West Palm Journal: January 21

West Palm Journal: January 21 We’re up at 5:15 this morning for the limo at 6 which will take us to the airport for the 7:20 USAir flight to Philly, thence to West Palm. The dogs have an early breakfast and excursion, then bid a desultory goodbye and go back to sleep. At the airport by 6:10, we go to the counter for a baggage check, since I have our boarding passes already printed. The polite but resigned clerk tells …


Self-Absorption

Well, enough about me, what do you think about me? What is it about people who are so self absorbed? Listen to Alan discuss this and find out the three traits he can not tolerate. Click on arrow below for podcast to start Click Here for entire podcast series table of contents © Alan Weiss 2008. All rights reserved.


The Great Rodent

Montevideo is the capital of the semi-exotic Uruguay, bordering Argentina. The name refers to something about “seeing a hill,” not perfectly translatable. The harbor was the site of the scuttling of the German Pocket Battleship, Graf Spee. In 1939, after the Battle of the River Plate, despite inflicting substantial damage on a superior British force, she was intentionally sunk by her captain, Admiral Langsdorff, in the neutral harbor, rather than returning to do battle. This was not a shining hour …



The Dog Star: They Can’t Find Me Now

(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) We took the dogs for a checkup today and, of course, they went crazy. Buddy doesn’t like the vet, but he loves human contact of any sort. Koufax loathes the vet and would rather not be touched unless he asks to be. In the hubbub, while the vet checked Buddy …


Looking Back to The Future

Why are there fewer consultants today then in the early 1980s? Fewer able to improve the client’s condition and claim a fee commensurate with those rare abilities. Is there something wrong with your talent or business model? Listen to this podcast and find out. Click on arrow below for podcast to start Click Here for entire podcast series table of contents © Alan Weiss 2008. All rights reserved.


You Sure About That?

The “experts” recently predicted a double-digit win for Barack Obama in the New Hampshire primary, which was a pretty good call with the exception that Hillary Clinton beat him by three, which was about a 13-point miss. These pollsters were paid six-figures to predict what would happen and, presumably, applied expert techniques to find out. Yeah, right. One of the most important aspects of succeeding as a consultant is to realize that “experts” often aren’t, “conclusions” are often assumptions, and …



What’s Ethics Got To Do With It?

Some time ago, I received a call from someone at Toyota. He said that they needed a keynote speaker for a major conference, and that someone referred him to me. He liked what he saw, but asked if I could Fedex a press kit and demo video. When I asked what the hurry was, he said that his boss would make the decision the next day, and two of his colleagues were heavily supporting someone presented by a speakers bureau. …


Crying in New Hampshire

Do I have this right? Hillary Clinton never cried publicly nor showed emotion when her husband cheated on her, lied to her and the public repeatedly, and then had to make a public admission of his infidelity. But she weeps in New Hampshire when her campaign isn’t going well? I’m just asking….