Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 7/25/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

The great, unexpected benefit that Facebook provides us with today is a view of the alarmingly simplistic thinking patterns of a great many people. I’m not referring to abjectly poor taste—the pictures of wounds, illness, and use of gratuitious profanity—but rather to the bases behind people’s opinoins and self-worth. Facebook is a huge vanity (“excessive pride in one’s self”) publishing platform, with no editing or moderation. So we find people with little knowledge of history contorting events. There is allegiance …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 7/18/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

In Italy in particular and in most of Europe in general, drivers stay right unless they’re passing a slower vehicle. You seldom see high beams used or hear horns. It’s a natural courtesy, probably stemming from the fact that most roads are only two lanes in either direction, and traffic would move much slower if people didn’t get out of the way. As they don’t in the U.S. We just completed one of our annual pilgrimages—to the Jersey Shore—which is …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 7/11/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Long ago, I discovered to my shock that clients were stunned by common sense. No intricate models, no “needs analyses,” no six-month projects. (“A consultant is someone who arrives to study a problem and then stays to become part of it.”) I told people, in effect: Stop doing that if it hurts, start doing this if it feels good, understand that you’re here to contribute and make a profit only after that, and you have a duty to reward high …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 7/4/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Independence Day marks the day (roughly, it was actually July 2) that the Continental Congress declared the thirteen colonies legally separate from Great Britain. It was the vote, not the actuality (independence was formally obtained by the Treaty of Paris in 1783). Here’s a letter excerpt from John Adams to his wife, Abigail: “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 6/27/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

The British have opted to leave the European Community. That’s their right. No one reading this knows what the consequences will be, positive or negative. Yet the very act has highlighted the polarization that has become our modern manifesto, our cultural chaos. Many people in the U.S. are likening this to Donald Trump being elected, to a bigoted backlash against immigration. One writer in a Wall Street Journal op ed piece compared Mexicans with the Jews fleeing Europe in the …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 6/20/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Well, here we are facing Brexit, and whether Britain will remain in the European Community. Disaster, of course, is being predicted either way by the Chicken Littles of the world. The polls seem to sway with the wind. Funny thing about polls, whether the Scottish independence vote, Brexit, or an American primary election: People don’t always reveal the truth. They want to be seen by the media or friends in a certain light, even though they really intend to vote …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 6/13/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I‘m a huge believer in positive psychology, positve self-talk, abudance thinking, and building self-esteem. I’ve seen people fail to enjoy life (and contribute to it) because they have a scarcity mentality. A great many actors, while posing with the Oscar they’ve just won, are wondering weather they’ll ever work again, for example. Having said that, the narcissim growing in our society is beginning to appal me. A guy on a bike yelled at me (the top was down) for not …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 6/6/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Mohammed Ali made the rare transition from a man who was reviled to a man who was loved. He was a great athlete and a great showman. His relationship with Howard Cossell was a unique sports/media tandem. Ali was a religious man and an icon, and I think he truly loved all people. That love transcends religions, color, race, ethnicity, and politics.. His athletic accomplishments were in a brutal sport with vicious opponents. He was brave and he was imperfect. …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 5/30/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

In May of 1868, three years after the conclusion of the American Civil War, General John Logan, commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, asked that we “remember those lost….by gathering around their sacred remains to garland the passionless mounds with choicest flowers and raise above them the dear flag they saved.” It is Memorial Day here in the U.S., and once again I’d like to take the opportunity to honor all those who have served in uniform in …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 5/23/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Why do people count typos and pronouns? (You used “he” twice as much as “she”!) Why is it they feel compelled to tell you? And why do they tell you not in conjunction with commenting on your subject matter, but as a sole piece of feedback, as if the content had no meaning and no purpose? (One person told me he couldn’t focus on content if there was a typo. I told him I hoped he or she was receiving …