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Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 11/02/2020

Alan Weiss's Monday Morning Memo

Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 11/02/2020


There was a considerable amount of kids and parents out on Hallowe’en around these parts. My wife left three lighted witches down by the front wall with great treat bags, and by the time we returned from dinner, all were gone. (There are about 16 kids on our cul de sac these days.)

The governor enumerated her safety rules and I think everyone helped out by leaving treats outside the houses. But it was clearly a genuinely good time. Parents were often in costume (at least I think they were costumes) and kids are resilient. We could all learn from them. They survive and grow, despite bullying, obtuse teaching methods, relocations, divorce, and illness. (It’s the coddled kids we need to be worried about, those who think they should be protected from unpleasant literature and opposing views.)

Sometimes I’d like to say “trick or treat” to my clients, and shoot them with a water gun if they don’t stop whining and start doing things, stop complaining about volatility and instead create some.

Kids exhibit resilience as an epigenetic phenomenon of not trying to play it safe but rather knowing they have to play it as it lays.


When all else fails, eat chocolate.

—Maria Weiss


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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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