In Case You Were Wondering What I Was Thinking

• If Global Entry can whisk people through immigration in 60 seconds, why is it that TSA pre-check can’t simply process people without searching them at all? • Not everything was better in the “old days” (medical care, highway safety, pollution) but some things were, and not simply because it was the “old days” (civility, appropriate dress, a family dinner table). • I realize we have “revolutions” in music, but the Beatles frightened people because of their long hair and …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 5/30/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

In May of 1868, three years after the conclusion of the American Civil War, General John Logan, commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, asked that we “remember those lost….by gathering around their sacred remains to garland the passionless mounds with choicest flowers and raise above them the dear flag they saved.” It is Memorial Day here in the U.S., and once again I’d like to take the opportunity to honor all those who have served in uniform in …


The HR Non-Revolution

This is from someone named Ben Whitter on Linkedin: “The never-ending debate about the future of Human Resources took another major twist as Airbnb, a company valued at $25.5 billion dollars based in the shared economy space, recently announced that they are redefining their HR function in terms of what it is and what it does with the appointment of a new Global Head of Employee Experience to oversee and connect everything to do with their ‘workplace as an experience’ vision, which …



The World’s Stupidest Man

The commercial for beer talks about the “world’s most interesting man” as I recall. Million Dollar Maverick shot to #705 on the combined Amazon rankings, and #1 in two different categories in both hard copy and Kindle. It was rated a “#1 new release” by Amazon, and has sold over 5,000 copies in it’s first few days after official release in addition to the pre-release, advance sales. Feedback about the book has been outstanding. One guy writes me to say that …




Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 5/23/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Why do people count typos and pronouns? (You used “he” twice as much as “she”!) Why is it they feel compelled to tell you? And why do they tell you not in conjunction with commenting on your subject matter, but as a sole piece of feedback, as if the content had no meaning and no purpose? (One person told me he couldn’t focus on content if there was a typo. I told him I hoped he or she was receiving …


Viking

Despite the fact that someone in my coaching community believed I was going on a cruise to see Vikings, I actually took a Viking river cruise on the Danube from Nurenberg to Budapest, with stops in Germany and Austria at Regensberg, Passau, Klems, and Vienna. We had never taken a river cruise, thought we should try one, and were inundated by Viking since they sponsored Downton Abbey which we watched weekly. Viking knows what they’re doing. We took the largest stateroom, …