China Journal

A complimentary limo picked us up at the Four Seasons and deposited us at Hong Kong Airport, where we were met by a hotel representative who took our bags and escorted us through first class processing at Emirates and then to security. Security and immigration took five minutes (why do we remove our shoes in the US but not in some other places?) and we’re in still another glorious Emirates lounge. (Maria is out somewhere doing duty free.) The flight …


The Breakers Is Broken (Dumb Ass Stupid Management)

The Breakers in Palm Beach, FL is an historic and grand property, first opened by Henry Flagler in 1896. It has huge, European, arching public areas with great detail on the ceilings and impressive furnishings. It is one of the most outstanding physical properties I’ve visited and used for meetings. We’ve stayed there many times over the years. Alas, it has fallen on hard times. Some are physical: the beach, eroding constantly over the years, is now a tiny strip …


Get A Grip

I’ve just completed the sixth Million Dollar Club, this one in Hong Kong, with elite consultants from three countries. I accept only ten firms. I’be been immersed in sophisticated and productive and energetic thinking (and dining). So to welcome me back to the rest of the world, I received two emails this morning. One is from someone who has read my free newsletter, Balancing Act, for the very first time, and felt constrained to immediately point out a typo. “Perhaps …



China Journal

Yesterday (Thursday) was the second of our three-day Million Dollar Club meeting. The afternoon included a guided tour of Victoria Peak, Aberdeen, Repulse Bay, and the Stanley Market. We dined in the evening at Aqua, probably Hong Kong’s most incredible restaurant, all glass and 29 stories above the harbor, in a private room. It’s always rewarding when sophisticated, well-traveled people walk in and say, “Wow!!” In the photos below you’ll see a man who carved my signature in English and …


China Journal

After the grey, grimness of Beijing, Hong Kong is fresh air (literally and figuratively). The city is vibrant, exciting, and full of options. The difference between today and my last visit is the nonstop building into every available space. After our meeting, my wife and I had lunch at the top of the Mandarin Oriental, then I had a cigar in the tiny cigar bar in the lobby. We took the group to the China Club last night, where the …


Go the Extra Mile

I’ve always found that if I tell someone I’m going to be in New York (less than three hours by train) they say, “That’s nice, but I’m busy that day.” If I tell someone I’m going to be in Chicago, a two-hour plane ride, they say, “Let me see if I can reschedule in order to meet with you.” If I’m heading for San Francisco, almost five hours by plane, they’ll say, “What day and time are best for you?” …


China Journal

They take very good care of us at the Four Seasons in Hong Kong, and every desire is attended to. The place is very upscale, and it’s interesting how that influences perspective. When we visited the Great Wall outside of Beijing, the guide took us to a typical restaurant in a small city where we sampled fabulous dishes at lunch. So I asked the concierge here to find us a typical Chinese restaurant for dinner after church on Sunday. She …



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 11/18/13

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

November 18, 2013—Issue #217 This week’s focus point: The sun is rising in Hong Kong and I’m looking at the spectacular harbor through floor-to-ceiling windows. After the grim, grayness of Beijing the past week, this vibrant city is a shot of adrenaline. People ask why I’d travel halfway around the world to sightsee and hold meetings. The answer is simple: The greatest problem with death is in things left undone. Life is too short to begin with, and I don’t …