Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 9/30/13

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

September 30, 2013—Issue #210 This week’s focus point: “Breaking Bad” (a brilliant cable series about a soft-spoken high school chemistry teacher who becomes a ruthless drug lord) ended last evening, and I’m writing this well prior to the show. I’m guessing the end is violent and Walt dies. I know it will be a more definitive ending than “The Sopranos” fade-to-black cop-out. What fascinates me most, however, is how much we hate our crime but love our criminals. From John …


He Said, She Said

I find too many consultants involved in the equivalent of schoolyard gossip. They tell me that the buyer is deficient (the person who hired them!) because people are complaining. Or they tell me that there is a total breakdown in communications because “sales and R&D hate each other.” They dive into politics, take sides, appoint blame, try to become judge and jury. This way lies madness. People complain for a lot or reasons, often irrationally. They sometimes engage in “transference,” …


Not A Gamble At All, and Dine At Fred & Steve’s

We’ve been all over the world, gambled in Portugal, Monte Carlo, Spain, England, Australia, Italy, and elsewhere, and enjoy great food and wine. Since we’re headed for New York, Palm Beach, and China before the end of the year, we decided to spend my wife’s birthday evening at Twin River, only 30 minutes away. Twin River has recently added table games to its acres of slots. We were met at the door by a valet who parked my car only …


How Did YOU Get Here?

A new boy in the neighborhood, five years old, met another new boy. “How did you get here?” asked the first. The second explained that his parents told him it was an act of love and intimacy which he could not yet fully understand, but their behaviors created him in his mother’s body where he spent nine months before coming out. The first said, “We drove from Portland.” Moral:  Never lead with methodology. © Alan Weiss 2013



CSS Hunley

This is the first submarine to sink an enemy ship, the Confederate submarine Hunley. This feat wasn’t accomplished again until 1914. The Hunley sunk all three times it was used, and was recently found and placed in this preservative bath. The interior was 48 inches high, within which the small crew cranked the propeller.




Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 9/23/13

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

September 23, 2013—Issue #209 This week’s focus point: I believe in continuous improvement, in one’s life and in society. I concurrently believe in looking for all the best in one’s life and society. These are not opposing views. I weary of people who continually complain and demand no one enjoy themselves because the world isn’t yet perfect. No amount of news is good news, we’re never successful enough. I understand healthy outrage, but not unhealthy cynicism. If you can’t awake …


The Healthy Professional

Think about five building blocks to personal and professional health: 1. Continuous skill building, always adding to your repertoire. 2. Continual behavioral improvement, honing more effective interactions. 3. A philosophy (beliefs) of life, creating and pursuing your goals and values. 4. High self-worth, believing in your own goodness even during setbacks and reversals. 5. Increasing value provided for others, becoming an object of interest to be sought out as you provide others with the means to improve themselves. © Alan …