Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 10/02/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

The polariztion rhetoric seems to be cooling down just a bit. Whether it’s political, or social, or scientific, or sexual, or historical, it doesn’t seem to be as constantly in our face. Maybe that’s because we’re all weary of it. When you have a “cause” or an “agenda” or a “grievance,” your commitment and involvement certainly may justify your wholehearted support. But when that support becomes zealotry, when no remark or statement can be made that doesn’t include advocacy for …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 09/25/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

There’s a difference between seeking respect and seeking affection. I’ve never cared whether clients like me so much as that they respect my opinions. As a matter of fact, employees and audiences often don’t like me because I threaten their conventional thinking. I’m pursuing the electoral college (the buyer) and not the popular vote. Example: After all the threats aimed at United Airlines after dragging that man off the plane, the company had a record quarter. No matter how much …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 09/18/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I believe there’s an inverse proportion between profanity and vocabulary. The more of the former, the less of the latter. I understand “shock” potential, but I don’t understand vulgarity that’s completely gratuitous and adds nothing to the point. Routinely, I unfriend people on Facebook who write obscenities as adjectives and adverbs. I wouldn’t look to spend my mornings with such people, so why do I want to read what they have to say? And the slippery slope increases in declivity. …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 09/11/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I wanted to take this moment with you this morning to share my prayers and thoughts for those in Houston, Florida, and elsewhere who are and have been in harm’s way because of these tremendous storms. I ask only that you take a minute to reflect on your own blessings and consider what you may do to help those who so much need our help right now. Bad things do happen in the world, like war, natural disasters, disease. But …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 09/04/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I’ve coached senior executives for a large part of my career. (When you’re consulting, you’re also coaching, so you might as well get good at it. This idea of coaching as some special discipline requiring “certification” from some arbitrary entity—Who certifies the certifiers?—is absurd.) One of the first questions I always asked was, “Are you having fun?” Usually, their reaction was to fire me until they realized that I had already been paid. They considered “fun” to be antithetical to …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 08/28/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

An author named Karl Ove Knausgaard once claimed, according to the New York Times, that he needed at least 300 pages to state even the simplest truth. It’s been reported that Marcel Proust, in writing Remembrance of Things Past, often spent months on a single sentence, with long appendages attached to his hand-written pages. I consider both of these habits to be learning disabilities. Even before the age of instant communications, brevity and pith were highy admired. The Gettysburg Address …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 08/21/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Some people are “looking for ‘like’ in all the wrong places.” If you want to be loved, get a dog. If you want to be liked, go on social media. But the search for affection in place of respect is not a mature pursuit. I want to be “liked” when I go to dinner with new acquaintances, I suppose, and I’d prefer people not to “dislike” me when they’re working with me. But those are not huge goals of mine. …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 08/14/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Here’s a little something I’ve learned: I can always make another dollar, but I can’t make another minute. But even when there isn’t another cent, there is another day. I meet too many people who are angry all the time. If you’re nasty to customers at 7 am, what does that bode for the rest of the day?! There are people who expect every grievance to be acknowledged by everyone else and acted upon until they are happy (which they …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 08/07/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

At some point we all come to realize that we’ve been trying to change something about our habits or behaviors for a long time and haven’t done it. It may have to do with exercise, relationships, learning, fears, guilt, diet, or any number of issues. We’re aware of it, we know it’s important, and we have to constantly remind ourselves to deal with it. Over the years it can become a taphonomic pursuit. I’m not about to tell you that …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 07/31/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

In the arts, it’s the quality of the experience that’s important. A symphony may last for only 15 minutes, a play for three hours. We may view a Picasso or Rembrandt for only a few minutes. We don’t evaluate by length (“For $400, I’d expect at least a six-hour performance”) or by duration of effort (“I wouldn’t pay $50,000 for this painting unless the artist spent at least four months creating it”). Nor do we look for some cosmic point …