Take Me Out to the Ballgame

When I grew up there were three massively popular and highly divisive New York baseball teams: the Yankees, the Giants, and the Dodgers. I was a Dodger fan (hence my dog Koufax, and the cartoon on this blog, named after the Dodger ace who was the greatest pitcher in history). The Dodgers have just won the National League Championship for the first time since 1988 (we called it the Pennant), and if the Yankees win their playoff series, these two …


Who Will You Be?

I would never be where I am today if I had listened to those people who were telling me what I should do with my life. I seemed to naturally (and luckily) follow my passion and my talents and learned how to make money doing what I love to do. But it was a close call, because I almost became an attorney (full scholarship to law school after crushing the entrance exams with everyone’s encouragement). Don’t ask yourself what you …


Traits of Thought Leaders

I presented this at my annual Thought Leadership Conference in Palm Beach last week. You can read about my next one here: https://www.alanweiss.com/growth-experiences/2018-thought-leadership-ninth-annual-conference/ The 17 Traits of Thought Leaders 1. Creation of contemporaneous IP (use of current events). 2. Media savvy/excellent speakers. 3. Social media attentiveness (large amounts of followers). 4. Impressive clients. 5. Multiple and frequent commercially published books. 6. Long-lived material (e.g. Million Dollar Consulting on the shelves for 25 years) 7. Catch-phrases (Marshall Goldsmith’s “what got you here won’t …


Thought Leadership and Dan Gilbert

Dan Gilbert, Harvard professor and author of Stumbling On Happiness, with 15 million TED views, was my special guest yesterday at my annual Thought Leadership Conference in Palm Beach. He’s charming, provocative, and brilliant, and impressed all of us at our Q&A session and dinner. Bringing these world-class intellects into an informal session with people in my community is one of my proudest accomplishments.


Looking Up

I’m on the 6:15 am Acela out of New York heading home. We emerge from the Penn Station tunnel and on the left is one of the great sights anywhere, the New York skyline, East River, and then the Hellespoint Bridge. The first class car is pretty empty, and the three men sitting on that side are all immersed in their iPhones and newspapers. No one looks up. I know they’ve probably seen it before, but I used to live …


Dining Out

We dine out every evening with rare exception, so I feel qualified to offer some advice to the restaurant industry (oh, yeah, I’m also not a bad consultant): Your hostess is the first and last person with whom I interact. If she can’t smile and be pleasant, fire her. Her job is to seat me quickly and cordially, not to do her paperwork or romance the computer. “The chef will be preparing” and “the veal will be coming with….” are …


Credit Where Due

The Social Security Administration is a wonderful surprise among government bureaucracies. The “hold” times are brief on the phone, the agents are incredibly helpful and knowledgeable, and the web site is intelligent and informative. Is there any way they can take over the DMV?



I received this today in response to the June 12 Monday Morning Memo, which can also find here on the blog: Dear Alan Each day the American people exist, civilization thrives. So, please, go forward! And boldly. Thank you for your insights. Roberto Lopes Photoghrapher and Writer Light Pilgrim  –  Creativity and Photography for Prosperity and Peace Curitiba – Brazil


Nesting Syndrome

Some of us build nests that are so comfortable we try never to leave them. Here are the conditions: Unconscious competency: We have insufficient self-awareness to realize what must be changed and/or improved. Allowing the continuance of what merely works and not trying to shake things up. Not offering new value to existing clients. Not soliciting referrals. “King of the Hill Phenomenon”: We’re never challenged by others. We become great at problem solving but fail to innovate. We don’t make …