Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 7/16/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I use the terms “poverty mentality” and “scarcity mentality” interchangeably, both being the opposite of an abundance mentality. A lot of people think I mean spending money as the metric here. I do not. There’s no question that if someone looks at a check on the table amidst a group as if it were a boa constrictor coiled to strike, that is a question of money. And if your response to “What would you do if you had an extra …



Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 40: The Lobster Principle

How a crustacean can demonstrate positive traits for all of us by being vulnerable.  Lobsters are not just for the seafood enthusiast. Pay attention, as they can provide valuable lessons that you need to be in tune with – for business and for life.



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 7/09/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

“Diversity” seems to be in every other sentence these days. I don’t think we can merely intellectualize diversity, we have to live it, not as some special accommodation or event, but as a way of life. The word traditionally means “exhibiting variety.” That goes beyond skin color, or ethnicity, or physical abilities, or sexual orientation to include thought, and ideas, and talents, and politics. We’re on our annual sojourn to the Jersey Shore (where real men play kids’ games, seagulls …



Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 39: Shut It Down

Wherein government might be improved if those making the laws were subject to the consequences of those laws.   Remember the recent government shutdown? It means absolutely nothing when the people shutting it down don’t face any consequences for doing so, we need our lawmakers to be more accountable.



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 7/02/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

My son used to come up with great ideas and excitedly present them to me. One, I believe, was for an electric toothbrush. I had to let him know, after congratulating him, that someone had been there first. But I admired his constant efforts. When I was consulting with Calgon, I convinced the president to foster innovation by giving out an award at the annual company conference for “the best idea that didn’t work,” thereby rewarding the behavior and not …