Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 02/28/11

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

February 28, 2011—Issue #76 This week’s focus point: General Motors may soon regain the title of the world’s largest auto company. Who would have thought that two years ago? Very few clients are so hopelessly lost or so untouchably in the lead that their positions can’t change with new leadership, new ideas, or new circumstances. Sometimes gradual change is sufficient, sometimes trauma is necessary, but never give up if you feel there is hope. And never give up on yourself …


The Consulting Bible: An Excerpt

Here is the opening of my new book, available in about a month from John Wiley & Sons, The Consulting Bible. It will be available for order on my site in about a week. Section I: Genesis Consulting as a profession The origins, evolution, and basic requirements of successful consulting. Some realities are self-evident and eternal. Chapter 1 Origins and Evolution From whence we came The role of a consultant One day, somewhere in the mid-Pleistocene Epoch, after the last …




But Wait, There’s More!

There is a trend of incredible temerity and lack of ethics gripping seemingly desperate speakers and consultants. They want their moment in the sun, their Warholian 15 minutes, no matter what. Talent doesn’t matter, value isn’t a consideration. It’s a Kardashian moment. Recently, a trainer I hadn’t spoken with in over a decade wrote me and asked if she could send me a copy of her new book. I said she could, and I received an uninteresting, uninspiring, self-published book …


The Dog Star: Not All Batting Averages Matter

(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) Every single morning, Buddy Beagle attempts to take a toy through the kitchen door and out into the yard. He is not allowed to do this, since the stuffed animals are ruined in the rain and snow. But he tries every single morning, and there is a veritable zoo of …


Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 02/21/11

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

February 21, 2011—Issue #75 This week’s focus point: We are watching popular uprisings gain traction or fail largely based on whether those in power and the military are willing to turn their guns on their own people or refrain from doing so. In organizations, the ability to change for the best is often a question of whether senior people will listen and offer avenues for communication to do so, or whether they are insulated and aloof, and those with new …


Million Dollar Referrals

An excerpt from my new book to be released by McGraw-Hill in a few months: I was introduced once to a top client team by their boss who had hired me, who had used my help in a prior company and who, himself, was once a consultant in a former life. He opened with, “Alan is a consultant who, like any good consultant, will work closely with us until, like some incurable disease, he has taken root in our systems …



The City

On our recent trip to New York we had wonderful meals (Il Tinello on 54th), stayed at the Peninsula, saw The King’s Speech (superb), and spent time with the family and our super-bright, adorable grandchildren (a lot of me in them, easy to see). A typical long New York weekend. We also stopped in at the Café Carlyle, where we’ve seen great talent, to catch the penultimate show by Paulo Szot, the wonderful singer who played the planter in the …