Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 3/31/14

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: I’m thinking of Y2K, acid rain, more people than food, killer bees, disappearing bees, food dyes, eggs are bad for you (they can be good), meat is bad for you (it can be good), red wine is bad for you (it can be good), coffee is bad for you (it can be good). Surgery today sometimes employs leeches for clotting, once derided as quack medicine from a distant past. I recall Billy Joel’s song, “Shades of …


The Dog Star: Going First

(The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition) I’ve made it a habit on the stairs to simply move to the side to allow the dogs to race ahead of me. Sometimes they wait on the landing to see which way I’ll go, and sometimes they’ll proceed down another flight having divined my route through some canine gnostic …



UCOs: Unidentified Calling Objects

There is some delusional guy leaving messages and using my name as a reference, who claims that his wife and parents and relatives are diplomats, circus performers, celebrities, and aliens. He also has the secret technology to save humankind. Believe me, he’s not with me and not using my name with permission. Another guy wrote through my website that I must go visit all his sites because he is a unique and special consultant. When I mentioned that he shouldn’t …



How Do You Begin Your Day?

If you begin your day worried about paying bills, finding business, and meeting “quotas” you’re going to behave as if you’re trying to get money from people and be hesitant about calling them because they don’t want their money taken. If you begin your day confident that you have tremendous value that can help others you’re going to behave as if you’re obligated to contact others in order to help them and they’ll be happy to hear from you because …



Thou Shalt

Most corporate rules tell you what you cannot do, are prohibited from doing, and shall refrain from doing. That extends right down to small business, where the door is often plastered with “no shoes, no shirt, no service,” or “no dogs,” or “no whatever.” In the new football stadium built to lure the San Francisco 49ers to San Jose (no, even the City Fathers didn’t have the chutzpah to suggest San Jose 49ers) fans are prohibited from playing football in …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 3/24/14

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: I read all the requests for “likes” on Facebook, and even recommendations for how to solicit more of them. They may be harmless enough, but I wonder if they’re replacing the fact that many people don’t like themselves? It’s quite healthy to like yourself, it’s not narcissism or arrogance. It’s simply the acknowledgment that you’re trying to be a good person, even if often imperfect. Yet we’re constantly told we’re damaged in some way, we carry …


Movie Reviews from The Critic-in-Chief

My completely biased and accurate reviews of recent major films: • 12 Years A Slave: Predictable (I kept thinking “Roots” of 30 years ago) and often implausible with a magnificent performance by Chiwetel Ejiofor but a hugely overrated performance by Lupita Nyong’o, who did not merit the Academy Award. I think this is a film people feel guilty about not liking. • Gravity: Almost laughably ridiculous (e.g., Sandra Bullock using a fire extinguisher to maneuver in space), with George Clooney …