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Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 03/14/11

Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 03/14/11

March 14, 2011—Issue #78

This week’s focus point: Non-profit board membership is a fabulous way to contribute to causes about which you’re passionate. However, don’t join if you’re doing so merely to network or gain visibility (and it’s almost always unethical to do business with an entity on whose board you serve). Most of these boards tend to micro-manage, confuse governance with fundraising, have weak leadership, and are seldom strategically focused. If you want to serve to help, then roll up your sleeves and do so. But it’s tougher work, if you’re serious about helping, than any paying client!

Monday Morning Perspective: They say that the seeds of what we will do are in all of us, but it always seemed to me that in those who make jokes in life the seeds are covered with better soil and with a higher grade of manure. — Ernest Hemingway in “A Movable Feast.”

Alan returns to Sydney: For my friends in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Rim, I’m making my 16th visit to Sydney to conduct a special, two-day “mini-Consulting College on November 16-17, 2011. To gain advance registration discounts, write to me directly for information: [email protected].  For details visit http://www.summitconsulting.com/seminars/alan-weiss-the-consultants-consultant-in-sydney.php.

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I remember a meeting with a boutique consulting firm that had fallen on hard times. The debate was whether or not to sell their magnificent conference table. “Where would clients sit?” asked one partner. “We have no clients,” stated the advocate of selling. You can’t cut your way to renewal or success. Top line growth is the key to bottom line achievement, for you and for your clients. Today is the time to invest in the future. Once you cut muscle, you’re powerless.
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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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