Prisoner of Platitude

Alan’s Fourth Law of Platitudes: For every supporting quotation there is an equal and opposite dissenting quotation. This applies to philosophy, theology, management, politics, sports—you name it. “Haste makes waste,” except, “a stitch in time saves nine.” “No man is an island,” but, “it’s good to stand out in a crowd.” “Measure twice, cut once,” but, “get there firstest with the mostest.” Use evidence, and stop relying on empty quotes that don’t apply to your situation. Even the law of …



DASM: CVS (Once Again)

I’m at the register paying my bill when the nearby theft protector goes off at the door as two people walk out, and a recorded voice asks them to stop until store personnel arrive. I ask the two employees nearest me if they’re going to go over there. “Oh, no, we have to see them take something,” one says. “The system is there,” I tell them, “because you can’t see people stealing things in the aisles. Why don’t you ask them …


Guest Column: How to Find Nonprofit Partners that Support Your ROI

Guest Column: How to Find Nonprofit Partners that Support Your ROI By Karen Eber Davis   To create ROI around your partnerships and sponsorships: Be proactive. Create a short-list of potential partners.   To find great partners, explore the following questions. The questions come from my work with clients who have bolstered their performance and profits through partnerships and sponsorships.   Finding Excellent Partners Question 1: Who values what you value? You care about many issues. Narrow you focus to …




Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 7/25/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

The great, unexpected benefit that Facebook provides us with today is a view of the alarmingly simplistic thinking patterns of a great many people. I’m not referring to abjectly poor taste—the pictures of wounds, illness, and use of gratuitious profanity—but rather to the bases behind people’s opinoins and self-worth. Facebook is a huge vanity (“excessive pride in one’s self”) publishing platform, with no editing or moderation. So we find people with little knowledge of history contorting events. There is allegiance …



In Case You Were Wondering What I Was Thinking

Baseball fans: If my dog brings me his leash at the door, would that be called an “intentional walk”?   Am I crazy, or does this election seem like it belongs in Honduras, or San Marino, or Atlantis?   If I sign all the bank forms, but not the form indicating I’ve been given and have signed all the other forms, what would happen? Is that like the drunk who said, “I didn’t walk in here and I’m not leaving”? …


Why Bureaucratic Insanity Is Redundant

Most of you reading this have financed a home or car, or refinanced at some point in your lives. If you’ve done this in the past several years, you know that the forms required are voluminous, with everyone engaged in CYA. In fact, there are forms to sign to prove that you’ve read and signed the other forms. But this is all forgery of a type, tasks over result, not at all ensuring what was intended. Most of the time …