Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 1/22/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

No average citizens would realize that the US government is “shut down” this morning if the media hadn’t informed them. The mail will be delivered and the air traffic will be controlled. In about a month, military pay might take a hit if nothing happens. But for now, the Coast Guard is on duty, prisons are still housing prisoners, and most national parks are open (the Statue of Liberty is not). And every member of Congress will continue to receive …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 1/15/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

We live in an age of micro-aggressions and polarization. Don’t say, “You guys,” when there are women present, even though newscasters (including women) do it all the time. If you voted for the “other” party, you don’t merely have a differing opinion, you’re stupid. This pathology is evident daily on Facebook, that great societal mirror. When someone posts a point of view—presumably with the intent of it being read—and a reader comments in disagreement, the person posting often responds, “Sorry …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 1/8/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I talked to a very bright guy I know recently whom I really respect. He’s creative and articulate and interesting. During our time together, on three separate occasions, he mentioned something negative that, purportedly, someone else has said about me. I have always called this kind of reporting “schoolyard gossip.” I remember when our kids’ fourth-grade teacher told us during a parent evening at school, “Here’s my deal: If you don’t believe everything your kids tell you about me, I …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 1/1/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I was torn between simply saying “Happy New Year” this morning and including a message. I’ve decided on the latter, because I think the subject is important for all of us in the year ahead. I think we should apply to ourselves, first, any demand, morality, or stricture that we attempt to place on others. This struck me very powerfully when I watched Hollywood celebrities and television personalities moralize for every cause in the world—most of which I agree with—while …



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 12/18/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

One of my clients reminded me last week that I had neglected to place a 2019 meeting on my online calendar! These are exciting times for me. I determine where I go and when, and I have a global clientele. I’ve found that the critical factors are control and leverage. Control what you can—which is more than you think—and gain leverage to exploit the positive aspects of your life. I learned long ago when working in a consulting firm, even …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 12/11/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Depending on the source you consider, what I’ll dangerously call the “Christmas Season” generates something like $650 billion in spending in the US economy. About three-quarters of that is in the purchase and exchange of gifts. One hundred percent increases are usual in businesses such as bookstores, and almost two hundred percent in jewelry stores. Seasonal businesses, from Christmas Cards (two billion) to Christmas trees (21 million) are wholly dependent. Many retailers earn two-thirds of their profits in the fourth …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 12/04/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

There’s nothing like being there. A blizzard, a hurricane, a lightning storm—these are hard to describe adequately, no matter how gifted your speech, and impossible to personally experience in absentia, no matter how perceptive your hearing. For example, we hear a lot about China. I found that I had no real comprehension of the Great Wall until I stood upon it. I also found that it’s almost frightening to smell, see, and taste the air that you breathe in Beijing …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 11/27/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

There have been several articles lately about homeless people who have helped a driver hurt in a car accident or returned money that they found to the rightful owner. In response, money has poured in to provide housing and food, and job offers have resulted. When these people turn out to be veterans, the avalanche of goodwill intensifies. This response to a good deed performed by someone in unfortunate circumstances is admirable, but: Why do people in dire straits who …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 11/20/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Jefferson once said something like, “In matters of taste, swim with the tide. In matters of principle, stand like a rock.” I’m seeing a lot of rocks lately. This is why I’m fascinated by the recent sale of the Leonardo work for $450 million. Fortuitously, I’m two-thirds of the way through Isaacson’s massive and wonderful biography of Leonardo and his discussion of the provenance of “Salvator Mundi” (Saviour of the World). Most experts feel it’s actually Leonardo’s work, but some …