Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 7/28/14

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: What draws people to the oceans? What is there about the Atlantic pounding on the Jersey shore, or the vivid aquamarines of Polynesian waters that draw people to the edge? It may just be the unconquerable aspect of nature. We’ve explored the moon with more certainty than the depths of the Pacific. Sometimes the sea delivers up strange plants and animals, flotsam and jetsam, and sometimes it swallows things never to return them. We can stare …





Booms

My granddaughters call fireworks “booms.” Every Thursday evening, the beach here at Point Pleasant explodes with them for 15 minutes or so. The town does a great job, better than most of the July 4th celebrations I’ve seen. We watch from the porch of our house. People in boats, on the beach, on the boardwalk, and outside of their homes are mesmerized. As each rocket lights the darkness, you can see people staring, silently and intently, at each new array. …


Facebook Update

Some reflections from time spent on Facebook and the most profound patterns I observe:   • Conversations reflect bias predisposition, not openness to debate. Obama is a moron. Obama is undermined by Republican morons. (No one seems to call this a great presidency, so there is an empirical limitation even to bias.) A great many minds are exposed but very few converted.   • Boldness is magnified artificially by lack of presence. People become more aggressive, less tolerant, more ad …


The Analysts

Apple had a brilliant last quarter, ahead of last year’s, but not quite up to the analysts’ “expectations.” By any empirical measure, Apple is a phenomenon, innovative beyond the death of its founder, with giant cash reserves, and huge profit margins, a global player making deep inroads in the China market. But the “analysts” were disappointed because their arbitrary goals weren’t quite met. (Apple stock slightly declined that day, but then went up significantly the next day, obviously from investors …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 7/21/14

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: It’s 6:30 am on the Jersey shore, and I’m watching some rather plump people run and walk on the boardwalk adjoining the beach, a few who are disciplined, others in movement to some inaudible scherzo. I see some of these same people stuffing themselves at the boardwalk food stands at night. Just as working out at 6 pm to relieve stress which you then experience all over again at 9 am the next day on the …


Point Pleasant Beach

Point Pleasant Beach, NJ July 21   It’s 6:30 in the morning, and I’m sitting on a small beach chair on our terrace overlooking the Atlantic, which is so serene it’s as if it’s asking permission to come on shore. There’s a light drizzle falling despite the newly-arisen sun, which is why I’m not using the regular furniture out here, but rather cowering under an eave with my lap top.   We dined with the family last night in a …


Talent Outs

There was an extensive article in the International Wall Street Journal a few days ago about talent. And it cites research that refutes the “practice 10,000 hours” nonsense. It shows that in some pursuits, very little practice (or none at all) still provided for top performance.   I’ve always thought speakers who claimed they practiced the same (boring) speech they’ve given for 20 years regularly before they delivered it yet again were either lying or had a severe learning disability. …