Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 11/24/14

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: Emirates Airlines has better first class cabins, better first class lounges, and newer airplanes, but Air France has better service. They drive you in a BMW to your connecting flight and escort you from your last plane, to the lounge, to your next plane. We were met at Kennedy in the jetway and a man took my wife’s luggage through Global Entry right to our limo across the street. These are small but high-impact gestures, with …


Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 11/17/14

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: I’m on the European side of Istanbul staring across the Bosphorus at Asia from my balcony. In the last year we’ve been to China, Indonesia, and Turkey, among other places. We’ve found that people are so much more similar than dissimilar (aided more and more by ubiquitous iPhones, jeans, running shoes, common music, baseball caps, and English spoken all over). It’s useful in problem solving to search for distinctions, but not among people. We should look …


Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 11/10/14

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: I’ve been consistently telling anyone willing to listen over the years that the economy in the U.S. is rebounding and strongly. Unemployment is now under 6 percent (and I believe 5 percent represents chronic unemployment), the market is at a record high, consumers are spending again, and the holidays approach. We must hold a worldview that is larger than Ebola or ISIS. While acknowledging that there are threats, we have to appreciate the power of freedom …


Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 11/3/14

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: Richard Branson’s rocket plane crashed a few days ago, a tragedy. But he vows to keep trying. He’s seven years behind his schedule to take civilians into space, but he vows to keep trying. The path to success is seldom an unimpeded, high-speed romp. The roadside is home to those who hit a bump and decide the journey is too tough so they pitch camp where they are. If that were the rule, Lincoln never would …


Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 10/27/14

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: Here’s my theory on why underdogs win: The team on top can’t achieve the proper motivation, and the team on the bottom feels it has nothing to lose and everything to gain. I look at a tough meeting, speech, or debate as a challenge, as a chance to have fun and show what I can do. I’m never frightened, or worried about “losing,” or my ego being damaged, or what others may think. Bentley doesn’t refuse …


Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 10/20/14

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: Why do we panic at the irrational fear of Ebola spreading in the US but not at the carnage on the highways every day? It’s fascinating that some people demanding on social media that our government provide 100% protection are doing so by texting while they drive. George Carlin famously remarked once that the driver in front of us who won’t move aside is a moron, while the guy tailgating us is an idiot. We seem …


Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 10/13/14

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: You’ve probably heard the physiological admonition “we are what we eat.” I believe “we are what we tell ourselves.” People get up in the morning either eager to squeeze opportunity out of another new day, or dreading a slow, tough crawl through enemy territory. Our beliefs about ourselves create attitudes about our situation which are manifest in our behaviors. It’s not “them,” or technology, or the economy, or politicians, or your ENTJ label. The words you …


Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 10/6/14

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: Our goal should be to build and sustain the kind of lifestyle we cherish, not to merely make as much money as we can. “Kerching” does nothing for me, but a beautiful sunset or great play does. TIAABB: There is always a bigger boat. Don’t allow “yacht envy” to rule your life. “Getting comfortable in your own skin” doesn’t mean the constant pursuit of money, but rather the rational pursuit of happiness. That differs for all …


Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 9/29/14

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: There is a difference between aging and maturing. To age is to live longer and conform with the sizes and shapes common for that process. People conform to a certain range of physical attributes. Pine trees grow to a certain width and height. All cheetahs are within certain predicted ranges once fully grown. But maturing is about learning and cognitive growth, not merely physical growth. It seems to me that maturity is about using knowledge to …


Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 9/22/14

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: I was in London just before the referendum on independence for Scotland. I find it ironic that many entities are seeking more tribalization in a world where communities will dominate. Globalization is not a vague term, but an indicator that success and power rest on an interacting world. (My extreme way of looking at it is that there are six billion potential retail customers out there!) Europe is trying to achieve community in order to continue …