Put Your Head On My Shoulder

Tweet Paul Anka sold out the Providence Vets Auditorium last night, about 2,000 people, with a tremendous show: no warm-up act, a great band, and him, singing for two hours without a break. He did two encores and received a 12-minute standing ovation. Of course, my personal trainer said, “Do you mind if I ask who Paul Anka is?” and I said, “Do you mind if I drop a 45-pound weight in your general vicinity?” But if you were into …


The Ragin’ Cajun

Tweet James Carville was my guest yesterday at my annual Thought Leadership Conference at the Four Seasons in Palm Beach. He is a fast-talking, straight-shooting guy who goes full bore, start to finish, and he joined us for dinner, as well. I asked him why Barak Obama, elected amid speeches between Doric Columns and Greek Porticos, with a rock star excitement in the audience, is now shunned by members of his own party seeking reelection in states he originally carried. …


The Ideal Career

Tweet Someone approached me not long ago and said, “I’ve figure you out. You only do what you love to do and are great at. And you’ve built a career around it.” That didn’t come as a surprise to me, but it clearly did to him. As I thought about it, I added one component, which is “high impact.” Any two of the three elements won’t lead to complete contribution or complete fulfillment. I’ve sketched it out below. See what …


Create Some Perspective

Tweet As consultants, we often need to create perspective. That’s because if we simply and uncritically compare issues and performance around us, we may find we’re on the fast track to the lowest common denominator. The media fill the air with bad news because that attracts higher ratings than good news. (Do you know that Apple just had a phenomenal quarter, but when results were announced the stock declined?) We become inured to volatility (the market hit a record yesterday). …


Made My Day

Tweet Dear Alan, Thank you for the “Writing on the Wall” videos.  They have inspired me to finally take some bold actions.  I lost a breast to cancer 5 years ago and it has been quite a journey since then. During that time your observations and wit kept me centered and helped me to think big. As I celebrate my 5th year anniversary and am now considered “cancer free” you are among the angels that I quietly consider as part of my …



The Island

Tweet My Nantucket default routine is to wake up around 6. We’re looking at the Atlantic, so the sun rises on the other side of the house. (At dusk, people throng the beach to watch the sunset and have local Tex/Mex/Seafood at Millie’s.) Over the next 90 minutes, I clean up all email, check AlansForums.com, post three things of value on Twitter, and write. I may be writing some monthly columns, or parts of a book, or new offerings, or …


Let’s Move from “Doom and Gloom” to “Alive and Thrive”

Tweet Antoine van Agtmael, an emerging markets expert, is quoted in the Wall Street Journal today as believing that the most dynamic emerging market in the world is……….the United States. “For the first time after 40 years in Asia,” he recounted, “the Chinese complained about American competition.” Labor costs in the US are stable, but have increased by 15 percent in China, annually. He estimates that about 200 companies have moved offshore locations to the U.S. mainland in the recent …


How I Like To Start My Day

Tweet To: contrarianconsulting From: Joe Tatulli joetatulli@gmail.com Message: Hi Alan, I was asked to write about how a piece of media had deeply affected my life for my English Comp class. Below is my submission. Thank you so much for hosting the free workshop and giving me the book to read! Cheers, Joe There have been many times in my life that I was deeply affected by a piece of media. For this assignment I am going to write about …


My Favorite Facebook Sayings

Tweet There are so many crappy varied sayings people post on Facebook with photos and art work, that I thought I’d do a service to my readers and post the most ridiculous the most profound ones here: Favorite Facebook Platitudes • Don’t worry if you’re behind, you’re enabling others to win. • Life is meant to involve stumbles and falls. Why else would God have invented cosmetic dentistry? • If the shoe fits, wear it. If it doesn’t, grow into …