The Dog Star: The Eagle Has Landed

(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) I’m writing in my den on Saturday and gaze out the window to find an example, and to my shock see our eagle below me in the back yard on the ground. He’s looking around as if he belongs on a gold piece. Beneath him I see something. When I …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 01/17/11

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

January 17, 2011—Issue #70 This week’s focus point: The best way to learn something is to try it. You can read all the books you like about horseback riding, or skiing, or the piano, or sales techniques, but they’re all theoretical until you try it. I’d rather work with someone who imperfectly helps me to implement a change than someone who talks endlessly about the theory of attacking it. There’s a reason schools have labs and field trips. Stop making …



The Ultimately Irrational

This is from one of my Private Roster Mentor Members, Mike Drayton in the UK, and his newsletter, Opus Performance: A parking firm in Cardiff refused to cancel a parking ticket given to a woman who had stopped to attempt to talk a would be suicide victim from jumping off a bridge. Cathryn James wrote to the company appealing against the ticket, enclosing a letter of comendation from the poice praising he for clinging on to the suicidal woman. However, …


Returning from Berlin

Travel is often burdensome these days, but the beauty of it can still shine through, especially when you’re fortunate enough to be able to indulge yourself. Last night, Guido and Susanne Quelle and I had an unexpected farewell dinner when Guido found me after a massage and told me he had decided to stay another night. So we went to a small, exquisite restaurant in western Berlin, where I had reindeer and pig beautifully presented. It was a great treat …



Berlin III

Completed the Change Management Workshop today. Very nice dinner last night hosted by Guido Quelle at Vox in the Hyatt. Tonight I take the entire group to Aigner Gendarmenmarkt. Happy to be missing the snow back home, hope it clears by my Friday flight. In the photos you see the Ritz-Carlton’s grand staircase, the pianist who plays daily, and the Beefeater who “officially” opens the bar at 6 each evening. You see him with Holger Kampshoff, Angie Katselianos, Susanne Quelle, …



Berlin

I’m in Berlin for the first time in 48 years, having first visited as an exchange student to Finland during the height of the Cold War. As opposed to the youth hostels we stayed at in 1963, I’m ensconced in a sprawling suite in the superb Ritz-Carlton, where I’m conducting two workshop over the next two days with people from 5 countries. The Lufthansa lounge in Boston’s Logan Airport is rather desultory. I found a separate door marked “Senator’s Lounge” …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 01/10/11

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

January 10, 2011—Issue #69 This week’s focus point: Two big upsets in American football playoffs yesterday, in my view. Seahawks, with a losing record, beat the defending Superbowl champion Saints. And the Jets beat the Colts, who have one of the finest quarterbacks and pressure kickers in history, and on the Colts’ home field. On any given day, so long as you play well, you can win. Don’t walk into prospects with anything on your mind but this interaction, today, …