Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 9/26/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

My dogs are excellent at anticipating and picking up non-verbal cues. If I put on my gym shorts and sneakers, they go back to sleep, because they don’t come with me when I work out. But if I put on street clothes, they run to the bedroom door because we’re going for coffee (and biscuits). They then pause at key junctures to determine how we’ll depart—am I headed for the front door, the rear door, or the garage? They get …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 9/19/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

We often overlook motive in our analysis. The police look for motive, means, and opportunity in crimes. We’re not facing crimes as such, although we often build a sleight into a slander because we fail to consider motive. When a loved one creates discomfort for us, is it because of a malicious intent, or an accident? Failing to relay a message is unfortunate, but usually just an oversight, not a plot. Someone pulling in front of you abruptly on the …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 9/12/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I thought it appropriate today to reprint a September 2001 special edition of Balancing Act, my monthly newsletter: How do we retain balance in the wake of such horrific acts? The answer is, we don’t. At least not in the short term. We have to take time to realize that the world is inevitably altered. Our sense of security, complacency, and invulnerability has been shaken, and will never quite return to the original position. There are no wise words or …


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

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

We celebrate Labor Day in the U.S. today, also celebrated in Canada, and widely celebrated in other countries as International Workers’ Day on May 1. It has been a statutory holiday since 1894 (and informally also marks the end of the summer season in the the U.S.). We have less than a dozen statutory holidays observed in common by all the states. “Labor” has traditionally meant hard, physical work. But today, mental work is often extremely “laborious” as well. I …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 8/30/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Saturday night I attended a surprise birthday party for a friend who turned 80. (I’m always reluctant to shout “Surprise!” in the dark to an unsuspecting 80-year-old, but it worked out!) We were asked to simply “bring words” for the occasion, and I wrote her a poem. She looks and acts about 60 at most. There’s barely a line on her face, because she uses vaseline nightly, not any exotic oils or astringents. Everyone there was overjoyed to be with …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 8/22/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

An “agenda” often refers to the underlying intentions and motives of a person or group. Nothing wrong with that. Unless, of course, that agenda colors ALL discussion, context, and debate. We see people casting votes based soley on a single agenda item (abortion, environmentalism, immigration, gun control, unions, charter schools) despite the ability of a candidate to serve well in that office in a variety of areas. We tend to demonize the oppostiion—who tend to be people just like us …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 8/15/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I was in a four-seater once flying from DC to someplace in Delaware, which must have seemed like a good idea at the time. I was in the co-pilot’s seat, and the pilot was navigating with aplomb the taxiways in Reagan Airport amidst what seemed like behemoths, and with what I interpreted as absolute garble on the headphones (which I was wearing). Eventually, we took off, a mosquito amidst eagles. Once airbrne, at about 10,000 feet, the pilot took his …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 8/8/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

There is a “rebound effect” in growth. I was (and still am) a pinball machine buff, loving the old machines that would bounce the balls on flippers and electronic gizmos. The ball would often stay in play solely on the right bounces among the rebounding mechanisms. Similarly, when we help others, they tend to help us. For example, teaching and coaching are excellent learning mechanisms—for the teacher and the coach. I learn more in every workshop I provide than anyone …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 8/1/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

The Olympics begin at the end of the week, and Brazil has been getting quite a rap: disease, pollution, corruption, crime, poor construction, huge debt, questionnalbe security, withdrawals by some competitors—the list goes on and on! Yet the games will proceed, with huge media coverage, and will no doubt be exciting. A Rhode Island rowing team member said, “I don’t care how polluted the water is, I’m rowing!” Such is the allure of great talent wanting to compete. I recall …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 7/25/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

The great, unexpected benefit that Facebook provides us with today is a view of the alarmingly simplistic thinking patterns of a great many people. I’m not referring to abjectly poor taste—the pictures of wounds, illness, and use of gratuitious profanity—but rather to the bases behind people’s opinoins and self-worth. Facebook is a huge vanity (“excessive pride in one’s self”) publishing platform, with no editing or moderation. So we find people with little knowledge of history contorting events. There is allegiance …