Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 06/01/2020
Well, let’s see: This past week we launched two men into space on a commercial rocket with touch-screen controls and retrievable boosters, in a module as sleek as a Corvette. The cosmetics reminded me of a rocket ship made by Steve Jobs. These two guys, like every astronaut, are extremely brave.
We are in varying “phases” of emerging from the coronavirus lockdowns, with the opening of most stores, outdoor facilities, personal services, and so forth. We’re also in varying phases of “I’ve had it and I’m not going to take it anymore,” with skin-on-skin freedom orgies at resort locations. There’s substantial evidence that wearing gloves is more harmful than helpful, that you can’t contract the illness from surface contamination (making all that sanitizing seem obsessive), and even that masks may not do all that much. There’s also plenty of data showing death rates, with the exception of truly high risk groups, being very low. These people rollicking outdoors seemed to want the same “escape velocity” that the astronauts needed to achieve space flight.
Then we have riots in major cities because once again a white police officer has killed a black man despite being begged by people nearby to allow him to breathe and with the total passivity of three other officers standing around. (I don’t say “alleged” because we’ve all seen the video.) Countless agitators in the crowds encouraged arson which burned down black-owned businesses, among the others. I was in school in Newark during the riots following the Rodney King beating, which I wrote about recently. While there are instigators and nihilists who flock to make trouble, there are also people, as in Newark in the 60s, who feel that have no recourse.
And through all this, the bipartisanship that arose in the Great Depression, and after Pearl Harbor, and during other calamities, is nowhere to be seen in this polarized society and polity.
Well, those astronauts may be brave, but I’m thinking they realized it was their best bet to get out of the country for a while.
The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.—Martin Luther King, Jr.
The first need of a free people is to define their own terms.—Stokely Carmichael
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Manifesting Your Personal Power
July 2, 2020
11 am US Eastern Time
Recorded for later viewing
I’ve been helping people globally to understand their ability to continue to help others as this pandemic hit, and then coached them in the best business practices through the beginnings of the re-emergence.
I’ve found that even the best and brightest amongst us constantly underestimate their personal power.
Now, as we move forward to some familiar, and a great deal of unfamiliar, dynamics, it’s vital that professional services providers deeply appreciate and apply their true personal power.
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Those two astronauts left our planet, smart move. Quite frankly, I’d like to leave as well, or a 50+ foot sailboat would be better (something livable with 2 bathrooms). Summer docked in Cartagena (avoid hurricanes) and winter in Caribbean OR docked in South America (Rio or Buenos Aires). Not a bad life, eh?