Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 11/12/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I’m writing this on a 777 ten hours out of Dubai and two hours from Adelaide. This follows my trip of about similar length from Boston to Dubai. This is my 18th trip to Australia since the 70s when the country was part of my management “domain” running from Tokyo to Sydney. I calculated at one point that I was responsible for 36 million square miles of the Pacific Ocean. (Maybe that included depth.) I’m arriving to spend two days …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 11/05/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

My agent is selling one of my new book ideas with the working title, It’s the Customer, Stupid. I recently called the police department in Providence to find someone and received very courteous help. I called the deputy jury commissioner about being asked to serve on a grand jury and received very courteous help. I went to the local Dunkin’ Donuts and (again) when I got home, the order wasn’t correct. The Dunkin’ Donuts owner here has also banned employees …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 10/29/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

We’re in Nassau taking a much-needed vacation away from all accountabilities. I’m unabashedly hiding. There are “islands” in the various pools at the resort, with plants and palm trees on them. I’m reminded of a vacation we took somewhere in Mexico where there were a dozen or more iguanas on every island, which were surrounded completely by water. I’d occasionally swim up to one, which would regard me with those independently moving eyes, sort of like the air conditioning vents …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 10/22/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

From my balcony at The Breakers in West Palm Beach, Florida, I was watching the sun rise at about 7:40 when I noticed, far below, a worker drive a tractor onto the beach to begin clearing it of the prior night’s wave deposits. He didn’t get more than 20 yards before he stopped. He jumped out of the cab and walked several feet to a piece of litter which his machinery couldn’t have reached. He picked it up, walked back …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 10/15/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Some time ago, I returned to my seat on a plane and promptly spilled wine on the man next to me, who was wearing a gray business suit. I was horrified and hugely apologetic. “Look,” he said, “it’s no big deal, I’m headed home, and I’ve done worse myself.” I realized at that moment that I had learned a lesson to retain and apply. Sure enough, months later, a woman knocked her drink onto me and turned red with embarrassment. …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 10/08/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I was wandering around my closet trying to understand how I had so much “stuff.” Racks are filled, drawers filled, shelves filled. When I’m home I wear a shirt and jeans and comfortable shoes. I don’t change four times a day like some debutante in the 19th Century. Well, I’m a consultant, so I investigated, and I found congeries that I never had years ago but have amassed with shifts in social tides. I have scores of tee-shirts, some faded …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 10/01/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

We look back, somewhat embarrassed at our pasts: haircuts, fashions, entertainment, behaviors. We ask ourselves, “What were we thinking?” Disco? Folk songs? Tail fins on cars? Peace signs? Pinky rings? But we look back from the present as though it’s a superior vantage point because now we’re all so “smart” and so “sophisticated.” We are rarely syncretic, trying to reconcile what is best then and now, what we don’t mind losing and what losses we should mourn. Fifty years from …


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 …


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 …