Jersey Shore VI

We went to The Pier Restaurant last night and had a wonderful meal. My daughter prefers white wine, so we had a Far Niente ’05 Chardonnay. Very nice and kept on ice, something rare these days. When we left, at about 7:30, the restaurant was only 20% filled, which was once unthinkable. Nor was the beach all that crowded today (which is fine with me) and we had our sixth consecutive day of outstanding weather, albeit with a wind that …


On Leading

Leadership is a noun. Leading is a verb. I’ve been observing, coaching, and consulting with leaders since 1972. This has occurred in large firms and small, public and private, educational institutions, charities, the military, non-profits, arts groups, and the clergy, to name the major categories. I’ve done this in 50 countries. Great leaders can’t be idealized. They possess some traits which we might otherwise regard as inappropriate at best and offensive at worst. They tend to strive for results and …


Jersey Shore V

Big dolphin day, some about 20 yards from the beach, others gamboling behind a cigarette boat, leaping like, well, dolphins. Tonight we head for the Wildwood boardwalk, see how many rides the girls will attempt, how many games of chance I will lose at. It’s not the same since they did away with the Whack-A-Mole machine. Love getting up early, going for coffee, writing, being among the very first on the beach. Ironically, Apple is now trying to deliver my …


Jersey Shore IV

Freda’s Cafe last night, BYOB again, so I chose a very nice Villa de Caprezanno to accompany the stuffed peppers and giant prawn (which was only slightly smaller than the table). My observation is that Cape May is not as crowded as last year, with “vacancy” signs at virtually every B&B and hotel, and parking spaces at the beach (usually as rare as an objective news anchor) much easier to secure. The beach crowds during the week are sparser than …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 7/19/10

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo®’s mission is to help readers to thrive. July 19, 2010—Issue #44 This week’s focus point: The undertow drags you out to sea when you’re in the surf. If it’s strong enough, you can exhaust yourself trying to get back to the beach, and when you do extricate yourself, you’re usually at a different point and disoriented. Undertow in our lives includes bad advice from unqualified sources, normative pressure from peers, unrealistic expectations of clients, overextension …


Jersey Shore III

Dinner at The Black Duck, BYOB, and since I’ve been successful in two recent wine auctions, I can bring wine everywhere. This was an ’05 La Fleur de Laussac Bordeaux. Lemonade from lemons department: My lap top curser froze last night, I think the track pad is broken. But my daughter arrived with the grandchildren and her lap top. So I used Dropbox on my iPad to find where I was and copy what’s ahead, then write on her lap …


Jersey Shore III: Undertow

Nice dinner last night at Martini Beach. Crowds not as thick as last year, restaurant with open tables at 7 on a Saturday. Finished with an Opus X and chocolate covered jellies and nuts on the balcony. Maria’s seagull made another pass today at her lunch, but the anti-seagull fire drove him off. Started my morning ritual of getting coffee at 7 at the diner, then wandering over to watch the bikers, joggers, and walkers on the boardwalk (which is …


Jersey Shore II

Bad luck at the Borgata tables last night, though I did learn to play a new kind of poker. You have two chances to take back your money. I needed two more. Drove down to the Sandpiper on the Cape May beach this morning, arrived at 9, room wasn’t ready of course, so we changed and spent the day on the beach anyway. One of the managers trades his parking spot with me so that I’m between the building and …


Saks Redux

I received a phone message yesterday from Dan Wolman (I may have that spelling wrong) who said he’s a new assistant general manager for the men’s department at Saks. He had read my blog entry (scroll down a few postings) and wanted to talk about my experiences. After all this time, that’s a good sign. Well, I called the direct number he gave me, which is not a working number. But perhaps I heard it wrong on the voice mail, …


Jersey Shore

I’m writing from the Borgata in Atlantic City. We made the run down here from East Greenwich in a tad under five hours. We’ll spend the night and then head for Cape May in the morning. It’s always interesting to us to be driving through our old stomping grounds in Jersey. I pulled up to valet parking at the hotel and there must have been 75 cars outside waiting to be parked. The valet captain sauntered over, we looked at …