TED: Tedious, Excessive Delivery

I know this is politically incorrect, but it seems to me that there are only about ten topics on TED that keep repeating with a different person each time. How many 20-minute, carefully choreographed talks on saving the planet, recovering from disease, overcoming prejudice, and basically leftist political agendas can we listen to without becoming rather glazed and inured? At this point, 98% of the content is formulaic, politically correct, assuredly diverse, pseudo-intellectualism. I watch those cutaways to the people …


When the Cause Can Become A New Problem

Many “causes” start with legitimate grievances, protests agains unfair conditions, and roots in social justice. However, too many become clichéd groups, replete with acronyms and chants. They then morph into funded, sponsored, formal organizations, usually losing the early creators and attracting people who have very different agendas from the original intent. And then some of them deteriorate into selfish, personal agendas of the leadership at the time. Longshoreman/philosopher Eric Hoffer said once something like this: A cause becomes a movement …




The Uncomfortable Truth Podcast – Now Weekly!

Due to tremendous feedback and requests, Alan Weiss’s The Uncomfortable Truth Podcast is now weekly, appearing every Thursday on the Contrarian Consulting blog. In this podcast, Alan will continue to address the issues and challenges that we tend to avoid or duck. The first of the weekly podcasts will be Thursday, May 31st, and every Thursday thereafter.


Instant Fame, Just Add Money and Zero Self-Respect

I heard about a speaker in the sales business—a name you’d recognize if you’re in that business—who was selling book testimonials. That’s right, if you want his endorsement on a book it costs thousands of dollars. I’ve encountered speakers bureaus which demand payments to review people’s video and/or to even include them in their catalog! It’s easy to get into virtually any Who’s Who—if you pay for it by purchasing the books. You can speak at “industry conferences” by paying …



While I Have the Microphone, Let Me Tell You What to Believe

I was at an awards ceremony last night that was very well done, four people honored for their contributions to the arts, one of whom is a well-known television actor. Her sister, who’s a local teacher, introduced her (which is how, I imagine, she was chosen for the honor—the local connection). In doing so, she took the liberty of a captive audience to broadcast her political opinions. It’s not a question of agreeing or disagreeing with her position, it’s a …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 5/21/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Ah, pageantry! I’ve just returned from London where I found the British to be a bit blasé about the Royal Wedding. They’re very supportive, everyone loves Harry and Meghan. But we Americans seem to particularly dote on these events, voyeuristically enjoying the benefits of a monarchy without having to support one. Meghan is older than Harry, divorced, a television actor, of mixed race, and American. It seems to me that she’s been thoroughly and widely embraced, even by the rather …


Who’s Judging You?

Many of us demean ourselves by using others’ metrics. This is when your parents said, “You did very well academically, but not as well as your sister.” If you want to make your life better immediately, use your own measures of progress and success, not somebody else’s. You don’t have to sing as well as Sinatra to sing well. And the danger of judging yourself by others is that those others sometimes turn out to be Lance Armstrong, Bill Cosby, …