Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 9/24/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

A couple of years ago, I tried to organize one of my elite events in Marrakech. A minority of the attendees refused to go, telling me it was “too dangerous.” These are intelligent people whom I respect, but I knew they were wrong. Would I put my wife and myself in danger (and paying clients!!)? I moved the event, which cost me money but more than that irritated me because of the intransigence. The statistics and stories they turned up …



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 9/17/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I believe in being informed. Ironically, with immediate access to massive communications today, it’s harder than ever! We can be besieged, overwhelmed, and gobsmacked, but accurate information which we can transform into pragmatic knowledge—not so much. The escutcheon of the media today would beem to be a shield of pomposity on a field of bombast. We’re experiencing enough natural and human-made disasters surely, but the media seem to be eager to hyperventilate on almost anything. Note that we have “storm …


Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 49: Why We Eat Our Young

The endemic cynicism and pessimism of so many people remind me of alligators who habitually eat their own offspring.  Have you noticed that many of us search for bad news and seem to believe that things are never good enough? Let’s put things back into perspective.



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 9/10/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

We’ve just returned (yesterday) from our first safari. I hosted the entire family. I’m creating an exception to my usual short observations in Monday Morning Memo to share my very fresh reactions with you. The silence is stunning. We are motoring through the South African Veldt and when the engine is turned off you hear only silence. It is broken by an occasional bird’s trill, the bird itself an iridescent, curved-beak glider looking to get lucky. The air is fresh …



Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 48: Talent and Numbers

If you don’t have a critical mass, you’re not going to find critical talent.  When you don’t have enough numbers in a company, or a city, or a country – the result is this…



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 9/03/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

We seem to have lost all sense of reason. “Reason,” to me, is about common sense, sanity, and logic. I think it also involves emotions. But “reasonable people” are able to synergize these elements into effective responses. For example, I’m an animal lover, contribute to animal welfare, and abhor animal cruelty. But I think PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) engages in violence that is unreasonable. I think that the image of those three firefighters raising a flag …