Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 1/26/15

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: Every week I receive multiple offers to endorse or “like” or support someone’s book. Yet it’s a person I don’t know and a book I don’t care about. A guy on Linkedin asked me to coach him for free because we’re “peers” by dint of our both belonging to a social media platform. There are people who manipulate rankings on the New York Times book review (I was offered this “service” for $120,000 for one of …


Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 1/19/15

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: Some advice to ease your stress this week: When you hear an idea, don’t attempt to wrestle it to the ground and stomp it to death. Consider whether you can exploit it for your own success. When you plan the year ahead, “reserve” your vacations and family obligations first, then schedule your work around those dates. When you read an opinion you disagree with, have the maturity to move on without having to announce to the …


Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 1/12/15

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: Yesterday, the New England Patriots overcame 14-point deficits twice in a game in which they didn’t lead until the final five minutes, and ultimately won only after the final play of the opposition failed. They did so because they never panicked, never made excuses, and continued to execute to the best of their abilities (in 12° weather). They didn’t claim the game was unfair, the elements were too tough, the breaks were going against them, they …


Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 1/5/15

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: The rage this morning on Facebook seems to be about “pay it forward,” with scores of people (just among my friends) advocating that others “sign up” (it’s a verbatim, copied paragraph) and they’ll receive an unexpected gift during the year, provided they promise to do so for someone else. I think good intentions should always be lauded, such as the recent “ice bucket challenge” that raised a lot of money for charity. I understand “viral” and …



Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 12/15/14

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: Have you noticed that people spend more time complaining than helping themselves? I pack as if I expect my luggage may be lost, so I take an extra outfit in my carry-on. I always have books on my iPad which is with me when I’m waiting for a doctor’s inevitably late appointment. I don’t argue with front-line people, I call an executive. I belong to every club I can so that I receive preferred treatment when …


Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 12/8/14

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: Unemployment is under six percent. We’ve added more jobs in 2014 that we have since 1999. Gas is under $3 per gallon, down 50 cents from a year ago. Yet a guy at a speech in Waltham the other day says from the audience, “I don’t agree with your optimism.” I told him that he was entitled to hold a wrong opinion. You can see the glass as filled, half-filled, half-empty, or smashed. While other people …


Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 12/1/14

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: Saudi Arabia has decided not to reduce its oil production, despite the lowest prices in five years, a glut of oil on the market, and insufficient prices to support the economies of some OPEC members. OPEC’s power has dramatically diminished. There are more US oil reserves today than in the 1950s. These are geopolitical shifts which are changing global relationships, alliances, and economies. Don’t look at the future assuming it’s simply a gradual extrapolation of the …


Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 11/24/14

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: Emirates Airlines has better first class cabins, better first class lounges, and newer airplanes, but Air France has better service. They drive you in a BMW to your connecting flight and escort you from your last plane, to the lounge, to your next plane. We were met at Kennedy in the jetway and a man took my wife’s luggage through Global Entry right to our limo across the street. These are small but high-impact gestures, with …


Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 11/17/14

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: I’m on the European side of Istanbul staring across the Bosphorus at Asia from my balcony. In the last year we’ve been to China, Indonesia, and Turkey, among other places. We’ve found that people are so much more similar than dissimilar (aided more and more by ubiquitous iPhones, jeans, running shoes, common music, baseball caps, and English spoken all over). It’s useful in problem solving to search for distinctions, but not among people. We should look …