Christmas Cheer or Fear?

Is Christmas a secular holiday? What is this season all about? Could it have anything to do with treating each other and ourselves with respect and dignity? Don’t miss a moment enjoying another great podcast by Alan. Click on arrow below for podcast to start and now also on iTunes Click Here for entire podcast series table of contents © Alan Weiss 2008. All rights reserved.



Choo Choo Man

The last airplane ride I took was on November 6, 2008 from Naples, Florida to Boston on Delta. The next one I take will be on February 1, 2009 to Dublin, Ireland. That’s almost three months between planes, which is fine with me. Aside from the fact that you’re guilty until proven innocent at the airports, I’m convinced that there isn’t an executive in the entire airline industry whom I would trust walking Buddy Beagle. And I’m fairly certain there …


Slow the Plow

Slow the Plow We’re in New York for Thanksgiving and to see the grandchildren. Wednesday night my son, wife, and I went to see David Mamet’s “Speed the Plow” from house seats. I think Mamet is brilliant and provocative, but the dialogue bothered me throughout the one-act play, though I couldn’t quite decide why. The three actors were good, but the two male leads seemed almost too bright, and the woman too deliberate. Snaking our way through Broadway’s post-theater crowds …


Was that my hand on the knife?

We’re waiting for the hostess to seat us in a restaurant, with one couple ahead of us and another behind us. Both women are done up like donuts, and I’m beginning to regret not going into my distant cousin’s lip gloss and blusher business.The woman in front of us turns around, sees the other, and says, astonished, “Marsha, is that YOU??”And the reaction, “Monica, I haven’t seen you since school!”And the response, gesturing to the man next to her, “Marsha, …


Happy Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is the greatest of the secular holidays in the United States, and I want to be among the first to wish everyone in my community the ability to engage in a peaceful contemplation of all that we have to be thankful for. Despite the tumult of the world around us and the cries that the sky is falling, the fact is that our resiliency in change makes us stronger and the sky is merely a reflection of the mysteries …


RainToday.com Podcast: Becoming a Global Consultant, with Alan Weiss

In the age of a true “flat earth,” there are no borders or impediments to consulting worldwide: it’s as easy to consult in Kuala Lumpur as it is in Kansas. This makes it possible for solo or small-practice consultants (and those considering independent consulting) to seek the wealth, experience, and gratification of consulting internationally. In this podcast, we talk about becoming a global consultant: Who’s it available to? What does it take? How can consultants begin on this quest? What …


News and Thoughts for These Economic Times

Random observations: WalMart just announced, surprisingly during what appears to be a great season for them, that their CEO will step down in February. Why? Because they are replacing him with more of an internationalist. The company feels that its future is global. Look for the silver linings. The holiday season may be the worst on record, but who will do well? Discounters, consignment shops, those selling “do it yourself” goods, inexpensive gifts (subscriptions, memberships), and so forth. There are …