Alan’s Motivational Achievement Wall Poster

Alan’s Motivational Achievement Wall Poster Adversity When it occurs, it temporarily justifies all the whining you’ve been doing all along. Boldness What you observe in others until they fail, whereupon you say, “I told you so.” Career Usually ignored by people, who keep allowing their jobs to get in the way. Daring See “boldness.” Excellence A beautifully nebulous term which implies vast improvement without demanding a metric, standard, or completion. See also “great,” as in “Good to….” Flexibility That trait …


Unethical Squared

You’re not going to believe this. Some blogger takes my story of the unethical consulting society which appeared here a few days ago, and uses it on his blog WITHOUT PERMISSION OR ATTRIBUTION. That’s right, he calls it a “true story” but doesn’t give any credit and information about where he got it. And he uses verbatim language. This is why I’ve said most of the “blogosphere” is crap. At least I’ve found someone who would deserve to be in …


Alan’s New Web Site Is Launched

Chad Barr and the great team at CB Software Systems, who bring you this blog, have launched my new web site which you can find at: www.summitconsulting.com or www.alanweiss.com. If you find any technical glitches, please let Chad know at chad@cbsoftware.com. My thanks to Chad and everyone who worked so hard making this a reality. I invite you to roam around.


Why Would Consultants Belong to an Unethical Consulting Society?

Many years ago, I delivered a keynote for the Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI). I was a big hit, and we remained in infrequent contact. In late 2008, they approached me again and asked if I could keynote the November, 2009 conference. They told me that I was beyond their usual budget, but that they knew I was worth the higher fee. In return, I promised to charge my 2008 keynote fee rather than the higher 2009 fee IF they …


Resisting the Tides and Winds of Others’ Storms

One of the most difficult positions to occupy and defend is that of being yourself. Every day, individuals, groups, and the mores of society are laboring to assault individuality and toss us into the blender. Normative pressure—the impetus to be part of the “in crowd”—is pervasive and severe. We punish mavericks and those marching to the beat of that distant drummer. And then we often shoot the drummer. This tendency is insidious, and occurs even within those groups which consider …



You’re Entitled, I’m Entitled, He/She or It is Entitled….

A woman asked me to visit a blog I had never heard of the other day to lend my expertise to a debate. What I found was a blog owner, who is a speaker, who had posted this situation: In leaving the stage, a man came over to him and requested help with some difficulty he was having, based on the talk. The speaker mentioned that he did not provide such help for free. There was then a raging debate …


Suicide Isn’t Painless

Newspapers are dying, with rare exception, all over the place. They’ve been owned by elitist families or unbending chains. They blame the Internet, younger demographics, and shorter attentions spans. In other words, everyone but themselves. The problem is that the First Amendment is not some Holy Grail that excuses stupid and sloppy management, poor reporting, biased coverage, and outright fraud. You can’t try to police everyone except yourself. The major network news shows are also losing viewers. They blame it …


Maria, Koufax, Buddy, and I wish you a healthy, safe, and prosperous New Year.

“To act without knowing why; to do things as they have always been done, without asking why; to engage in an activity all one’s life without really understanding what it is about and how it relates to other things–this is to be one of the crowd.”  — Meng Tzu (Mencius) 379-289 BC In the year ahead, step out of the crowd and carve your own future. © Alan Weiss 2009. All rights reserved.