Here’s What You Should Do Next Time Your Flying the Plane….

Don’t you love people who haven’t accomplished one-tenth of what you have but who feel they are in a position to critique and coach you? It’s often an uncle or a cousin who wants to overcome a vast inferiority complex. But it’s also often some stranger who feels that social media is there for his or her glorification. A guy actually has offered Marshall Goldsmith and me (between us, 100 books, 100 countries, 500 clients, 25 translation languages, 30 awards, …



The Madness

March Madness, always thrilling, isn’t necessarily won by the best overall team. It’s won by the team which plays best under extreme pressure at the right moments, and makes the fewest unforced errors. When things get tough, the tough get going. Do you yell for the ball or duck from it?


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 03/27/17

The sculptor Donatello was considered second only to Michelangelo in the Renaissance world. He created a copy of the latter’s David for exhibit outside since the original was considered too precious to expose to the elements. And when you see Michelangelo’s masterpiece in The Academy, you are stunned by the brilliance, which is exquisitely highlighted in the surroundings of more intimacy and better lighting. The Mona Lisa, The Nightwatch, Guernica—any ageless work of art is defined by its framing. Your …


Opportunity Doesn’t Always Knock

Being opportunistic is a positive trait, but not if it’s your exclusive motive power. That’s because it relies on some external “trigger” allowing you to see the opportunity. Innovative people create their own “triggers.” It’s great to be opportunistic when something occurs, but it’s even better to also be innovative when nothing else is occurring.


All Aboard

It’s 8 am and the Acela is pulling out of Penn Station in New York, silently and stealthily, passing hundreds of arriving commuters from local train mere feet away from the tracks. They are trudging, infantry-like, down the platform and up the escalators, heads down, backpacks swaying, resolute and without choices. They are marching into a never-ending battle that will always be a stalemate, because no matter what they accomplish or fail to accomplish today, they will be doing the same …



To Tell the Truth

I can “sell” most people better than they can sell themselves. Why? Because they are accustomed to what they’ve done and don’t consider their experiences and accomplishments anything special. Write down your educational credentials, travel experiences, past work responsibilities, civic contributions, interests and hobbies, and accolades from others. Then create a profile as if they belonged to someone else. That exercise might just turn you into “someone else.”


I Can’t Tell By Your Face If You’re Happy Or Not

There’s a woman on the CBS morning news in New York City (6-7 am weekdays) who basically reads a teleprompter as her job. She doesn’t look real. He face doesn’t move at all, only her lips and eyes. There is no other sign of expression. Her lips look inflated. Her eyes look like they were done by an artist. Her hair falls perfectly but also doesn’t move at all. She seems quite pleasant and reads the news well. I’d bet …


The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 3: Fear Not

Roosevelt was right, and we ought to stop being frightened by everything that goes bump˛ in the night. Transcript: Hi. I’m Alan Weiss. The subject today is Overcoming Fear. A lot of us are afraid. There’s flight and there’s fight, but there’s also fright. Flight, fight, fright. I asked my father once, who was in the very first volunteer paratrooper regiment ever formed in the United States, slightly before World War 1. It was 1940 and he volunteered for this …