Dichotomy

There is an interesting dichotomy emerging in terms of human development. There is an upsurge in online platforms meant to provide flexible learning through others’ IP featuring video, audio, and text. Sometimes there are even “tests” that must be passed to proceed to ensuing levels. Most of this I find to be “talking heads” and the only people making money are the platform hosts. But some of it has great potential for flexible, individually-tailored learning. This phenomenon, however, has stimulated …



Meta-Worry

Some people talk about talk, which can be healthy. A psychologist would call it “meta-talk,” examining the words and phrases you use to talk to a spouse, for example. Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” We can call that meta-fear. I find that many people are engaged in meta-worry. They worry about worrying. They become consumed by their worries: financial obligations, social responsibilities, job requirements, non-financial debts owed, child-rearing, and so on. They can …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 10/26/15

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

We grow best by building on strengths, not by constantly trying to correct “weaknesses.” That’s the essence of positive psychology. Yet the overwhelming feedback we receive—even when solicited—is about correcting some failing. Most self-help books assume the reader is somehow “damaged.” If you do seek (or receive) feedback that you’re trying to evaluate, ask yourself: 1) Is it empirically valid? Is there evidence to support the claim? 2) Is it relevant? Does it apply to my future behavior and success? …


Design This, Ralph Lauren

I dine in the finest restaurants in the world. Even the best can have a problem or an off day.  But I never suffer rudeness gladly. The Ralph Loren Polo Lounge in New York, the latest “hot” place in which to be seen, has ghastly service. If it had a coat of arms it would be a shield of bombast on a field or pretentiousness. My cousins and I had a 9:30 reservation. When we inquired at 9:30, a condescending …



CBS News in New York

I’m up early looking over Manhattan arising, the most powerful city on earth. In a center of commerce, culture, and culinary arts, you’d think the media would set the standard for excellence. AT 5 am the CBS news has a blown-dry male host who makes pointless jokes, which are laughed at hysterically by the female host who has a completely inappropriate low-cut dress, raccoon-like eye makeup, and puffy lips. Six people must have worked on her hair. The weather guy, …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 10/19/15

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

If we can land on the moon, we can provide for reasonably priced college tuition. If we can receive messages on a watch, we can arrive at an intelligent solution for immigration. If we can create driverless cars, we can reduce the problems of illegal drugs. If we can create wireless communications, we can prevent or cure most diseases. If we can travel from New York to London in five hours, we can create sensible gun control. The difference between …


Guest Column: Eight Reasons to Add Coaching to Your Consulting Business

Through the years colleagues have confided that they have the desire to coach executives and suspect they also have the talent. But they lack the formal training, processes, and credentials to step into the coaching role with confidence, so they hesitate. Even when I assure them that they have already served in the role of coach as a parent, teacher, sports coach, or consultant, they waver—always considering coaching a good idea but never taking the specific steps to add this …