Alan’s Friday Wrap® Plan B

Despite experiences with Katrina, despite very accurate storm tracking, Hurricane Sandy left people in New Jersey and New York as if they had been in a Third World catastrophe. Obvious needs, such as alternative power sources, fuel, and fresh water weren’t in place or available in sufficient amounts. The government had a “Plan B,” it just didn’t work very well. Even today, the PATH trains aren’t working from Hoboken to New York City. Most companies think they have a Plan …


Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 11/26/12

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

November 26, 2012—Issue #166 This week’s focus point: In business and in life, we can’t legislate away bad judgment. No law will protect us from ourselves, no corporate policy will ensure consistent success. Higher education should be about learning how to learn in constantly changing times. Adulthood should be about learning how to accept accountability in constantly challenging times. I attended an urban, average public school system, and did well. But under today’s laws and rules, my friends and I …


Advice on Advice

I’ve often used a ski instructor analogy to support my philosophy that someone you ask for advice should have a successful history of doing what you want to do. The instructor should be a few yards ahead of you on the slopes, demonstrating the moves as you follow, not in the chalet sipping branding telling you what to do when you get off the lift. This may sound elitist, but I’ve been accused of worse: Many people whom you seek …


Guest Column: Overcoming Adversity

Overcoming Adversity Mike Drayton Mike Drayton is a graduate of the Million Dollar Consulting® College in London, and his firm is a member of the Summit Global Network. Have you ever heard people say things like ·         “I never win anything” ·         “Why is it everything I touch seems to go wrong? ·         “However hard I work I never get anywhere” At work, the excuses differ only in words, but not emotion: ·         “There’s too much red tape for me …


Why People Will Invest In You

A colleague and I were comparing notes on our respective practices. She told me that she thought she worked three times harder than I do, but made half as much. She asked my interpretation of why. I told here there were three keys to people investing almost any amount of money with you: Brand power. Whatever you do has a uniform representation of value. Evangelism. Peers are convincing peers of the power and wisdom of using you as a resource. …


How to Succeed in Finding Your “Passion”

How To Succeed In Finding Your “Passion” Angie Katselianos Angie is a member of Alan’s global Private Roster Mentor Community who resides in Milan. Orienting your life and business around your “passion” has its privileges:  You jump over hurdles like an Olympian, infect those who know you with enthusiasm, and pulverize setbacks on contact.  You stay in the game, never take your eye off the goal, and go full force.  Success is a daily outcome, as work and play become …