Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 2/15/10

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo®’s mission is to help readers to thrive. February 15, 2010—Issue #22 This week’s focus point: When people approach you with suggestions to “collaborate,” use the famous line from the movie Jerry McGuire: :”Show me the money.” Collaborations make sense with a client in mind and money on the table. They are a waste of time when purely conceptual and organized around what “may” transpire. Most conceptual collaborations mean that someone else wants something that you …


Speakers Session in Key West

Ed Rigsbee is conducting a three-day workshop in Key West in early December. It will focus on professional speakers who wish to grow their business, expand into other areas such as consulting, and build additional passive income. I’m opening the session and leading the first morning. Ed has granted me six seats for people I personally bring from my communities. In addition to the normal fun and games Ed provides, I’ll be providing a special dinner, private talks, and drinks …


Cartoonist Wanted

I’m still in need of a cartoonist who can draw strips for me featuring dogs. I’ve had some responses, but nothing has panned out. In any case, if you know of anyone interested with experience in the area please have them drop me a line at bentleygtc@summitconsulting.com. Thank you.


50 Things To Do When You Turn 50

Garrison Keillor, Diane Von Furstenberg, Bobbi Brown, Suze Orman, Marianne Williamson, Erica Jong, Harold Kushner, and Alan Weiss. We’re just some of the 50 authors allotted about six pages each in this clever book. It’s edited by Ronnie Sellers. Proceeds go to agencies whose mission is to prevent and cure cancer. The book is in soft cover but a hard cover version comes out later this year. None of us has any financial connection to the proceeds whatsoever. Contact Robin …



Toyota, the Weather, and Alan’s Rant

Apparently, Toyota has known of many of its problems for years. Deaths have occurred, and Toyota has blamed the placement of floor mats. But now, under testimony, Toyota has had to admit that it first authorized repairs and new designs two years ago, without publicizing either. The regulatory agencies have the power to severely fine and punish Toyota, including the prohibition of selling cars in the US for a while. That’s not such a bad idea. It will revive the …


World Class Dumb Responses and Questions

ME: What kind of cheese do you put on the cheeseburger? Waitress: Melted, sir. Worker: Your father was hurt on the job this morning! My Mother: Where is he hurt?! Worker: On 32nd street. Me: Drive up to coffee shop in a blue Ferrari convertible. Customer: How do you like driving that? Repair Center Operator: Is the line you’re calling from the one you are reporting that you cannot make calls from? Me: I’ll start with a shrimp cocktail. Waitress: …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 2/08/10

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo®’s mission is to help readers to thrive. February 08, 2010—Issue #21 This week’s focus point: Success always trumps perfection. My best pharmaceutical clients, for example, sought world-class chemists, but not world-class accountants. You don’t need every software upgrade, and you couldn’t begin to acquire every iPhone application. Pace yourself. Never put yourself in a position where you can “never succeed enough.” Your clients will be more than happy with success, even if it’s never perfect. …


Wall Street Journal Misses the Boat

Today, the fourth section of the Wall Street Journal carried a lead article by Richard Greenwald, a professor and dean at Drew University in New Jersey, about how to make it as a solo consultant. At the risk of driving still more people to the article, I have to tell you that I began laughing out loud when he suggested that it’s a great idea to teach at a community college since it will enhance your consulting résumé! I can …


SuperBowl in New York

We took the train to The City, spent time with the grandchildren, and are now ensconced in the penthouse suite of the Mela Hotel, a boutique place on West 44th, within walking distance of everything. We’re ordering deli for a modest repast with the big game, accompanied by a Sonoma Merlot that management includes with a very nice gift package. Finished writing chapter 5 of Million Dollar Speaking on the way down, along with the Sunday New York Times. Finished …