Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 50: Going Through the Motions

Why action is often meaningless and words are illusory.  Too many people are going through the motions, when we need to be in the moment.



“Good morning.” “What do you mean by that?!”

In my high school, a public school in a poor community, we had rhetoric, and debate teams that had to defend whatever position was put in front of them, and compete before judges with other schools. Today, there is no rhetoric and no debate. We refuse to listen to conflicting opinions and grow to hate people who don’t agree with us, no matter how suspect our own positions. A woman who feels her political opinions can’t be challenged and anyone …


Do We Need Awards Shows At All?

The Emmys last night proved to be still another snooze fest, with two dullards from Saturday Night live hosting in an apparent attempt to demonstrate that being funny is not important in the job requirements. Most of the people present were either unidentifiable or will be completely gone from public view in the next year. And the legitimate talent in attendance (how I loath the word “artists” bandied about in these ceremonies) embarrassingly lend their gravitas to such self-indugent, lethargic …


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 …


The Meaning of “Work”

When I lived in New Jersey, I would take a Pan Am helicopter from Newark to LaGuardia or Kennedy, fly to Montreal or Toronto, conduct business and sales calls, then return to New York, take the chopper back to Jersey, and drive home in time for a late dinner with my wife. Today, I hear people whining that a buyer is a 3-hour drive away. To quote my Hall of Fame colleague Larry Winget, they call it “work” for a …


To Everything There Is A Season

We’ll shut down the pool today and they’ll come to close it tomorrow. It’s always a little sad, but fall brings vibrant colors and the winter some beautiful white snow (snow turned black quickly back in New Jersey). And we have vacations planned every month through March. Look at every day through the windshield, not the rear-view mirror. I already know where I’ve been. I want to choose where I’m going. (Yes, the title was a Simon and Garfunkel song, …


School Daze

Yesterday morning I’m driving home from working out and encounter a school bus coming toward me on its usual rounds. l dutifully stop across from it as its red lights flash and the onboard monitor walks out. She is, this is troubling in a politically correct sort of way, much heavier than is healthy. Much. She chats with the parents for a while, then her duty is to check under the bus for children or animals, front and rear. But …


Signs of A Winner

The primary elections were over Tuesday night here and on Wednesday and beyond all those people who had campaign signs on their lawns and in their windows for the winners will keep them there, and the same after the general election in November. Those with the losers’ signs will dispose of them quickly. (There are still people riding around with bumper stickers proclaiming “I voted for Hillary” and I think they should be forced to take another driver’s test.) People …