Brother, Can You Spare A Fix?

A man in old but neat clothing walks up to us in New York as we exit Katz’s Deli. “Can you spare a few dollars?” he asks. A woman with me says, “I can’t give you any money, but I can offer this half of a $40 sandwich which is untouched and terrific.” “Oh, I don’t want any food,” he says, and approaches someone else. I’ve seen this many times in many cities. We enable drug and alcohol dependency every …


Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 7: The Aggrieved

Why whatever you perceive your condition to be does not warrant a vote in Congress or a newscast. Transcript: Hi, I’m Alan Weiss, and this is The Uncomfortable Truth. We have a lot of aggrieved people today, don’t we? In 1861, the south seceded from the union because of slavery. It was a rebellious act. There’s no constitutional provision for secession. Let’s extrapolate the consequences of that. Suppose New Jersey seceded from the United States over pollution regulations, and then …


Guest Column: What Mick Jagger Can Teach You About the Consulting Business and Branding

By Gail S. Bower and Roberta Matuson They say you can’t always get what you want. But we disagree. While attending the 2017 Million Dollar Consulting® Convention, we spent an evening at “The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism delivered by DHL” at the Navy Pier in Chicago, an exhibit about the musical, business, and creative lives of one of the greatest rock bands in history. What a perfect companion experience to the Convention. The exhibit tells the story of The Rolling Stones …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 05/15/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Mother’s Day was yesterday in the US, though the occasion is celebrated in scores of countries on various dates. It began here in 1908 when Anna Jarvis chose to celebrate the work her mother, Anna Reeves Jarvis, had done as a peace activist caring for the wounded in the Civil War. Her daughter was later upset that Hallmark Cards and others had begun to commercialize the holiday. I love delving into the reasons for things, whether it’s Labor Day, or …


Out of the Way!

Since we acquired Puppy (AKA Coco) Maria has decided to keep both dogs in the kitchen when we leave the house. Bentley isn’t accustomed to this. Maria accomplishes this by putting a movable wooden gate at the entry to the dining room, and another at the entry to  the family room. The fist time we returned, both dogs were roaming around because Bentley, who weighs in at 80 pounds, shoved the gate aside. (He could probably jump the gate, but …


Wait, What?

We’re dining last night in a restaurant next to the venue where we’re about to see a ballet, where my wife is a long-time board member. As we’re about to leave, my wife spies two of her fellow board members across the way. She says to me, “You MUST go over and say hello, they see us here!” So, I turn the charm dial to maximum (“I can’t give you any more power, Captain, or the warp drive will surely …


If You’re Proclaiming Good Health, Why Are You Driving Like A Moron?

I don’t know why, but I’ve started thinking about bumper stickers. It’s rare to find a car with just one. They usually come in multiple postings, ranging from politics to health food, from sports teams to mystical affirmations. It seems to me that the drivers feel obligated to inform the rest of the world of their positions. I think they do so because they feel otherwise powerless. So this is the way they impress themselves on the world. Their only …