Memorial Day

In May of 1868, three years after the conclusion of the American Civil War, General John Logan, commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, asked that we “remember those lost….by gathering around their sacred remains to garland the passionless mounds with choicest flowers and raise above them the dear flag they saved.” It is Memorial Day here in the U.S., and once again I’d like to take the opportunity to honor all those who have served in uniform in …


Million Dollar Club and Mentor Hall of Fame Meeting

We had a combined meeting of the Million Dollar Club and Mentor Hall of Fame in New York on 4/1/09 – 4/3/09 and here you see: The group Sitting (Laurel Barr, Libby Wagner, Molly Smith, Suzanne Bates) Standing (Chad Barr, Phil Symchych, Mark Smith, Maria Weiss, Alan Weiss, Andrew Sobel, Alan Fortier, Kim Wilkerson, Sussan Quelle, Guido Quelle) The hotel’s hilarious error in our signage in four different places, which Maria Weiss insisted they keep up for the entire meeting …


Babysitting in New York

We’re spending the weekend in my daughter’s condo watching the granddaughters and cat while she and her husband are in Florida at a wedding. It’s been glorious thus far, temperature in the 70s. I was able to get my hair cut by Toshi at the John Barrett Salon in Bergdorf Goodman, where I’ve gone for over a decade. Toshi has one of the finest views of Central Park around. I arrived early, so I hung out at the park for …



The Real Risk of Risks

For consultants and their clients, it’s helpful to try to get a grip on risk, since the “fear of fear” is driving people into bunkers these days. (Did YOU know that the stock market is up about 30% since its March low point? How could you, no one talks about it much!) Here are some criteria to decide if risk is real or imagined (or pandemic) for you and your clients: • What is the source? Has the source been …


The Perceptual Recession

I’ve been telling consultants that this is largely a “perceptual recession,” and that stress is resulting from uncertainty, lack of trust in traditional people and institutions, and a feeling of powerlessness. I commend you to Daniel Gilbert’s piece today in the New York Times:


Alan Weiss Telecast Hosted by RainToday®

Getting Paid What You’re Worth: How to Use Value-Based Fees at Your Firm Thursday, May 21 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT Consultants should get hired for the value they provide. Yet, far too many consultants bill by the hour. It’s a backward way of doing business that limits wealth, stunts growth, and creates conflict with your clients. Join this teleseminar with internationally-renowned consultant Alan Weiss, author the seminal book, Value-Based Fees: How to Charge and Get What You’re Worth , to …


Consulting Opportunity

Hospital interim management job, southern California. Reports to the Director of HR. Major duties include developing competencies, creating or finding outsourced educational offerings, preparation for Joint Commission and state surveys, possibly assisting with recruiting and hiring. Original term for 3 months could extended on a month to monthly basis. Expenses include flight to home every other weekend, rental car and apartment. Contact: Leslie Furlow, PhD AchieveMentors, Inc USPO Address P O Box 38 Cleburne, TX 76033 877-331-4321 voice 866-203-0622 fax …


What Price Glory? Or: Can We Get Some Air in Here?

This is an unscientific, undocumented, and probably unpopular analysis of what I’m learning as King of Social Media. (I’m reminded of a great review of a leading actor in King Lear by Eugene Field: “He played the king as though under momentary apprehension that someone else was about to play the ace.”) Here are my anecdotal observations. If people visit linkedin twice a day for 15 minutes each time, that’s 2.5 hours in a five-day week. (I’m discounting weekends, though …


Travel Advisory

Beware: In the infinite lack of wisdom of the TSA, you will shortly be required to ensure that your passport or license name matches EXACTLY your ticket name. If your ticket says, “John A. Adams” and the ID says “John Adams,” you will be detained and maybe miss your flight. Australia already does this with visas, but at least you’re already in the country. Bureaucracies have a way of perpetuating themselves by increasing input, not output, so this kind of …