Coaching 601

I’ve been coaching for a long time, and I have three immutable principles to guide me: I can’t help anyone who doesn’t want to be helped, and I don’t try. I give you my very best advice. Whether you accept it and act on it is a commentary on you, not me. If there are three options and I suggest the first, but you prefer the second and I think it will work, I will help you. But if you prefer a …


A Good Idea Until You Think About It

For many years I’ve been underscoring the fact that small businesses in the US (and Canada) are the primary generators of net, new jobs in the economy. Larger organizations tend to use automation and lean practices to reduce employment, and hire people as replacements—they tend not to create new jobs. Today I’ve learned that over the past decade, start-ups have specifically been the largest net, new job creators. Yet, in the US. that is exactly the group that will be hurt most …




Opening Lines

• What is it that prompted you to see me today? • Joan said that you do great work here, and that we could probably significantly help each other. • Let’s use our time well: What two things would you most like to hear from me, and I’ll tell you what I’d like to learn from you. • If you could be assured of making one thing happen over this next year, just one thing but guaranteed, what would it …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 04/24/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Most people don’t tell us the reason for a decision because we don’t ask. We either argue about the rejection or applaud ourselves for their wise acceptance. But we don’t ask, “Why?” Unless you have the reason—the cause—you don’t truly understand the motive. Consequently, you make plans to correct the failure or to exploit the victory based purely on the effect, not the underlying premise. That’s like the cat which won’t jump onto a cold stove because once it jumped …


A Conveying of Philosophy Via Electronic Avenues of Dissemination

Someone wrote me to tell me they loved my newsletters and wanted to try some of their own. She then asked, “How do you arrange for content creation?” I told her that I sit down and start writing. Do  you see what I mean about simplifying and not complexifying? When writing becomes “content creation” or speaking becomes “personal to group idea projections” we have a problem. Or at least the person seeing it that way does. © Alan Weiss 2017


Winning and Choking Against the Odds

It seems to me the Democrats and Atlanta Falcons are analogous. Both should have won. Both lost in the most bizarre way. For Trump to win the election (after being a huge underdog), and the Patriots to win the Super Bowl (after being down by a record number of points), Trump and the Patriots had to do a dozen things or so perfectly, not just well, but perfectly. And the Democrats and the Atlanta Falcons had to do a half-dozen …


Lifestorming

I find that too many “experts” are trying to identify the age we live in. Is it digital, or information, or global, or chaotic? At the time, no one knew they were in the agrarian or industrial ages. Retrospect and history provided those identifiers. Who knows what today will be known as in a hundred years? Who cares? We need to stop labeling things—particularly generations of people—as if they all can be categorized and dropped into a neatly defined drawer. …


Yes, But We Want More

I’m looking around my garage. Among the features on the various cars are: • Vibrating steering wheel when you cross a highway line without signaling first. • Self-correction and braking when you drive onto the shoulder without signaling. • Self-contained wifi. • Self-closing doors. • Remote opening trunks. • GPS. • Online contacts for navigation, emergencies, local dining suggestions, etc. • Alarm systems that disconnect the ignition. • Onboard diagnostics with monthly computer reports. • Indicators of service due. • …