More Charleston

We visited the incredible John C. Calhoun mansion, the CSS Hunley (first submarine to sink an enemy ship, 1863, not accomplished again until 1914), and the Middleton Plantation. You can see all the photos on my Facebook page. I did get the chance to mediate a confrontation between an alligator and turtle, so please never think that I can’t handle you. © Alan Weiss 2013


Charleston

What a fantastic town! We rode over from Kiawah Island this morning and settled in at the Charleston Place Hotel. Check in At 10 am, our suite was ready. “We were expecting you yesterday,” said the desk agent, since Amex provided incorrect information. “But we’re all set.” Breakfast I asked our server, Scott, how to eat grits. He explained that grits were like a holding pattern, awaiting traffic. When he brought me bacon I hadn’t ordered, he said it was …



Random Thoughts

• There are people on Facebook demanding that they have more privacy. Say, what? • The Sanctuary Resort here has signs up warning you about (the very visible) alligators. But it’s the bugs that drive you crazy. Why no signs about them? • Putting someone in a hostess position with no personality is like hiring an airline pilot who can’t see. Why would you do that? • Abysmally stupid issues like Miss America’s ethnic origins would simply go away if …


Meetings Aren’t A Test

A great many consultants completely miss opportunities to solidify relationships and close business because they aren’t “in the moment.” Instead of engaging in a conversation with a peer (the buyer) they are trying to anticipate what the other person is going to say so that they have the “perfect” response—as a subordinate to a superior. They want to get a high mark on the test. Business meetings aren’t tests. You’re not being evaluated for having the “right” answer. Nor should …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 9/16/13

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

September 16, 2013—Issue #208 This week’s focus point: In the not too distant future, there will be three U.S. newspapers: the Times, Wall Street Journal, and USAToday, and people will read their local edition thereof. Broadcast TV is losing to cable which in turn will lose to computer access to varied programming. Education will move increasingly out of traditional schools and into cyberspace and the home. The extended family will continue to decline just when it’s most needed for care …



Please Send Me $10

Am I crazy, or is Facebook becoming the home of the terribly needy? We have the incessant requests to “like” every inane comment. Then we have people demanding that you post a comment to prove you’re reading their postings. There are the demands to “send me a dollar” to prove some fool thing or another. And we have the people who display their ratings from speeches, random compliments, and even celebrities (in their view) who are standing in the same …


Perfect Vision

When you apply for a driver’s license or get an eye exam, they often show you a book of numbers surrounded by varied colors. If you can identify the number, you’re not color blind, but if you can’t see it amidst the surroundings, you are. Similarly, if you can’t identify your real priorities, you’re priority blind. You’re involved with so much non-differentiated “stuff” that you see everything as a priority, and therefore nothing is a priority. Fortunately, there’s a cure …


Twit

A woman named Sprinkel asked me a question on Twitter that was impossible to answer in 140 characters, so I suggested she use email. Just responding to her question was a favor. Instead of thanking me, she informed me that if I can’t communicate on social media then I “just don’t get it.” I asked why she would be following me if I don’t get it. She then responded by accusing me of giving her “the verbal bird” and informed …