Ninth Million Dollar Consulting™ College Graduating Class

Tweet On Friday we completed the ninth Million Dollar Consulting™ College at a spectacular site in Newport, the Inn at Castle Hill. Five countries were represented. Please contact me if you’d like to partake of this exceptional developmental experience, the most intensive consulting marketing and methodology improvement in the world. The next Graduate School, for College grads, is scheduled for April at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Florida. Graduating Class of the Ninth Million Dollar Consulting College Left to right: David …


Wrong Site Surgery

Tweet Rhode Island Hospital recently had an incident of a surgeon operating on the wrong side of a patent’s head. That’s correct. Brain surgery, room full of people, medical experts, largest hospital in the state, one of the largest in New England. Wrong side of the head. Oh, yes: Did I mention it was the third time in recent history? Yeah. Three times, wrong side of the head. But it’s not as bad as you think. It was, after all, …


“Speaking” of Ethics

Tweet The National Speakers Association is the predominant trade association for professional speakers. Its membership is about 3,500 and it draws about half of those people to its annual convention. It maintains a Hall of Fame, of which I’m skeptical, since I’ve been inducted into it. Recently, their monthly magazine, Speaker, carried the anonymous comments of members on the subject of whether a speaker should charge a client for expense reimbursement when, in fact, the speaker didn’t incur the cost …



The Big Brown Mess

Tweet I come to you writing of injustice and greed and monotone, of stark adherence to rules and of people bearing dog biscuits. I talk, of course, of UPS—the United Parcel Service—and their unknown scam. UPS bills small businesses by the shipment. Ship four times in two weeks and you’re likely to receive four bills. Unlike Fedex, they do not bill monthly, accumulating shipments, unless…. ….unless you agree to a monthly billing “deposit.” If you send UPS $100 they will …


Training Follies

Tweet In the current issue of Training Magazine there is an article on measuring results. One of the “sage” pieces of advice from the training experts: Don’t even attempt to measure return on investment. It’s apparently a very bad idea. Is there any more evidence needed about why training and human resources are so lamentable, and the training vendors are so superficial? © Alan Weiss 2007. All rights reserved.


The Blue Jay

Tweet I’m having breakfast looking out at the bird feeder, which I refilled yesterday. The squirrels have not yet emptied the “squirrel proof” feeder, largely because Koufax has been on a tear out there. Surprisingly, a Blue Jay lands on the feeder and is industriously pulling out seed. Blue Jays are normally ground feeders, and it’s odd to see this large, loud bird balancing on the feeder. I suspect he’d toss a squirrel off himself if he had to. These …


Ah, the PC of It All*

Tweet (* Pain in the Coccyx) I’ve just heard that a group of prospective Santa Clauses in a training program have been told that “Ho, ho, ho” is henceforth out of bounds because some women might be offended by the connection with a slang and derogatory term for women in street slang. The Santas were advised to say, “Ha, ha, ha” instead. You can’t make this up. This never would have occurred to me in a million years. You have …


Why Elevator Pitches Never Go Forward, Just Up and Down

Tweet (Note: This originally appeared in the current edition (Nov. 2, 2007) of RainToday (http://www.raintoday.comm), for which I am a monthly columnist. I happen to like this one a lot, so I’m reprinting it here.) Of all the bromides and vacuous bloviation surrounding consulting, “elevator pitch” (or “elevator speech”) is my nails-on-blackboard migraine (with a close second being the horrendous formulation, “I’m going to deliver a training for them”). Elevators, last time I looked, go up and down in their …


The Dog Star: The Case of the Moaning Shepherd

Tweet (The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition) I had a guest in my home recently and before we left for lunch I released the dogs from the bedroom to go outside for awhile. Koufax stopped briefly near the guest, moaned softly, and headed off, as if he had an appointment elsewhere. When I let them back …