Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 12/10/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I remember the comic Stephen Wright saying once that he’d love to be able to daydream, but he keeps getting distracted. I’m easily distracted because I find everything going on around me pretty interesting (except golf, fishing, and running) so I take mental trips when I should be paying more attention. I called the car dealership the other day, unhappy that they had picked up my car that morning and it still hadn’t been returned by late afternoon. They got …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 12/03/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I’m a voracious reader of everything from history to fiction, biographies to science, art to philosophy. I’m reading now Under the Knife by Arnold Van De Laar. He tells the story of 28 memorable operations through history along with the medical science (or lack of same) surrounding them. It is superb. For example, he demonstrates why there was no second shooter on any grassy knoll when John Kennedy was shot. It simply took two different surgeons in two different places …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 11/26/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

It seems we focus on the macro and the micro. We are keen to study climate change, and the wisdom of recycling, and alternative power sources. We seem also consumed with who can use which bathrooms, what proper pronouns suit each person, and ensuring the shadow of no religious symbol crosses public property. What about the middle? What about reducing crime, especially drugs and gun deaths? What about decent education and quality teachers, especially in the inner cities? What about …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 11/19/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Thanksgiving in the US (and, I believe, Canada) is the largest of what are considered secular holidays. While many people attend church on Thanksgiving, it is considered non-denominational, of course. The first observance here is believed to be in 1619. Abraham Lincoln formalized the date as the final Thursday in November in the midst of the Civil War, thanks to indefatigable petitioning by Sarah Josepha Hale for 40 years. FDR moved it to the fourth Thursday (instead of the final …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 11/12/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I’m writing this on a 777 ten hours out of Dubai and two hours from Adelaide. This follows my trip of about similar length from Boston to Dubai. This is my 18th trip to Australia since the 70s when the country was part of my management “domain” running from Tokyo to Sydney. I calculated at one point that I was responsible for 36 million square miles of the Pacific Ocean. (Maybe that included depth.) I’m arriving to spend two days …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 11/05/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

My agent is selling one of my new book ideas with the working title, It’s the Customer, Stupid. I recently called the police department in Providence to find someone and received very courteous help. I called the deputy jury commissioner about being asked to serve on a grand jury and received very courteous help. I went to the local Dunkin’ Donuts and (again) when I got home, the order wasn’t correct. The Dunkin’ Donuts owner here has also banned employees …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 10/29/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

We’re in Nassau taking a much-needed vacation away from all accountabilities. I’m unabashedly hiding. There are “islands” in the various pools at the resort, with plants and palm trees on them. I’m reminded of a vacation we took somewhere in Mexico where there were a dozen or more iguanas on every island, which were surrounded completely by water. I’d occasionally swim up to one, which would regard me with those independently moving eyes, sort of like the air conditioning vents …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 10/22/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

From my balcony at The Breakers in West Palm Beach, Florida, I was watching the sun rise at about 7:40 when I noticed, far below, a worker drive a tractor onto the beach to begin clearing it of the prior night’s wave deposits. He didn’t get more than 20 yards before he stopped. He jumped out of the cab and walked several feet to a piece of litter which his machinery couldn’t have reached. He picked it up, walked back …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 10/15/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Some time ago, I returned to my seat on a plane and promptly spilled wine on the man next to me, who was wearing a gray business suit. I was horrified and hugely apologetic. “Look,” he said, “it’s no big deal, I’m headed home, and I’ve done worse myself.” I realized at that moment that I had learned a lesson to retain and apply. Sure enough, months later, a woman knocked her drink onto me and turned red with embarrassment. …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 10/08/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I was wandering around my closet trying to understand how I had so much “stuff.” Racks are filled, drawers filled, shelves filled. When I’m home I wear a shirt and jeans and comfortable shoes. I don’t change four times a day like some debutante in the 19th Century. Well, I’m a consultant, so I investigated, and I found congeries that I never had years ago but have amassed with shifts in social tides. I have scores of tee-shirts, some faded …