Legal Notice

Regrettably, I’m legally required to inform people who follow my work: You may see social media and internet notices, as well as mailings, implying that Chad Barr and his company have a business relationship with me. This is untrue. Mr. Barr’s services were terminated by me in 2016 for ethical and legal reasons. Any representation that we are connected or that I support his current work is false and erroneous, particularly in terms of my Private Roster Mentor Program, which …



Plain Dumb Ass Stupid

A guy named Littlejohn asks to connect on Linkedin and immediately sends me this pathetic, mass, stupid marketing email:   Thanks for being connected! I’ve had many consultants reaching out to see how we generate so many high-end leads for ourselves and our clients on LinkedIn. So we put together this brand new 72-minute (content only) training for you! (LINK REMOVED) Talk soon, P.S. Our online system can only handle 100 live viewers at one time…and this email went out …


Here’s What You Should Do Next Time You’re Flying the Plane….

Don’t you love people who haven’t accomplished one-tenth of what you have but who feel they are in a position to critique and coach you? It’s often an uncle or a cousin who wants to overcome a vast inferiority complex. But it’s also often some stranger who feels that social media is there for his or her glorification. A guy actually has offered Marshall Goldsmith and me (between us, 100 books, 100 countries, 500 clients, 25 translation languages, 30 awards, …



The Madness

March Madness, always thrilling, isn’t necessarily won by the best overall team. It’s won by the team which plays best under extreme pressure at the right moments, and makes the fewest unforced errors. When things get tough, the tough get going. Do you yell for the ball or duck from it?


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 03/27/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

The sculptor Donatello was considered second only to Michelangelo in the Renaissance world. He created a copy of the latter’s David for exhibit outside since the original was considered too precious to expose to the elements. And when you see Michelangelo’s masterpiece in The Academy, you are stunned by the brilliance, which is exquisitely highlighted in the surroundings of more intimacy and better lighting. The Mona Lisa, The Nightwatch, Guernica—any ageless work of art is defined by its framing. Your …


Opportunity Doesn’t Always Knock

Being opportunistic is a positive trait, but not if it’s your exclusive motive power. That’s because it relies on some external “trigger” allowing you to see the opportunity. Innovative people create their own “triggers.” It’s great to be opportunistic when something occurs, but it’s even better to also be innovative when nothing else is occurring.


All Aboard

It’s 8 am and the Acela is pulling out of Penn Station in New York, silently and stealthily, passing hundreds of arriving commuters from local train mere feet away from the tracks. They are trudging, infantry-like, down the platform and up the escalators, heads down, backpacks swaying, resolute and without choices. They are marching into a never-ending battle that will always be a stalemate, because no matter what they accomplish or fail to accomplish today, they will be doing the same …