You’re Being Judgmental!

The most vapid epithet I know is: “You’re being too judgmental!” We make judgments every day, about how to work with others, if we’ve been treated correctly, how to raise our children, what to do in crises. We praise people with “good judgment” and malign those with “poor judgment.” If you don’t agree with me, fine, it doesn’t affect my self-worth, but charging someone with being judgmental is like charging them with thinking. The point of being sentient creatures is …


Succinctnacity

Our guide in Athens knew everything about the Acropolis, ancient Greece, modern Greece, the church, political matters, and art. Unfortunately, she told us about all of them when we really wanted to see and hear about the Acropolis! Over half of my college professors, through four degrees, told me everything they knew instead of what I needed to know. Every day I tell coaching clients to reduce verbiage in their speech and writing. I habitually say to people who are …


Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 8: Conservatism

Why we are far too timid in our lives and work and how to stop playing a “prevent defense.” Transcript: I’m Alan Weiss with the Uncomfortable Truth. I’m sitting here today after still another snow blizzard, thunderous, dangerous warning here in the northeast of the United States where it’s been snowing for approximately 10,000 years since the original people to inhabit the land walked over the Bering Strait and somehow wound up here. Long before Columbus or the colonists or …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 05/29/17

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 …


Fences

We had seen August Wilson’s Fences on Broadway, and I decided to watch the movie on the ten-hour return flight from Greece. This was, by a distance too large to assign a coherent number, by far the best movie of the past year. It makes La La Land and Moonlight seem like amateur films, and while Hidden Figures is intriguing for its documentary aspect, it’s not in the same league. How Denzel Washington did NOT receive the Oscar for this …



Nesting Syndrome

Some of us build nests that are so comfortable we try never to leave them. Here are the conditions: Unconscious competency: We have insufficient self-awareness to realize what must be changed and/or improved. Allowing the continuance of what merely works and not trying to shake things up. Not offering new value to existing clients. Not soliciting referrals. “King of the Hill Phenomenon”: We’re never challenged by others. We become great at problem solving but fail to innovate. We don’t make …



Labor

Visiting the Acropolis, we learned that the machine used to lift vast marble blocks and columns worked on the exact same principles (double pulleys, swiveling base) that the modern one does in the restoration work. The only difference is manual labor vs. powered equipment. There isn’t a whole lot new under the sun, but there is the ability to accomplish results more quickly with less labor. How are you working? Like they did 3,000 years ago, or like you can …


Magic Carpet Workshop

  Alan Weiss conducting his rare Magic Carpet Workshop in the amphitheater where the Greek Carpetus Shagus the Elder first started the discipline in Mykonos. Rugs come from all over the world to attend. The fee is $1,000 per square foot. Here you see him addressing the sold out crowd, and interacting with one participant, while others are in rapt attention. This group was from Persia. On the third day they learn to fly.