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 …



Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 13: Selecting

“We “settle” instead of deliberately choosing what’s best for us, and we need to stop that.” Transcript: Hi, I’m Alan Weiss, This is The Uncomfortable Truth, and this broadcast is on selecting. There used to be a slogan used by Barneys in New York, the very famous clothing store, and they said, “Select, don’t settle.” I liked that. I didn’t quite know why – but today I do. We often settle every day instead of selecting. We often hear the …


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 …




Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 12: Degradation

“How standards begin to erode and what we can do to correct it.” Transcript: Welcome to The Uncomfortable Truth, I’m Alan Weiss, and my topic today is degradation. Degradation, to degrade – that means to wear down, to erode. This isn’t about “the good ol’ days.” I’m not about to tell you that things were always better back when – but some things were better. Some things were more civilized. When I first started flying, Pan Am was still in business and …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 07/24/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I’m back from the Jersey Shore—huge, clean beaches, great breakers, and family amusements up and down the boardwalk. It is as diverse a crowd as you can imagine. Twenty years ago we thought it was diverse because of all the Canadians! Today, there are people speaking dozens of languages who are a variety of colors and backgrounds. The commonality: Every parent and grandparent, whether in shorts and tee-shirts, saris, or dashikis, lovingly put their kids aboard the rides and took …