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Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 6/9/14

Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 6/9/14

This week’s focus point: Logic makes people think, emotion prompts them to act. Hence, “paralysis by analysis,” and similar stalemates. The current debates about Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl’s release after a prisoner swap reflect both logic and emotion. Decision making is never effective when it is devoid of either. Pure rationality involves no passion, and totally visceral urges neglect prudence. We need to acknowledge both, and create the synergy where they are most likely to create great outcomes. Facts are important, but so is one’s intuition if that person has been right before. Even in the law, if all things were black and white we wouldn’t need judges and juries, and impersonal robots would present facts instead of persuasive attorneys. I’m emotionally attached to action and speed, but that’s moderated with my understanding of limits and safety.

Monday Morning Perspective: A billion seconds ago it was 1951. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive and walking in Galilee. A billion hours ago no one walked on two feet on earth. And a billion dollars ago was 10.3 hours in Washington, D.C. — Alexander B. Trowbridge, former President, National Association of Manufacturers

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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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