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.  




Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 05/22/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I’m writing this from the King George Hotel in Athens, with the Acropolis standing on a mountain top across from our terrace like the sun in an historical orrery. The original buildings were constructed in the Fourth Century BC by Pericles. (Photos are on my blog: contrarianconsulting.com.) Like the Egyptians before them and the Italians after them, the Greeks built structures meant to last centuries. When destruction occurred, it was usually by force of nature which the technology couldn’t prevent …