "feed the trolls." That's true for trolls. Not so much for bullies. You do not stop a bully by giving in or running away. Most are cowards at the core. Just don't show them they hit a nerve.

    The worst type, and probably the one you allude to, disguises the bullying as a rebuttal or an expression of "difference of opinion." These posts are easy to recognize. They are full of semantically charged words. They draw "conclusions" from misinterpreted data. They claim their conjectures are "facts."

    Some of these are simply taken badly. The written word lacks inflection, so misinterpretations are common. Some aren't. They are deliberate.

    When a post or a comment pisses me off, I do two things. One, I reply immediately but in Word not directly. That helps me get the anger out of they way. Two, I wait a day and read it again. If it still pisses me off, I'll wait a little more.I once waited 10 days.

    To the commenters who draw such ire: It is not enough that you hide behind "I have a right to express my opinion." So do they. Why does your right supersede theirs? It doesn't.

    It is up to YOU to take all reasonable steps to avoid the impression of bullying. No, saying, "My opinion" or "No offense, but," doesn't cut it.

    To authors: Don't leave. Thank the commenter for their comment. Say something like, "You are certainly entitled to your opinion, even if I don't share it. Thanks for the comment and have a great day." Then get on with your life. Is their opinion that important to you?

    Don't sweat it.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    10/12/2016 #58 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #57 I take absolutely no credit. The original quote came from Viktor Frankl and its prominence on beBee is attributed to a few folks I admire and call friends.
    Aleta Curry
    10/12/2016 #57 Aleta Curry
    #56 Love that last line; I'll have to use it!
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    10/12/2016 #56 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #53 It is not a common occurrence, at all, as the vast, vast majority of people find beBee to be a refreshingly positive, supportive place to be. I work hard at adding that exact sort of value every day.

    My own personal standard is that no one should experience 'name calling abuse' that causes them to leave beBee. In this case, it was the very subtlety of an indirect attack that I thought lent itself to a discussion that might bring about more awareness.

    Interacting with tolerance is actual hard work on a global site based on open participation. We all have biases. We all have buttons that will get pushed.

    This community is one where we celebrate the pause between a stimulus and a response, so that we may state our views with respect toward the person who holds the opposing view.
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    10/12/2016 #55 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #53 I am happy for you that you have avoided this experience. I experienced at first and it was why I left for a while.

    It was actions taken by the management team that convinced me to give it another shot.

    While I have still experienced it, it has gotten much much better and that has a lot to do with the rest of the community also working to put an end to it.
  11. Jared 🐝 Wiese
    The Best Motivation Video 2016 - LOVE YOURSELF - YouTube
    The Best Motivation Video 2016 - LOVE YOURSELF - YouTube I hope you will like video, if you do hit that Like button and dont forget to Comment and Subscribe. Suport my channel - Become Patron...


    Jared 🐝 Wiese
    10/12/2016 #20 Jared 🐝 Wiese
    #19 Thank you so much for the shares, Irene! Glad you liked it.
    Jared 🐝 Wiese
    10/12/2016 #17 Jared 🐝 Wiese
    #6 Glad you liked it... And thanks for the share!
    Jared 🐝 Wiese
    10/12/2016 #16 Jared 🐝 Wiese
    @Ben Pinto,you are awesome!
    Jared 🐝 Wiese
    10/12/2016 #15 Jared 🐝 Wiese
    #14 You bet, Franci. And thanks for the share :)
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    10/12/2016 #14 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Thank you for this, Jared. Being nice takes very little effort and is so meaningful.
    Jared 🐝 Wiese
    09/12/2016 #13 Jared 🐝 Wiese
    #6 Thanks for sharing, Preston!
    Jared 🐝 Wiese
    09/12/2016 #12 Jared 🐝 Wiese
    #10 So true, Renee. I heard it again recently that to feel better, even grateful, do something nice for someone else. To your point, even when we don't feel like it 8|.

    Let's do a random act of kindness today, folks, and see how we feel?! Thanks for the idea, @Donald Grandy with your fine quote.
    Jared 🐝 Wiese
    09/12/2016 #11 Jared 🐝 Wiese
    Thanks for the share, @Ben Pinto!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    09/12/2016 #10 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #8 Sometimes we have to push a little harder to get out of a funk. This proves how important it is to take the time to say and do nice things for others. So many people are stingy about giving love and expressing their good feelings about others. Maybe they feel more powerful and in control that way, but I believe it is unhealthy to hold back your good feelings. I wonder how different our lives would be if everyone made an extra effort to sincerely say something nice to someone each day. I'm glad I was able to help. @Jared 🐝 Wiese.
    Andrew 🐝 Goldman
    09/12/2016 #9 Andrew 🐝 Goldman
    Awesome! Thank you, @Jared 🐝 Wiese! And @Ben Pinto!
    Jared 🐝 Wiese
    09/12/2016 #8 Jared 🐝 Wiese
    #7 Ah, Renée. You have no idea how much you just resonated with me and made me truly smile and feel better. Thank you. I needed that. I've been in an M. Scott Peck, "Life is difficult" sort of mindset for a while.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    08/12/2016 #7 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Thank you, Jared. This is nice. I have made much effort over the years to remove people form my life who brought me misery and to create a positive environment for me to thrive in. You are lovely and it is nice to be connected with you here on beBee.
    Preston Vander Ven
    08/12/2016 #6 Preston Vander Ven
    Great Video
    Jared 🐝 Wiese
    08/12/2016 #5 Jared 🐝 Wiese
    From the YouTube Description:

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    Jared 🐝 Wiese
    08/12/2016 #4 Jared 🐝 Wiese
    #2 #3 Glad you guys liked it! This stuff is usually pretty awesome - we get to hear snippets from some great motivational leaders - and put even more emotion to it with video.
    Joel Anderson
    08/12/2016 #3 Joel Anderson
    John Kirish
    08/12/2016 #2 John Kirish
    Thank you for posting. Great Cli
    Jared 🐝 Wiese
    07/12/2016 #1 Jared 🐝 Wiese
    Obrigado por compartilhar, @Oscar Gomez Amento. (Thanks Google Translate ;)
  12. ProducerEmilia M. Ludovino
    WHAT MAKES AN APOLOGY EFFECTIVE & HEALINGThe context of apologies are relationships, be they between friends, lovers, families or nations. The goal of an apology is reconciliation and restoration of bonds of love, trust, respect, and humanity.There are some people who are able to apologize...


    Brian McKenzie
    12/12/2016 #25 Brian McKenzie
    I neither give them, nor accept them. They change nothing and add no value to the way I live and lead my life.
    Emilia M. Ludovino
    11/12/2016 #24 Emilia M. Ludovino
    #4 Dear @Mohammed A. Jawad you're so absolutely right with your wise comment. So simple and yet so powerful message. In one sentence you sum it up so well. Thank you.
    Emilia M. Ludovino
    11/12/2016 #23 Emilia M. Ludovino
    #5 Thank you dear @Deb 🐝 Helfrich. Your feedback means a lot to me. :). Have a wonderful day!
    Emilia M. Ludovino
    11/12/2016 #22 Emilia M. Ludovino
    #6 Dear @debasish majumder it's an honor to have such a wonderful poet like you among my readers. Your positive feedback is highly appreciated. Thank You. Have a wonderful and blessed day!
    Emilia M. Ludovino
    11/12/2016 #21 Emilia M. Ludovino
    #7 #8 Dear @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman and @Pamela 🐝 Williams - Thank you for your comments and sharings. I'm most grateful to both of you for the wonderful social engagement and kind support. Appreciate it. Have a blessed day! Love the Bees on your names :).
    Emilia M. Ludovino
    11/12/2016 #20 Emilia M. Ludovino
    #9 Thank you dear @Irene Hackett for your support in sharing the article on your social media. Glad you liked. Have a blessed day!
    Emilia M. Ludovino
    11/12/2016 #19 Emilia M. Ludovino
    #10 Hi @Aleta Cury! First off, thank you for comment. Though I hear you and understand what you mean, it is my understanding that we should take into consideration the personality type of the offended. For instance, some Extroverts can cope and tackle very well with public critiques and public apologies but for an Introvert this could be a tremendous nightmare. I have a series of articles on how to manage Introverts and Extroverts at work, that maybe you find them interesting and useful.
    Emilia M. Ludovino
    11/12/2016 #18 Emilia M. Ludovino
    #11 Thank you, @Dorothy Cooper, for taking your time to read it and leave your positive feedback. I'm glad you found it useful. Have a wonderful day!
    Emilia M. Ludovino
    11/12/2016 #17 Emilia M. Ludovino
    #13 Thank you, Preston Vander Ver for your comment. I agree with Ronald Reagan's quote, "Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.". Though, I disagree with your quotes from the Bible on this subject. An effective and healing apology from the offender must come from a place of Respect, Responsibility, Compassion, Empathy and Remedy, not from a "Holy" Book or belief system. Please don't take my reply to your comment as offensive, because I don't mean to be offensive. Have a blessed day!
    Emilia M. Ludovino
    11/12/2016 #16 Emilia M. Ludovino
    #15 Arigatō!
    TC West
    10/12/2016 #15 TC West
    In Japan we simply and humbly say: "Gomen nasai" and life goes on.
    Aleta Curry
    10/12/2016 #14 Aleta Curry
    #13 Hi Preston, you're talking about actions to be taken by the offended. I was responding to the original thesis, actions to be taken by the offender, in this case, an apology.
    Preston Vander Ven
    09/12/2016 #13 Preston Vander Ven
    #10 Matthew 18: 15 - 17, shares with us clearly how to settle matters with those sin against us. We never want to approach a matter publicly at first. The first step is always privately. 15 "If your brother sins against you, go and confront him privately. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over." 16 "But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses." The last step Jesus said was to bring it before the crowd. 17 "If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, regard him as you would a pagan or a tax collector."
    Today I feel society has this pattern backwards which even leads to wars. I love a quote by Ronald Reagan, "Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means."
    Dorothy Cooper
    09/12/2016 #12 Dorothy Cooper
    @sittingpretty When #Reflecting over the year 2016, the aspect of forgiveness and making amends comes up in conversations. #ReadThisBlog you will be better for it.
    Dorothy Cooper
    09/12/2016 #11 Dorothy Cooper
    I thought this piece offers clear and stunning content which is well suited to this time of year. I thank you and will you this as a model when making amends.
    Aleta Curry
    09/12/2016 #10 Aleta Curry
    Can I just add another point that's particularly pertinent to business? The apology must take place in the same context as it was given, i.e. if the offence was perpetrated in public, the apology must be made in public. Too many business people try to apologise in a way that will save their face. For instance, they may speak to the wronged party at her desk, or catch her at the coffee machine, or some other private arena. If a manager berates a subordinate in front of other employees, s/he must apologise in front of the employees. If a mother unjustly scolds or accuses a child in front of a sibling, she must admit she was wrong in front of the same sibling,.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    09/12/2016 #8 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    What I at times find amusing is when the sincerity is so contrived and the apologizer doesn't understand why everything isn't all better. #7
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    09/12/2016 #7 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    This is an excellent post. For someone to say "I'm sorry" doesn't necessarily help the cause. The person apologizing must be sincere otherwise what's the use.
    debasish majumder
    09/12/2016 #6 debasish majumder
    This is not just a Great post, but a lesson to all. enjoyed read. thank you @Emilia M. Ludovino for such wonderful share madam.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    09/12/2016 #5 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    This is very definitely a post worth bookmarking, @Emilia M. Ludovino. There is no prevaricating in actual remorse.

    "Central to a true apology is that the blame belongs to the person apologizing. Apologizing by telling the wounded party, “ I’m sorry but you got me so angry” is not an apology. It is an excuse.
  13. ProducerLaine Schmidt

    Laine Schmidt

    For the Communicationally - Challenged
    For the Communicationally - ChallengedWHICH IS ALL OF US; IT JUST DEPENDS ON THE DAY. All too often the art of communication, or lack of art, gets us into trouble.  With a little grace and intentionality in the way we listen and speak, the majority of the problems we face would be...


    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    09/12/2016 #8 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Welcome to beBee, @Laine Schmidt. "One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say." Bryant H. McGill
    Tausif Mundrawala
    08/12/2016 #7 Tausif Mundrawala
    I agree with you that in order to be a good communicator we have to be a good listener. Many people will refute this idea as they are more inclined towards speaking and get forth what they wanted to convey. Thanks for sharing this post.
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    08/12/2016 #6 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Indeed, the art of communication matters most. If we make a truthful, clear utterance with right facial expressions, then that's really going to influence others. Like dulcet oratory plays a magic on listeners, even wrong words and harsh tone can simply mar our relationships.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    08/12/2016 #5 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Welcome to beBee @Laine Schmidt, great tips and "don't jump to a response right away," so true... can avoid saying something you might regret as one example of many. Thanks for sharing a nice buzz!
    Michele Williams
    08/12/2016 #3 Michele Williams
    A concise and useful set of practices HR Professionals can use to help members of their organizations communicate better. Communication failures cause conflicts and delays in all types of organizations.
    Sarah Elkins
    08/12/2016 #2 Sarah Elkins
    I think I'm generally pretty good at communicating with intention, but there are definitely days I lack grace and patience. These are good reminders fro Laine Schmidt.
    Sarah Elkins
    08/12/2016 #1 Sarah Elkins
    I can really use #6, Laine, what a great way to respond! I know I can apply that to our two teenagers, too. These are good guidelines, and are complementary to the conversation I had with @Alan Culler View more
    I can really use #6, Laine, what a great way to respond! I know I can apply that to our two teenagers, too. These are good guidelines, and are complementary to the conversation I had with @Alan Culler today. Terrific post! Close
  14. ProducerMax🐝 J. Carter
    The number one reason why I use beBee, no anonymous profile views
    The number one reason why I use beBee, no anonymous profile viewsIn the years I have spent on Linkedin this has been an ongoing complaint from the members and has been discussed in many of their groups and posted on updates and people have written articles begging Linkedin to knock it off. Now we have beBee and...


    🐝 Fatima Williams
    13/01/2017 #30 🐝 Fatima Williams
    No anonymous profile views. I know right @Max🐝 J. Carter It's a great point to factor when calling new bees over. It's creeps me out not to know who viewed my profile. Why not show yourself even if your a recruiter I don't mind my candidates knowing that their profile was looked at. This gives them a boost to make their profile more compelling to their current job role or targeted future jobs ! Great points on WhybeBee sharing it right away ! #beBeesforever
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    09/12/2016 #29 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #27 Agreed @Neil Smith
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    09/12/2016 #28 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #26 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher as a veteran it's this use of the military that is most likely false that upsets me on a personal level as I have had similar experience and as a veteran my integrity means a tremendous amount to me and it was something that the military really reinforced for me.
    Neil Smith
    09/12/2016 #27 Neil Smith
    Couldn't agree more about anonymous profile views Max. It is annoying and creepy. Potential employers don't send burglars to grab a resume from your desk and this, to me is no different. It is just a licence for stalkers to stay hidden in the shadows.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    09/12/2016 #26 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    I receive anonymous views on Linkedin a LOT. I don't care for that aspect either. I understand they allow this for potential employers to view profiles but it's still creepy. Like @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman View more
    I receive anonymous views on Linkedin a LOT. I don't care for that aspect either. I understand they allow this for potential employers to view profiles but it's still creepy. Like @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, I can't tell you how many connection requests I received from Military personnel and their resumes were basically the same, as if copied and pasted with no 2nd degree connections. Close
    Preston Vander Ven
    08/12/2016 #25 Preston Vander Ven
    I don't think I every noticed it from a security point of view. But, now that I've read this, probably 2-5 of my weekly visits are anonymous profile views or the same person on Linkedin.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    08/12/2016 #23 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Great post @Max🐝 J. Carter..you are spot on about stalkers ...😊 🐝🐝
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    06/12/2016 #22 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    I've had a few stalkers on LI. I blocked them. A few claimed to be in the military - so disrespectful and classless. Then there are those that look at your profile and wish to remain anonymous. I don't care for that either. I feel much safer with beBee.
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    04/12/2016 #21 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #18 Not to mention it's just totally classless and disrespectful to the men and women who have served and do serve.
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    04/12/2016 #20 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #17 Thank you @debasish majumder.
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    04/12/2016 #19 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #16 It does actually happen and that is a sad statement to have be true.
    Brian McKenzie
    04/12/2016 #18 Brian McKenzie
    There are a few fakes, posers and sharlatans here, and more than a couple claiming to be military that are not who they claim to be. They should know that false impersonation of a military officer or Medal of Valor recepient is a punishable offense with both jail and monetary penalties....and yes - I have passed their info and IP along to appropriate tasking offices. I wish the boys in CID & NCIS happy hunting.
    debasish majumder
    04/12/2016 #17 debasish majumder
    nice insight @Max🐝 J. Carter! enjoyed read. thank you for the share.
    Erroll -EL- Warner
    04/12/2016 #16 Erroll -EL- Warner
    Sometimes it could be one's boss. If so could that boss use that information to terminate people because they feel intellectually challenged?
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    02/12/2016 #15 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #12 Masterfully said @Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    02/12/2016 #14 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #11 Thee is nothing healthy about the mechanism of anonymous profile viewing. It creates a view that says I can hide myself and do whatever I want because they can;t see me and they have no idea who I am.

    The mechanism of allowing anonymous profile views is bad for the human and there is nothing healthy about it. It promotes mental instability.
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    02/12/2016 #13 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #10 Thank you @Robert Cormack, For me it is a matter of what is more important an employer having to deal with disappointing someone or someone's safety.
    Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝
    02/12/2016 #12 Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝
    For me it's not just the action of viewing a profile anonymously that's sad, but also what this action represents. Basically by allowing this sly attitude towards connecting, you condone the mentality from which it stems. Without realizing it, by being OK with anonymous viewing, you are advocating surveillance, subtly and passively. Then years later you find yourself in a Big Brother society and you wonder why.
  15. Producerdebasish majumder
    AN HONEST CONFESSION OF A POET!I resorted to poetry To explore my own venture with fancy Obviously to escape from confronting hard reality Not having substantial strength explicit honestly Poetry is my only resort To avoid the social exhort Where...


    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    06/12/2016 #3 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Debasish, you are a superb poet and IMO, you write from your heart. Poetry is a great way to express feelings and in multiple ways. I love to write short simple poems that send a message, which I share with my followers twice a week on my WordPress blog. I enjoy the interaction they generate. BTW, I love the quote from Winston Churchill.
    Hervé Sabattier
    04/12/2016 #2 Hervé Sabattier
    I believe I am a poet. At least I try. But when I write poetry, it is not to escape anything. It is the opposite. It is to express my own, deep, genuine feelings and confront them to reality, to effectively make them materialized and real. Not to remain as a trick of the heart or of the mind. They may be original, different, distant, unique, whatever, but they are displayed in the air, not necessarily to be understood or shared, but to be placed in face of reality and truth. To be alive, real and existing.
    Ali Anani
    04/12/2016 #1 Ali Anani
    Poetry is my only resort

    To avoid the social extort

    Where accountability counts heavily

    I arrogantly ignore its vitality

    In poetry, I can comfortably express with duality

    At least you have an escape gate in poetry @debasish majumder View more
    Poetry is my only resort

    To avoid the social extort

    Where accountability counts heavily

    I arrogantly ignore its vitality

    In poetry, I can comfortably express with duality

    At least you have an escape gate in poetry @debasish majumder But the question is escape to what? We end up facing realities. Escape may be the breathing period or pause period that we need to think. At least you are endowed with this being a poet and a great one too my friend. Close
  16. ProducerBobbi Baehne

    Bobbi Baehne

    Social Media – 5 Things that Don’t Work in 2016 and Definitely Won't Work in 2017
    Social Media – 5 Things that Don’t Work in 2016 and Definitely Won't Work in 2017Every business owner, entrepreneur and marketing manager know that things change quickly in social media. What works today may not work tomorrow and it’s almost certain that strategies will change next year. Here are 5 things that our team of...


    Loribeth Pierson
    06/12/2016 #21 Loribeth Pierson
    Very solid advice @Bobbi Baehne, thank you and welcome to beBee!
    Missy Varner
    06/12/2016 #20 Missy Varner
    Excellent information. Thank you for sharing
    John White, MBA
    06/12/2016 #19 John White, MBA
    @Bobbi Baehne: Fantastic post! We have shared it to all of our social media pages on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+. Buzz on!
    Sarah Elkins
    06/12/2016 #18 Sarah Elkins
    Really solid reminders here from Bobbi Baehne:
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    04/12/2016 #17 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Welcome Bobbie, you're off to a fantastic start with this post! Very helpful and constructive advice that we should all pay heed to whether we are here for business or just engaging. Truth; that I would rather have small number of engaging connections than a large number of followers that in truth adds more complexity to our social media presence.
    André Guillen
    02/12/2016 #16 André Guillen
    Great article. Smart. Finally a bit of sense in all this :)
    I specially agree with #1 quantity over quality. Social Networks are an environment for brains, for humans, not just for algorithms
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    01/12/2016 #15 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Great precepts to embrace and move on!

    To be in business, you got to learn by the statistics and attempt to offer by knowing the taste of your audience. To the point, next is how you create virtual reality to convey you message in a right way to the right audience.
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    01/12/2016 #14 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    Great advice in this article @Bobbi Baehne - have shared across my networks. Welcome to beBee!
    Michele Williams
    01/12/2016 #13 Michele Williams
    Welcome Bobbi. Every startup can benefit from this post. I also enjoyed your morning routine post. @Jared 🐝 Wiese, thanks for the tag.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    01/12/2016 #12 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Great tips @Bobbi Baehne! I find it much more fun to share other's material, as for mine... I figure someone will share if they like what they've read. Welcome to beBee too!!
    David B. Grinberg
    01/12/2016 #11 David B. Grinberg
    Thanks for the helpful and practical advice, Bobbi. A big proponent of the 80/20 rule is beBee Brand Ambassador @Jim Murray.
    Also, I'm now following you and sharing this buzz on three hives. Keep buzzing!
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    01/12/2016 #10 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Great advice, Bobbi and welcome to beBee. I look forward to seeing more posts from you. Perfect and timely subject.
    Jared 🐝 Wiese
    01/12/2016 #7 Jared 🐝 Wiese
    Bobbi, I don't know who our how you got to beBee (would love to know), but WOW!... am I glad you did.
    As you said "The goal today is to focus on building the RIGHT audience."

    Right now, beBee is listening ;)...

    Give a warm welcome to Bobbi, 🐝 s....
    Bobbi Baehne
    01/12/2016 #6 Bobbi Baehne
    #3 Thanks for sharing Pablo ;)
    Bobbi Baehne
    01/12/2016 #5 Bobbi Baehne
    #2 - Thanks Max!
    Jan 🐝 Barbosa
    30/11/2016 #4 Jan 🐝 Barbosa
    Loved it !!!
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    30/11/2016 #3 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    I couldn't agree more. Sure, big followings are nice. Big targeted followings are nicer!

    Welcome to the Swarm, Bobbi. Sharing to Twitter
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    30/11/2016 #2 Max🐝 J. Carter
    The goal today is to focus on building the RIGHT audience.

    I love this line.
  17. Producer🐝 Fatima Williams
    The  Wait
    The WaitSo you sit and you tell yourself it's gonna be alright. You will get past this phase. It's a trying time in our life and we need to wait it out. You tell yourself that you are strong and this cloud of testing will soon fade away and there will be...


    Roy Daggs
    07/01/2017 #46 Roy Daggs
    You is delicious girl
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    04/01/2017 #45 🐝 Fatima Williams
    #44 Thank you @Dean Owen Now that's a fantastic way of looking at this positively. Take pauses but don't wait. Euphoric Thinking 🤗🤗🤗
    Dean Owen
    04/01/2017 #44 Dean Owen
    I keep missing your articles! (Hurry beBee team, we need the sting function!) Definite difference between a wait and a pause. I do like to take my pauses once in a while (like taking a year off when I was 30, and then again when I was 40), but I hate waiting for life to happen. I don't have to wait long for your next article fortunately as I spotted it in my feed just now. See you there!
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    14/12/2016 #43 🐝 Fatima Williams
    #42 This great experience that you share with us Preston about being in the Wait phase and not taking any action is a lesson you learnt and then you adapt yourself to intiate the action needed. We need to move before its too late. We need to act.
    I love this phrase, "You need to Build your Plane while your Learning to Fly it.” Building our Dream or achieving our Vision can have better results if we are in consistent action.
    I believe we need to be the drivers of our own car(Life) we don't want to be in the backseat and Wait cause we don't know to drive or end up in the wrong destination as the driver does not know what we want. Rather we learn and act and achieve.

    Thanks for the lovely contribution Preston. Enjoyed your comment thoroughly 😊
    Preston Vander Ven
    14/12/2016 #42 Preston Vander Ven
    I like your article. You have some great points. I totally agree with finding ourselves to move forward, yet from experience I prefer the NOW. I once heard the phrase, "You need to Build your Plane while your Learning to Fly it.” Building our Dream or achieving our Vision can have better results if we are in consistent action.
    Even if at the beginning, they do not create any results and seem futile, our actions are still habit forming. “It feels like you’re jumping off a cliff and building an airplane on the on the way down.” I am a very analytical person, so I use to wait and try to plan every detail, and keep studying whatever I was doing. During this time, I never took action. It always delayed my goals. It was like me wanting to lose 15 pounds, but first studying every book, audio, and workout video. After all that knowledge was absorbed, I then realized that I never changed my diet, or began exercising.
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    28/11/2016 #41 🐝 Fatima Williams
    #40 Thank you dear @CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    27/11/2016 #40 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #39 If we are what we eat, we are also what we think and in this regard there is plenty of suggestions on how to get unstuck. The 7 things to remember when stuck by Allison Fallon serves as an example of the mental shifts available :

    7 Things to Remember When You're Feeling Stuck
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    27/11/2016 #39 🐝 Fatima Williams
    #38 Thank you @CityVP 🐝 Manjit It's an inevitable truth waiting is a part of our life.

    But I feel sometimes we get stuck in our cocoons afraid to fly and spread our beautiful wings.
    I remember a story of how an impatient person who saw a butterfly struggling to come out of the cocoon tried helping it and that eventually lead to the death of the butterfly.

    This waiting phase in the cocoon is sometimes required to collect the strength as you said that required to break out and fly.
    Transformation is the fruit of waiting but lets not wait too much. 🤗🤗🤗🤗
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    27/11/2016 #38 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #37 I welcome moments of life which are a cocoon. In modern culture we treat cocoon as a euphemism for prison, but it is not that, the caterpillar is not a prisoner of the cocoon, but a transformation in waiting and we are not butterflies, we are are more than a transformation that is no bigger than our thumb.

    Let me take the song by Milky Chance called "Cocoon" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ernVvrYH9vg so while his main lyric is "so lets go back to our cocoon" the context is still escape and not transformation. http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/milkychance/cocoon.html If we identify with this song, we identify with escape and pain rather than transformation and privacy.

    I do not offer this as a perspective to a single a person because my own cocoons are a source of personal liberation. I am not afraid of melancholy or sadness, for when grief comes I will participate in the process of grief, but when freedom comes, I can place that in a cocoon too - for that is a different kind of waiting. The best privacy is to close my eyes or enjoy time at home.

    Whether it is waiting such as Van Morrison "Days Like This" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UUWkr4FUlo or I have to do what it is I must do for this thing called our work life and I can't open up my mind to you - there is something gestating in the waiting, there is something fermenting in the waiting, there is something good changing in the waiting. Waiting is a part of life.
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    27/11/2016 #37 🐝 Fatima Williams
    #36 Thanks @Deb🐝 Lange. Yes the incubation time gives us time to feel the joy and happiness and outcome that is gained on the Move. Incubation is just a short phase and the egg needs to hatch 😊😊😊😊
    Deb🐝 Lange
    26/11/2016 #36 Deb🐝 Lange
    Dear @ Fatima I resonate with the wait and the move. I wrote a buzz last week which was well received. I said there is a part 2. I know I have been putting off part 2 as I feel some pressure in myself to have it as well received as part 1, but maybe it won't be. --and maybe it will. I know incubation time is useful but I sense I wait a little too long and need to be bolder with my action in the world. Things are never perfect and are always perfect just the way they are. And can always be updated and improved.
    Ali Anani
    26/11/2016 #35 Ali Anani
    Part 2
    I have just responded to a comment by dear @Sara Jacobovici on my linked buzz and urged her to read this buzz. I also invite @Irene Hackett, @Deb 🐝 Helfrich, @Deb🐝 Lange, @Max🐝 J. Carterr and the two Lisas @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher and @Lisa Vanderburg to enjoy this great buzz and to contribute to the discussions.
    Ali Anani
    26/11/2016 #34 Ali Anani
    Dear @🐝 Fatima Williams- you are a greater writer, thinker and communicator. I read your buzz comprehensively, with great interest and enjoyed the flow of your ideas your buzz. You leave me with so much to think about. I just request you to read my last buzz and the two co (Parts 1 and 2) and you shall realize what I mean.
    We are working on developing a formula for movement and we need your brain. I hope your time would allow you to visit.
    Your explanation of the wait time, steps how to deal with it and highlighting the Waiting Step as the critical step leave me with much to think about.
    Sara Jacobovici
    26/11/2016 #33 Sara Jacobovici
    #31 Thanks for the tag @🐝 Fatima Williams. I found your buzz intense. You cover much ground related to a challenging "place" to be. I appreciate your energy and insights. Thanks again.
    Gert Scholtz
    26/11/2016 #32 Gert Scholtz
    @🐝 Fatima Williams A most inspiring and uplifting post - thanks for sharing Fatima.
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    26/11/2016 #31 🐝 Fatima Williams
    Cc@Ali Anani @Sara Jacobovici and @Renée 🐝 Cormier 😊😊😊 Tagging you all if thats ok 🤔
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    24/11/2016 #30 🐝 Fatima Williams
    #29 It's my pleasure @Graham🐝 Edwards Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    24/11/2016 #29 Graham🐝 Edwards
    Thanks for the inspiration @🐝 Fatima Williams
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    24/11/2016 #28 🐝 Fatima Williams
    #23 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher It's true and that's why we need self-realization to be at it's peak always. Life is a balancing act indeed. Thank you Lisa for reading and commenting :)
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    24/11/2016 #27 🐝 Fatima Williams
    #22 Lovely quote @William VanDorin :)
  18. ProducerAli Anani

    Ali Anani

    The Positive Side of Negative Emotions
    The Positive Side of Negative EmotionsI wrote a presentation on separation thinking in which I discussed our tendency to ask this or that such as is it the egg or the chicken? I wondered why not this AND that. More relevant questions are available that reinforce this separation...


    Ali Anani
    22/11/2016 #111 Ali Anani
    #110 Yes, and I have witesses some of my acquaintances go through the downward spiral. I agree with you @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    22/11/2016 #110 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Negative emotions are natural reactions that we need to cope with. Recognizing the cause of negative emotions can lead the way to deal with them appropriately. Ignoring them can eventually cause a downward spiral and even result in harm to others and ourselves.
    Ali Anani
    21/11/2016 #109 Ali Anani
    @Sara Jacobovici responded in a buzz to this buzz. What a great read Sara's buzz is. You may read it here:
    Ali Anani
    20/11/2016 #108 Ali Anani
    #107 I agree with you dear @Mohammed Sultan. Your comment is consistent with the quantum theory "When we consistently make certain assumptions about the bad things that may happen to us we trigger our negative emotions". When we focus only on negatives we develop the Observer Effect. Negative emotions help to stabilize positive emotions, but excessively reflecting on negative ones throw us out of balance.
    Mohammed Sultan
    20/11/2016 #107 Mohammed Sultan
    Dear @ Ali Anani PhD.Thanks for sharing the output of your balanced emotion.When we consistently make certain assumptions about the bad things that may happen to us we trigger our negative emotions.Everything depends on how we view our external world.People with unbalanced emotion explain the bad things that happen to them in terms that are internal and stable.Thinking all the time of what went wrong is the moving sands of our emotions.It leads to giving up and prevent us from seizing opportunities because we think of punishment of failure(negative emotion) rather than the rewards for success(positive emotion).Fit and balance of our internal emotions should be done first before we align them with reason or with the external world.It also make sense to delay our decisions or meetings when we temporarily are flooded with negative emotion and become unable to balance them with reason.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    20/11/2016 #106 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #105 Thanks @Ali Anani, Sometimes I re-read what I write and I will second guess myself, wondering if I conveyed my message well. Im glad you are able to get a visual when reading! So kind of you to put up a link to my buzz here:))
    Ali Anani
    20/11/2016 #105 Ali Anani
    #104 You writing is packed with images dear @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher. Having just read your beautiful buzz of today on "Relationships and Empathy", you proved to me that your words are poetic, rich in vividness, and draw images in my mind. You words are images and I wonder why you think it is hard for you to describe in words. For readers, I strongly recommend for you reading the buzz of Lisa. It shall be time well-invested and for you to know that my comment reflects reality:
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    20/11/2016 #104 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #103 Thanks Ali, that's probably because I'm a fairly simple person LOL. Sometimes my mind has very deep thoughts but I have a hard time expressing them. It's as though I can see a picture in my mind but it's hard to describe in words.
    Ali Anani
    20/11/2016 #103 Ali Anani
    #102 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher- emotions and thoughts lead to actions. For every action there is an equal reaction in the opposite direction. That is why I find your comment so deep and informative, and especially this part of the comment "The more we put out to the universe, negative or positive, well it comes back to us". You do amaze me with how simply and clearly you express complex ideas.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    20/11/2016 #102 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    It's amazing how negative emotions can over take the postive emotions @Ali Anani. I think you described some of the mystery behind them well. We can co-exist as long as our common core is one that comes from a good place. I think we aren't able to co-exist if one person is positive (for the most part) and the other is inherently evil. I've always believed that positive attracts positive and vice versa. The more we put out to the universe, negative or positive, well it comes back to us. Everyone has negative emotions and that's not a bad thing. It's when we allow those emotions to dictate our lives and treat others unjustly because we feel so bitter inside.
    Ali Anani
    20/11/2016 #101 Ali Anani
    #91 Yes, and passionately I understand your feelings.
    Ali Anani
    20/11/2016 #100 Ali Anani
    #96 @David Navarro López wrote a beautiful buzz on the forging metaphor. Thanks @Max🐝 J. Carter for reminding us of this metaphor. To better understand this metaphor, I urge you to read David's buzz at the following link:
    Ali Anani
    20/11/2016 #99 Ali Anani
    #97 I am deeply moved by your comment @Ian Weinberg. Thank you
    David Navarro López
    20/11/2016 #98 Anonymous
    #96 Agreed, Max. It needs a big amount of self-honesty to be aware of what is wrong and change it. To forgive ourselves is as well an important point, as guilt might blur the way we should go forward.
    Ian Weinberg
    20/11/2016 #97 Ian Weinberg
    An intelligent, innovative and thought provoking article. Thanks for this Ali.
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    20/11/2016 #96 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #95 @David Navarro López I really dug the piece and thank you for sharing it. Bruce Lee said something to the effect to take what resonates and make it uniquely your own. That's what triggered in my mind as I read the part about Copy.

    It's all been done before however there is always a way to express it that is unique to one's perspective and how one applies it to ones life

    I like the metal forging metaphor as well as I use a simple philosophy of the sword has no master to illustrate that each is a living sword and the hilt is the mind and letting others have control over what and how you think allows them to weld you against whoever the choose.

    Something ingrained in me by my Hungarian family and many family debates that looked like war was about to break out. I was taught if I couldn't put it in my own words I was not allowed to participate because until you can put it in your own words you have yet to live concept to find if it is wise for your life. .

    It's never easy to look at oneself and ones past and see where one inflicted harm and own it and forgive oneself by changing ones behavior so they don't repeat the inflicting of suffering as a matter of habit as they keep on keepin on.
    David Navarro López
    20/11/2016 #95 Anonymous
    #92 No idea who gave you a -1, Max. Maybe an inexperienced user who does not know how it works, because your comment is full of wisdom.
    I agree with your words "People fear changing themselves because then maybe they might have to take responsibility..."
    Self awareness can be a very disgusting experience if you don't like what you see, and you don't have the guts to change it. But is possible, in every case.
    Some time ago I wrote a post you might like, concerned to this: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@david-navarro-lopez/can-the-character-be-forged
    Sara Jacobovici
    20/11/2016 #94 Sara Jacobovici
    #89 Thanks for clarifying your comment @Harvey Lloyd. I understand that the sarcasm can come from parenting experiences ;-) but..... objectively speaking.....that potential wisdom does exist and experiences with time does enable the realization of that potential.
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    20/11/2016 #93 Max🐝 J. Carter
    Whoever gave my last comment a -1, why?
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    19/11/2016 #92 Max🐝 J. Carter
    Why do we fear getting rid of the terms positive and negative when describing human emotion?

    Let me see I can answer this.

    We fear letting go of these abusive descriptors so we can avoid actually having to deal with the cause of the emotional response and own responsibility for actions that led to the emotion displayed.

    We cling to these terms to avoid dealing with each other and taking responsibility for our actions and words by saying "They are being negative and I did nothing or said nothing to illicit that response, it's their choice. and they are being negative."

    This is self delusional avoidance and why these terms are abusive to self and all ones.

    This is behavioral psychology applied with out allowing personal identity in the form of the ego expression to distort the view.

    To let go these ideas means a redefinition of self and the ego expression. People fear changing themselves because then maybe they might have to take responsibility for things they have done in the past and acknowledge the suffering they have inflicts and generally people like to avoid that as they see it as a negative experience and this increases their resistance to change.
  19. ProducerBrandon Marshall
    How NOT to write a professional apology letter
    How NOT to write a professional apology letterUnited States Army veteran Ernest Walker just went to Chili’s restaurant for the promise of a free burger.The restaurant showed its “appreciation” for his service by confiscating his leftovers, questioning his service credentials and ejecting him...


    Brandon Marshall
    20/11/2016 #11 Brandon Marshall
    #4 Harvey, I think the senior leadership seem as insensitive as the restaurant manager who started this.
    Brandon Marshall
    20/11/2016 #10 Brandon Marshall
    #9 It doesn't take a lot of effort to be genuine and respectful--I think they'll surely lose customers because of the way they handled this.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    19/11/2016 #9 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    This letter is a poor excuse for an apology. It wreaks of insincerity and seems to be written by someone that needed to clean out their "in box". I agree with you @Brandon Marshall
    oilda cardozo
    19/11/2016 #8 oilda cardozo
    #7 hi!!
    Brandon Marshall
    19/11/2016 #7 Brandon Marshall
    #5 Great points, Pamela! I don't think senior leadership really understood how this angered their customers. They probably won't take it seriously until they see their sales drop. By then, it will be too late to do anything about it.
    Brandon Marshall
    19/11/2016 #6 Brandon Marshall
    #3 I'm not sure the bad publicity they generated was worth the price of the burger they repossessed from Mr. Walker.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    19/11/2016 #5 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Brandon, Absolutely. The whole thing wreaked of insincere business-as-usual with the help of marketing and a lawyer. I hope Mr. Walker felt okay with the apology but this letter 'sucks rotten eggs'. Having sat in as minutes taker in corporate meetings I can probably hear the conversation;
    It was just a meal, for christ's sake, what's the big deal, okay, how are we going to handle this? So-and-so, write a letter by so-and-so time and we'll meet again to review. Damn that manager for not handling this better; didn't we teach them how to confront bad customers? Do we need to hold another round of training sessions on how to properly handle disgruntled guests. Now, on to other subjects; what were the losses for the veteran give-away? How can we decrease the free meals, while still capitalizing on the 'community good-will' campaign?
    No where are they referred to as human-beings, they are 'guests', in other words, walking stiffs with wallets.
    Harvey Lloyd
    19/11/2016 #4 Harvey Lloyd
    Has it really gotten so complicated that when we make a mistake we can't just apologize? The letter looked like one written for the state of the union address. The irony truly is that even though the letter stated the values, clearly these values were not present in this situation. Restating them didn't make it better but rather reinforced the leadership's inability to perform at the customer level.

    Maybe the leadership needs to apply to undercover boss?
    Brian McKenzie
    19/11/2016 #3 Brian McKenzie
    "Veteran" Status may not mean what you think it means. I did 15 years in the Reserves, all of my 9 deployments were 179 days, because at 180 days they have to issue benefits and a DD-214, anything below that was considered "ActiveDuty for Training" - neither the military nor an extremely large Retail conglomerate out of Arkansas consider me a 'Vet'. The one DD-214 that I could have "eaned" was from time in a country that we were never officially deployed to and never declared as one of our Forward Operations in the ever global expanding Shit Show of Whack-a-mole 'Anti-Terrorism' ventures.
    Brandon Marshall
    18/11/2016 #2 Brandon Marshall
    #1 Thank you, Susan!
    Susan Rooks
    18/11/2016 #1 Susan Rooks
    I agree with what you wrote here, @Brandon Marshall! What a damn shame on all fronts! Thanks for bringing this to our attention, and I hope that all other restaurants and service venues check their values and actions to be sure they're living up to what they say they believe.
  20. Milos Djukic

    Milos Djukic

    The Difference Between Influencer Marketing and Advocate Marketer - Are the thoughts by "influential" on LinkedIn :helpful for working class....?

    Link: LI article titled: "Time to ask an important question.." by Mark M-G
    Milos Djukic
    Time to ask an important question...
    www.linkedin.com There are many 'LinkedIn' influencers. I (and you I'm sure as well) have seen their work,writing good and not-so-good posts. For me, too many of them publish posts that are not backed up by real...


    Don 🐝 Kerr
    23/11/2016 #63 Don 🐝 Kerr
    I am very late to this party @Milos Djukic and I thank you for tagging me. Social responsibility as practiced by any corporation - social media or coal mining - is a tricky spot where one must, of necessity, try to find a balance between the realities of being commercially effective while contributed to the commonwealth of the communities we inhabit. Concerning LI in particular and Mark M-G's article, all I can think of is the observation that one shouldn't judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree. Li performs a certain function for a certain market. FB does similarly. beBee too. Perhaps collectively, if we utilize social media for social good we can all improve our lots. In my previous life on the corporate side we regularly acknowledged that we were operating a for-profit business. We were not, clearly, a social agency. That did not however excuse us from sharing our good fortune even if our CSR programs were targetted to activities of some relevance and relationship to our markets.
    Aurorasa Sima
    23/11/2016 #62 Aurorasa Sima
    Thanks for the tag, Milos. I don´t know .... Not a huge fan of the article that also does not back up the claim that LI influencers only cater to certain groups. The author is a life coach. I wonder how much of his time he spends on free service for the poverty stricken.

    Looking at the number of likes the article received, I might be pretty alone with my opinion. If you´re doing business I see no wrong in catering to your ideal clients. That does not mean you can´t do good in your free time.

    LI "Influencers" as I understand the concept receive preferred distribution and more attention. Some of them are able to influence change, through their work more than the title - other are not.

    Does the title "influencer" that is merely a VIP tag come with social responsibility? Personally, I don´t think so.
    John Vaughan
    20/11/2016 #61 John Vaughan
    #60 "Condescension" was not my thread, @Irene Hackett - but yours:
    "John, condescension is unnecessary. Let's do our best to add value to the exchange." (#55)

    If you'd prefer to drop it now, that sounds smart to me. No apology necessary.
    John Vaughan
    20/11/2016 #59 John Vaughan
    #58 As long as we're belaboring the topic, @Irene Hackett, the phrase "Let's do our best to..." is pretty much a textbook example of condescension. (i.e. Are we talking to three-year-old?)

    I guess we could ask if Milos feels that "Pass the KoolAid" is language that violates his sense of intrinsic value. I've been communicating with him for a few years now and didn't get that sense. Maybe I just missed it.

    In any case, distraction works as an antidote to insight. There will be no discussion of the fact that discussions on beBee can go VERY wrong a la the comment thread in https://www.bebee.com/producer/@john-vaughan/re-posts-pointers-and-hooks.

    Nothing to look at here, folks. Just move along.
    John Vaughan
    20/11/2016 #57 John Vaughan
    sarcasm: the use of irony to mock
    condescension: an attitude of patronizing superiority; disdain

    There's a difference, @Irene Hackett

    The value is in the insight, which is sharpened and emphasized by sarcasm.

    John Vaughan
    20/11/2016 #56 John Vaughan
    #53 Then again, @Milos Djukic, beBee also still manages to have "THESE kind of discussions".... (https://www.bebee.com/producer/@john-vaughan/re-posts-pointers-and-hooks) Please review the comment thread for content, styling, "civilized" demeanor, etc. Compare the content of the article to the shrillness of the reactions... And perhaps notice how many of the commentators are 'ambassadors'

    * Interesting side-note. I published the exact same article on LinkedIn. Even tho LinkedIn actually gets the brunt of my criticism in the article, the response from the LinkedIn community was measured and responsible. There were some decent insights about the topic of the article itself - not merely reactions to perceived criticism. Check it out: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/re-posts-pointers-hooks-john-vaughan

    "It's still a work in progress" is about as politely as I can put it.
    John Vaughan
    20/11/2016 #54 John Vaughan
    #52 mmmmmmm, tasty @Milos Djukic. Please pass the KoolAid!
    Milos Djukic
    20/11/2016 #53 Anonymous
    Successful is a network which has such participants in the discussion and these kind of discussions. When something like this is missing, it's a sure sign of beginning of stagnation.
    Milos Djukic
    20/11/2016 #52 Anonymous
    Thank you very much @Irene Hackett, @Phil Friedman and @John Vaughan. Critical discussions and the confrontation of attitudes that are highly civilized are the only way to ensure further progress and sustainable development of this great social network. A people-centered leadership is what makes the difference here. Profit is then not only a reason, but also a byproduct. Advocate marketing is the only model that is applicable in the case of the social network.
    John Vaughan
    19/11/2016 #50 John Vaughan
    #43 Interesting dynamic between altruism & profit in this thread (#45, #46, etc) is the relationship between Best Practices (voluntary-ish) and Standards (mandatory-esque). At some point, when the opportune-Cooperation and the opportunistic-Competition sides find some common ground ... useful shit actually gets done. A nice-to-have becomes actual policy.

    Thanks, @Phil Friedman and @Irene Hackett for kicking this one around
    Phil Friedman
    19/11/2016 #49 Phil Friedman
    #47 Irene, I accept, respect, and indeed agree with everything you've just said. And I believe that putting it all out front during exchanges is, as you point out, exceedingly valuable. I also believe that the opportunity exists for beBee to differentiate itself from the other social media platforms and that there is great potential for beBee going forward, Which is why I have been arguing for a while now, that it the best approach is not to position directly opposite LI or any other major platform, but position as a completely new and different synthesis. I also do not for a moment question the Ambassador program, which I think is an entrepreneurial masterstroke, notwithstanding that I reservations about it being clearly understood for the for-pay marketing tool that it is by even most of the Ambassadors themselves. I mention this only because you refer to what you are doing for beBee, and not because I want to get into a discussion about Advocate Marketing and variants thereof. Thank you for speaking honestly and so clearly. I hope your weekend is a good one. Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    19/11/2016 #46 Phil Friedman
    #43 --- Pt. II ---

    Irene, this is not to express a judgment, only to bring to attention a fact. And you can say, "well, of course" all you want. But I have entered into discussion with many, many people who think the appellation "unicorn start-up" refers to corporations that are primarily pursuing goals in the area of social improvement. Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    19/11/2016 #45 Phil Friedman
    #43 I agree, Irene -- to an extent. If one reads carefully what I said, one sees that I neither said nor implied that social concern is always excluded from for-profit entrepreneurial activity, only that de facto it usually is. Buffet, Gates, Soros, Zuckerberg and some others have given truly huge amounts to social causes. From their huge personal profits. However, without taking anything away from them for doing so, I think we need to recognize that none of them live like monks or even Mother Theresa. I am simply in favor of being realistic.

    You are correct about there being options. One of which is to create instead of a private, for-profit corporate entity, a non-profit entity with defined caps on the level of compensation which can be drawn by controlling interests who are also executives and management of that entity. And I suggest to you that adopting such an option would indeed be indicative of a primary interest in pursuit of the public good. In the absence of that, I am somewhat cynical about claims by entrepreneurs to be, first and foremost, interested in improving the lot of mankind.

    I personally have no objection to anyone making a profit from honest business activity. Nor do I expect anyone to divert part or all of their efforts to social causes. If they do, or if they find a way to combine the two, so much the better. But let us not be fooled, for example, by companies who pledge a percentage of their revenues or profits to support of a charitable or social cause. The primary objective in doing so is not the betterment of society, but the generation of greater sales revenues. For I know of no private, for-profit that pledges anything other that a minuscule portion of its net profit to public causes, and even then such pledges are in pre-tax dollars, so cost only a portion of the nominal amount.

    This is not to express a judgment, only to bring to attention a fact. And you can say, "well, of course" all you want. But I have entered into
    John Vaughan
    19/11/2016 #41 John Vaughan
    #38 #39 #40 Whew, indeed, @Phil Friedman
    Nicely done. Look forward to seeing it in fully-featured article mode, which it deserves.
    Phil Friedman
    19/11/2016 #40 Phil Friedman
    #24 #32 #26 #31 #23 -- PART III --

    6) beBee currently does no better than Li as concerns the provision of a platform for blue-collar people, and only pays lip-service to being a venue that welcomes blue-collar workers. This is because beBee does not provide the tools or official support for creating and managing hives that are user-directed to work-related topics that affect blue-collar workers.

    That, however, is itself the topic for a very long and complicated discussion for another time.
    I apologize for the long-winded comment. But there is so much to say about all of this, and some of an article I'm working on is bleeding into what I'm saying here. So I'll just stop here. Cheers to all!
    Phil Friedman
    19/11/2016 #39 Phil Friedman
    #24 #32 #26 #31 #23 --PART II ---

    4) The bone that most writer-users have to pick with LinkedIn is not about how LI ownership and management have chosen to evolve the platform, but with the fact that LI breached an implied, but fully legal contract with them by promising to support their efforts to build their own individual readership networks in exchange for their contributing work used in building the LI user-base (which LI monetizes), then taking and using that work, and finally reneging on the promises made by LI when it invited them to (direct quote) "publish on LinkedIn."

    As I've said many times before, the Influencer vs non-influencer conflict has to be seen, I believe, in the framework of elites vs counter-elites, as defined in the seminal works of social philosopher Eric Hoffer. It has little to do with the basic nature and structure of LinkedIn as a social media platform.

    5) The plaintiff cry that LI ignores the "working class" is a red herring. Nintey-nine percent of us are "working class", so the tag has no practical value. What we can distinguish between are "blue collar" workers versus "white collar" workers.

    The most one can say is that LI does not provide an infrastructure conducive to networking and exchange between "blue collar" people. In fact, LI did provide such an environment with the early structuring of its groups, but completely abandoned that environment when it destroyed the ability to run and maintain topic- and membership-filtered groups and discussions.

    When I first joined LI in 2009, I participated in several industry-specific groups that were populated by many people who straddled the white-collar/blue-collar division --- which is common in the marine industry. And the activity in those groups was interesting and fruitful, even exciting. But obviously completely disrespected by the white-collar apparatchiks in LI management.

    6) beBee currently does no better than Li as concerns the provision of a platform for
    Phil Friedman
    19/11/2016 #38 Phil Friedman
    #24 #32 #26 #31 #23 --- Milos, thank you for inviting me to comment here. I think the main points are:

    1) Social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and beBee are private, for-profit organizations, not public institutions. As such they are not subject to precriptions as to what the "should or should not" be; they are only subject to the dictates of the search for market share.

    2) it is ridiculous to expect that social media platforms will act in accord with some vision of social conscience and the Worldwide Common Good. If you doubt this, consider that beBee is currently implementing a program to become the latest "Unicorn Start-up", and look up the meaning of "unicorn start-up", which embodies nothing mystical or magical or ethically desirable, only the criterion of achieving in excess of one billion dollars in investor capitalization.

    Duh, it's about money, guys, money. And market share. And profit. And ROI. Not about making the world a better place to live. That may or may not turn out to be a byproduct of market-driven choices, but it will not be a leading objective... ever.

    Anyone who thinks that the primary objective of social media platforms is to make the world a "better" place is hugely naive --- and needs to remember that the internet and the worldwide web were not created by private enterprise, however much private enterprise benefited and profited (and continue to do so) from their development.

    3) The almost continual comparison of beBee to LinkedIn is the direct result of beBee's actions in positioning itself in the market directly opposite LinkedIn, witness the latest chart/infographic put out by beBee marketing --- a piece of marketing collateral better described as a mis-info-graphic. I've suggested to beBee ownership and management several times, both publicly and privately, that the comparison to LI is counter-productive, so I have no hesitancy in repeating that suggestion here.

    4) The bone that most
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    19/11/2016 #37 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #35 Dear John, what drew me into this post was the title "Time to ask an Important Question". We do seem to be more inclined to focus on other people's important questions, rather than viewing the question as a rhetorical one. I gain more learning that way and I expend far less energy in the habit of responding to opinion. On the way of engaging that learning I encounter or pickup tidbits on the way, such as http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/events/martin-luther-on-trial/ and that too adds to my learning - for sure I can make a comment about the synchronicity of that - but I need to get back to my learning. IMHO Learning is my BIG PLUS and Indoctrination is my BIG NEGATIVE - and the person I should be saying that to most is myself. As for hitting the plus sign, other than that this is social engineering far more than it is personal learning - feedback is great, but on the social dimension do you and I have the time to be mentors to everyone - or do we become our own student and learn from our own words and view our relationships as barometers of learning. Love is a private thing that I want to see flow into my own home :-)
    John Vaughan
    19/11/2016 #36 John Vaughan
    #27 Great analysis, @CityVP 🐝 Manjit (also #28 and #20)

    FWIW: Will be attending the play "Martin Luther on Trial" in a few weeks. Interesting times...

    "The judge is Saint Peter. And the prosecutor…is the Devil. In the new original play Martin Luther on Trial, Luther's beloved wife Katarina defends him as witnesses including Adolf Hitler, Sigmund Freud, Rabbi Josel, St. Paul, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Pope Francis take the stand."

    Also FWIW: I continue to earn negative [ - ] votes for my participation.

    beBee breathlessly heralds when someone likes my comment, even identifying them by name. But is silent on the negative ratings.

    Discuss, anyone? Particularly in the context of "a professional environment"?

    Framing :
    Disagreement doesn't really bother me. But is "anonymous negative rating" a good thing?
    John Vaughan
    19/11/2016 #34 John Vaughan
    #33 We are agreed that beBee's "speculative equity" ambassadorship program is effective in recruiting and motivating beBee Pump Primers, @Irene Hackett.

    I hope you'll check out https://www.bebee.com/producer/@john-vaughan/priming-the-pump:

    "'Priming the pump' is a smart and well-established technique. We could spend several articles de-constructing how and why. In the meantime, let's just accept that people do it because it works."

    It's not described as 'a problem', though it is analyzed in terms of its impact on content and 'professionalism' within beBee. Analysis is fundamental to Solution.
  21. Ben Pinto

    Ben Pinto

    Happy Veteran's Day! My uncle, Claudius Lehman when he was still around and I wasn't so round. Ben Pinto


    Ben Pinto
    10/12/2016 #3 Ben Pinto
    "Respect is your birthright." - Ben Pinto
    Ben Pinto
    10/12/2016 #2 Ben Pinto
    "Respect is your birthright." -Ben Pinto
  22. ProducerRobert Bacal

    Robert Bacal

    Eleven Things That Create Resistance And Anger In Others (Free Excerpts)
    Eleven Things That Create Resistance And Anger In Others (Free Excerpts)Stop starting conflict by eliminating these eleven conflict habitsConflict In Your LifeEleven Things That Create Resistance And Anger In Others (Free Excerpts)Summary: By eliminating these eleven anger provoking behaviors from your repertoire you...


    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    07/11/2016 #11 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    We will always be faced with negativity, it's how we react that matters.
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    06/11/2016 #9 Javier 🐝 beBee
    #8 @Dean Owen @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher Plenty of great people to interact with. My time is only mine and I don't need to interact with negative ones :)
    Dean Owen
    06/11/2016 #8 Dean Owen
    #4 I'm with you Lisa. I just made a decision to not interact. Life is too short. Even when provoked, it is just not worth it. Plenty of great people to interact with.
    Harvey Lloyd
    06/11/2016 #7 Harvey Lloyd
    @Robert Bacal the challenges of communications in such a noisy environment requires many approaches to get heard. A positive agenda for an outcome can be met with a negative writing style. Media today, in all forms, realizes that negative/positive or emotional engagement through taking a stand or showing a sad puppy will introduce a polarized audience on either side. But it is engagement.

    Offering engagement within a seeking or wisdom style is too flat and lacks the roller coaster ride typical engagement. I enjoy watching the circus of writers and delineating what their agenda may be within the writing. This is my agenda, as we all have one.

    You list seems accurate but is also listing the exactly what engages folks. This is a sad truth but we can see it in politics, social settings and clearly online. It would appear that just experiencing the human dynamic is not enough we must have a agenda/side, engage it emotionally and polarize. This will be our ultimate understanding 100 years from now.

    Call it social growing pains. What happens when everyone has a microphone?
    Aurorasa Sima
    06/11/2016 #6 Aurorasa Sima
    Good list, Robert. Thanks for sharing!

    I believe 6 and 7 often come in combination with the inability to let go of things. It´s amazing how even someone speaking the truth can become annoying from the unfortunate combination of 6, 7 and what I´d like to call 6a).

    Lucky are those who have access to this list.
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    06/11/2016 #5 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Oh, sometimes confused communication makes others crazy and it spews sheer conflicts. Imagine the harm done when a person feels feverish with thoughts and ideas and publishes it on the media, in haste. Nothing in proper sense, but all like random expressions stitched with silly words. A vile gossip, a pungent back-biting or wandering notions can blotch one's feelings. So, let's think, censor and re-think before we publish anything. Instead silence is better than hasty viewpoints.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    06/11/2016 #4 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    I've learned to stay silent for quite some time now. I also learned it's OK to speak out against injustices if we are being attacked or see another being attacked. I will not attack the attacker or become like that of the attacker. I just wrote on @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman View more
    I've learned to stay silent for quite some time now. I also learned it's OK to speak out against injustices if we are being attacked or see another being attacked. I will not attack the attacker or become like that of the attacker. I just wrote on @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman buzz that I'm learning a lot from those who've done this much longer than myself, beBee and it's team being such a great example. If I feel I may say something I could regret, I won't comment. I'm not here for controversy or to make enemies. There will always be a few who thrive on controversy, not sure why... maybe they are trying to draw more people in. Sort of reminds me of the negative stuff the media spews, people become addicted, it's like a soap opera and they keep coming back for more. Close
    Randy Keho
    05/11/2016 #3 Randy Keho
    #2 agreed.
    Robert Bacal
    05/11/2016 #2 Robert Bacal
    #1 Indeed @Randy Keho but isn't there a difference between good silence and bad silence? Via the way you keep silent?
    Randy Keho
    05/11/2016 #1 Randy Keho
    We all have the right to remain silent. We just don't always have the ability.
  23. ProducerPaul "Pablo" Croubalian
    How to Tell if Your Customer is an Idiot
    How to Tell if Your Customer is an IdiotAs business people, we always try to meet or exceed our customers' expectations. Whether we call them clients, customers, patrons, or guests is irrelevant here. They are the ones we depend on to keep our doors open. They are the ones we opened our...


    Wayne Yoshida
    11/11/2016 #32 Wayne Yoshida
    Thanks for the chuckle this morning, Paul. I thought the title had something to do with the VW diesel-gate thing. Anyway . . . on the other side of this "customer is an idiot thing," I had a friend who owned a camera shop. He went out of his way to accommodate strange requests from customers. For example, since his shop was near an international airport, people would come into the shop and try to buy things with foreign currency. Most shops would not take their money. Kurt would always take out his calculator, look up the exchange rate and let them buy whatever they wanted. He figured money is money, right?

    He also had this twisted sense of humor. He would do this trick to young kids working a cash register when he bought something. He would pay in cash, and extend his hand for the change. He would accept the change, but kept his hand extended. Way too often, the cashier would look uncomfortable and hand him some more money. Yikes.
    Ben Pinto
    08/11/2016 #31 Ben Pinto
    @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian Why any vegan would want to even eat at this establishment is beyond my understanding. A true vegan would be mortified at the mere thought of shared cooking utensils. Pulling out the cash from their Louis Vuiton canvas handbag, with real leather straps would be further proof of a Troll. A sign in the window stating "If you are Trolling just keep Strolling," would give a similar clue of not being wanted there as my social media quote of the same verbiage ending with the word Scrolling instead of Strolling gives.
    Ben Pinto
    08/11/2016 #30 Ben Pinto
    Love your song #28
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    29/10/2016 #28 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #27 Dang! Crepe batter without egg...the poor owner would have simply had to sing - Am glue for you...and I don't know what tooo doooo..a la them Menatwork downundah! ;)
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    29/10/2016 #27 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #26 CUSStomer... I LOVE it! The reality is that excellent customer service is a partnership between the provider and the customer.

    I was once in a crepe house (the Creoes breton type... huge very thin dough filled with all sorts of good stuff). A woman asked the owner to make her crepes without egg. Note, crepe batter without egg is glue. When the owner explained that it was impossible, the customer flew into a rage. People do not control the laws of physics and chemistry
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    29/10/2016 #26 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    LOL PC! Again! Delighted to hear of some lingering rabbity habitties... ;) Coming back to the crux of it all...am wondering if CUSTOMER (a sacred word that simply cannot be used in conjunction with any negative) is the right nomenclature to use here at all in the first place when the person doesn't fit the profile one bit! A cuss-tomer more like it, for lack of a better word!
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    29/10/2016 #25 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian..I love the way you put it all out there ...no holds barred😊 there really are some questions that can make you go duhhh...?*#&
    Great post...
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    29/10/2016 #24 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #22 It takes all kinds to make a world. Most vegans I know are not militant. They recognize that it's a choice they made. They may not understand how we can eat meat or wear leather. They let us be.

    Come to think of it, if they were militant they wouldn't be friends, would they?

    That said, I don't eat my extra-rare steak in front of vegan friends. It's a two-way street.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    29/10/2016 #23 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #16 I sort of like how that sounds @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, 'Mercedes footwear.' Can you imagine the ad's one could create?
    David Navarro López
    29/10/2016 #22 Anonymous
    Apart from the fact that some people take advantage of being your potential customer, and try to play the rol of God with every illogical requirement, just for the fun of making you twist under "their power", the thing goes to apocalyptic proportions if one mixes "customer" with "vegan" .
    I had some disgusting experiences with vegan people, and what i really don't understand is that they claim they are vegan due to the highest human values, while forgetting that to be vegan is THEIR choice, pointing out that everyone who is not in agreement with them should not belong to the human race. For the same reason, in my opinion, this is a clear aggression to one of the most valuable rights of humans, that is, the freedom to choose. They choose a way of life and expect that the rest of humankind should do the same, just because they see it this way.
    Under my point of view, there is no much difference between this behaviour and fascism.
    I am not even trying to convince a vegan to eat meat. For the same reason, I don't want to be insulted by them because of their own choice.
    As it uses to happen, some individuals belonging to a minority are so desperately willing to reaffirm their choice, that they feel compelled to convince the rest of us to follow their own choice by all means. It´s simply pathetic.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    28/10/2016 #21 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #20 Jerry, is that a euphism for ... Never mind. LOL
    Jerry Fletcher
    28/10/2016 #20 Jerry Fletcher
    I once thought it was age that brought out the curmudgeon in people than I went to work in advertising. I quickly realized that age had nothing to do with it. It is a reaction to stupidity. It seems more and more that the world abounds in it. Excuse me I've got to get my oil changed...
    Melissa Hughes
    28/10/2016 #19 Anonymous
    @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, this is just as funny the second time around for me. Thanks for the Friday belly laugh!
    Alexa Steele
    28/10/2016 #18 Alexa Steele
    #14 Ha! You remind me of the meme: "Grammar, it's the difference between knowing your shit and knowing you're shit."
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    28/10/2016 #17 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #8 Wow. Just imagine all the passersby looking for great Chinese that never went in.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    28/10/2016 #16 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #9 Hmmm, Mercedes footwear? You may be on to something, Lisa
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    28/10/2016 #15 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #10 Tell me about it! I watched a new TV show yesterday called "The Great Indoors." Boy, do they ever push that! It also portrays Millennials as wooses and brilliant idiots with illusions (not delusions) of grandeur.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    28/10/2016 #14 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #12 You may be right, Alexa. I also saw a woman get upset when she was called a polyglot. She thought it meant "fat."

    True, English can get confusing. "You are the shit!" is good. "You are shit!" is not. This was not one of those cases
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    28/10/2016 #13 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #6 LMAO, Randy. Yup, it is only in English. I guess I could have written it in French too. But, I have never met two French-speakers who could agree on phrasing. Come to think of it, I never met two English-speakers who could either.

    Satire is difficult to write, particularly on an international stage. Don't sweat the shit lists.
    Alexa Steele
    28/10/2016 #12 Alexa Steele
    Thanks for sharing a great story, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian. I clicked over and read the original article, but I'm not sure I read it right. Did that whole fiasco really start because the customer couldn't be bothered to google "idiosyncratic" and assumed she'd been called an idiot? I think maybe we have a bigger problem than people feeling entitled...
  24. ProducerRenée  🐝 Cormier
    Tips for Mastering the Art of Public Apology, or Any Apology for that Matter
    Tips for Mastering the Art of Public Apology, or Any Apology for that MatterAs a follow up to my recent post, How to Speak Your Mind and Not Piss People Off, I thought I would move into the subject of what we public relations pros call “issues management” and the fine art of issuing public apologies. If you just want to...


    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    30/10/2016 #35 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @Renée 🐝 Cormier excellent advice. It is not easy saying sorry at any time, but it is necessary. You have given some good advice on the importance of doing it correctly in business and for public purposes. Thanks.🙂🤗
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    29/10/2016 #34 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #33 Thank you, Ken!
    Ken Boddie
    29/10/2016 #33 Ken Boddie
    Many handy tips here, Renée, for which I thank you. I have never been happy with repeated legal advice advocating never to admit wrongdoing. I suspect that many a situation can be defused by an appropriate apology rather than buttressed into a stagnant stand-off. I also like your suggestion to keep the client advised on proposed system remediation. Worth filing away as you say.
    Michele Williams
    28/10/2016 #32 Michele Williams
    #31 Great. I will share it here also.
    Aaron Skogen
    28/10/2016 #31 Aaron Skogen
    #27 Thank you so much @Michele Williams. I shared a link here on beBee back to the post.
    Aaron Skogen
    28/10/2016 #30 Aaron Skogen
    #25 Funny how that works, isn't it @Renée 🐝 Cormier. I hope you enjoyed the post :-). Your more than welcome to leave a link in the comments!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    28/10/2016 #29 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #28 Yes, I noticed that dastardly contrarian pop his little tiny head out! Always love your feedback, @Graham🐝 Edwards. :)
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    28/10/2016 #28 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #21 I think one of the challenges to this, more than ever because of social media, is as it plays out in the world of public opinion to separate object from subjective... vile and narcissistic are subjective words and in my word only "objective" gets things done.

    One persons apology is another persons "pandering"...

    I sense the contrarian in me coming out... as we'll as a buzz. Again thanks for making me think.
    Michele Williams
    28/10/2016 #27 Michele Williams
    #24 Wow! @Aaron Skogen, Please share your apology post on beBee if you haven't already. It is a powerful reminder to us all.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    28/10/2016 #26 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #23 Thank you, David. It's especially rewarding when another communications professional likes my posts!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    28/10/2016 #25 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #24 Ha! I just read your LI post and was tempted to include the link to this post in it, but I figured you'd probably see the post, anyway. I'm glad you like it!
    Aaron Skogen
    28/10/2016 #24 Aaron Skogen
    I just ran across this @Renée 🐝 Cormier. Great advice! It's interesting that I see this now considering I don't believe in coincidences. About an hour ago I posted this: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/im-sorry-open-apology-aaron-skogen A very public apology. I don't normally post links to another post, but given the content, I thought it may interest you. Again, this is a wonderful reminder Renee, thanks!
    David B. Grinberg
    28/10/2016 #23 David B. Grinberg
    Super awesome advice @Renée 🐝 Cormier! You provide valuable lessons is crisis communications. To reiterate some points:
    1) Remember that saying from Watergate: "The cover up is always worse than the crime."
    2) Thus, don't wait to apologize for a major gaffe. Do so publicly, quickly and all at once. Shine a spotlight on it.
    3) Swallow your pride and eat your "humble pie" ASAP. Avoid the drip-drip-drip effect of negative media coverage over multiple news cycles.
    4) By apologizing, you will usually gain empathy and forgiveness. Meanwhile, covering up the problem will only cause it to grow larger -- like a snowball rolling down a mountain and getting bigger and it picks up speed.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    28/10/2016 #22 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Oh, and I forgot to mention, @Graham🐝 Edwards, thank you very much for sharing my post. You're the best!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    28/10/2016 #21 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #18 Thank you, Graham, for the thoughtful response. I think intention plays a major role in determining the gravity of any action. The other component, of course, is the consequences of the action. It is the difference between a serious transgression and an honest mistake. Honest mistakes are much easier to forgive. A person who has no regard for the consequences of his actions could be considered a rather vile and even narcissistic individual, and would therefore be much harder to forgive.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    28/10/2016 #20 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #19 Thank you, Jan!
    Jan 🐝 Barbosa
    28/10/2016 #19 Jan 🐝 Barbosa
    #13 Donne ReNee
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    28/10/2016 #18 Graham🐝 Edwards
    Ask always @Renée 🐝 Cormier great insight and perspective. For me, if you tear way everything, an apology is the recognition of a mistake (or problem), which then more importantly begs the questions, "Is it really a mistake? Do you take ownership for the mistake? What are you going to fix the problem? and can I trust you not to make the same mistake?".

    Apologies are a dime a dozen, just look at any Canadian or Politician... lol

    There is some fascinating discussion in this post and I hope we can broaden the conversation...

    How is a mistake defined and who defines it? (Actuaries make a living helping companies it). Who decides if it is an honest mistake or in fact a well calculated decision that unfortunately forums the light of day? Are mistakes defined by external consensus or driven by internal core

    Then you have rectifying the mistake or problem...... recognition of the mistake and an apologize just isn't enough... I believe it is what is done then validates the honest recognition of the mistake and the apologize.

    All your great points take us far but in the end the real question that has to be asked and part of the recognition and "apology spin needs to be, "What is the plan and the actions that show you are 'walking the talk' ?".

    Thanks for making me think,

    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    28/10/2016 #17 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #14 #15 #16 Thank you Michelle and Paul for your support. It is always a great feeling when other professionals appreciate your work! Your comments and shares mean a lot to me.
    Paul Kearley 🐝
    28/10/2016 #16 Paul Kearley 🐝
    Very well written @Renée 🐝 Cormier. I liked the plug for Dale Carnegie in there as well, but the one thing that is most important is this one: Give absolutely no excuses for your behaviour. You are bang on for that one. Nothing is more frustrating than someone apologizing and finishing with a "But...... " Thanks for this great piece which acts as a great reminder to us all.
  25. ProducerJavier 🐝 beBee
    Testimonials from beBee users
    Testimonials from beBee usersI gathered some last testimonals from bees. Please feel free to add yours and I will add which ones I consider more powerful to help us to spread the beBee BUZZ. Please do not feel bad if I don't put them all. I much appreciate all of them...


    Javier 🐝 beBee
    10/01/2017 #83 Javier 🐝 beBee
    beBee includes all the necessary features to create, showcase and share people's personal brands including a professional profile, professional networking, a publishing platform, affinity groups (both personal and professional), live video capability, interactive job postings, advanced communication tools, and a multi-network content-sharing tool
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    10/01/2017 #82 Javier 🐝 beBee
    By @David B. Grinberg " What makes beBee, Inc. unique in the social media space is that regular users are the real "influencers," not celebrity personalities or cherry-picked "experts" whose content is force fed to users regardless of whether it's relevant or not. beBee.com allows users to receive and engage with content that's specifically relevant to their professional and personal interests per affinity-based social networking. This creates stronger business relationships and more successful personal branding. !
    debasish majumder
    10/01/2017 #81 debasish majumder
    beBee enable us to interact beautiful minds with warmth and appreciation. by complementing and even critically analyzing each other, it makes the platform pretty friendly and congenial to ensure all bees to thrive with vigor. lovely insightful post @Javier 🐝 beBee View more
    beBee enable us to interact beautiful minds with warmth and appreciation. by complementing and even critically analyzing each other, it makes the platform pretty friendly and congenial to ensure all bees to thrive with vigor. lovely insightful post @Javier 🐝 beBee! enjoyed profusely. thank you for the share. Close
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    09/01/2017 #80 Javier 🐝 beBee
    By @Sara Jacobovici " With an integrated personal and professional profile, you can connect with people....having one consistent brand that integrates career goals and personal passions can open many more doors"
    Mohammed Sultan
    09/01/2017 #79 Mohammed Sultan
    The more we change our position at the window we stand by,the more we broaden our scope,and the more we see beBee differently.
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    09/01/2017 #78 Javier 🐝 beBee
    By @Deb 🐝 Helfrich: "I simply prefer beBee because it is global site where I can strike up a conversation with anyone about anything that interests me"
    Jared 🐝 Wiese
    09/01/2017 #76 Jared 🐝 Wiese
    Using the Power of Threes:

    Publish your PASSIONS.
    Promote your PROFESSION.
    Real content & engagement.

    Easy as 123:
    1 platform 2
    beBee your ALL.
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    09/01/2017 #75 Javier 🐝 beBee
    #74 @Joel Anderson any contribution is much appreciated !!!! thanks for your support !!
    Joel Anderson
    09/01/2017 #74 Joel Anderson
    Javier, I don't expect you to use this and that is ok, but drew one quote from a previous work on Contextualism and the powerful influence of an affinity based network.

    "Change is never easy, and as humans we are in fact sensitive to any discrepancy in complexity. Might we just try a little harder to put things into context and simply make the most out of our world view(s) across the landscape of context, perspective, orientation and civil discussion?

    And on a positive bee buzzing note, that is what I find refreshing so far about beBee."
    Pascal Derrien
    09/01/2017 #73 Pascal Derrien
    funny I missed that one for some reasons :-)
    Ashley Marie Taylor
    09/01/2017 #71 Ashley Marie Taylor
    Just some wise words from a few of us bees
    Fran Brizzolis
    08/01/2017 #70 Fran Brizzolis
    Thank you so much @Javier 🐝 beBee for including my opinion.... I am very proud to be a bee.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    08/01/2017 #69 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #68 ha, I never noticed... I must learn to spell my name ;-)
    Mike Rana
    08/01/2017 #68 Mike Rana
    I just noticed that Lisa's name is spelled wrong in her credit.

    Great to hear that things are going well over here!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    08/01/2017 #67 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Why users love beBee, read the testimonials via @Javier 🐝 beBee
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