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Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 02/11/19

Monday Morning Memo

Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 02/11/19


We’re in an age where stupid acts and utterings from 50 years ago can serve as proof that we’re incompetent and of too poor a character today to serve in our current position, all other evidence to the contrary notwithstanding. (I’m not talking about criminality and sexual assault.) In other words, none of us can grow, mature, evolve, or improve. When my contemporaries and I were young we played “Cowboys and Indians.” The cowboys usually won, but not always. However, they were always the “good guys.”

Will someone demand that I renounce my citizenship?

I heard a much acclaimed “diversity speaker” tell us that she and her husband had no children, but were not childless. That’s because they are “childfree” in her lexicon. Does that make me “child burdened” or “child imprisoned”?

The other day one of the locomotives on my layout stalled. Before taking it to the shop, I turned it over and found small bits of shrubbery scenery had become lodged in its gears. I used a tweezer to remove the obstruction, and it ran fine after that.

We need to pull out the non-productive stuff that is stalling our ability to move forward together. Someone called me “cisgender” a while ago. I despise the phrase as much as I do “white privilege.” I’m Alan, how do you do? Stop creating identity differences and try joining the common community.

Remoras are the only fish which swim safely among the sharks, since they actually clean the leftover food from the shark’s teeth, thereby maintaining their hosts’ ability to feed. We need some societal remoras, removing the grit that’s getting in the way of our ability to live sensibly together, with tolerance and forgiveness, and an absence of victimhood.

Oh, wait, that sounds like religion, another thing we can’t talk about.

Tolerance is giving to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.
—Robert Green Ingersoll

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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