Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 11/28/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I‘ve learned that there’s a difference between being opportunistic and being innovative. Opportunity is known to “knock.” Innovation never does. You have to fire it up. That’s because we’re usually opportunistic in response to some stimulus. We react well. Often, we’re catching up to something that’s already transpired. We see an opening and we rush through. We hear an idea and we implement it. Innovation is the creation of new products, services, relationships, approaches (openings and ideas). I call it …


Quiet, I’m Consulting With the Spirits

I receive a lot of questions about how to determine if someone is the buyer or not. People reveal to me that they look for certain signs and listen for certain signals. This is the scapulimancy of the modern consultant. Here’s my response, to ask the other person: “Will this come out of your budget, solely through your approval, or will a superior be involved?” That’s it, two seconds. Save yourself two weeks of consulting your horoscope.



Theodore

TED has always been somewhat pretentious, TEDx a huge dilution of brand. We’re pretty far now from the days of Dan Gilbert and really fascinating, useful information. In the newest offering I received via email today, the “main” attraction was a guy who was going to help us speak up more boldly. After about six minutes my dog fell asleep, and I ended the agony. Then, a woman from the UK who was supposed to be terribly funny, ended each …


What the Election Can Teach Us

It may not be more complex than this: You win some, and you lose some, and some get rained out. But you have to suit up for them all. Winners shouldn’t gloat, losers shouldn’t whine. But we need to face the fact that “what is, is.” We ca’t lead our lives based on whatever we think “should have been.” That’s a fact in business and in our own growth. Deal with the facts and reality and you’ll do better than …


Note to Readers

In moving this blog from one provider to another, we’ve thus far been unable to get updates that are current, so that a couple of weeks of posts have been lost. My apologies for that, but it’s a factor of transferring to a better source.




Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 11/14/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I‘m sitting in a corner suite looking out at the Ginza in Tokyo. It’s 6 am, and people are starting their day. We’ll be leaving soon for the airport and our flight back to New York. I love the mornings, when everything is fresh, and an entire day of opportunity awaits all of us. I view every new day as an exploration of the possible, not a long, slow crawl through the impossible. Downtown Tokyo is unbelievably clean. The train …


Thank You Very Much

I bemoan service standards in Europe, Australia, and South America (and Canada) as being far below those of the US. But Asia is right up there, and far better on the airlines. At JAL first class, a woman escorted us to the proper area and another came out from her station and invited us to check in. This was handled within two minutes. A man appeared and removed our luggage from the cart, and a second took the checked bags …