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 …


Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 11: Overprotection

“The cosseting of youth, and how it’s leaving them vulnerable in the real world.” Transcript: I’m Alan Weiss, welcome to The Uncomfortable Truth. Today…overprotection. We have generational sobriquets you know? We have labels we attach to generations. The Greatest generation, the Boomer generation, Generation X and Y and Millennials. Today though, what we really have is the overprotected generation. Part of the growth experience, it seems to me, is getting into trouble. I don’t mean committing serial murder. I don’t mean …


Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 10: Overkill

“Pounding away until the point is crushed under the weight of redundancy.” Transcript: Welcome to the Uncomfortable Truth, today we’re talking about overkill. You ever hear anyone say that someone else is belaboring the point? A woman was trying to explain a bill to me the other day and I understood what she was saying and I said, “Okay, that’s good.”  Yet she kept telling me and I said, “I’ve got it, I’ll pay it.”, and she said, “No, let …


Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth- Episode 9: Denial

“Why we make ostriches’ behavior in the face of threat seem reasonable.” Transcript: “Hey, that wasn’t me. I should have won it. It was luck. It was a bad call. Somebody cheated. Come on, not me.” I’m Alan Weiss with The Uncomfortable Truth, and today I’m talking about denial. Denial occurs when we refuse to accept truths not consistent with our beliefs. “She was lucky to win the race. I’m a better athlete.” Yeah, but she won, didn’t she? “He …


Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 8: Conservatism

Why we are far too timid in our lives and work and how to stop playing a “prevent defense.” Transcript: I’m Alan Weiss with the Uncomfortable Truth. I’m sitting here today after still another snow blizzard, thunderous, dangerous warning here in the northeast of the United States where it’s been snowing for approximately 10,000 years since the original people to inhabit the land walked over the Bering Strait and somehow wound up here. Long before Columbus or the colonists or …


Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 7: The Aggrieved

Why whatever you perceive your condition to be does not warrant a vote in Congress or a newscast. Transcript: Hi, I’m Alan Weiss, and this is The Uncomfortable Truth. We have a lot of aggrieved people today, don’t we? In 1861, the south seceded from the union because of slavery. It was a rebellious act. There’s no constitutional provision for secession. Let’s extrapolate the consequences of that. Suppose New Jersey seceded from the United States over pollution regulations, and then …


Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 6: Polarization

i The vast, ignorant error in believing people who disagree with you are stupid. Transcript: I’m Alan Weiss, and this is my podcast on Polarization. Let me start you with something unusual, a contrarian idea, but I think that polarization is basically the fear of another idea. It’s the fear of some other idea, which causes people to set up barricades and blockages and lower the shields. After all, if you’re really right, what’s to fear? We’ve become obsessed with …


Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 5: Myths

A memorial service to the many friends you lost when they went swimming 55 minutes after having lunch. Transcript: Hey, I’m Alan Weiss. This is about myths. Remember, we used to have monsters under the bed? I never found one; I even used a flashlight a few times. In the closets too, but we don’t read in the headlines people dying from monsters under the bed. So, it’s probably not the case. Remember when we couldn’t swim for an hour …