The Brady Priority

Let me understand this: An international collaboration, including the Texas police, Texas Rangers, FBI, and Mexican police, found Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jersey and returned it within 90 days of the theft. And we can’t identify or locate the drug dealers in Mexico, or the nukes in Iran, or the terrorist cells all over Europe? They’d all better hope they never come into possession of any of Brady’s stuff.


I Use “Results” So You Can’t Use “Results”

I stopped sending my publishers and lawyer after all the pond scum providing free downloads of my work on the internet because: • It’s free publicity • I don’t want people who would steal things as my clients in any case • The people who place them there, run the site, and download them are pathetic Most of these sites originate in Eastern Europe or some other area I’d rather not be in any case. Don’t get all exercised when …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 03/20/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Beware of the state of your skills. They require monitoring. Just because you’re still doing something well doesn’t mean you’re doing it as well as you once did. We can generally spot rust—it’s obvious and ugly—but we can’t spot “pre-rust,” the weakening of the original material. It’s not failure that’s usually the problem, it’s the ongoing diminishing of the original state. That’s why bridges are checked periodically and we don’t wait for them to fall down to learn there’s something …



Wait. Can you do it yourself?

Folks, if you’re a “success coach” shouldn’t you be, well, sort of, successful? If you’re a “life coach,” I’d think you need to, uh, have a life? If you’re a branding expert, shouldn’t you have a really strong brand? If you’re a sales expert, why do you need help selling? If you’re writing about how to reach executives, shouldn’t you be, like, in the midst of them? If I want to learn to ski, I don’t expect the coach to …




Direct Dialing

Do not work through your buyer’s subordinates.   Tell that person: “I’m sorry, but ethically I can discuss project progress and issues only with my client, who is then free to disseminate them to others. Ask John to give me a call or to let me know a good time to call him if this question is from him.” Sometimes an assistant (real or virtual) will contact me because the person I’m coaching needs clarification, or lost something, or wants to …


Identity

Let me make something very clear here: I do not publish anonymous posts. I find them cowardly. If you have an opinion or a critique that is polite and civil, it will be published. But if you don’t have the courage to stand up for what you believe in, then I consider you a troll and a parasite. On many popular blogs, the writer doesn’t even allow commentary. I do, because I believe access and interaction are vital. But I …


Jersey Mike’s: Dumb Ass Stupid Management

A Jersey Mike’s sandwich franchise costs from $200,00 to $600,000 according to their web site. Which means the guy who opened one in East Greenwich here is going to lose a pile of dough. I’d think a sandwich franchisee would assume somehow that business is pretty heavy from 11:30 to 1:30. We call it “lunch time.” The new store here was featured in the press, is located in a very popular shopping center with plenty of parking, and has an …