Feet of Clay

Tesla can’t meet it’s current production goals, which are vital to raise cash, which is currently hemorrhaging. It’s stock and bonds declined heavily this past week. It’s had to issue a recall of large numbers of cars because of rusting bolts. Elon Musk wants to send a rocket to Mars but he can’t even send a Tesla to California.

Who’s Directing the Picture?

We live under some illusion that “today” represents who we are, and tomorrow will be the same. We aren’t in a snapshot, we’re in a movie. The question is this: Do we purposefully and intentionally control our progress and growth, or do we simply accept what occurs, caused by others? The former is a creative process in which you can star. The latter is simply a dull film which no one bothers to watch.

Because I Said So

True experts don’t justify, validate, or try to prove their opinions, approaches, or techniques. They don’t quote Greek philosophers, or the New York Times, or dump statistics on you. They merely speak with conviction, authority, and volume. The more you continually justify a point, the more you dilute its power.

Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 3/26/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Over the last week, I had dinner with my wife and two others in Nobu in New York, which cost about $1,600. I also had a $3 hot dog, with mustard and sauerkraut from my favorite vendor on Madison and 50th. I hosted 16 Hall of Fame members at “Come From Away,” the raging hit Broadway musical and Tony winner. And yesterday, at the Stadium Theater in Woonsocket, RI, we saw the ageless rock group, Jay and the Americans. We …

In Case You Were Wondering What I Was Thinking

Kale is disgusting no matter how it’s cooked or prepared. It’s the new Brussels Sprouts but without the personality. “Curate” is now the most inappropriately, overused word in the lexicon. Linkedin editors “curate” the daily stories? You curate the paleontology department in a museum. Curate is the kale of language. People who damn with faint praise are too stupid to think we’re not smart enough to know what they’re doing. Typical: “Although most of your article I could agree with….” …


Too many of us immediately try to decide how to do something before deciding whether or not to do it. I call this the “plunge effect.” This is why you’re stuck with a hire who isn’t close to competent, on a bad vacation wondering why you chose it, in a relationship that is smothering you, or working with a client you can’t stand, Just because you know how to do something doesn’t mean you should do it every time.