The Dog Star: Opportunities Around Us

(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) Bentley has developed a new habit (he’s now 20 months old). He finds a stick in the yard—really part of a small branch, given his size—and tosses it at my feet. When I don’t bring his Frisbee or ball out, he organizes his own game of fetch. I toss the …




Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 5/26/14

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: Let’s honor those who have served our nation in uniform, who have been willing and ready to move into harm’s way to protect our freedoms and lives, and for those fallen, who have made the greatest sacrifice. Monday Morning Perspective: He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for it he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself. — Thomas Paine      


The Esteem Regime

“Democracy demands that all of its citizens begin the race even. Egalitarians insist that they all finish even.” — Roger Price (Class)   Recently, a school nearby had to reverse its decision to discontinue awards night for academic achievement, because parents—to their credit—were overwhelmingly in favor of acknowledging those whose performance was laudable. (School authorities are still thinking about whether they should hold the athletic achievements awards night.) The original decision was based on the belief that those who did …


Sensitivity Vs. Self-Absorption

We’re having dinner with a friend of my wife’s who also once belonged to the same gym the both of us use. We asked why she had changed trainers and gone to a new gym. She went on to cite perceived sleights (which no one else even noticed) and then said, “Who would continue to go to such an out-of-date, poorly equipped, terribly run facility?” Well, I guess we would! Her husband stared into his drink, and I’ve since called …



People Who Won’t Go Away

I saw a clip of the latest person who never seems to go away, Jill Abramson, fired by the New York Times, making a commencement address at Wake Forest. She was utterly without gravitas, spoke in a squeaky voice reading her notes verbatim, and came across as highly unimpressive. Years ago at my club, the woman who was then president of the Times spoke, and she was dreadful—a canned speech from index cards with no regard for where she was …


DASM: The Viking Hotel

There are some hotels where they simply do things wonderfully, because management is smart and sets the example. I love the Four Seasons in Palm Beach for meetings, as I do Castle Hill Inn in Newport. I can trust them to be responsive and consistently excellent. On the other side of the ledger, you don’t own a gun large enough to get me to back to The Breakers in Palm Beach, where they seem to think that you’re lucky to …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 5/19/14

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the average US family has 58% more disposable income than those in Italy, 25% more than France, and 20% more than Germany, adjusted for purchasing power. In fact, it’s the fourth highest in the world, behind three tiny countries. The Treasury Department estimates that half the taxpayers in the bottom 20% moved into a higher bracket between 1996 and 2005. (Thanks to Neil Gilbert, University of California, …