Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 06/19/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I saw a woman in the lane next to me texting as she drove at about 45 MPH. I was behind her at first and watched her driving on the shoulder and at erratic speeds. I didn’t want to be behind her and, as I passed, I saw what she was doing. I’m sure she felt she was so adept that she could multi-task like that. I don’t object to her being personally foolhardy, but I do object to the …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 06/12/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

“Trigger warning!” I’m about to voice an opinion, so someone is going to get upset! It’s a sad state of affairs when we have to be warned when we’re exposed to great literature or political opinions. When we’re insulated from life, we’re insulated from living. I’m a strong believer in social justice. People’s health, education, legal representation, enjoyment of aesthetics, and safety shouldn’t be dictated by how much wealth they’ve amassed. However, I also don’t believe that someone is entitled …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 06/05/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

In the 14th Century, the “black death” is estimated to have killed about 50% of the population of Europe. Today, we’re watching the deliberate depopulation of indigenous Europeans in numbers not reached for nearly 800 years (and back then caused by incurable plague). The cause today is mundane but serious: The mortality rate in Europe exceeds the birth rate, and has for many years. The US manages to repopulate itself (there are only two small states where deaths exceed births) …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 05/29/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

In May of 1868, three years after the conclusion of the American Civil War, General John Logan, commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, asked that we “remember those lost….by gathering around their sacred remains to garland the passionless mounds with choicest flowers and raise above them the dear flag they saved.” It is Memorial Day here in the U.S., and once again I’d like to take the opportunity to honor all those who have served in uniform in …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 05/22/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I’m writing this from the King George Hotel in Athens, with the Acropolis standing on a mountain top across from our terrace like the sun in an historical orrery. The original buildings were constructed in the Fourth Century BC by Pericles. (Photos are on my blog: contrarianconsulting.com.) Like the Egyptians before them and the Italians after them, the Greeks built structures meant to last centuries. When destruction occurred, it was usually by force of nature which the technology couldn’t prevent …


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 …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 05/08/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

The farther removed an event, the less its impact on most of us. We sympathize and send government help to Fukushima, for example, but Three Mile Island dominated our news and national attention. Volkswagen’s unethical actions with emissions was a regrettable problem in Germany unless, of course, you owned one of the vehicles, thus afflicted wherever you live. I admire people who refuse to allow distance to insulate them. My dentist, for example, goes to Haiti yearly to help out …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 05/01/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

A little pride. Is that too much to ask? A couple walked into an upscale restaurant in my town. She had on a dress and heels. He had on a tee-shirt and old jeans. Such are the times that no one throws people out for slovenliness, but he struck me as a buffoon (though he may well not have been). And what kind of relationship is it where one partner doesn’t tell the other that there is lettuce in their …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 04/24/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Most people don’t tell us the reason for a decision because we don’t ask. We either argue about the rejection or applaud ourselves for their wise acceptance. But we don’t ask, “Why?” Unless you have the reason—the cause—you don’t truly understand the motive. Consequently, you make plans to correct the failure or to exploit the victory based purely on the effect, not the underlying premise. That’s like the cat which won’t jump onto a cold stove because once it jumped …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 04/17/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Buddy Beagle passed away peacefully at home a few weeks ago after a full and rewarding life. We did what I advise all dog owners to do—we obtained a puppy to continue the spirit and keep Bentley company since dogs are pack animals. We wound up, without forethought, with a combination King Charles Spaniel and Poodle. This is what makes puppies so valuable: They always wake up in a good mood. They throw themselves—literally—into their endeavors, from food to toys. …