Do You Have A Future Or Just Another Today?

Adding older age to our time here makes no sense unless we are adding value to our time here. The “wisdom” is not to ask for ten years of experience in a job candidate because he or she might have had the same year ten times over. But the same applies to our lives. Are you growing, or stable, or retrogressing? Some idiot on Facebook is dumb enough to actually post that he’s stopped reading all periodicals, stopped watching television …


The Doorman

The first and last impression you have in most top-flight hotels is created by the doorman. He greets you, often relays to the desk that you’re approaching for check-in so that you can be welcomed by name, and then packs your bags in a car and wishes you well when you checkout. In the interim he greets you and holds the door every time you depart and return. He has a great deal to do with how you enter and …


Pushing Off the Bottom

I was watching my daughter teach our (almost) six-year-old twin granddaughters to swim here in our pool in Nantucket. They had abandoned their inflation devices, and were swimming quite well. She told them, “If you ever find yourself sinking, push off the bottom strongly and you’ll go to the surface where you can breathe again.” She then helped them both to do this, which I thought was a great exercise. It occurred to me that too many of us fail …


What They Really Mean

We’re looking for a relationship boost in the leadership space. (I work in HR and have no clue about anything, but I heard someone say this in the restroom.) Let me get back to you once I’ve reviewed this. (Get out of my office.) The timing will be better next quarter. (Get out of my office.) We just had an emergency that requires all of my attention. (Get out of my office NOW.) Let me run this by some people …



The Free Ride

Big headlines today about car service Uber raising around $18 billion, surpassing all start-ups except Facebook. Uber is a brilliant idea, but what happens from here? Obviously, there will be competitive entries from others, offering cheaper rates or particular vehicles. Perhaps cab companies will embrace the technology and use their massive fleets to out-hustle Uber. Perhaps, instead of an app, a competitor will offer something you can carry on your key chain to summon a vehicle. But here’s another thought: …


Random Thoughts

• My thanks to the people at the National Speakers Association who met in Williamsburg on Friday and invited me to spend the morning with them. My wife and I had a wonderful time. • I recently provided a free teleconference and free download on innovation to over 20,000 people on my various lists (all subscribed or opt-in). One wrote back with questions he wanted answered, two demanded I remove them from my lists, and two complained about the technology. …


Alan’s Thought For Today: Where’s Your Power Going?

It’s tough to coach people who create their own fears. They’re afraid of failing but don’t appreciate succeeding. They are always afraid of the worst, never confident of the best. Fear soaks up energy, diverts attention, masks talent, and creates a very dismal and uninteresting persona. Is your power going to waste in anticipation of invented and unlikely problems, or are you using it to fuel your potential? Every day, that choice is yours. © Alan Weiss 2014


Alan’s Thought For Today

Michelangelo was supposed to have explained that he created David out of a single block of marble by carving away everything that didn’t look like the David. Your career should revolve around those things you are passionate about and are superb at accomplishing. Carve away everything that doesn’t look like that, and you’ll be your own work of art. © Alan Weiss 2014