Phrases That Are Fingernails on Blackboards

Phrases that have become fingernails on blackboards*   (* Blackboard: A primitive writing surface requiring chalk and erasers with no digital component or wireless interface. It’s progeny was the Etch-a-Sketch.)   • Resonate. I don’t really care if something resonates with you. Do you like it or not?   • In this space. You’re a consultant in the non-manufacturing attrition space? How about if you make space for someone who speaks the language correctly?   • Reaching out. What do …




Regrets, I’ve Had A Few….

The title comes from a line in Sinatra’s signature, canonical version of the song, My Way, written by Paul Anka. The line finishes: “…but then again, too few to mention.” Regrets are ubiquitous. We all tend to say, “What I should have said….,” or “What I should have done….,” or “I wish I had never….,” and so on. That’s human nature. But to carry them around like accretions through our lives is human torment. A regret is very much like a …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 3/17/14

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: Remember the book and movie “Fail Safe,” where we were powerless to recall our own bomber from dropping a nuclear bomb? Malaysian military people at their posts specifically charged with identifying encroaching planes failed to identify the currently lost passenger plane which showed up on their radar. Credit card records are hacked frequently. Computer passwords are stolen. Weapons are smuggled through airport security. There are no perfectly secure systems. Our craving to automate and computerize often …


Alan’s Thought For Today: Where’s Your Power Going?

It’s tough to coach people who create their own fears. They’re afraid of failing but don’t appreciate succeeding. They are always afraid of the worst, never confident of the best. Fear soaks up energy, diverts attention, masks talent, and creates a very dismal and uninteresting persona. Is your power going to waste in anticipation of invented and unlikely problems, or are you using it to fuel your potential? Every day, that choice is yours. © Alan Weiss 2014



Obliviousness

Have you ever tried to leave a theater and found that a small group of people have paused in the doorway to chat about the play, blocking everyone behind them? Have you experienced people getting off an escalator and stopping dead to try to get their bearings on the new floor, creating a potential human pileup? Have you experienced the terribly clever person who usurps all of the server’s attention, while others are waiting for their meals? These are the …


Guest Column: Banish The Smug Voice Telling You You’re An Imposter

  Banish the Smug Voice Telling You You’re an Impostor By Susan Trivers Have you ever tried affirmations to help you get through a challenging situation? You say “I am smart, I am knowledgeable, I am successful” before going to see a client or giving a speech. Before the last syllable has left your mouth that smug voice in your head pipes up with “Do you really believe all that? Aren’t you afraid they’ll find out you’re an impostor, a …


Don’t Look Now, But Good Times Continue

These statistics are from Citizen’s Private Bank & Trust: • The economy showed growth in Q4 2013, better than expected, despite a government shutdown, Federal Reserve uncertainly, and the new healthcare system. • GDP (Gross Domestic Product) was revised up from 2.8% to 4.1% in the third quarter. • The manufacturing sector is dramatically improving. The ISM index has improved every month since mid-2013, correlating with increased job growth. • Consumer confidence had increased at year end to 78.1 after …