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

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I use the terms “poverty mentality” and “scarcity mentality” interchangeably, both being the opposite of an abundance mentality. A lot of people think I mean spending money as the metric here. I do not. There’s no question that if someone looks at a check on the table amidst a group as if it were a boa constrictor coiled to strike, that is a question of money. And if your response to “What would you do if you had an extra …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 7/09/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

“Diversity” seems to be in every other sentence these days. I don’t think we can merely intellectualize diversity, we have to live it, not as some special accommodation or event, but as a way of life. The word traditionally means “exhibiting variety.” That goes beyond skin color, or ethnicity, or physical abilities, or sexual orientation to include thought, and ideas, and talents, and politics. We’re on our annual sojourn to the Jersey Shore (where real men play kids’ games, seagulls …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 7/02/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

My son used to come up with great ideas and excitedly present them to me. One, I believe, was for an electric toothbrush. I had to let him know, after congratulating him, that someone had been there first. But I admired his constant efforts. When I was consulting with Calgon, I convinced the president to foster innovation by giving out an award at the annual company conference for “the best idea that didn’t work,” thereby rewarding the behavior and not …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 6/25/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

The dogs and I went for coffee yesterday morning. We passed a dozen people walking their dogs at 6:30. I see every one because Bentley barks at every one. He reminds me of China, constantly extending its territorial waters. When he’s in the truck, anything he can see he regards as his turf. Every dog walker was armed with the appropriate baggie to dispose of waste. (I’m extremely thankful that my dogs have their own property to take care of …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 6/18/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Attendance is declining in major league baseball in the U.S. That’s not surprising to me. I’m from the era when it was expected that pitchers would pitch an entire game unless being battered, weak hitting shortstops didn’t make $20 million a year, and you played for the team, not yourself or the cameras. There are great athletes in competition today: Nadal, Brady, James, the Williams Sisters, Rinaldo, et alia. They make a fortune not just from their play, but from …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 6/11/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

There’s an old story about a new, young priest assigned to a parrish. The pastor welcomed him and asked how he was doing. “Fine, but I’m a bit bummed because someone stole my bicycle.” The pastor empathized but said, “Treat it as an opportunity. This Sunday is your first sermon and it’s on the Ten Commandments. Why not talk about them and stealing?” The new priest thought that was a great idea and prepared accordingly. That Sunday the priest gave …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 6/4/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Learning is abstract and often useless unless it’s reified. The theory of how to ride a bike, steer a car, or ski downhill isn’t very useful until you practice it, making the inevitable adaptations you need to be successful. Most of the stuff I “learned” in 20 years of schooling—most—was useless then and is useless now. What was important was learning how to learn. And that was something I could apply every day. Many of us are engaged in repeatedly …



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 5/21/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Ah, pageantry! I’ve just returned from London where I found the British to be a bit blasé about the Royal Wedding. They’re very supportive, everyone loves Harry and Meghan. But we Americans seem to particularly dote on these events, voyeuristically enjoying the benefits of a monarchy without having to support one. Meghan is older than Harry, divorced, a television actor, of mixed race, and American. It seems to me that she’s been thoroughly and widely embraced, even by the rather …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 5/14/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I’ve always found kids to be incredibly resilient. We tend to underestimate them. When I’ve had to counsel people considering or in the midst of a divorce, I’ve told them never to use the kids as an excuse for maintaining a toxic relationship. The kids will adjust better to a divorced family than they will living in an environment devoid of love. Yet we seem to be fostering the coddled generation today. Some universities have introduced a “safe environment” committee …