Plain Dumb Ass Stupid

A guy named Littlejohn asks to connect on Linkedin and immediately sends me this pathetic, mass, stupid marketing email:   Thanks for being connected! I’ve had many consultants reaching out to see how we generate so many high-end leads for ourselves and our clients on LinkedIn. So we put together this brand new 72-minute (content only) training for you! (LINK REMOVED) Talk soon, P.S. Our online system can only handle 100 live viewers at one time…and this email went out …


Here’s What You Should Do Next Time You’re Flying the Plane….

Don’t you love people who haven’t accomplished one-tenth of what you have but who feel they are in a position to critique and coach you? It’s often an uncle or a cousin who wants to overcome a vast inferiority complex. But it’s also often some stranger who feels that social media is there for his or her glorification. A guy actually has offered Marshall Goldsmith and me (between us, 100 books, 100 countries, 500 clients, 25 translation languages, 30 awards, …


I Can’t Tell By Your Face If You’re Happy Or Not

There’s a woman on the CBS morning news in New York City (6-7 am weekdays) who basically reads a teleprompter as her job. She doesn’t look real. He face doesn’t move at all, only her lips and eyes. There is no other sign of expression. Her lips look inflated. Her eyes look like they were done by an artist. Her hair falls perfectly but also doesn’t move at all. She seems quite pleasant and reads the news well. I’d bet …


The Brady Priority

Let me understand this: An international collaboration, including the Texas police, Texas Rangers, FBI, and Mexican police, found Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jersey and returned it within 90 days of the theft. And we can’t identify or locate the drug dealers in Mexico, or the nukes in Iran, or the terrorist cells all over Europe? They’d all better hope they never come into possession of any of Brady’s stuff.


Wait. Can you do it yourself?

Folks, if you’re a “success coach” shouldn’t you be, well, sort of, successful? If you’re a “life coach,” I’d think you need to, uh, have a life? If you’re a branding expert, shouldn’t you have a really strong brand? If you’re a sales expert, why do you need help selling? If you’re writing about how to reach executives, shouldn’t you be, like, in the midst of them? If I want to learn to ski, I don’t expect the coach to …


Overdone Smug Conceited Arrogant Revolting: OSCAR

I’ve been watching the Academy Awards since I was a kid on black and white television, with Bob Hope hosting. I was always in awe of the glamour and good humor. After we were married, my wife and I made it an annual ritual and I tried not to travel on that Sunday. Last night’s Oscar ceremony was a self-congratulatory excess of self-importance. It starts with the absurd Red Carpet and lasts for about seven hours. Women in loaned dresses …


Hello? Anyone Home? Sounds Like A Recording

Polarized thinking means that you can’t see both sides of an issue. (Don’t forget that F. Scott Fitzgerald observed that the mark of true intellect is holding two opposing ideas in your mind at the same time.) It means that the individual will not listen to or evaluate other positions. For example, a great many people who believe we’re contributing to climate change, when faced with legitimate opposition, will simply call the other people “deniers” and disregard them. There is …


The Sky Is Falling. I Think. Maybe Tomorrow.

Look, I understand political outrage. I grok unhappiness when your candidate loses an election everyone merely assumed she’d win (which is exactly why she lost). I think Trump’s behavior, most of the time, is appalling. But I’d like to see people put as much time, energy, and investment into volunteerism, good deeds, business improvement, and family relationships as they do into their daily apoplexy over Trump. The election is over, there are no impeachable offenses (and petitions can’t impeach, only …


Work This Out

Does running in the morning improve physical fitness but reduce mental acuity? Immediately after a blizzard, with roads partially cleared but no sidewalks cleared, I find an occasional runner, outfitted in ski gear, and plodding along at a slow trot in heavy shoes. One slip and they’re under the wheels of a passing car. This isn’t fitness, it’s obsession, an addiction to adhering to a discipline despite the adverse consequences on a particular day. 2. In the club level lounge …


Do Me A Favor, Get A Life

Here’s what I received today from someone I don’t know: “I have a favor to ask. I (sic) trying to get my book on the Amazon bestseller list. Today only, I am selling a digital Kindle copy of my book XXXXXXXXX  for only 99¢. I am very proud of my book, I hope you can help me. Also, if you know others who would like a great business book, please forward this to them.” This is what it’s come to: gaming …