In Case You Were Wondering What I Was Thinking

Baseball fans: If my dog brings me his leash at the door, would that be called an “intentional walk”?   Am I crazy, or does this election seem like it belongs in Honduras, or San Marino, or Atlantis?   If I sign all the bank forms, but not the form indicating I’ve been given and have signed all the other forms, what would happen? Is that like the drunk who said, “I didn’t walk in here and I’m not leaving”? …


Why Bureaucratic Insanity Is Redundant

Most of you reading this have financed a home or car, or refinanced at some point in your lives. If you’ve done this in the past several years, you know that the forms required are voluminous, with everyone engaged in CYA. In fact, there are forms to sign to prove that you’ve read and signed the other forms. But this is all forgery of a type, tasks over result, not at all ensuring what was intended. Most of the time …


Speed Demon

Speed and immediacy are of the essence, these days. That is not a passing fad, but rather a fact of modern life that technologies and expectations intensify. You’re not going to be successful with cumbersome models and complex methodology. Streamline your approaches. Clients receive much more value from an 80% effective solution implemented now than a 95% effective solution in two weeks or, usually the case, two months.


Sorry, I Can’t See You, You’re Indistinct

Don’t slavishly copy. When you notice a lot of people doing the same thing, get off the train, it’s already old. Create new IP, new meaning. Don’t be derivative. This is why you have to continually “reinvent” yourself. The most vivid bad examples: All those people using 15-year-old photos on Facebook and elsewhere! A few whom I’ve met I couldn’t recognize! © Alan Weiss 2016


Call Paul Krugman, I Think I’m Too Happy

Paul Krugman is an economics professor, Times op ed columnist, and frequent talk show participant. He is liberal and once was interesting. Now he’s apparently not satisfied unless every elected and appointed office in the country is held by a Democrat. Trump must be like the monster under the bed. Lately he’s become so cynical that a cure for cancer would be troublesome for him because of all the problems he’d come up with. This morning he took pains to point …



Amazon Refuses to Post Review of “Ego Is The Enemy”

Apparently Amazon wants to protect some of its  best selling authors, and refused to print this review, so here it is to warn the rest of you: IT TAKES CHUTZPAH TO WRITE EGO IS THE ENEMY (by Ryan Holiday)   This book is so incredibly poorly written and supercilious that I scarcely know where to begin. It’s like it was written to support a TEDx talk. And how much ego does it require for an author to explain that ego is …


Opening Act

I drive a couple of miles at 7am down here at the Jersey Shore to get the newspapers at the supermarket. During my leisurely drive along the boardwalk and through the snoozing town, I see trucks delivering everything from bread to beer, people opening hardware stores and donut shops, street cleaners and parking meter change collectors. Everyone is out in their routine. People who are expected to open up freight doors are doing so, the police are riding shotgun for …



What We Have Here Is A Failure To Communicate

I had a problem with my Pitney Bowes postage meter at one point, and the repair guy said, “Yeah, this was tooled wrong. It’s nothing your doing or even this machine, the part was made wrong.” “No one realized?” “Oh, we told them right away in manufacturing, but they refused to listen to us.” In your clients, marketing, sales, manufacturing, R&D, and other operations often don’t listen to their own field people (or customers). There aren’t established avenues to do …