Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 54: Certitude

We’re absolutely certain, and quite often wrong, because we refuse to listen while we’re so certain.  So, how certain are you?



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 10/15/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Some time ago, I returned to my seat on a plane and promptly spilled wine on the man next to me, who was wearing a gray business suit. I was horrified and hugely apologetic. “Look,” he said, “it’s no big deal, I’m headed home, and I’ve done worse myself.” I realized at that moment that I had learned a lesson to retain and apply. Sure enough, months later, a woman knocked her drink onto me and turned red with embarrassment. …



Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 53: Teachers’ Unions

When the student isn’t seen as the customer, the student isn’t served well, and neither are we.  Have these teachers’ unions really achieved anything?



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 10/08/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I was wandering around my closet trying to understand how I had so much “stuff.” Racks are filled, drawers filled, shelves filled. When I’m home I wear a shirt and jeans and comfortable shoes. I don’t change four times a day like some debutante in the 19th Century. Well, I’m a consultant, so I investigated, and I found congeries that I never had years ago but have amassed with shifts in social tides. I have scores of tee-shirts, some faded …



Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 52: Presentism II

Was Columbus a good guy or not? Should we play Wagner’s music, even though he was an anti­-Semite? Can you be an outstanding talent and also a lousy person?  Sometimes even “presentism” isn’t in the present.


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 10/01/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

We look back, somewhat embarrassed at our pasts: haircuts, fashions, entertainment, behaviors. We ask ourselves, “What were we thinking?” Disco? Folk songs? Tail fins on cars? Peace signs? Pinky rings? But we look back from the present as though it’s a superior vantage point because now we’re all so “smart” and so “sophisticated.” We are rarely syncretic, trying to reconcile what is best then and now, what we don’t mind losing and what losses we should mourn. Fifty years from …