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® – 08/21/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Some people are “looking for ‘like’ in all the wrong places.” If you want to be loved, get a dog. If you want to be liked, go on social media. But the search for affection in place of respect is not a mature pursuit. I want to be “liked” when I go to dinner with new acquaintances, I suppose, and I’d prefer people not to “dislike” me when they’re working with me. But those are not huge goals of mine. …

Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 07/24/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I’m back from the Jersey Shore—huge, clean beaches, great breakers, and family amusements up and down the boardwalk. It is as diverse a crowd as you can imagine. Twenty years ago we thought it was diverse because of all the Canadians! Today, there are people speaking dozens of languages who are a variety of colors and backgrounds. The commonality: Every parent and grandparent, whether in shorts and tee-shirts, saris, or dashikis, lovingly put their kids aboard the rides and took …

Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 07/17/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

The TV series Game of Thrones began a new and penultimate season last night. (I’m not revealing anything here, no worries, a sort of reverse trigger warning.) It’s now “off the (George R.R. Martin) book” so the plots are strictly the result of the current writers’ imaginations. My entire family finds it great fun. (My daughter and her husband brought an Apple TV down here to the Jersey Shore so that we could catch the opening episode.) We all love …

Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 07/10/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I’m on a Delta flight from Boston to Atlanta a few years ago, and the first class service is even better than usual. And, I notice the guy across the aisle is getting even better service than I am! And there are three flight attendants in first class, with 12 seats. So I ask one of them, “Is that a Delta executive?” It turns out he’s the CEO. Then I’m told he’s spending the week on the planes taking various …