London Journal: February 23

The limo from Virgin Atlantic arrived ten minutes early, as usual. I reluctantly left the massive suite and headed outside. The concierge walked out with me and asked, with that wonderful speech pattern, “I wonder, Dr. Weiss, if you could give me just ten seconds of a motivational talk to get me through the rest of the morning?” When I pointed out the spot in the fence across the way where I had seen my date for the last time, …


London Journal: February 21-22

February 21   Fabulous dinner last night, Cold North martini followed by prosciutto and mozzarella, then Dover sole, accompanied by a nice Amarone. Libby buys a great dinner! (I’m told that the actor Liam Neeson is staying in the suite next to mine.)   Eight countries represented amongst our 42 participants today at the Institute of Directors, wonderful participation and a rewarded though exhausting day.   A great day at The Strategist, then a drive to the East End to …


Personality Disorders

Do you work with clients who have depression, addiction or other personality disorders? Listen to Alan discuss this sensitive topic and suggest ideas that you do not become a part of the problem yourself. Click on arrow below for podcast to start Click Here for entire podcast series table of contents © Alan Weiss 2008. All rights reserved.


London Journal: February 19-20

The Virgin Atlantic pilot made the trip from Boston to London, wheels up to wheels down, in five hours and 25 minutes, which has to be a non-Concorde record crossing for me. The fog at Heathrow was so thick that I didn’t realize we were near the runway until the wheels hit the pavement. I told the Baglioni Hotel people that I’d be here at 10 in the morning, but showed up at 8:30. After some rearranging and negotiations, I’m …


Why Is It That….

The companies that tell you by automated voice, “Listen carefully, our options have changed,” don’t understand that we understand that they just don’t want us to try to get at a human being too soon in the process? We can not recall a tune we heard a short time ago when other tunes have intervened? It takes two weeks or worse for a client to pay an invoice in an electronic world? The bank can debit your account immediately, but …


Whispering Fees

In certain environments where value is not strong enough offensive to offset the fees there are some defensive positions. Listen to Alan discuss these defensive concepts and even a powerful great metaphor to use. Click on arrow below for podcast to start Click Here for entire podcast series table of contents © Alan Weiss 2008. All rights reserved.


Million Dollar Club

At the urgings of a couple of colleagues, I’m exploring the idea of a periodic meeting at a gorgeous resort of a dozen or so people who are making seven figures annually as entrepreneurs in professional services. The meeting would include: Exchange of business philosophy, victories, defeats; “hot seat,” where a critical business challenge is addressed for each person by the group; unique best practices, shared nowhere else; international advice on taxes, investments, and related issues; collaboration and referral business …


The Dog Star: Hierarchy of Needs

(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) Arriving home this morning from my workout and coffee run, the dogs joined me as I headed for the shower so that they could mooch a treat from the “dog drawer” in the master bathroom. I tried to violate Koufax’s food hierarchy by pushing a sirloin tip at him, but …


Warhol Redux

It seems that everyone wants their few minutes of fame, the Warholian Effect, if you will. Sometimes, that 15 minutes expands into the horizon. Many years ago, Cheryl Richardson was trying to become a coach and speaker, and asked to follow me around a bit to learn consulting and marketing techniques. In return, since she couldn’t afford to pay me (pre-Mentor Program) she agreed to appear in some of my publicity shots. She was concerned about having zero coaching experience, …