Tribalism Versus Community

I detest the use of “tribes” to denote people of a certain common interest or pursuit. I’m sensitive to the fact that many people write about tribes as glorious constructs, most particularly Seth Godin, whose writing I respect and opinions I find provocative. Interestingly, one can’t comment on Seth’s blog about tribes or anything else, but you can comment here on my blog—where I talk about “communities.” Those people killing each other in the Mideast more often than not belong …


Three Myths About Enterprise Management Costing You Money

Gary Patterson is a graduate of the Million Dollar Consulting™ College and Alan’s Growth Cycle.® Three Myths About Enterprise Risk Management Costing You Money by Gary Patterson How much would you like to make and KEEP more money while reducing stress in your life? That is what Bill, one of my first employers, told me I was supposed to do, for him. I did not know then that this back to the basics goal would be called enterprise risk management …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 9/17/12

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

September 17, 2012—Issue #156 This week’s focus point: As I write this, the U.S. stock market is about 500 points from its all-time high. No doubt it will continue to rally and reverse, but it will surpass that high, perhaps by early next year, in my opinion. There is no alternative to growth. The best, most stogged defense will eventually be bypassed and overcome. We don’t grow by cutting, or maintaining, or downsizing (“rightsizing” is a heinous euphemism). We should …


A Baby’s Cry

My wife and I attend Catholic services all over the world, and the same words and ritual are pretty much occurring at the same time in every service, with local charms: In Bora Bora, they use conch shells in stead of bells, and in Las Vegas you can put casino chips in the collection basket. (The junior priest assigned to collect and redeem them is called the “chip monk.”) In one huge church in downtown New York, a baby crying …



Standing Out In A Crowd

In a recent episode of the addictive cable show, “The Boss,” the star, Kelsey Grammar, demanded an aide remove all the Oxford commas from a speech transcript. The aide diligently accepted, and then investigated just what the heck an Oxford comma is. I’m sure a great deal of the TV audience did, as well. (An Oxford comma is a comma inserted at the end of a series before “and,” as in: “We had shrimp, lobster, cod, and scallops during the …


The Edge

If you’re writing, speaking, recording, or otherwise marketing in some form and not causing your ideal target buyer to sit up and say, “Wow, that’s terrific—and very different,” then stop all that and reevaluate your approach. To stand out in a landscape where millions of voices are shouting to be heard you need to say something distinctive not merely louder. No one is interested in hearing for the 450,000th time that leadership has to set an example, or that customers …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 9/10/12

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

September 10, 2012—Issue #155 This week’s focus point: No organization succeeds without top-line growth, whether a Fortune 500, a solo practice, a non-profit, or an educational institution. Unless you’re creating more business, more excitement, and more visibility for your services and products–your value–you won’t be able to find and retain top talent, retain the freedom to fail, attract investment, and be innovative. No one cuts their way to growth. We need increasing numbers of customers, clients, members, and subscribers. No …


“To Do” Lists Don’t Do It

I coach a lot of people who are bright, high energy, and successful, but who aren’t operating at anywhere near peak performance because they manage their time inefficiently. I’ve come to realize that the more they try to organize, the less organized they are. The primary culprit is the “to do” list (TDL). They faithfully record what needs to be done tomorrow, the day after, next week, ad infinitum, a constantly growing serpent that reaches vast, entangled proportions. When everything …