Reality Distortion Or Destruction?

Walter Isaacson describes the phenomenon of “reality distortion” in his stunning biography of Steve Jobs. Essentially, it was Jobs’s practice of convincing people that they could do things not based in their own reality, such as providing a technical solution to a seemingly insoluble problem, or racing to market months ahead of normal production time. This is often a factor of people being exposed to the fresh air outside of their own paradigms, and often a factor of merely ruthlessly …




Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 10/29/12

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

October 29, 2012—Issue #162 This week’s focus point: I just had the opportunity to hear a popular consultant and author deliver her thoughts on what amounts to unremitting gloom. Her advice was to find people who share a common philosophy and spend your time solely with them, trying to influence factors you can control. Not only do I find this antipodal to the optimism and potential of humankind, but I see it as intellectual incest. I’m too young to give …


Alan’s Thought For Today

You passion shouldn’t be to “consult” or “coach” or “teach.” Those are centered on you. Your passion should be to improve others, to help others excel. When your passion is focused on others, you’ll tend to be sought out and popular. When your passion is merely on you and making money, you’re not very interesting to anyone else. — Alan Weiss


Guest Column: Big Boxes Need Big Staff

Big Boxes Need Big Staff by Dr. Guido Quelle Guido Quelle is a thought leader in profitable growth, a graduate of the Million Dollar Consulting® College, a member of the Million Dollar Consulting Mentor Hall of Fame, and a Master Mentor. The founder, former CEO, and former Chairman of the Supervisory Board of one of the most important Germany-based DIY retail chains—with today more than 40,000 employees running a 6.4bn Euro operation in more than a dozen countries—once told me …




Lessons on Thought Leadership

We’re going into the second day of my annual Thought Leadership Conference in Florida. Margaret Wheatley is our guest tomorrow, following Marshall Goldsmith and David Maister in prior years. Next year, Dan Pink has already committed. Some lessons from the first day: • You’re not a thought leader until others proclaim you as such. • You can take the position that there’s “nothing new under the sun” and be cynical, or you can adapt ideas for key, changing variables in …


Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 10/22/12

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

October 22, 2012—Issue #161 This week’s focus point: We’ve seen politicians from all parties simply ignore the question asked and respond with a prepared sound bite on another topic. Every day, prognosticators on finance or technology or society get it wrong and never return to apologize (though they trumpet their lucky “hits”). The social media are rife with people making absurd claims (and I regard any professional convention as an opportunity for people to lie to each other about how …