The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 3: Fear Not

Roosevelt was right, and we ought to stop being frightened by everything that goes bump˛ in the night. Transcript: Hi. I’m Alan Weiss. The subject today is Overcoming Fear. A lot of us are afraid. There’s flight and there’s fight, but there’s also fright. Flight, fight, fright. I asked my father once, who was in the very first volunteer paratrooper regiment ever formed in the United States, slightly before World War 1. It was 1940 and he volunteered for this …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 03/20/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Beware of the state of your skills. They require monitoring. Just because you’re still doing something well doesn’t mean you’re doing it as well as you once did. We can generally spot rust—it’s obvious and ugly—but we can’t spot “pre-rust,” the weakening of the original material. It’s not failure that’s usually the problem, it’s the ongoing diminishing of the original state. That’s why bridges are checked periodically and we don’t wait for them to fall down to learn there’s something …



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 03/13/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

After an entire week of successful meetings with clients in New York City, accompanied by great food and wine at top restaurants, Maria and I had Friday night to ourselves and decided to see Spamilton (the spoof of Hamilton, which is hugely funny). It plays in a small theater on 72nd, so we wound up having dinner in a diner on Amsterdam Avenue. It had traditional booths, faded photos of celebrities on the walls—and was spotless. The owner or manager, …



The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 2: Energy

How the Second Law of Thermodynamics can erode your business and your life if you don’t renew yourself. Transcript: Ellen white’s here, welcome to my podcast on Energy. Henry David Thorough is credited with saying, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation” what Thorough actually said if you read Walden is, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation” but in any case why is that? Well it’s because people feel they have no power, no influence, on control. …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 03/06/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

It was my birthday on Friday, which is always a good time for a bit of reflection, especially with the kind of life I lead. I always like to know what’s causing my success so that I can replicate it consistently (most self-help books assume you’re somehow “damaged” and want to “fix” you). Two points arose which I’ll share here. The first is the need for a support system. I think the lack of one is a huge cause of …