Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 4/18/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

We arrived at Milan yesterday and the very nice immigration agents were dressed like rear admirals: epaulettes and chevrons, medals and gold braid. The conductor on the train to Venice was attired like a veteran airplane pilot. I recalled my consulting work with the military over my career. From an officer’s uniform you could tell rank and status (you’re saluting the rank, not the person, I used to hear), the specialty, the combat history, years in service, honors, and so …



Venice

We’re off to Venice today for my By Invitation Only meeting (formerly Million Dollar Club) of ten firms and/or solo practices. Venice consists of 117 small islands between the Po and Piave Rivers. Once upon a time, the city was a major power as a Republic, is prominent for Renaissance art, and is the birthplace of the brilliant Baroque composer, Vivaldi. It is one of the most romantic cities we’ve ever visited, and has fabulous food and, of course, wine. …



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Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 4/11/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

There was this funny thing about school and me—I wanted to be there. I enjoyed learning. I read all the books. I thought that’s why I was there. I didn’t cut class. What was the point? I still had plenty of free time. Some of my colleagues’ books and papers were a congeries in their room. Mine were organized and neat. Last week I ran a program in Boston on how to change your life. We had a full house, …


Pick Up the Check

I’ve had people in my workshops order internet in the conference room so they had access and attempt to put it on my bill! I’ve had people who ordered special food—lattes, or eggs—to augment what I was offering, and charge it to me. I had one guy, who thankfully left my community for good when he was ostracized, try to order Louis XIII when I offered after-dinner drinks on one occasion (it goes for $250 a glass). I’ve seen people …