Bavaria

We’ve been cruising and wandering through Bavaria, and Bavaria is to Germany what Texas is to the U.S. Ask a local where they’re from and it’s Bavaria, not Germany. They conveniently ignore some federal laws here (there are 16 German states in the Republic) and proudly so. They live for beer. They look down on the Austrians just up the river. Everything seems to be made with pork or veal, or is a pretzel, and most food comes with sauerkraut. …





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

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I‘m in Nuremberg, awaiting our Danube cruise. (You can see photos on contrarianconsulting.com or Facebook.) This is a thousand-year-old city almost completely destroyed during Word War Two. We can see the remains of the walls and towers of the “old city” while life vibrates in the contemporary city. Remembering our past and learning from it is vital, but not to the extent of being trapped within it. Looking to the future can be thrilling, so long as we’re not distracted …


Embarked at Nuremberg

We’re on the Viking Atla, which will depart Nuremberg tomorrow. Our suite is at the aft of the boat, with a wrap-around balcony, living room, heated bathroom floor and every convenience. We’ll be on board for seven nights, ending in Budapest (I’m half-Hungarian). This is a relief from our one night at the Meridien Hotel in Nuremberg, the sole good feature of which is that it’s adjacent to the Old Town, and we could walk everywhere. They employ only one …



Good News/Bad News

The statistics announced this morning from an industry source claim that four out of ten small businesses plan to hire staff in the months ahead. (Small businesses are the sole creator of net new jobs; large companies tend to replace or reduce staffs.) Their biggest challenge? They can’t find qualified people with the skills and attitudes needed for success. I don’t feel the need to comment further.



Haircuts (Step Away from the Scissors)

I’m having my hair cut and the customer in the adjoining chair is telling her beautician that she’s quite a successful consultant. And she’s explaining that in a voice that wouldn’t be allowed in a library. (My hairdresser is smiling because she knows what I do.) Here’s the conversation: Me: You’re a consultant? What kind? Her: Yes, and I work with whomever needs me. Me: What is your expertise? Her: People. Me: Productivity, performance, selection, wellness? Her: Anything. Me: Have …