Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 04/25/11

April 25, 2011—Issue #84

This week’s focus point: Yesterday, the New York Times offered me eight electronic op ed columns. Every one was negative, from politicians “ignoring reality” and high speed rail being a “folly” to critique of tax credits and even why a Pope should not be canonized. Perhaps all of this is relevant and important, but it seems to me that there is a lot of good news that’s also relevant and important. When we’re besieged with harsh and negative information, we tend to lose sight of the positive and productive. Find the optimistic people and news in your life and your profession, because the default position isn’t all that exhilarating. I look at each new day as an opportunity to thrive with my head high, not as a long, slow, cautious crawl through enemy territory holding my head down.

Monday Morning Perspective: Technology is just a way of organizing the universe so that man won’t have to experience it. — architect Max Frisch

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I remember a meeting with a boutique consulting firm that had fallen on hard times. The debate was whether or not to sell their magnificent conference table. “Where would clients sit?” asked one partner. “We have no clients,” stated the advocate of selling. You can’t cut your way to renewal or success. Top line growth is the key to bottom line achievement, for you and for your clients. Today is the time to invest in the future. Once you cut muscle, you’re powerless.

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