Miners As Heroes—Will the Light Do More Harm Than the Dark?

Everyone is happy and invigorated by the Chilean miners’ rescue and the resolve of the Chilean government to gather whatever resources were required internationally to save the men. The belief that every means should be exhausted and no expense spared to preserve life is noble and uplifting. It’s a great story, better than fiction, though we all know it will soon be fictionalized. The miners are about to be media heroes. In fact, during their ordeal, they were already organizing …


Thought Leadership Workshop 2011

The Thought Leadership Workshop was so successful and so much fun that I’m scheduling another for October 19-21, 2011 at The Breakers in Palm Beach. We’ll have another guest with us like Marshall Goldsmith—who was absolutely superb—and a core of this year’s “grads” who have already committed to return next year. The fee is the same, $12,000 for people in my communities, $15,000 for those who are not. If you register and pay by Dec. 31, 2010 you may take …


Thought Leader Characteristics

Thought Leader characteristics from my Thought Leader Workshop this week at The Breakers in Palm Beach, FL. • Sought by other professionals. • Sought by the media. • Multiple commercially published books. • Expertise appreciated globally. • Public appearances. • Continually ad intellectual property to the field. • Admit errors and changes/grows. • Cited by others to prove their points. • Controversial/provocative. • Usually have taught at undergraduate and/or graduate levels. • Star client list. • Know other thought leaders. • Plethora of protected intellectual property. • Totally comfortable with top …



World Class Stupid Advice

I’ve actually been told the following by “coaches” and “experts” and “gurus” over the years. They really require little explanation, except to ignore the advice completely. • Get the audience involved by asking them to raise their hands (e.g., “How many of you have been to Pittsburgh?”). Sure, if your audience comprises six-year-olds. • Use a workbook with empty spaces for the audience to complete (e.g., “Always be __________ when stating ideas”). Sure, if your audience comprises five-year-olds. (The correct …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 10/11/10

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

October 11, 2010—Issue #56 This week’s focus point: Have you left the corporate world to establish your own business and found that you have a worse boss than ever before? Success trumps perfection. If you adopt the position that the writing could always be better, the speech always stronger, the new business always larger, and the accolades always louder, then you’re trapped into being “never successful enough.” You’ll encounter defeats as we all do. But you deserve your victories, as …


Expertise from Denver

I addressed about 140 consultants, coaches, speakers, and trainers in Denver yesterday and today. Here are a few of my most critical points. • You must focus on the highest value market you have, not merely the most possible people. • Powerful communities draw high-powered people, who attract still others in their own right. • You can cite exceptions all day long, but the fact is that cold calling and social network platforms should have only a tiny investment of your …



The Blessing of the Animals

We attend a church, St. Gregory the Great, about two miles away along a country lane. But there is a larger church, Our Lady of Mercy, with a school and a Monsignor, a half-mile away in town. We sometimes attend Mass there when the schedule is better amidst our travels. However, we always attend when they bless the animals, which our own church doesn’t do. Once a year, in connection with St. Francis, the patron saint of animals, we gather …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 10/04/10

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

October 04, 2010—Issue #55 This week’s focus point: Firefighters have a tradition and discipline that call for the senior officer present to lead others into danger. The firefighters risk their lives, and the leader is not asking them for anything that the leader isn’t personally doing. Routinely, athletic coaches are fired for the non-performance of their teams. (I’ve never seen a team fired for failing to meet its coach’s expectations or promises.) Instead of “downsizing” and laying off thousands for …