Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 5/31/10

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Alan’s Monday Morning Memo’s mission is to help readers to thrive. May 31, 2010—Issue #37 This week’s focus point: This 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 all countries in defense of freedom and human dignity, and who have responded to their countries’ call; especially those who have been injured, and most fervently to the families of those who, as Lincoln …


Pivotal Moments

At one point after some minor surgery, I hadn’t eaten very much for two days, either on doctor’s orders or because I hadn’t felt much like it. To my pleasant surprise, I found that I had lost three pounds. I decided to leverage that, and watched my eating for the next few weeks, which led to another couple of pounds. After 90 days, I had lost 12 pounds and was at a level I like to maintain. I had leveraged …




Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 5/24/10

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Alan’s Monday Morning Memo’s mission is to help readers to thrive. May 24, 2010—Issue #36 This week’s focus point: What we’re seeing in this disastrous gulf oil spill is that preventive action is never sufficient by itself. It may not work, it may be outdated, it may be inappropriate for a new development. What’s always necessary is contingent action, ready to be applied when preventive actions fail. The contingent actions for this emergency were neither immediately available nor totally effective. …


Lost: Over Four Hours of My Life

I wasted four-and-a-half hours last night on the interminable swan song of the TV cult program “Lost,” and I’m trying to convince myself that I haven’t wasted an hour a week over the six years of its sporadic seasons. The first two hours were billed as a retrospective, where we could all brush up on our understanding of the convoluted and confounding plot twists and time travel that had transpired. Instead, we were treated to the acting cast commenting on …


Barking Up the Wrong Tree

(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) Buddy Beagle was barking (that nutty howl/bark that only Beagles do) at the base of a huge tree in the backyard, staring up into the branches. A few yards away, Koufax was silently staring at a low branch in an adjoining tree, where the squirrel Buddy had originally seen had …


Value Based fees from Australia’s Chief Justice

Courtesy of Australian consultant Gary McMahon, one of my avid followers in one of my favorite places in the world, here is a short clip of the Austrian Supreme Court Chief Justice telling what appears to be a stunned legal audience that hourly billing is completely inappropriate and ought to be thrown out in favor of focusing on value. http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2010/05/17/2902081.htm?site=southwestwa When I was speaking in Sydney during one trip, I keynoted for the Australian Legal Management Association on this very …



Leaving On A Jet Plane (And He Won’t Be Back Again)

Remember John Denver’s song? I have a modern version. A colleague who was coaching in a large, complex organization, found out that the president required coaching, but that he needed someone accustomed to top level executives, and not someone working with subordinates. My colleague recommended me. The president and I spoke by phone, hit it off well, and he made a big show of flying to see me on the corporation’s jet. I picked him up at the private air …