Hello? Hello?

Bear in mind that the value is in being highly responsive, not instantly reachable. You’ll screw up your life if your cell phone number is in thousands of hands and those people feel they have the right to call at any time, and you enable them by taking the call. I walked away from a guy who took a call while we were talking at a convention. The person in front of you is the important one. Brain surgery, perhaps, can’t wait for …



Providence: The Incompetence of Small Numbers

Rhode Island has well under a million adults. Providence, the capital, is by far the largest city and the Greater Providence Area probably has about 400,000 people. But the state has almost 20 geopolitical jurisdictions, so it needs 20 chiefs of police, fire chiefs, head librarians, superintendents of schools, mayors/city managers, and so on. Almost every week it seems as if a member of the state legislature or Providence city council is charged, indicted, and/or convicted of crimes, from not …


Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 10: Overkill

“Pounding away until the point is crushed under the weight of redundancy.” Transcript: Welcome to the Uncomfortable Truth, today we’re talking about overkill. You ever hear anyone say that someone else is belaboring the point? A woman was trying to explain a bill to me the other day and I understood what she was saying and I said, “Okay, that’s good.”  Yet she kept telling me and I said, “I’ve got it, I’ll pay it.”, and she said, “No, let …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 06/26/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Film critic Pauline Kael, 40 years ago, actually said this: “I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m in a theater I can feel them.” That is extraordinarily provincial. Yet it seems to me that today many people expect things to happen simply because “it’s their time.” No matter what your political persuasion, I think the Democrats lost …


Well, Hello, Dolly

Hello, Dolly is over half a century old on Broadway alone, and based on Thornton Wilder’s 1938 book, The Merchant of Yonkers. And that was based on an 1835 English play, A Day Well Spent. The setting of the work currently on Broadway is the 1890s. We’re not talking contemporary theater, here. Bette Midler won the Tony for her lead role this year. (It also won Tonys for Gavin Creel as best supporting actor, best musical revival, and best costumes …


Spending

People make decisions about spending money as if it’s a finite resource and they’ll never see it again. I’m shocked when people want to wait to invest in order to hold onto their money a little loner. Buy the car. Attend the program. Take the vacation. Fix the sink. Yet, they think nothing about throwing their time away—which they will truly never see again—one, for example, social media banality and mindless TV shows. And they want to advise others?