Still More from Venice

People may worry about Venice disappearing under water, but the city has been battling that threat successfully for centuries. The battle it is losing is that of abandonment: Venice’s small neighborhoods and squares are abandoned. There are no people shopping no elderly smoking and chatting, no children playing ball. The locals are leaving. Apartments are being purchased by foreigners and used only sparingly, boarded up for the rest of the year. In a city of no cars, the silence is …




Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 4/18/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

We arrived at Milan yesterday and the very nice immigration agents were dressed like rear admirals: epaulettes and chevrons, medals and gold braid. The conductor on the train to Venice was attired like a veteran airplane pilot. I recalled my consulting work with the military over my career. From an officer’s uniform you could tell rank and status (you’re saluting the rank, not the person, I used to hear), the specialty, the combat history, years in service, honors, and so …



Venice

We’re off to Venice today for my By Invitation Only meeting (formerly Million Dollar Club) of ten firms and/or solo practices. Venice consists of 117 small islands between the Po and Piave Rivers. Once upon a time, the city was a major power as a Republic, is prominent for Renaissance art, and is the birthplace of the brilliant Baroque composer, Vivaldi. It is one of the most romantic cities we’ve ever visited, and has fabulous food and, of course, wine. …



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