Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 21: Believing

“Wherein Alan discusses that we all believe in something, and we’re not random biological mechanisms.“ Transcript: Welcome to The Uncomfortable Truth. My subject today is believing. Yes, believing. You know, the Greeks thought of gods as occupying the earth with mortals. It was almost a conversational quality, bar talk, some folks just discussing things. There was said to be interaction between mortals and gods. The Romans were largely observant, but also quite skeptical. They didn’t want to hedge their bets, so they had their own gods, but they tolerated the gods of other religions …


Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 20: Annoying People

“There are annoying people, and we shouldn’t be ashamed to point that out.“ Transcript: Tell me the truth. Don’t you just hate annoying people? I mean, you might think I’m whining right now. But face it. You’re like me. You hate annoying people and that’s the uncomfortable truth. A guy writes to me yesterday and he says to me, “I’m reading your newsletter and I mostly like it. But, the cartoon comes across all squished up, and it removes from …


Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 19: An F For Public Schools

“The looming societal crisis if we don’t improve our kids’ chances in a broken system.“ Transcript: I’m giving our public schools an F, that’s the uncomfortable truth. I’m a product of a public school education. Kindergarten through high school and then I went to Rutgers, which is the State University of New Jersey. I got my first Masters at Montclair, which was another State University in New Jersey. My wife did roughly the same thing. My wife was a teacher. She …


Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 18: Improving Performance

Transcript: “How to help others to improve, and how to easily measure performance without surveys, evaluations, and voodoo.“ Transcript: How do we improve performance? The uncomfortable truth is that it’s harder than it looks, easier to say than do, but it’s possibly doable if we pay some attention to it. So, why do some people do it, and some don’t? I’m not talking just about our performance, but other people’s performances. You know, I’ve been consulting for over 30 years, and so some things I’ve seen, are immutable. They are evergreen, and always true. For example, there …


Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 17: Get Rich Quick

Transcript: “The uncomfortable truth about “multi-level marketing” and other Ponzi schemes.“ Transcript: How’d you like to get rich quick? Here’s the uncomfortable truth: you can’t. Yet, we’re surrounded by get rich quick schemes and infomercials that probably cost around $400,000 to shoot and to produce. People aren’t throwing $400,000 into a well. They’re expecting people to respond and attend all these free workshops and seminars. Now there’s some guy here in Providence, Rhode Island. He said to come to his …


Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 16: No, You Can’t

Transcript: “Some lessons in why your telling yourself you can might wind up in finding out why you can’t.” Transcript: Welcome to The Uncomfortable Truth and the uncomfortable truth today is, “No, you can’t.” That’s right, no, you can’t. Remember Sammy Davis Jr.? He was that extraordinary entertainer. He had a book out called “Yes I Can.” That’s because he overcame great odds. He was black. He had one eye because of an auto accident. He was married to a …


Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 15: Who Loves You?

“Why all of us require unconditional support at times and why it’s so difficult to obtain it.” Transcript: Welcome to The Uncomfortable Truth. This podcast is called, Who Loves You? That’s right, who loves you? There’s a great Four Seasons song, 1975. I used to see them at Rutgers. They cost us $2,500 in 1967. They’ve gone onto more than that. The Jersey Boys. But, who loves you? That is I’m asking you, on whom can you rely? Not as …


Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 14: Contrarianism

“Why taking an opposite view is a public service and how to do it.” Transcript: I’m Alan Weiss and The Uncomfortable Truth today is about contrarianism. Yes, that’s right. My very first brand was “the contrarian.” At the time, quality was the big deal. Quality circles, lean and quality approaches, and black belts about quality. So, I wrote an article about how quality pursuit is wrong, I said quality doesn’t create anything and that being lean isn’t necessarily good. “The …


Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 13: Selecting

“We “settle” instead of deliberately choosing what’s best for us, and we need to stop that.” Transcript: Hi, I’m Alan Weiss, This is The Uncomfortable Truth, and this broadcast is on selecting. There used to be a slogan used by Barneys in New York, the very famous clothing store, and they said, “Select, don’t settle.” I liked that. I didn’t quite know why – but today I do. We often settle every day instead of selecting. We often hear the …


Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 12: Degradation

“How standards begin to erode and what we can do to correct it.” Transcript: Welcome to The Uncomfortable Truth, I’m Alan Weiss, and my topic today is degradation. Degradation, to degrade – that means to wear down, to erode. This isn’t about “the good ol’ days.” I’m not about to tell you that things were always better back when – but some things were better. Some things were more civilized. When I first started flying, Pan Am was still in business and …