Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 03/21/11

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

March 21, 2011—Issue #79 This week’s focus point: Fifty years ago, John F. Kennedy gave one of the shortest inaugural addresses in U.S. history, yet it is one of the longest remembered. The Gettysburg Address required only a few minutes. During the height of World War II, Churchill said to the Luftwaffe, “Do your worst, we will do our best!” Memorable ideas and powerful directions are succinct, pithy, and relevant. How do you want people to think of your business …



Confessional Cell

One of the great, contemporary discordancies in life is the fact that you can ask someone with an arm in a sling, a pit bull attached to a leg, and a police officer approaching with gun drawn, “How are you?” and they will nonchalantly respond, “Good, how about you?” However, you’ll hear a total stranger sitting near you on a cell phone telling someone who is clearly neither their lawyer nor their confessor the most intimate details of their sex …


Guest Column: Why “Proportional Sharing” is an Ineffective Resource Allocation Strategy

Why “Proportional Sharing” is an Ineffective Resource Allocation Strategy By Pat Lynch Times are tough. Government entities at all levels are scrambling to balance their budgets, which in most cases means making hard choices about how to allocate resources that are scarcer than ever. One strategy that some public sector leaders are using is called “proportional sharing,” which essentially means that all departments and agencies are told that they must cut their budgets by the same percentage amount. Sounds fair, …



Preventing Consultant’s “Overwhelm”

Some consultants I coach and mentor (and many I observe) become “overwhelmed.” The are figuratively (or literally?) overcome by being overcome. The don’t know where to start to begin the journey out. Here are some tips: • Stop putting things off and procrastinating. Choose two or three times a day to clear your email, and get rid of it. Respond or file  or delete. But get it off your system. Don’t plan to “get to it later.” • Stop helping …


Guest Column: Blind Spot in the LBJ White House

A guest column: Blind Spot in The LBJ White House by Aviv Shahar Unlike conspiracy theories you can do nothing about, there is much you can do to disarm a dangerous blind spot that derailed the LBJ White House. Seven out of ten managers fail to achieve the highest possible level of success because of this blind spot. You will discover how the blind spot relates to you and what you can do about it. But first: Have you discovered …



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 03/14/11

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

March 14, 2011—Issue #78 This week’s focus point: Non-profit board membership is a fabulous way to contribute to causes about which you’re passionate. However, don’t join if you’re doing so merely to network or gain visibility (and it’s almost always unethical to do business with an entity on whose board you serve). Most of these boards tend to micro-manage, confuse governance with fundraising, have weak leadership, and are seldom strategically focused. If you want to serve to help, then roll …


In Case You Were Wondering What I Was Thinking

• Watching multi-millionaire football owners negotiate with multi-millionaire football players at the cost of canceling the 2011 season prompts me to hope that they all lose. • There were 10 million people stranded in Tokyo recently who couldn’t get home. We watch with detached amazement, but that amount is larger than the population of any U.S. city, and almost ten times the population of Dallas. • There is more talent than ever this year on American Idol, and the judges …