Here’s A Secret

Do I have this right? James Ray, who has said on the record that everything in his life is his responsibility, caused by his intent (and who has stated “many Jewish people are glad the Holocaust happened”), is now disclaiming any responsibility for the deaths and illness at the sweat lodge he ran? Do you want to know “The Secret”? The Secret is that there are charlatans out there who want to take your money by promising an easy way …



Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 10/26/09

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Alan’s Monday Morning Memo’s mission is to help readers to thrive. October 26, 2009—Issue #6 This week’s focus point: There are fewer auto repeat buyers within the same brand than at any time in recent history. Competing models, international competition, environmental concerns, and financial concerns are creating highly individualistic purchasers. What are you doing to build and nurture a brand that transcends and builds on changes, so that your clients continue to need you? Monday Morning Perspective: Luck is the …


The Dog Star: Building Your Own Door

(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) My wife and I were leaving to workout this rainy, gloomy morning, and she opened the kitchen door to let the dogs back in from their early constitutional. However, there were no dogs. My wife soon found that the large gate up the hill—used by the tree and lawn guys …


Alan Weiss Named Fellow of IMC at Reno, Nevada Conference

October 27, 2009 For Immediate Release Details: Summit Consulting Group 800/766-7935 (401/884-2778 info@summitconsulting.com http://www.contrarianconsulting.com Alan Weiss of East Greenwich, RI was designated a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants yesterday in Reno, Nevada. This distinguished and rare appointment is made by the board of directors and recognizes unique and globally recognized contributions to the consulting profession over a lengthy period of time. The ceremony took place at the annual consulting convention, Confab, where Weiss was also the keynote speaker …


Craps

Returning from dinner at the casino’s Romanza restaurant (which I thought would be appropriate since it’s the name of Andrea Bocelli’s finest album), we walked through acres of gaming tables, since casinos are built to route you through gambling, no matter what your route. It was a mediocre dinner, but finished with a dessert and bottle of champagne “comped” by the casino (and following a nice Pio Cesare at dinner), so we were in a good mood. The Lovely Maria …


Call Those Names!

I delivered the keynote at IMC’s Confab yesterday, to a wonderful audience, and we all had a lot of fun. I talked about the very positive future of consulting and the need to “be in the moment” with clients and prospects, as well as the role of developing communities. During an extensive Q&A period, I noted that social media platforms were good examples of communities that were largely personal and avocational, but were not the major marketing routes for consultants …


Good Morning, Reverend Sharpton

Contessa Brewer, a newsreader for MSNBC, who by the way attended the Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse at the same time as my daughter, introduced the Reverend Jessie Jackson yesterday as the Reverend Al Sharpton. After the greeting, before he could respond, she rattled on in her Tele-Promp-Ter reading for 20 seconds, while the pain and fury mounted on Reverend Jackson’s face. It was nothing less than a Saturday Night Live sketch. (You can, of course, enjoy all this …


Best Practices Workshop (or take it home)

Quite a few people are asking if they can get some materials from the Best Practices Workshop I’m conducting on November 18-19 because they can’t make the date. So, i’ve decided to provide: course manual, with all PowerPoint slides; two books; two CDs; and an audio version of the entire 1.5 days. The price will be 25% less than the current price, at whatever price point you qualify for. Also, we can provide a video of the program if you …


The Brown Bugs

Every year at this time, as the weather turns decidedly colder and the leaves begin to fall, we see the arrival of some kind of beetle, which my wife and I call “the brown bugs.” They seem to lead a brief life in the cold, and they appear outside on the balcony and inside in the adjoining master bath, where they slowly explore the immediate vicinity. The photo shows one that I found crawling by me in my den this …