Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 2/1/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I have alway eschewed the kind of honors that you pay for, e.g., one of the myriad,worthless Who’s Who books. I actually placed my dog, Trotsky, in one once. His check cleared the bank. Nevertheless, I have a couple of shelves full of awards. I guess I’ve earned some, but I’m always aware that there are those who are even more deserving who haven’t received them. The current brouhaha over the Oscars is an example of too much focus on …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 1/25/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

There is a coffee shop in our resort hotel in San Juan where two people work at the counter. Ordering a coffee and pastry requires about five minutes for preparation and payment. It’s slower than a Dunkin’ Donuts drive-through, but faster than a Starbuck’s, in my estimation. Yesterday, a woman was incensed that she was given warmed milk in her coffee (the norm here). When she broke in line to return it, they made her a new one, but then …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 1/11/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

On Saturday night the Cincinnati Bengals lost a football playoff game that they had “in the bag” with time running down because some of their players and their coach lost control. When they should have easily run the clock out, a player fumbled. But there was little time, the Pittsburgh Steelers had no times-out left, and they had at least 40 yards needed for a field goal in a pouring rain. However, on an incomplete pass, a Bengals player blatantly …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 1/4/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

We can see that some things are, empirically, enduring: Mozart’s symphonies, Michaelangelo’s art, Armstrong’s jazz, Dickens’s novels, Sinatra’s songs, Anne Frank’s diary, air travel, cell phones. Who knows about rap, Lady Gaga, reality television, man buns, solar power, or self-driving cars? My point is the praxis of creating and sustaining lasting worth. Our job, I think, is to do more than put a band aid on an issue, or even to solve that problem. It’s rather to create permanent solutions, …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 12/28/15

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

In the U.S., we’ve had a record year for high school graduation rates, well over 80 percent. There are many in the education profession concerned that these students are still not adequately prepared to enter college. I have a different concern. I don’t think a four-year degree (or the five and six years some students crawl through) will be de rigueur in the years ahead. I don’t think college should be the default destination for high school graduates. We need …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 12/21/15

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I want to thank you all for joining me here each Monday. I receive more response to this newsletter than any other that I publish. The best of the Holiday Season to you all, and an especially Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it. May you and your families enjoy health, peace, and prosperity. And may this year be kinder to all of us, increasing tolerance, decreasing hostilty, and showcasing humanity for what we all know we are capable of. …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 12/14/15

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I remember a football star in high school bragging that he had never read a book. He wound up as a payroll clerk in a grocery chain. Even today people tell me they never read fiction. That’s interesting, because I’d rather be immersed in the rich worlds of Dickens, Steinbeck, Irving, Updike, Austin, and Flaubert than almost anyone else. I find that over 90 percent of all business books written are turgid and impractical. History, science fiction, biographies, philosophy—they all …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 12/7/15

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

(Some eagle-eyed readers reminded me I meant Animal Farm last week, and not the movie “Animal House.” I trust everyone understood my point in any case! Sorry for the wrong reference.) As we write, speak, and otherwise communicate, I thnk we have to be honest with ourselves and speak the truth, not what we think others might want to hear (the proverbial “yes men” in the workplace). If you want to be an object of interest to others, you need …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 11/30/15

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Times change. We need to adapt at best and not resist at worst. I remember when Elvis and then the Beatles were going to corrupt youth. On a far more serious note, I think we’re going to see the end of high school football as we know it. There are at least a dozen deaths per year directly related to high school football injuries, and statistics vary wildly on serious health and disability issues. The sport is faster today, kids …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 11/23/15

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Dealing with the public has many rewards—meeting new people, providing value to customers and clients, passive income. There are also lessons and surprises beyond the powers of a good novelist. I enjoy the people who have lost a book or cracked a CD and ask me to replace them for free. I get a kick out of people who order from me and concurrently critique my ordering system. (I recommend all of them hop over to Amazon.) There are people …