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 …


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 …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 8/27/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

We feed the birds year-round, mainly because I like to watch the feeders from my den window. (My current “squirrel proof” feeders do frustrate all but the most innovative Sciurus carolinensis.) During the summer, the birds spill some of the seeds and others pass right through their systems. The result is giant and numerous sunflowers all around the feeders. The sunflowers attract goldfinches, which help pollinate everything, and they, of course, hang around to eat and distribute more seeds. This …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 8/20/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

The rabbits have returned to Nantucket (many were killed by poison intended to kill ticks). Some mornings they’re outside the house, some mornings they’re not. I never understood their schedule, since what they munched on was always present. Then my daughter pointed out a huge hawk sitting on the roof of the shed. The rabbits made themselves scarce when the hawk was present, interrupting their breakfast so as not to become his breakfast. We often think there are random actions …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 8/13/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Some time ago, a beautiful supermodel was on a morning talk show hawking a cosmetic line. She mentioned “foundation” which I’m thinking is a sort of base covering, and said, “Of course, I, personally, don’t need foundation.” At that point, my wife threw a bag of potato chips at the television and both dogs and I hastily left the room concerned about further fallout. But it reminded me of a famous commercial from the 80s with a world-class beauty purring …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 8/06/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

  I’m repeating this from my Facebook post on August 3, our 50th wedding anniversary. We’re in Nantucket, as we always are this time of year, and we planned nothing special because for 50 years, every day has been special. 50 years ago today, I was thoroughly enjoying the moment of our wedding, not knowing what might be ahead. And today, I still thoroughly enjoy each moment, not knowing what might be ahead. I would not be the man I …