Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 7/25/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

The great, unexpected benefit that Facebook provides us with today is a view of the alarmingly simplistic thinking patterns of a great many people. I’m not referring to abjectly poor taste—the pictures of wounds, illness, and use of gratuitious profanity—but rather to the bases behind people’s opinoins and self-worth. Facebook is a huge vanity (“excessive pride in one’s self”) publishing platform, with no editing or moderation. So we find people with little knowledge of history contorting events. There is allegiance …



In Case You Were Wondering What I Was Thinking

Baseball fans: If my dog brings me his leash at the door, would that be called an “intentional walk”?   Am I crazy, or does this election seem like it belongs in Honduras, or San Marino, or Atlantis?   If I sign all the bank forms, but not the form indicating I’ve been given and have signed all the other forms, what would happen? Is that like the drunk who said, “I didn’t walk in here and I’m not leaving”? …


Why Bureaucratic Insanity Is Redundant

Most of you reading this have financed a home or car, or refinanced at some point in your lives. If you’ve done this in the past several years, you know that the forms required are voluminous, with everyone engaged in CYA. In fact, there are forms to sign to prove that you’ve read and signed the other forms. But this is all forgery of a type, tasks over result, not at all ensuring what was intended. Most of the time …


Speed Demon

Speed and immediacy are of the essence, these days. That is not a passing fad, but rather a fact of modern life that technologies and expectations intensify. You’re not going to be successful with cumbersome models and complex methodology. Streamline your approaches. Clients receive much more value from an 80% effective solution implemented now than a 95% effective solution in two weeks or, usually the case, two months.


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 7/18/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

In Italy in particular and in most of Europe in general, drivers stay right unless they’re passing a slower vehicle. You seldom see high beams used or hear horns. It’s a natural courtesy, probably stemming from the fact that most roads are only two lanes in either direction, and traffic would move much slower if people didn’t get out of the way. As they don’t in the U.S. We just completed one of our annual pilgrimages—to the Jersey Shore—which is …


Sorry, I Can’t See You, You’re Indistinct

Don’t slavishly copy. When you notice a lot of people doing the same thing, get off the train, it’s already old. Create new IP, new meaning. Don’t be derivative. This is why you have to continually “reinvent” yourself. The most vivid bad examples: All those people using 15-year-old photos on Facebook and elsewhere! A few whom I’ve met I couldn’t recognize! © Alan Weiss 2016


Call Paul Krugman, I Think I’m Too Happy

Paul Krugman is an economics professor, Times op ed columnist, and frequent talk show participant. He is liberal and once was interesting. Now he’s apparently not satisfied unless every elected and appointed office in the country is held by a Democrat. Trump must be like the monster under the bed. Lately he’s become so cynical that a cure for cancer would be troublesome for him because of all the problems he’d come up with. This morning he took pains to point …