Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 05/22/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I’m writing this from the King George Hotel in Athens, with the Acropolis standing on a mountain top across from our terrace like the sun in an historical orrery. The original buildings were constructed in the Fourth Century BC by Pericles. (Photos are on my blog: contrarianconsulting.com.) Like the Egyptians before them and the Italians after them, the Greeks built structures meant to last centuries. When destruction occurred, it was usually by force of nature which the technology couldn’t prevent …







Brother, Can You Spare A Fix?

A man in old but neat clothing walks up to us in New York as we exit Katz’s Deli. “Can you spare a few dollars?” he asks. A woman with me says, “I can’t give you any money, but I can offer this half of a $40 sandwich which is untouched and terrific.” “Oh, I don’t want any food,” he says, and approaches someone else. I’ve seen this many times in many cities. We enable drug and alcohol dependency every …


Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 7: The Aggrieved

Why whatever you perceive your condition to be does not warrant a vote in Congress or a newscast. Transcript: Hi, I’m Alan Weiss, and this is The Uncomfortable Truth. We have a lot of aggrieved people today, don’t we? In 1861, the south seceded from the union because of slavery. It was a rebellious act. There’s no constitutional provision for secession. Let’s extrapolate the consequences of that. Suppose New Jersey seceded from the United States over pollution regulations, and then …


Guest Column: What Mick Jagger Can Teach You About the Consulting Business and Branding

By Gail S. Bower and Roberta Matuson They say you can’t always get what you want. But we disagree. While attending the 2017 Million Dollar Consulting® Convention, we spent an evening at “The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism delivered by DHL” at the Navy Pier in Chicago, an exhibit about the musical, business, and creative lives of one of the greatest rock bands in history. What a perfect companion experience to the Convention. The exhibit tells the story of The Rolling Stones …