Speed Demon

Speed and immediacy are of the essence, these days. That is not a passing fad, but rather a fact of modern life that technologies and expectations intensify. You’re not going to be successful with cumbersome models and complex methodology. Streamline your approaches. Clients receive much more value from an 80% effective solution implemented now than a 95% effective solution in two weeks or, usually the case, two months.


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 7/18/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

In Italy in particular and in most of Europe in general, drivers stay right unless they’re passing a slower vehicle. You seldom see high beams used or hear horns. It’s a natural courtesy, probably stemming from the fact that most roads are only two lanes in either direction, and traffic would move much slower if people didn’t get out of the way. As they don’t in the U.S. We just completed one of our annual pilgrimages—to the Jersey Shore—which is …


Sorry, I Can’t See You, You’re Indistinct

Don’t slavishly copy. When you notice a lot of people doing the same thing, get off the train, it’s already old. Create new IP, new meaning. Don’t be derivative. This is why you have to continually “reinvent” yourself. The most vivid bad examples: All those people using 15-year-old photos on Facebook and elsewhere! A few whom I’ve met I couldn’t recognize! © Alan Weiss 2016


Call Paul Krugman, I Think I’m Too Happy

Paul Krugman is an economics professor, Times op ed columnist, and frequent talk show participant. He is liberal and once was interesting. Now he’s apparently not satisfied unless every elected and appointed office in the country is held by a Democrat. Trump must be like the monster under the bed. Lately he’s become so cynical that a cure for cancer would be troublesome for him because of all the problems he’d come up with. This morning he took pains to point …




Amazon Refuses to Post Review of “Ego Is The Enemy”

Apparently Amazon wants to protect some of its  best selling authors, and refused to print this review, so here it is to warn the rest of you: IT TAKES CHUTZPAH TO WRITE EGO IS THE ENEMY (by Ryan Holiday)   This book is so incredibly poorly written and supercilious that I scarcely know where to begin. It’s like it was written to support a TEDx talk. And how much ego does it require for an author to explain that ego is …


Opening Act

I drive a couple of miles at 7am down here at the Jersey Shore to get the newspapers at the supermarket. During my leisurely drive along the boardwalk and through the snoozing town, I see trucks delivering everything from bread to beer, people opening hardware stores and donut shops, street cleaners and parking meter change collectors. Everyone is out in their routine. People who are expected to open up freight doors are doing so, the police are riding shotgun for …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 7/11/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Long ago, I discovered to my shock that clients were stunned by common sense. No intricate models, no “needs analyses,” no six-month projects. (“A consultant is someone who arrives to study a problem and then stays to become part of it.”) I told people, in effect: Stop doing that if it hurts, start doing this if it feels good, understand that you’re here to contribute and make a profit only after that, and you have a duty to reward high …