Set Me On Fire

Once again, we see people insufficiently motivated to walk across Tony Robbins’s hot coals without getting burned and, in fact, needing hospitalization. Poor Tony, he’s facing more and more weak people. (http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/more-than-30-people-burned-in-tony-robbins-hot-coals-walk/ar-AAhAtzI?li=AAggFp5) On a more serious note, when will we make it illegal to use spurious developmental scams with no validation or pragmatic use—be they hot coals or sweat tents or holding your breath—that can cause serious physical and psychological harm and, in some cases, even death?


The World’s Stupidest Man

The commercial for beer talks about the “world’s most interesting man” as I recall. Million Dollar Maverick shot to #705 on the combined Amazon rankings, and #1 in two different categories in both hard copy and Kindle. It was rated a “#1 new release” by Amazon, and has sold over 5,000 copies in it’s first few days after official release in addition to the pre-release, advance sales. Feedback about the book has been outstanding. One guy writes me to say that …


Good News/Bad News

The statistics announced this morning from an industry source claim that four out of ten small businesses plan to hire staff in the months ahead. (Small businesses are the sole creator of net new jobs; large companies tend to replace or reduce staffs.) Their biggest challenge? They can’t find qualified people with the skills and attitudes needed for success. I don’t feel the need to comment further.


Haircuts (Step Away from the Scissors)

I’m having my hair cut and the customer in the adjoining chair is telling her beautician that she’s quite a successful consultant. And she’s explaining that in a voice that wouldn’t be allowed in a library. (My hairdresser is smiling because she knows what I do.) Here’s the conversation: Me: You’re a consultant? What kind? Her: Yes, and I work with whomever needs me. Me: What is your expertise? Her: People. Me: Productivity, performance, selection, wellness? Her: Anything. Me: Have …


High Speed, Low Service

I’ve traveled in first class on the high speed trains in the UK, France, Spain, and Italy. They all go faster than the US Acela, which can reach 186 MPH in theory, but usually only hits about 150 MPH and then only on limited stretches of track. (To give you a comparison, my Bentley is rated at 205 MPH, and let’s just say I know it can go over 150 without breathing hard. It’s faster than the train without traffic.) …


Pick Up the Check

I’ve had people in my workshops order internet in the conference room so they had access and attempt to put it on my bill! I’ve had people who ordered special food—lattes, or eggs—to augment what I was offering, and charge it to me. I had one guy, who thankfully left my community for good when he was ostracized, try to order Louis XIII when I offered after-dinner drinks on one occasion (it goes for $250 a glass). I’ve seen people …


On Your Feet!

I attended still another mediocre, self-absorbed, theatrical conceit last night, and the audience members dutifully jumped to their feet at the conclusion. The actors were certainly outstanding, with a single exception, so I’d like to think they were the ones being honored more than the production, which was an idiosyncratic bore for the entire first act. One of the greatest declines in society has been the loss of taste. It’s as if a limited amount of class and substance have …


Days of Yore

My son used to call my own adolescence as “the days of yore.” Yet there are some interesting memories. My cohort is the eldest of the Baby Boomer generation. Our grammar school, in an inner city, was a former cheese factory, where there was always poison positioned for the omnipresent rats.   Periodically, a doctor and nurse came into the classroom and checked each student’s hair for lice. If any were found, the student was sent home and had to …


Before and After the Fall (Prelapsarian Fun)

I used the word “prelapsarian” (before the fall of man; Edenic times) this week in my Monday Morning Memo. Sure enough, some clown who received the FREE newsletter writes me and tells me that using the word was pretentious. So let’s review: • I used the word as a metaphor for how long something had been going on: “The prelapsarian goal, from then to now, of any buisness is to have customers.” I find it an apt metaphor is one …


Leaning Crazy

I’ve been in Munich and Hamburg for a few days, and the only English-speaking television is CNN, MSNBC, and Bloomberg. They are 90% business news, and they are all insane. They cover abstruse and obscure market movements, and hypothesize all day long about issues which they examine from nine sides and have no real bearing on anything. Sometimes it’s like listening to Swahili, and I’ll turn to a German channel which is more comprehensible than the insane business chatter and …