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Do you awake under your own control or someone else’s? I don’t mean the alarm clock, or wake up call, or rooster. I mean, do you wake up with the intent of having a great day mostly under your control, or faced with the burdens of a new day mostly under others’ control? Do your clients, family, friends, venders, and others have demands on you? Do you feel obligations to help or please? Do you feel your time is already …



Overdone Smug Conceited Arrogant Revolting: OSCAR

I’ve been watching the Academy Awards since I was a kid on black and white television, with Bob Hope hosting. I was always in awe of the glamour and good humor. After we were married, my wife and I made it an annual ritual and I tried not to travel on that Sunday. Last night’s Oscar ceremony was a self-congratulatory excess of self-importance. It starts with the absurd Red Carpet and lasts for about seven hours. Women in loaned dresses …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 02/27/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I’m flying to San Francisco on United out of Boston. I have nearly four million air miles, but I watched the video of the flight safety demo because it was so appealing: United employees having fun and determined to have us understand how to put on the life vest and oxygen masks. I found it engaging (there was a colorful dinosaur and an occupied golf cart simulating turbulence careering down a hill) and also ingenious. Other airlines are attempting the …



Hello? Anyone Home? Sounds Like A Recording

Polarized thinking means that you can’t see both sides of an issue. (Don’t forget that F. Scott Fitzgerald observed that the mark of true intellect is holding two opposing ideas in your mind at the same time.) It means that the individual will not listen to or evaluate other positions. For example, a great many people who believe we’re contributing to climate change, when faced with legitimate opposition, will simply call the other people “deniers” and disregard them. There is …



Culture

I define “culture” as “that set of beliefs which governs behavior.” Hence, if you want to change the culture, change the beliefs. I have no patience for the statement that “this is our culture and it’s hard to change.” If you substitute, “these are our beliefs and they’re hard to change” would you create the same mystical resistance? Wells Fargo may have thought they were in a sales culture, but was their belief system really to cheat the customer? VW …


The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 1: Control

How to maximize control of your life and not surrender your future. Transcript: Hello again, this is Alan Weiss and today I’m talking about control. In another podcast I mentioned the fact that there was a myth that we feel have no control. That’s not true. Yet we often feel out of control. Sometimes we feel controlled by others. Here’s my prime directive with this podcast. Don’t surrender control. When we don’t have control, it’s not usually because someone else usurped it. It’s …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 02/20/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Here we are at the culmination of Hollywood’s grand excess in self-congratulation, the Oscars (which follow awards bestowed by SAG, Hollywood foreign press corps, and on and on). Is Ryan Gosling or Denzel Washington a “better” actor this year? Is Fences or Hacksaw Ridge a “better” movie? It’s kind of ridiculous and also somewhat incestuous. I’ve received and been denied my share of awards. My most prized are my high school senior poll award, “Most Likely to Succeed,” which gave …