The Ultimate Stupid

A TV station in Virginia removed a veteran sportscaster from covering a basketball game, Robert Lee, because they were afraid his name would “offend” some viewers. There is a movement to ban the movie Gone with the Wind, because of the racist attitudes —historically accurate, heinous attitudes—portrayed in the Academy Award-winning film (for which Hattie McDaniel won the first Oscar ever for an African-American actor). Where does all this stupidity end? I’ll tell you: With no child understanding history and therefore …


Making Change

In the last couple of months, I’ve noticed clerks and cashiers in California, New Jersey, Nantucket, and Rhode Island struggling to make change. The register tells them that the bill was $26,85 and that $50.00 was submitted, therefore the change is $23.15. The clerks take the twenty from the till, but then have some trouble with the three singles and the fifteen cents. The put the money in their palms like marbles, and their mouths move as they count. Forget …


Why I Am Not Running This By You

I have some bad news. Consensus is about something you can live with, not about something you would die for. It’s not unanimity. Most times, consensus is simply an idealistic vision which has virtually no bearing on the quality of the decision at hand. Too many of your clients (and, perhaps, you) are wasting time trying to get buy-in and commitment from people who simply don’t matter in the long run. Ineffective and frightened leaders strive for “consensus” to protect …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 08/28/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

An author named Karl Ove Knausgaard once claimed, according to the New York Times, that he needed at least 300 pages to state even the simplest truth. It’s been reported that Marcel Proust, in writing Remembrance of Things Past, often spent months on a single sentence, with long appendages attached to his hand-written pages. I consider both of these habits to be learning disabilities. Even before the age of instant communications, brevity and pith were highy admired. The Gettysburg Address …




Dumb Ass Stupid Management in East Greenwich, RI

In the affluent community of East Greenwich, RI, where there are 12 places on Main St. to buy coffee in them morning—including Starbuck’s and the award-winning Main Street Café—the owner of Dunkin’ Donuts has decided to stop giving out free dog treats, a practice in place since the shop opened over a decade ago. He told employees: “That’s my money you’re throwing out the window”! How much does a stale munchkin cost? Don’t they have to be discarded? How much …




How Much Does It Cost to Send Your Kid to Brown?

If the brilliant, politically correct progressives of the esteemed Brown University want to rename Columbus Day “Indigenous People’s Day,” and remove statures of Columbus for merely following the mores of his day in discovering a new land at great risk, then perhaps they may want to think about changing the name of the university from that of the most heinous slave trading family in the history of the Republic. But I guess significant grants go a long way….