The Stupidest Thing On Facebook This Morning

On why you shouldn’t only open car doors for women, posted by a man: “We didn’t even begin to discuss if the act of “opening a car door” for someone is truly a sign of respect and/or being caring (or is it an attempt to “impress”). If you believe that act is a sign of caring, you do it for everyone and not just one gender.” (How many repeat dates did this guy have? Imagine, THIS is his issue today, …



Speaker Beware

I was informed of a situation this week where a professional speaker was represented by a bureau which informed the speaker her normal fee couldn’t be met, but a client would accept a lower fee: $8,500. The speaker said, “Okay, deal.” While talking to the client in advance of the speech, the speaker discovered that the bureau was actually charging the client $11,000 in addition to taking 25% out of the speaker’s $8,500. When confronted, the bureau admitted it and claimed …


The Dog Star: FedEx Discretion

(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 hear the bridge alarm this morning and go out the front door holding onto Bentley. The driver walks up the steps, and I said, “Sorry I can’t send him to fetch it.” Driver: “Looks to me like he’d fetch a body part….”  


How To Get Undone

I unfriended someone I’ve known for a long time today on Facebook. She bought a pair of glasses, had her picture taken in them, and her headline on her post was: “This is how I know I’m getting s_ _ _ done!” That’s how she intends to build respect as a female professional. I unfriended her because I’m embarrassed to read what she posts. The issue with social media is that it’s not like making a comment to a friend …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 4/27/15

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: When John Lindsay was mayor of New York he was called upon to speak at a major event with a sophisticated crowd. He referenced French philosopher Albert Camus (pronounced “kamoo”) but pronounced the name as “kam-us.” Many attendees, unable to believe he would make such a mistake, assumed he was referring to an obscure Greek philosopher by the name of “kam-us.” There’s a line in Fiddler on the Roof, where Tevye, singing “If I Were A …


Frauds and Thieves

Today I received a notice from the International Patent & Trademark Office in the Czech Republic (of course) that I owed $2,225 (nice number) to continue the registration of one of my trademarks internationally. I receive a couple of these a month originating  from various small countries in Europe. These are fraudulent, just as much as the Nigerians who tell you that a great inheritance awaits you if you just send some money first, and the hackers who use others’ …