Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 20: Annoying People

“There are annoying people, and we shouldn’t be ashamed to point that out.“ Transcript: Tell me the truth. Don’t you just hate annoying people? I mean, you might think I’m whining right now. But face it. You’re like me. You hate annoying people and that’s the uncomfortable truth. A guy writes to me yesterday and he says to me, “I’m reading your newsletter and I mostly like it. But, the cartoon comes across all squished up, and it removes from …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 11/13/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I had to give bad news to a buyer about one of his lieutenants some years ago. I was concerned because this was a high six-figure client overall, and the buyer was president of a major division. On top of that, he had a Ph.D. in chemistry. “I’m sorry to have to tell you this, John,” I began. After I was done, he said, “Alan, it’s disappointing, but we’re both scientists and we have to abide by the empirical evidence.” …



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 11/06/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Some of you have heard my story of having to fly coach from Tel Aviv to New York for 11 hours because El Al pilots staged a (frequent) walkout, with me arriving nearly comatose. A couple of days ago, we flew from LA to Fiji for 11 hours in business class (first wasn’t offered) and I slept for six hours, arriving in good shape. “Million Dollar Consulting” is a metaphor. You don’t have to make a million to be happy …



Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 19: An F For Public Schools

“The looming societal crisis if we don’t improve our kids’ chances in a broken system.“ Transcript: I’m giving our public schools an F, that’s the uncomfortable truth. I’m a product of a public school education. Kindergarten through high school and then I went to Rutgers, which is the State University of New Jersey. I got my first Masters at Montclair, which was another State University in New Jersey. My wife did roughly the same thing. My wife was a teacher. She …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 10/30/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Some people default to asking for help instead of thinking things through. When you do the latter, you learn. When you do the former repeatedly, you’re co-dependent, especially when you’re asking the same question over and over. That indicates there is no integration of learning. I ask people I coach to tell me how they’d do something and then I’ll critique it. I don’t give them my resolution when they merely ask me how to do it. If I enable …