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Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 08/01/2022

Alan Weiss's Monday Morning Memo

Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 08/01/2022

About a half-century ago (I’m not kidding) the “nine-dot puzzle” appeared (origins murky) which dared someone to connect all nine dots (three rows of three) with a single line. And the only way to do this was by stretching the line beyond the “box” formed by the dots. For those of you under 40 or so, take my word for it that this challenged many people who had never seen it.

Thus, “thinking outside of the box,” the beaten up cliché and meme, was given birth. The philosophical point was that you can’t improve if you arbitrarily and artificially confine yourself to a perceived limitation that doesn’t really exist. Are you still with me?

As you’re probably suspecting, I’ve had it with this kind of inchoate ukase, as if everything “inside the box” is worthless and worn. Super glue and Velcro® were discovered accidentally. Fred Smith created FedEx as a better alternative to the postal service. The telephone followed the telegraph. Neither keyboards (from typewriters to computers) nor bicycles have really changed dramatically.

We actually delimit ourselves believing we have to generate the next management trend, the next phone app, the next “smart” anything.

Sometimes all we need, and the potential for vast success, merely rests upon floss that doesn’t keep snapping, sun tan lotion that IS waterproof, or helping people improve rapidly who aren’t performing well. There’s a lot of potential inside the box, why not start there?

And, by the way, if you fold the paper the nine dots are on, which isn’t against the rules, it turns out you don’t have to go “outide the box” to solve it. Of course, when I did that to everyone’s shock and applause at the age of 25, I didn’t know about boxes.


Why don’t they make the whole plane out of that black box stuff? —Steven Wright

The whole point is to live life and be—to use all the colors in the crayon box. —RuPaul

A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid. —J. R. R. Tolkien

Maximizing Revenues in Uncertain Economic Times: A full day in New York City, September 13. How to GROW your business with prudent risk and innovative approaches over the next year. Recovery? New Realities? Recession? Correction? Regression?

Alan is back after huge turnouts across the country for “Getting Started in Consulting” with this immediately relevant and applicable program on capitalizing on the uncertain economy. THIS IS ONLY $250 FOR NOW AND LUNCH IS INCLUDED. (Price goes up in August.) You can receive an audio recording for the same fee if you can’t make the date. You need this to move forward and grow in confidence, and not hesitate in fear. https://alanweiss.com/growth-experiences/maximizing-revenues/

Alan’s Coaching Confidential Newsletter™: Beginning in September receive a monthly, highly targeted newletter which will contain inventive coaching methodology, case studies, and strange experiences in the coaching trade! Alan has coached thousands of business executives and entrepreneurs. Special charter subscription rate is only $60 until August 15. https://alanweiss.com/growth-experiences/coaching-confidential/ Write me for a sample copy: [email protected], subject line: Sample Confidential.

Meet Me in London: I’ll be hosting a two-day, high-level discussion of likely business futures globally, financial considerations, global passive income, the new realities of sales, new approaches to strategy, and so forth. There would be a limit of eight people. I’ll also conduct a full-day experience for a larger group, probably a limit of 30, for an entire day which will address new approaches to value based fees, the five essential short-term revenue generators, role playing difficult conversations, the advanced Accelerant Curve, and scaling the practice.https://alanweiss.com/growth-experiences/london/ At the Baglioni Hotel, across from Hyde and Kensington Parks.

Return to Australia: I’ll be making my 19th trip in October, this time to Brisbane, to present a week of unique offerings from passive income and global “reach” to a new strategy approach. Join me and your peers for my latest value to grow your business and decrease your labor facing our “new realities.” There is also certification for a new approach to strategy (about which a publisher has just purchased a book on the topic from me) for the post-pandemic world that already has 60+ practitioners in six countries. There is limited seating capacity. https://alanweiss.com/growthexperiences/australia2022/

Million Dollar Consulting® for the World: I’ve provided 14 modules with videos from me, from your colleagues globally, slides, and text. They include everything from launch to self-esteem, proposals to fees, closing business to creating a brand. No upsells! It’s only $115. What do you think about a 10,000:1 ROI? We have over 500 people from 47 countries. https://milliondollarconsultingcourse.com

Beyond Thought Leadership: I’m bringing six experts and huge successes from five countries, spanning the globe, to a 2.5 session with a series of 90-minute interviews I’ll conduct, plus new IP and case studies. The seventh interview will be with me. Nothing else like this, and it’s far too difficult to coordinate schedules to do it again. So it’s now or never. Learn from your peers how they have scaled their business and built great lives.https://alanweiss.com/growth-experiences/beyond-thought-leadership/ If you sign up this week and indicate you’re a reader of this column, I’ll take $4,000 off the fee.

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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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