Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 5/23/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Why do people count typos and pronouns? (You used “he” twice as much as “she”!) Why is it they feel compelled to tell you? And why do they tell you not in conjunction with commenting on your subject matter, but as a sole piece of feedback, as if the content had no meaning and no purpose? (One person told me he couldn’t focus on content if there was a typo. I told him I hoped he or she was receiving …


Viking

Despite the fact that someone in my coaching community believed I was going on a cruise to see Vikings, I actually took a Viking river cruise on the Danube from Nurenberg to Budapest, with stops in Germany and Austria at Regensberg, Passau, Klems, and Vienna. We had never taken a river cruise, thought we should try one, and were inundated by Viking since they sponsored Downton Abbey which we watched weekly. Viking knows what they’re doing. We took the largest stateroom, …



What I Learned on My European Vacation

The Europeans are better than the US in: Tour buses, which have two entrances (why don’t airlines do that?), comfortable seats, a clean restroom, and are very quiet. Intelligent breakfasts. The option of hams, cheeses, fish, and so on at breakfast is a great tradition. Airport lounges. You can find an air club almost anywhere and they are clean, never crowded, and have free good and free drinks. They are business and first class lounges, and not just open to …



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 5/16/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I‘m in Budapest at the conclusion of our Danube cruise, ensconsed in the Four Seasons confronting the river. The people here tell me their national anthem is a dirge which they hate, because it pleads with God to give them relief from endless sufferings and defeats. A woman in the spa mentioned that before a football game it’s depressing to hear, and when a Hungarian athlete wins an Olympic gold medal, they all start crying, and not from happiness! (The …



Hungary

  The Hungarians (I’m half Hungarian, as i was mentioning while sailing past Bratislava last night, a phrase I just love) have dirge-like national anthem, asking God to provide relief to people suffering from chronic defeats. They have won no great wars and have lost most battles. The statue of a king who won a great battle neglects to mention that he gave it all back when he quickly lost the next one. The national sport is water polo. These …



Twitter Etiquette Strikes Again

Someone named Erika Andersen asked why i follow no one on Twitter. I told her I use Twitter to provide value to others, but I choose other vehicles for my own learning. Well!! She was “appalled,” sarcastic, and then, of course, instead of engaging in any kind of intelligent debate, quickly unfollowed me and ran away into the gloom. I had never asked her to follow me at all, and people come and go on Twitter every day. However, this …