See, It’s Called “Profit” and the Opposite is “Loss”

Many years ago my wife started a small business creating customer-designed exercise outfits and accessories. At one point she brought me a small piece of artwork she had been working on for an entire day. “Do you like it?” she asked. “I do,” I said, “how much will you sell it for?” “Two dollars,” she decided. “Houston, we have a problem,” I said. I’ve written in this space before about a Jersey Mike’s franchise that has good sandwiches, but the …



Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 11: Overprotection

“The cosseting of youth, and how it’s leaving them vulnerable in the real world.” Transcript: I’m Alan Weiss, welcome to The Uncomfortable Truth. Today…overprotection. We have generational sobriquets you know? We have labels we attach to generations. The Greatest generation, the Boomer generation, Generation X and Y and Millennials. Today though, what we really have is the overprotected generation. Part of the growth experience, it seems to me, is getting into trouble. I don’t mean committing serial murder. I don’t mean …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 07/10/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I’m on a Delta flight from Boston to Atlanta a few years ago, and the first class service is even better than usual. And, I notice the guy across the aisle is getting even better service than I am! And there are three flight attendants in first class, with 12 seats. So I ask one of them, “Is that a Delta executive?” It turns out he’s the CEO. Then I’m told he’s spending the week on the planes taking various …


That Sound? It’s the Breakers. No, I’m Not Kidding.

I’ll be on vacation in another week, and I tell people to feel free to call my cell while I’m on the beach. Most are astounded. But I don’t mind taking calls (and making money) when I’m a few yards from the breakers any more than I mind hitting my pool in the afternoon when I’m at home “working.” If you can’t answer email and phone calls for a relatively few minutes while you’re engaged in other activities at a …


I’m Crossing My Arms Here

The Boston Globe reported this morning that they’ve consulted with “body language experts” to decipher the meeting between Trump and Putin. I’m looking forward to their piece on “astrology experts” followed by “Loch Ness Monster experts.” Whenever someone says they’re reading my body language, I cross my arms. I understand that a body language profanity, right? (Trigger warning, this article may upset you. Oops, was that supposed to be at the top?)


Dignity and Respect

I was listening to Professor Jordan Peterson at the University of Toronto lecturing in his classroom about dignity vs. respect (https://youtu.be/BxzfYjxWg8g) courtesy of Lorie Morrero.. His point is that we should treat people with dignity until and unless they prove unworthy of it. However, respect has to be earned. That reminds me of the entire political correctness movement, with its concern about “micro-aggressions” and that every minor, trivial grievance be heard and accommodated. I’m happy to treat people with dignity …



Doing, Not Dreaming

If you are still trying to do something you begin three months ago, that’s not good. If it were six months ago, that’s terrible. And if it were longer than that, you’re just kidding yourself about really attempting to do it. I’ve observed why people don’t move forward and wind up with the same thing on the “to do” list, or goals, or promises without movement. The reasons are: • It’s a dream, and the work involved is not desirable …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 07/03/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Tomorrow is one of the two great secular holidays in the US, Independence Day, or perhaps the first, true Brexit. I’m not sure that too many people downing hot dogs, jumping in the water, or setting off fireworks understand just how brave an act the Revolution was, or of the dangers the Founding Fathers had created for themselves (they all would have been hanged if we had lost). And I want to scrupulously avoid contests about the oldest Democracies, with …