Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 02/20/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Here we are at the culmination of Hollywood’s grand excess in self-congratulation, the Oscars (which follow awards bestowed by SAG, Hollywood foreign press corps, and on and on). Is Ryan Gosling or Denzel Washington a “better” actor this year? Is Fences or Hacksaw Ridge a “better” movie? It’s kind of ridiculous and also somewhat incestuous. I’ve received and been denied my share of awards. My most prized are my high school senior poll award, “Most Likely to Succeed,” which gave …



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 02/13/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Some universities now include warnings about “micro-aggressions” in their orientation programs for new students. As I understand it, that’s an unintended sleight, such as saying “you guys” as a plural, when some people present are female. Of course, every new anchor and on-air reporter I’ve seen says “Back to you guys” every broadcast. You’re not supposed to ask Asian students to help with your math homework if you don’t know them, nor ask a tall person if he or she …



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 02/06/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

We all have our favorites to look back on in sports, whether it was Michael Jordan or Larry Bird; Joe Montana or Bart Starr; Mickey Mantle or Willie Mays; Billie Jean King or Serena Williams; Pelé or Maradona; Jack Niklaus or Arnold Palmer. Somehow, when I was a kid, I knew that Sandy Koufax was something else, the greatest pitcher ever, even while watching him in the flesh. An opponent having lost to Björn Berg at Wimbledon said, “I was …



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 01/30/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Instead of granting ourselves permission to speak or act, many of us deny ourselves permission. We may wait for others to act—although the seat belt sign is on, someone goes to the rest room, isn’t chastized, so now it’s all right for us to do it—but usually we miss our opportunity. When that happens, we regret our reticence. When we don’t speak out we tend to hold grudges and fret over what we “should have” said or “should have” done. …




Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 01/23/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

We tend to think that “now” is the way it will always be. We make projections based on today instead of painting pictures of the future. We become actuaries and accountants instead of dreamers and artists. And we also fool ourselves that “today” is the most important time ever. I’m writing this on January 22. Here are some past occurrences on this date: In 1771, Spain ceded the Falkland Islands to Britain. In 1901, Queen Victoria of Britain died at …