Trends

Here are 16 trends I predicted at my annual Thought Leadership Conference last week in Palm Beach: 1. A rising, global middle class will tend to curtail warfare as more “haves” will not want to sacrifice their gains. 2. Chinese hegemony will grow immensely in all parts of Asia. 3. There will be unprecedented political realignment in the US as a result of the Trump election victory with reform in gerrymandering, lobbying, and even third party viability. 4. Automobile creation …


Traits of Thought Leaders

I presented this at my annual Thought Leadership Conference in Palm Beach last week. You can read about my next one here: https://www.alanweiss.com/growth-experiences/2018-thought-leadership-ninth-annual-conference/ The 17 Traits of Thought Leaders 1. Creation of contemporaneous IP (use of current events). 2. Media savvy/excellent speakers. 3. Social media attentiveness (large amounts of followers). 4. Impressive clients. 5. Multiple and frequent commercially published books. 6. Long-lived material (e.g. Million Dollar Consulting on the shelves for 25 years) 7. Catch-phrases (Marshall Goldsmith’s “what got you here won’t …


Presentism

Here we are on Columbus Day, which ultra-liberal universities such as Brown will call “Indigenous Peoples Day” while themselves being named after the most heinous slave-trading family in history, which funded the university. And people are castigating the late Hugh Hefner for objectifying and demeaning women when, in the 1950s, he enabled people to talk about sexual activity and other “taboos” and had writers such as John Updike, Jean Shepherd, and Philip Roth on his pages. This phenomenon is known …


Squirrels

Our prior white German Shepherd, Koufax, caught his first squirrel at the age of two. He went on to make 16 kills in 6 species that we confirmed. I’d estimate the true total was three times that. He was a lovable, great dog who loved to hunt. His successor, Bentley, has longer legs and is slightly lighter, and is clearly faster. At the age of five he hasn’t caught anything that we’ve ever seen and I doubt anything that we …


Drugs

Over 100,000 people are employed by the pharma industry alone in Puerto Rico. What do you want to bet they will restore power and manufacture greatly needed pharmaceuticals much faster than the government gets anything going? They are currently providing more generators, securing fuel for the generators, and providing transportation for workers who are isolated and unable to overcome roadblocks and damage.


Thought Leadership and Dan Gilbert

Dan Gilbert, Harvard professor and author of Stumbling On Happiness, with 15 million TED views, was my special guest yesterday at my annual Thought Leadership Conference in Palm Beach. He’s charming, provocative, and brilliant, and impressed all of us at our Q&A session and dinner. Bringing these world-class intellects into an informal session with people in my community is one of my proudest accomplishments.




Keeping Your Head Above Water

I’m watching the ocean from our suite. If you’re standing in the surf you remain in control and can make intelligent decisions about how to handle the waves and the undertow. However, if you’re just a few hundred yards farther out, with perhaps 40 feet of water underneath you, your options are severely limited, and the wind and tide might be impossible to overcome. Certainly a few miles out they would be, and without special equipment you’d be lost. In …


Doom Loop

When I was speaking regularly—two or three keynotes a month—I found a slew of human resources and learning and development people who were fanatic about using questionnaires (“smile sheets”) to assess whether the audiences liked the speaker. I remember I was introduced at Toyota once as “the highest ranked speaker in our history.” Companies such as IBM, Nissan, and Mercedes used these with great punctiliousness. Company such as Merck, HP, and JPMorgan/Chase did not. These low level people (who were …