Who’s Behind the Curtain in Oz?

I used to think Dr. Oz was a personable, articulate, brilliant medical doctor when I saw him on programs showing emergency room treatment in hospitals. When he got his own TV show, he seemed to become Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He slowly transformed from provider of pragmatic medical device to hawker of potions and pills, with clearly questionable medial underpinnings. Finally, some fellow surgeons at Columbia have publicly protested his behavior and asked for his ouster as vice chair …





The Publishing Plunge

My first book (The Innovation Formula) was published in 1988, and my all-time best-seller (a real best-seller), Million Dollar Consulting, was published in 1992, and its fifth—and 25th anniversary—edition will be published next year. In the interim, I’ve produced 53 others, in 12 languages, and three more are in the works. I believe in literally agents and mine, Jeff Herman, placed my three most successful books over the years. I write to sustain my thought leadership and to attract clients, not to …



Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 4/13/15

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: Someone allows me to turn left into Dunkin’ Donuts in heavy traffic. A passerby tells me I’ve dropped something. A store clerk finds something out of stock in another store and gets it for me the next day. The lawn guys clear up some debris that has nothing to do with their work. A bill is $10.03 and the cashier says not to worry about the change which I don’t have. Someone offers tickets to a …


In Case You Were Wondering What I Was Thinking

I always feel like I need a shower after seeing a billboard on the road extolling some personal injury lawyer or their cheesy commercials on TV. Since when did inserting “douche” into a sentence become a script writer’s refuge for cheap laughs? Asking for a “deal” all the time is not an endearing trait, but rather a sign of a poverty mentality. Or do you also require the cheapest surgeon and ask if the doc will take a few bucks …


The Dog Star: Let Me Figure This Out

(The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition) I made a horrible throw, and Bentley’s frisbee sailed over a small fence we erected in preparation for some landscaping in the backyard. It was too high to leap over, and he stared at it for about five seconds. Then he moved along the fence until he found an opening …