Look Up, Please

The Bentley Magazine is doing a feature on Maria and me for an upcoming edition. I was interviewed, and today they sent a couple of photographers up for the afternoon. After we had aligned one of the cars, I started receiving instructions for positioning. Maria, I, and both dogs looked straight up to find a photographer had climbed up about 20 feet, using only the branches of a pine tree!


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 7/29/13

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

July 29, 2013—Issue #201 This week’s focus point: The display case glass in a local coffee shop exploded, requiring the owner to cover the case with cardboard and await the replacement which would take over a month. He wrote on the cardboard, “We have the usual delicious treats inside, just ask.” I did ask–I asked why he didn’t take photos of his pastries and cakes and tape them to the outside of the cardboard. It never dawned on him (this …


Rehab Me

The mayor of San Diego, after long denying sexual harassment claims, has now apparently gone into “two weeks of intensive therapy” after overwhelming evidence has been brought against him by several women. Therapy and rehab have become way stations on the road to continued degradation. Instead of confessing one’s sins and admitting one’s crimes—which might just lead to true catharsis—politicians, athletes, and celebrities simply go through the turnstile of rehabilitation or therapy to emerge as if from a car wash, …


I Hope You Like This

It seems like half the world is asking to be “liked” on Facebook, and the other half is desperately seeking vacuous “endorsements” on Linkedin. People on Twitter often demand, in some etiquette-induced haze, that if they “follow” you then you must “follow” them, as if you’re part of some kind of reciprocating engine. Then, of course there are Klout scores, telling you essentially how you stand against others in, well, “likes” and “follows” and “endorsements.” We’ve become a world of …



That’s Just My Assertiveness Talking

I don’t believe humility is the road to success in consulting. Nor do I believe belligerence is the route. I do believe an assertive self-confidence wins the day. We have to be able to challenge our buyers’ viewpoints, provide new ideas, provoke new thinking, create innovative approaches. Our role is not to join the ranks of the omnipresent “yes men,” but rather to create a breeze of fresh air. I love the computer acronym WYSIWYG—what you see is what you …


Succinct

Life and business lessons in single sentences: 1. Every day try to help at least one person in some manner. 2. People desire quick responsiveness, not immediate access. 3. Launch the concept of your initiative before investing in the infrastructure. 4. The issue is not to avoid mistakes, but how best to recover from those that do occur. 5. Passion about an issue doesn’t validate the issue, it simply heats it up. 6. It’s more productive to know why your …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 7/22/13

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

July 22, 2013—Issue #200 This week’s focus point: The very first quote in the original Monday Morning Memo® was George Bernard Shaw’s “We don’t stop playing games because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing games.” We seem to be stunned at people in their 80s and 90s who are vibrant and sharp. I’m more stunned by people in their 30s and 40s who are stalled and stunted. My mantra has long been “constant reinvention.” When you …