The Difference Between 1 and 7

I was graduated number 9 academically in high school, and number 7 in college. I tell you this not to brag—I don’t want to recreate Facebook here—but to explain a significant difference in labor. I studied with my own discipline (I read every word in every book) and prepared for tests and exams in my own way—an minimally as possible. Those who finished at higher rankings than I did also used FAR higher labor than I invested. Without having thought …


Million Dollar Consulting College® Opportunity

I have a few slots open in the Consulting College in Newport, May 5-9, and an opportunity to attend without an immediate payment. For those who can demonstrate financial need, I will allocate a seat with the agreement of a 10% monthly remittance of revenues monthly for one year. The College will enable you to accelerate your career, and I’ll bet on you if you bet on me. Write me if you want to apply and I’ll explain the details …



DASM The Tonight Show: Everything Old Is New Again

My wife was with me in the audience when a “famous” speaker used material that was 20 years old in his presentation. “I recognize that as ancient,” she said, “and I’m not in the profession.” Monday night, after enough fanfare to think we had created colder beer, Jimmy Fallon emerged from the curtain to begin a new era on the tonight show. And that’s where the problem began. He emerged from the curtain, had a band on his left, an …


Subcontracting Work Sought

Here is an excellent person looking for subcontracting work. If you can use her skills, please write to me and I’ll put you in touch (alan@summitconsulting.com): I am a leadership and innovation expert and I have included below examples of activities others may wish to hire me for: Sample activities: * Designing and running focus groups * Leading workshops, training and leadership retreats * Conducting 360 assessments. * Facilitating meetings. * Completing cultural assessments * Conducting project postmortems * Organization …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 2/17/14

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

February 17, 2014—Issue #230 This week’s focus point: The issues in our lives have to be concurrent, not sequential. When I was chair of the planning board in my town I had to convince people that you didn’t wait until every street was repaved before considering better snow removal or waterfront development. We needed to budget for the animal protection people and not just give whatever was left over after everything else was paid for. The same holds true for …


Alan’s Winter Olympic Moments (sponsorship for this spot available)

• Whoever thought the US skaters were losing because of their outfits? I thought they simply weren’t skating as fast as the other people. • The winter Olympics was once about skiing downhill and skating across ice. Now it’s a white X-games. If it weren’t for all the bizarre, modern events, the US would have fewer medals than Egypt. • Can we just leave Matt Lauer over there? • The biggest competition near if not on the ice is between …


The Dog Star: Beagles and BMWs

Beagles are miracles of engineering. Bentley, my German Shepherd, can smell about six million times better than a human I’d guess, but Buddy Beagle can smell six millions times better than Bentley. Beagles are built to hunt vermin, so they are low to the ground, from whence they can easily pick up scents (Bentley’s legs are long for running and sight). Beagles have some horrific teeth for their size and can easily dispatch vermin. Of course, if Buddy successfully tracked …


In Case You Were Wondering What I Was Thinking

• With melting, sloppy conditions in Sochi, it’s pretty apparent that the Winter Olympics should have been held in New Jersey. Couldn’t Governor Christie have caused some lane closures over there? • If you’re wondering about the idiotic decision to keep the New York City schools open as the blizzard hit, just consider that Mayor de Blasio, like any Democrat in that city, is primarily elected by the unions, and the teachers union is among the strongest. Teachers don’t want …