Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 22: Agendas

An “agenda” is no longer a harmless work aid. Find out why. Transcript: Hi, welcome to The Uncomfortable Truth. Did you hear those insects? Those insects are people with agendas. This is The Uncomfortable Truth about agendas. People with agendas turn anything into their cause. You like Entenmann’s coffee cake? By the way, Entenmann’s coffee cake is great. Well, they’re owned by a Korean, Obama would have used diplomacy with North Korea to disarm their nuclear bombs, but Trump will blow us all up. Yeah, that started from coffee cake! And …


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 …



Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 21: Believing

“Wherein Alan discusses that we all believe in something, and we’re not random biological mechanisms.“ Transcript: Welcome to The Uncomfortable Truth. My subject today is believing. Yes, believing. You know, the Greeks thought of gods as occupying the earth with mortals. It was almost a conversational quality, bar talk, some folks just discussing things. There was said to be interaction between mortals and gods. The Romans were largely observant, but also quite skeptical. They didn’t want to hedge their bets, so they had their own gods, but they tolerated the gods of other religions …



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 …