Losing By Playing Not To Lose

Jim Furyk led the recent US Open until midway through the final round. He is called a “plodder” by some colleagues, who claim they mean it positively to denote consistency and calmness, not matter what the circumstances. But Furyk, who has won a prior Open in 2003 and has 16 or so tournament wins, played THIS Open “not to lose.” He was conservative, tried to get his long putts merely close rather than try to make them and risk three-putting, …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 6/18/12

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

June 18, 2012—Issue #143 This week’s focus point: Find cause and not blame. We become preoccupied in business and life with finding a scapegoat, a villain, a conspirator. Most problems simply occur through errors of omission or commission without malice or ulterior motive. They occur because systems are imperfect, processes fail, and we’re all human. Attempting to find blame creates fear and defensiveness and lowers the “shields” to deflect “hits.” Trying to find cause is more easily a group and …


In Case You Were Wondering What I Was Thinking

• It’s not crises that wear most people out—there’s often an adrenaline rush of performance—but rather the hum-drum, day-to-day living in a boring, non-challenging existence that crushes them. • A common currency without a common, central government is not going to work, no matter who tries to rescue whom. • One-issue voters (e.g., on abortion, or same-sex marriage, or collective bargaining) are unhelpful in electing the best qualified candidate for President. • I believe in tipping, and generously. People who …




Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 6/11/12

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

June 11, 2012—Issue #142 This week’s focus point: The New Jersey Devils have come back from 0-3 to make it 2-3 against the LA Kings in the National Hockey League championships, the first time in 60 years that’s been done. The Boston Red Sox, down 0-3 to the Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship came back to win the series 4-3, never done before. There’s a ninth inning, a third period, a final minute, a last shot. You’re only …


Two Invigorating Moments

1. At the Amtrak first class lounge in Chicago’s Union Station, a husband and wife with four children entered not long before their train was going to be called. Either they paid no attention or were quite deliberate, because they carefully laid out a ton of paraphernalia and began to read to the kids and play with them. They ignored the call for the train, and one of the hostesses had to prompt them to board. They packed up in …


Mr. Chow’s

For our final evening in LA I asked the concierge for something truly outstanding. He recommended Mr. Chow’s, a top-end Chinese restaurant that I’m heading back to next time I’m in town. The house car drove us over. We asked the captain to take care of our food, and he essentially kept sending it until we begged him to stop: steak, crab, chicken, shrimp, fish, and on and on. The place was filled with big names—we were given a very …