Bora Bora Redux

Some final images from Bora Bora which I found on my camera. Some of us on our departure in the Four Seasons’ private launch: Mary Jane Sobel, Drew Yanno, Suzanne Bates, Andrew Sobel, TLM (The Lovely Maria), and me. The first photo is where I would write early every morning, on our deck, and the second is the opposite side of the deck with our plunge pool.


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 11/22/10

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

November 22, 2010—Issue #62 This week’s focus point: I’ve just returned from Bora Bora where tourist resorts haven’t compromised the beauty of the island, and the service everywhere is gracious and helpful. Storms drive through in 20 minutes, and the sun returns in full force. It’s hard to get to, and there is little television and slow Internet service. Yet we didn’t want to leave. We all can combine differing objectives, be patient through tough times, and be happy with …


Back from Bora Bora

We’re in LAX where I’ve showered and feel like a new man, after sleeping for most of the Air Tahiti flight, which arrived an hour early. Immigration was quick and our bags were already offloaded at customs. We gave them to American, went through a very efficient security line, and hit the Admiral’s Club. Here’s a crazed photo of me taken by Rob Nixon as I steered (piloted? helmed?) the luxury launch back from an island dinner right into the …



Million Dollar Club Takeaways

Our meetings have concluded in Bora Bora, and our final dinner is tonight. We’ll go via private launch with canapés and champagne Here are the takeaways from the group: • Reach out economically to larger constituencies. • Validation to move to the next stage of growth. • Diverse people asking for and giving help generate unique ideas. • Creating “knowledge factories.” • Licensing globally. • Replacing one’s self as the CEO of the company to foster creativity and growth while …


Quality of Life Factors from the Million Dollar Club

Here is a list of the factors that the Million Dollar Club members found were most critical in improving quality of life: • Frequent and regular relaxation, and not depending on a major, single vacation. • Holidays inserted early in next year’s calendar and working around them. • Establishing specific outcomes for events so that you can maximize progress and make best use of time. • Attracting clients to come to you. • Scheduling additional “down time” on either end …


Another Day in Bora Bora

I haven’t written for a while because we’ve had business meetings in the mornings, snorkeling and water sports in the afternoons, and great dinners in the evenings. Imagine taking one of the finest hotels in the world—with appropriate service and amenities—and transporting it to a Pacific island in a breathtaking settings. Although the Four Seasons is about 80 percent occupied, there are no lines, ever. Breakfast, lunch, beach chairs, pool lounges—everything is always available and without that horrible resort mentality …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 11/15/10

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

November 15, 2010—Issue #61 This week’s focus point: I’m writing this from Bora Bora, a dot in the Pacific where development has somehow meshed nicely with natural beauty. We landed at 6 am in Papeete in a 777, and made it through luggage claim, immigration, customs, the ticket counter, and security to be on the commuter prop which took off at 6:28! This a an island chain of contradictions: one-time military importance (Michener’s inspiration for Bali Hai) and now luxury …


Morning in Bora Bora

I’m sitting on our lanai overlooking the huge lagoon and mountains that frame it. The mountain wears a cloud like a crown. A lone motor yacht, about 100 feet long, creeps into the harbor at very low speed, as though intimidated by the grandeur of the place. Except for the occasional small motor boat, the only sound is the lapping of the waves. As the water glides by around the stilts which support these bungalows, there is a sense of …