Random Thoughts

• My thanks to the people at the National Speakers Association who met in Williamsburg on Friday and invited me to spend the morning with them. My wife and I had a wonderful time. • I recently provided a free teleconference and free download on innovation to over 20,000 people on my various lists (all subscribed or opt-in). One wrote back with questions he wanted answered, two demanded I remove them from my lists, and two complained about the technology. …




How Consultants Makes Errors

The Institute of Management Consultants (IMC) just sent a promo to members for a webinar. Don’t confuse them with the Institute of Grammar Consultants.   Join us for a 1 hour webinar and discussion: “The Market Speaks: How Our Markets Hires Management Consultants”


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 5/12/14

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: There is only one response to a new idea, and that’s to see if it will work for you. You might find that it won’t, or it might with some tweaking, or it definitely will. But if the first thing you do is destructive–searching for exceptions–and you respond with “but,” “yet,” however,” and “actually,” you’ll never lead the pack and may never leave the starting gate. Some people’s default position is to find the exception, to …




The Million Dollar Solo Practice

What my communities help develop, from The Daily Stat of the Harvard Business Review, courtesy of Cliff Eslinger: May 07, 2014   Yes, You Can Have a Million-Dollar Business with No Employees   Census figures show that the number of one-person businesses in the U.S. with revenues between $1 million and $2.99 million rose 10% year-over-year in 2012 to more than 29,000 firms, Forbes reports. Most are professional, scientific, and technical-services companies, but retail and construction firms are well represented too. Still, such companies are rare: Firms with …


Pride and Prejudice

There’s a saying attributed to Xenophanes observing that if horses and cattle were asked to draw pictures of God, they would draw pictures of horses and cattle.   If you ask an insurance agent for an investment vehicle, the agent will suggest insurance. If you ask a trainer for the best way to develop employees, the trainer will suggest a training program. If you ask a manager at American airlines for a good airline…well, you get the idea.   Social …