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Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 06/10/2024

Alan Weiss's Monday Morning Memo

Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 06/10/2024

Every so often I receive a communication from someone who tells me that they can’t order on my website and therefore I need to correct something. Some of these people are so helpful that they take the time to tell me, with prelatical certainty, I’m not presenting a good image or don’t understand customer needs.

I usually take one attempt to tell them what they did wrong. When they fail again, doing it wrong again, and admonish me again, I tell them: “Hundreds if not thousands of people use this process and procedure continually. Yours is the only complaint that it doesn’t work I’ve received in ages. Do you think this is my technology at fault, or your use of it?”

If they apologize in the face of rationality, I walk them through it. If they become further enraged I ignore them. They wouldn’t understand my material even if they could get the order through or the workshop registration paid.

I admit I’m not immune to this irrationality. I’ve followed signs and driven off the highway into city streets where I don’t want to be. But as I looked around, apparently no one else has. So, I obviously missed a sign or instruction and I no longer waste energy cursing out the department of highways. When I build a model and can’t find a piece, I’ve stopped assuming the manufacturer’s instructions are wrong, and look to see that I’ve chosen the wrong set of parts.

My wife, of course, is always right, so there’s no need to even debate that one. At one point we owned two identical cars, only differing in color. She complained, upon coming home one day, that the Newport Bridge tokens in her car had stopped working. Rather than explain the impossibility of that, I gave her the tokens from my car. The following week, coming back from the next trip, she told me mine had stopped working.

So, I took a page from the great movie, “Fate is the Hunter,” and I sat next to her while she drove to the bridge, under my instructions to do everything she normally does. Drive at the same speed, use the same toll lane, lower the window at the same point. She did this faithfully, stopped, opened the console, retrieved a token, and threw it into a garbage can. 

She then honked twice as she usually did, and an attendant came over as he usually did and raised the gate which was ten yards ahead, adjacent to the actual toll box.

“You see?” she said, “they’ve screwed this up!”


In the good old days when there was no social media and no mobile phones, when you were forced to actually physically meet someone and you often mixed in the same social groups, there was a sense of accountability about things. —Ulrika Jonsson

The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny. —Albert Ellis

Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself. —Joseph Campbell

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame. —Erica Jong

The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others. —Don Shula

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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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