Dumb Ass Stupid Management: UPS, Amazon, Chase

Here are three examples of arrant stupidity:   UPS I’m informed someone has hacked my account and I should change my password. But when I go to do so, UPS has already invalidated my current password. When I input my user ID to get a new password, I’m told that it doesn’t exist, although I’ve had it for 20 years.   I go to an online “chat,” have to go through THREE different agents, none can help me, and the …


Journaling

Many people get a much better handle on their time use and productivity by journaling where they’ve spent their time over the prior week or more. Here’s another view, which I developed for my Productivity Retreat: Journal your next two weeks. Then see how accurate you are about where your time is going and why, © Alan Weiss 2016



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 6/27/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

The British have opted to leave the European Community. That’s their right. No one reading this knows what the consequences will be, positive or negative. Yet the very act has highlighted the polarization that has become our modern manifesto, our cultural chaos. Many people in the U.S. are likening this to Donald Trump being elected, to a bigoted backlash against immigration. One writer in a Wall Street Journal op ed piece compared Mexicans with the Jews fleeing Europe in the …


Set Me On Fire

Once again, we see people insufficiently motivated to walk across Tony Robbins’s hot coals without getting burned and, in fact, needing hospitalization. Poor Tony, he’s facing more and more weak people. (http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/more-than-30-people-burned-in-tony-robbins-hot-coals-walk/ar-AAhAtzI?li=AAggFp5) On a more serious note, when will we make it illegal to use spurious developmental scams with no validation or pragmatic use—be they hot coals or sweat tents or holding your breath—that can cause serious physical and psychological harm and, in some cases, even death?


The Dog Star: Braking

(The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition) Bentley ran out so fast this morning that he ran right past a duck which, inexplicably, was sitting on the lawn. The duck looked as though it had seen an apparition, and took off for the tennis court (then the pool and, finally, the pond where it lives). Bentley threw …



Four Movies

I recently traveled about 40,000 air miles, to Sydney and back and then to Rome and back. So I watched four movies of fairly recent vintage. My reactions: Hail Caesar: This was the best of the four, a funny satire of old Hollywood and Communist idealists, with Josh Brolin superb as a studio enforcer and coverup guy. George Clooney was wasted in the lead—anyone could have played it—but the spoof of the Communist writers, usually such subjects of empathy (see Trumbo, below), was …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 6/20/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Well, here we are facing Brexit, and whether Britain will remain in the European Community. Disaster, of course, is being predicted either way by the Chicken Littles of the world. The polls seem to sway with the wind. Funny thing about polls, whether the Scottish independence vote, Brexit, or an American primary election: People don’t always reveal the truth. They want to be seen by the media or friends in a certain light, even though they really intend to vote …