My Report to the President

Dear Mr. President: You had requested an executive summary of my analysis of your current ability to influence and create constructive change. I’ve listed the points in no particular order, since they are all important. Sorry we couldn’t meet as planned, but I’m sensitive to the rigor of your schedule. 1. Ironically, perhaps, Americans crave an imperial Presidency. It’s one of the primary reasons that Jimmy Carter served only one term (he wanted to dispense with his limo and stop …


True Thanksgiving

We went to church on Thanksgiving morning in the beautiful, large chapel in St. Vincent’s hospital, where the twins were born and taken care of so wonderfully and miraculously. There were just a few of us there, including medical people in scrubs, but then we found at mass Dr. Mary Marron-Corwin, who was instrumental in the twins’ success over the rocky road from their premature birth. She was surprised to see us there, and held Alaina during the services. She …


Lean Solo

Guest Article: Five Reasons Why the Best Solo Consultants Are Inherently Lean By Katherine Radeka As a solo consultant, I unabashedly claim that I am inherently leaner than my colleagues at large lean consulting firms: I deliver more value for the client’s investment of time and energy, with much less non-value-added activity (waste), through helping my clients solve problems permanently. The business press usually defines lean as “eliminating waste” but this is only one part of the picture. The original …


The Writing Behind The Writing On The Wall

Earlier this year I visited Alan to discuss several projects we are working on and to also leverage the opportunity to tape quite a few video segments for Alan’s site. It just so happened that I landed on the day he was scheduled to tape the next five segments of the Writing On The Wall (WOTW) series. Since I am always looking for interesting and valuable content, I pulled out my video camera and taped the “behind the scenes” of …



Thanksgiving in New York

The car picked us up at 8:30 am yesterday and we breezed into New York on the Acela smack on time, where another car took us to the W Union Square, a few blocks from my daughter’s apartment. The driver then took us back uptown for some heavy duty shopping in Bergdorf’s and Tourneau.We rendezvoused with my daughter and son-in-law for pre-theater dinner at 5 Napkin Burger (don’t laugh, it’s in Zagat’s, requires reservations, and dinner for four was $200!). …



Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 11/23/09

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Alan’s Monday Morning Memo’s mission is to help readers to thrive. November 23, 2009—Issue #10 This week’s focus point: Government crackdown and lawsuits are being threatened on outrageous claims (“World’s best cat food!”). Promote yourself aggressively through testimonials from clients, descriptions of actual accomplishments, and intellectual property. Fourteen questionable and cryptic initials after your name can’t match six delighted clients happy to sing your praises. Monday Morning Perspective: It is what Newton and Christ, Freud and Marx, had in common: …