Dumb-Ass Stupid Management: Model Trains

Here’s a nominee for the DASM Hall of Infamy. I’m considering buying a property to have a new train layout built. As some of you know, I’ve built a couple in my home, but now all our rooms are assigned other uses and I want a professionally built layout, not one where my wiring might blow up the town. As you can imagine, money is not an issue. Logistics, relationships, trust, and so forth are. I wrote to eight companies …




Excellent New Book: The Illusions of Inclusion

My colleague and friend Helen Turnbull, PhD has a wonderful new book out, The Illusion of Inclusion. Her global clients include some of the largest organizations in the world seeking her help on more than “lip service diversity.” This is a great book for every manager and every consultant to management. http://businessexpertpress.com/books/illusion-inclusion-global-inclusion-unconscious-bias-and-bottom-line Book cover final – DrTurnbull


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 8/22/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

An “agenda” often refers to the underlying intentions and motives of a person or group. Nothing wrong with that. Unless, of course, that agenda colors ALL discussion, context, and debate. We see people casting votes based soley on a single agenda item (abortion, environmentalism, immigration, gun control, unions, charter schools) despite the ability of a candidate to serve well in that office in a variety of areas. We tend to demonize the oppostiion—who tend to be people just like us …


All About Them

Here’s a terrific new book by my colleague, friend, and marketing genius Bruce Turkel. You can watch a video here: https://vimeo.com/179415265 The world changed while we were all busy doing other things. Suddenly the marketing tools that used to work just don’t seem to work as well any more. My friend Bruce Turkel’s new book—All About Them—shows you exactly what the best businesses with the best brands are doing and how you can put these proven techniques to work for …



In Case You Were Wondering What I Was Thinking

Every morning I go to my website and click on the menu button that says “Discover Alan.” But my introspection never improves. Everyone tries to spell my name “Allan.” We were poor. My parents couldn’t afford two “l”s. The early bird may catch the worm, but it’s the early worm that gets caught. Has anyone bothered to think about this from the worm’s view? Somehow “We have prime rib tonight” is a lot less pretentious than “Chef will be preparing….” …


White Caps

I’m watching the ocean this morning, and there’s a huge wind whipping everything. One indication is that there are white caps far out in the water, and another is that the flag is flapping mightily, as if trying to get my attention. Are you creating white caps and flag-waving? Do people know you’re coming? Do people even know you’re there? © Alan Weiss 2016