• No products in the cart.
  • No products in the cart.
Back To Top
Image Alt

Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 12/25/2023

Alan Weiss's Monday Morning Memo

Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 12/25/2023

Merry Christmas! May you and your family experience the joys and good will of this season.

I thought it might be appropriate to speak today of freudenfreude. Most of us are familiar with schadenfreude, which is pleasure derived from another’s misfortune, typically an “enemy” or someone we don’t care for.

Freudenfreude is the antithesis, a feeling of joy over someone else’s good fortune. It seems to me that this is the perfect gift not just for the holidays, but for all of our interactions. Of course, we’ll never escape shadenfreude as the default  for our reactions to braggarts, passive-aggressives, and similar personality defects.

But we can readily share enough good will and positive feelings when others have succeeded, certainly on their own merits, with their own hard work, and at no “cost” to us. When I ran the sprints in track, I never felt bad about losing to someone else who was simply faster on that day. We see great examples of sportsmanship today when losing team members congratulate the winning team members.

So instead of “here she goes again” when someone is sharing a victory, perhaps we should respond with, “That’s great, tell us how you did it!”

There’s an enrichment in sharing others’ victories and successes because you don’t have to rely solely on your own to boost your spirits. It’s an emollient for a great deal that might ail you.

Freudenfreude: The gift that keeps on giving, to both sender and recipient.

Merry Christmas!


Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling. —Edna Ferber

For it is in giving that we receive. —Francis of Assisi

I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph. —Shirley Temple

The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn’t for any religious reasons. They couldn’t find three wise men and a virgin.        —Jay Leno

NEW:  Creating a maximally productive week with plenty of time to spare

God didn’t rest enough—He rushed things in six days You arise Monday morning with great energy and vision to accomplish a vast amount of things. You take a deep breath, shut your eyes…..and it’s Friday afternoon and you haven’t done a damn thing. The week as been absorbed with unexpected requests, failure work, presumed “opportunities” that didn’t pan out, family issues, writer’s block, and the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse: guilt, fear, stress, and obligation.

Join me for 90 minutes which will change your life view and expand your business results immediately:

  • Learn the techniques for setting priority amid tumult in the No Normal®
  • Master methods to create “instant IP”
  • Move from “to do” lists to “results” lists
  • Drop the unimportant without guilt or shame
  • Adopt Alan’s rare self-disciplinary approaches
  • Enlarge meaningful discretionary time

January 30, 10:30 US Eastern  Fee: $695  https://alanweiss.com/growth-experiences/creating-a-maximally-productive-week/

NEW:  Alan’s five keys to guaranteed consulting success for the next two years  It’s not easy being green, but it IS easy pulling down the green if you know where to look

There are huge opportunities created by the turmoil of our times, the No Normal®. I call these the “New Realities.” But how do you know which are best for you? Is your expertise sufficient? Should you develop additional expertise? Are you in the right market? Do you possess the correct resources? We are moving toward a society and business culture where competence will trump credentials and results will rule. Sample key: Key #1: Transitioning is vital to survival. 

Join me on February 13, 10:30 US Eastern  $450 https://alanweiss.com/store/quick-pay/

If you join both of the above you can do so for $1,000 in total, over a 12% savings: https://alanweiss.com/growth-experiences/alans-five-keys/

Written by

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.

Post a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.