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 …


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

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I‘m in Budapest at the conclusion of our Danube cruise, ensconsed in the Four Seasons confronting the river. The people here tell me their national anthem is a dirge which they hate, because it pleads with God to give them relief from endless sufferings and defeats. A woman in the spa mentioned that before a football game it’s depressing to hear, and when a Hungarian athlete wins an Olympic gold medal, they all start crying, and not from happiness! (The …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 5/9/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I‘m in Nuremberg, awaiting our Danube cruise. (You can see photos on contrarianconsulting.com or Facebook.) This is a thousand-year-old city almost completely destroyed during Word War Two. We can see the remains of the walls and towers of the “old city” while life vibrates in the contemporary city. Remembering our past and learning from it is vital, but not to the extent of being trapped within it. Looking to the future can be thrilling, so long as we’re not distracted …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 5/2/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Ross Douthat closed his colum in the Times on Sunday with the lines from King George III in Hamilton: “You’ll be back, time will tell, remember that I served you well.” I recall in my political science studies a professor challenging us to prove that a benevolent dictator wasn’t actually the best form of government. “Benevolent,” of course, is in the eye of the beholder (or on the back of the oppressed). I’ve found that there is no perfect leadership …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 4/25/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I returned from Venice a day ago. While it remains for me an historic, mystical, romantic place, the times don’t auger well for it. And it’s not a matter of the sea rising, which they’ve handled well since the 14th Century, it’s a matter of the people disappearing, which is far more recent. Once off the beaten path, the residential neighborhood piazzas, where scores of children once played soccer and filled the square with shouting and laughter, are empty. The …