What the %&&^#>!!

You want to curse when you bang your thumb with a hammer, good for you. I do it, too. You need to vent. If you’re an Atlanta Falcon fan, and you were caught up in expletives as the Patriots used you as a doormat in the fourth quarter for the greatest Super Bowl comeback in history, I understand your pain. The same for you Seattle Seahawks followers who lost a Super Bowl to those same Patriots on the goal line …



Get Out of My Way

What is the commonality? I was afraid of, earlier in my life: • Addressing a large group of students in high school. • Roller coasters. • The dentist. • Bullies. • An overbearing college professor. • Skiing. Answer: These were all fears that I overcame by facing them and taking them on. Once I did so, I either became excellent at it (speaking), enjoyed the hell out of it (roller coasters, skiing), tolerated them (dentists), or confronted them so they …




Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 30: The Discipline of Learning

How we’re not preparing our kids for the basic learning that many of us were prepared for in simpler times.  “How have you published so many books?” “How do you know that?” “How do you write so fast?” These are questions I get asked often. I have a simple secret. In grammar school, I paid attention. How do we expect to move forward as a society if we keep making learning an afterthought?


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 4/2/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This morning I took the dogs for our regular coffee run. I shut off the house alarm with a button on my key ring. I pushed another button to open the garage door. My wife had inadvertently locked the truck, so I pushed a button on the handle to open it. Then I pushed a button for my seat memory settings, and another to choose the ride setting. I then hit a button to change the radio station. Oh, yeah, …


She’s Back

Donna Brazile is back on the Sunday morning George Stephanopoulos political talk show as an expert commentator. This is the same Donna Brazile who admitted to leaking presidential debate questions to Hillary Clinton, and who was chair of the Democratic National Convention when it actively undermined the campaign of Bernie Sanders, as has subsequently been proven in released emails. I don’t know how she’s not in jail, but it’s an absolute wonder that all of that simply washes away in …


Is Anyone Really Out There?

This is the marketing business. That means that, no matter how wonderful your ideas, approaches, or IP, you must bring them to the attention of an economic buyer. More people have succeeded with average approaches and timely, focused marketing than have succeeded with brilliant ideas that no one ever hears about. And then, of course, there are those with great ideas who consistently reach their ideal buyers. We call those people “millionaires.”


Happy Easter and Happy Passover

Easter is the holiest of the holidays for Catholics and many Protestants. It follows a time of reflection (Lent) not dissimilar from Yom Kippur in that regard. And, of course, Passover and Easter occur in proximity to each other. No matter what your beliefs, I’d simply like to pass on Maria’s and my best wishes for your lives. May pain give way to resilience, may suffering be ended, and may you appreciate the tremendous gifts you possess and that you …