Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 09/25/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

There’s a difference between seeking respect and seeking affection. I’ve never cared whether clients like me so much as that they respect my opinions. As a matter of fact, employees and audiences often don’t like me because I threaten their conventional thinking. I’m pursuing the electoral college (the buyer) and not the popular vote. Example: After all the threats aimed at United Airlines after dragging that man off the plane, the company had a record quarter. No matter how much …



Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 16: No, You Can’t

Transcript: “Some lessons in why your telling yourself you can might wind up in finding out why you can’t.” Transcript: Welcome to The Uncomfortable Truth and the uncomfortable truth today is, “No, you can’t.” That’s right, no, you can’t. Remember Sammy Davis Jr.? He was that extraordinary entertainer. He had a book out called “Yes I Can.” That’s because he overcame great odds. He was black. He had one eye because of an auto accident. He was married to a …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 09/18/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I believe there’s an inverse proportion between profanity and vocabulary. The more of the former, the less of the latter. I understand “shock” potential, but I don’t understand vulgarity that’s completely gratuitous and adds nothing to the point. Routinely, I unfriend people on Facebook who write obscenities as adjectives and adverbs. I wouldn’t look to spend my mornings with such people, so why do I want to read what they have to say? And the slippery slope increases in declivity. …



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 09/11/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I wanted to take this moment with you this morning to share my prayers and thoughts for those in Houston, Florida, and elsewhere who are and have been in harm’s way because of these tremendous storms. I ask only that you take a minute to reflect on your own blessings and consider what you may do to help those who so much need our help right now. Bad things do happen in the world, like war, natural disasters, disease. But …



Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 15: Who Loves You?

“Why all of us require unconditional support at times and why it’s so difficult to obtain it.” Transcript: Welcome to The Uncomfortable Truth. This podcast is called, Who Loves You? That’s right, who loves you? There’s a great Four Seasons song, 1975. I used to see them at Rutgers. They cost us $2,500 in 1967. They’ve gone onto more than that. The Jersey Boys. But, who loves you? That is I’m asking you, on whom can you rely? Not as …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 09/04/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I’ve coached senior executives for a large part of my career. (When you’re consulting, you’re also coaching, so you might as well get good at it. This idea of coaching as some special discipline requiring “certification” from some arbitrary entity—Who certifies the certifiers?—is absurd.) One of the first questions I always asked was, “Are you having fun?” Usually, their reaction was to fire me until they realized that I had already been paid. They considered “fun” to be antithetical to …