Stealing More Than the Ball

Three UCLA basketball players in China with the team were found guilty of shoplifting and it took the President of the US appealing to the President of China to free them. UCLA says they will be “suspended” from team activities and may, “at some point,” be allowed to work out again with the team. Here’s another idea: Why not insist they actually attend class, do some public service work, and see if they can maintain the grades necessary to stay …


Enough About Me, What Do You Think About Me?

Have you ever encountered the “black hole” individual? All light, matter, and energy are drawn into their own agenda. You could be talking about a basketball game and they will comment, “You’d better hope no one is injured because the Republicans are trying to ruin health care!” Or you’re thinking of going to Italy to see Capri and they say, “I was served a horrible meal in Rome. I think they give inferior food to tourists.” When you get gum …


Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 20: Annoying People

“There are annoying people, and we shouldn’t be ashamed to point that out.“ Transcript: Tell me the truth. Don’t you just hate annoying people? I mean, you might think I’m whining right now. But face it. You’re like me. You hate annoying people and that’s the uncomfortable truth. A guy writes to me yesterday and he says to me, “I’m reading your newsletter and I mostly like it. But, the cartoon comes across all squished up, and it removes from …


Our Speeds Are Slow and Stop

Fiji was very calm and slow (“Fiji time” is cited by all the islanders). That’s nice for a refreshing visit. But I realized I could never stay there longer than a week. I found out that the life expectancy is only 68 (as opposed to about 80 in the US). Everyone we saw who lived on Fiji, male and female, was demonstrably overweight. That might be a factor of the health care, I don’t know, because the food is certainly …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 11/13/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I had to give bad news to a buyer about one of his lieutenants some years ago. I was concerned because this was a high six-figure client overall, and the buyer was president of a major division. On top of that, he had a Ph.D. in chemistry. “I’m sorry to have to tell you this, John,” I began. After I was done, he said, “Alan, it’s disappointing, but we’re both scientists and we have to abide by the empirical evidence.” …


Vote for Me!

I’m astounded at how many successful people I know who are simply besotted with awards. The external validation is like a drug. All over Facebook, people I respect and know as very expert and competent are wooing votes to be a top guru, or authority, or performing seal. Are we so insecure, despite our accomplishments, that we need to have people place us in a rather arbitrary beauty contest final? We all know how “objective” such competitions are. Is an …


On the Road Again

I’m hardly an analytic-type person, and my tendency is to deliberately place numbers outside of the boxes. But when I first started traveling in the 1970s I thought it would be cool to keep tabs on my airline miles (before any frequent flyer program existed). I began with a small book and now have it on my computer. Returning from Fiji a couple of days ago, I reached the quite reliable number of 3,780,000 miles. I’ve also kept track of the …


I’m Weary of….

  Men and women covered in tattoos that simply look like purple discolorations infecting their skin. Men over 16 wearing baseball caps backwards. People engaged in conversation while others in the room are trying to listen to a speaker. “Between you and I.” Profanity used as adjectives and as book titles as if we’re all going to be shocked instead of bored. Headlines and reports about who knelt at a football game during the National Anthem. Celebrity chefs naming their …