Veer

We know how to solve problems, and we even know how to innovate. But have we mastered the ability to make the most out of unexpected events? Many people call this “opportunism.” I call it “veer,” because it’s a deviation from the standard and expected track. We veer off the road of the tried and true. To me, veer is an unforeseen, often irrational development (e.g., a chance meeting with a benefactor in an unlikely setting, or a random discovery …



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 11/30/15

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Times change. We need to adapt at best and not resist at worst. I remember when Elvis and then the Beatles were going to corrupt youth. On a far more serious note, I think we’re going to see the end of high school football as we know it. There are at least a dozen deaths per year directly related to high school football injuries, and statistics vary wildly on serious health and disability issues. The sport is faster today, kids …


Theater Review: The Rant

Rhode Island is blessed with outstanding regional theater. One of them GAMM, is now home to The Rant, a gripping play by Andrew Case. Case has a fascinating background, having spent ten years investigating police misconduct for New York City. His play begins with an anguished monologue by an African-American woman whose son has been killed on her porch, supposedly by a white police sergeant. I say “supposedly” because in this Rashomon-like, multi-narrative, everyone lies: the mother, the civilian investigator …


Guest Column: How to Grow A Business Outside of Where You Live

How to Grow Your Practice Outside of Where You Live By Andrew Miller When I started my consulting practice in 2006 I was nothing more than a glorified project manager. I left IBM’s consulting division, where I was project managing large system implementations, to do what? That’s right. Manage large system implementations. I was doing the same work for a little more money, but no more freedom or flexibility.   After two years of this, I decided things needed to …



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 11/23/15

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Dealing with the public has many rewards—meeting new people, providing value to customers and clients, passive income. There are also lessons and surprises beyond the powers of a good novelist. I enjoy the people who have lost a book or cracked a CD and ask me to replace them for free. I get a kick out of people who order from me and concurrently critique my ordering system. (I recommend all of them hop over to Amazon.) There are people …



When I was young, my friends and I spent a lot of time trying to stay OUT of trouble. Our parents would yell from the windows if we played ball in the streets (we’d move around the block), or if we were in a fight, or if we were making too much noise, or whatever. Our teachers would scold us for talking in class, sending notes, not completing assignments, making fun of classmates, and so on. Store owners would warn …