Ego vs. Efficacy

Just because someone asks you to be on their podcast, YouTube channel, teleconference, internet radio show, cable show, or any related medium doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Ask yourself: What’s the real (not claimed) demographic and numbers? Are these people my true buyers? Who else has been on? One “host” cited a dozen prior guests, not one of whom I’d ever heard of. I turn down 90% of these requests because they are mostly people looking to claim credit for …


IDIOTIC IT

Remember the old nerdy GIGO: garbage in, garbage out, as if the users were always at fault, not the programmers? How about IDIOTIC: intelligent directions input, operationally turned into crap? I’m tired of sites that demand you repeat the same information six times, don’t recognize your password, make you redo an entire form because of one error, and so on. We can create a vaccine for the flu and measles but can’t create an easy submission form?! IDIOTIC. © Alan …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 9/12/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I thought it appropriate today to reprint a September 2001 special edition of Balancing Act, my monthly newsletter: How do we retain balance in the wake of such horrific acts? The answer is, we don’t. At least not in the short term. We have to take time to realize that the world is inevitably altered. Our sense of security, complacency, and invulnerability has been shaken, and will never quite return to the original position. There are no wise words or …



Help Me Out, Here

If one’s position is that people should not base their decisions, actions, and behaviors on religious beliefs, especially in the workplace and political choices, shouldn’t those same people holding those positions be outraged and on the front lines of opposition to radical Islam, which advocates killing everyone else in the name of religion? Is the 23rd Psalm on a school wall, or the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer before an event, more harmful to others than a jihadist with a …



Accelerating Your Coaching Process

In the process visual* below, I’ve depicted my approach toward mentoring and coaching which I’ve recommended to my Master Mentors. First: Define and clarify the issue. (“I’m overwhelmed.” What, exactly, dow that mean?) Second: If it’s not really an issue, just a need to talk or someone being needy, discard it. Third: If it’s legitimate but beyond your ability to help resolve, call me. (In other words, ask for help from a higher power!) Fourth: If it’s something new but …


Why Crime Rates Are Down and People Are Unhappy

Major crime in the U.S. is dramatically down from a decade ago across the board. New York remains the safest city of its size in the world. So why are so many people complaining about crime? Why are the politicians making it a major campaign theme? It’s because of a phenomenon I call Unsatiation. Crime is down, people realize it can be successfully diminished, so they want constant diminishment, even though a goal of “no crime” is ridiculous. But we …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 9/5/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

We celebrate Labor Day in the U.S. today, also celebrated in Canada, and widely celebrated in other countries as International Workers’ Day on May 1. It has been a statutory holiday since 1894 (and informally also marks the end of the summer season in the the U.S.). We have less than a dozen statutory holidays observed in common by all the states. “Labor” has traditionally meant hard, physical work. But today, mental work is often extremely “laborious” as well. I …