Service Animals

There are always cases where someone tries to do people who deserve and need something a favor, and other people who don’t need it try to cash in. One example is the early boarding option on all airlines for “people requiring a little extra time to go down the jetway.” About half these people are clearly in need of such an offer, and the other half sprint off the plane at the destination as though in an Olympic relay qualifying …


Admit It, Most of You Agree….

Trigger warning: Some or probably all of the opinions expressed below my cause you to seek out a safe zone or demand the writer be shouted down. Please be apprised of that danger before deciding to read on. My intent is to rile as many of you as possible. Send protests to bentleythegermanshepherd.com. If you would like to protest in person, he will deal with you. I fully appreciate some women’s desire to retain their identity by not merely forsaking …


Listen to Me, Not Them

There is some kind of new trend on Linkedin, although it may just be plagiarism and copying, stipulating that asking “Why?” is the wrong approach to problem solving, Instead, we should be asking “What?” (One of the proponents is a psychologist, apparently, who positions herself as still another “best-selling” author.) The only way to remove a problem is to find its cause (not to find blame) which is done by asking “Why is this happening?” Otherwise, you’re just adapting to …


If I Only Had A Brain….

The New York Giants football team, in a horrible slump, has benched Eli Manning, the quarterback, who has previously won two Super Bowls. The Cleveland Browns, who are zero for the 21st Century, keep juggling their lineups and coaches. Does it occur to anyone that long-term problems are the result of poor decisions made by the general management and owners? GE recently forced out their CEO before his tenure would have been up because they were unhappy with performance. They …


Enough About Me, What Do You Think About Me?

Have you ever encountered the “black hole” individual? All light, matter, and energy are drawn into their own agenda. You could be talking about a basketball game and they will comment, “You’d better hope no one is injured because the Republicans are trying to ruin health care!” Or you’re thinking of going to Italy to see Capri and they say, “I was served a horrible meal in Rome. I think they give inferior food to tourists.” When you get gum …


Vote for Me!

I’m astounded at how many successful people I know who are simply besotted with awards. The external validation is like a drug. All over Facebook, people I respect and know as very expert and competent are wooing votes to be a top guru, or authority, or performing seal. Are we so insecure, despite our accomplishments, that we need to have people place us in a rather arbitrary beauty contest final? We all know how “objective” such competitions are. Is an …


I’m Weary of….

  Men and women covered in tattoos that simply look like purple discolorations infecting their skin. Men over 16 wearing baseball caps backwards. People engaged in conversation while others in the room are trying to listen to a speaker. “Between you and I.” Profanity used as adjectives and as book titles as if we’re all going to be shocked instead of bored. Headlines and reports about who knelt at a football game during the National Anthem. Celebrity chefs naming their …


The Ice Woman Cometh

I’m having drinks with Dan Gilbert in his favorite Cambridge hangout last week, and he says he’s actually looking forward to retirement some day, though he doesn’t know when. I told him I considered it an ancient artifact, and I was going to continue doing my favorite things so long as I was at the top of my game in any particular pursuit. “How will you know you’re no longer at the top of your game?” he asked. I explained …


Trends

Here are 16 trends I predicted at my annual Thought Leadership Conference last week in Palm Beach: 1. A rising, global middle class will tend to curtail warfare as more “haves” will not want to sacrifice their gains. 2. Chinese hegemony will grow immensely in all parts of Asia. 3. There will be unprecedented political realignment in the US as a result of the Trump election victory with reform in gerrymandering, lobbying, and even third party viability. 4. Automobile creation …


You Talking to Me?

I receive letters daily because I’m in print, on video, and on audio in so many places. I’m also on three social media platforms. Most communications are kind, some are angry, and a few are sociopathic. But what intrigues me is that so many people spell my name wrong. My name is, obviously, “Alan.” My parents were far too poor to afford more than one “l.” Yet people mangle it with “Allan,” “Alen,” “Allen,” and, worst of all, “Al.” (Do …