Balancing Act: The Newsletter

(No. 257, January 2021)

Balancing act is in four sections this month:

  1. Techniques for Balance 
  2. The Human Condition: Adaptation
  3. Musings
Techniques For Balance

Well, we’ve all been through a hell of a nine months or more. There’s an old saying: The good thing about having your arm twisted is that it feels so good when they stop.

Keep these probabilities in mind for balance:

1. There is no old normal or new normal. There is ongoing adaptation. No one returned to the horse once automobiles were invented, and they keep making better automobiles.

2. You have more stamina, resilience, and adaptivity than you think.

3. Helping others helps yourself.

4. About 25% of every business will be permanently changed in my view.

5. We’ve seen horrible decision making in too many cases, from government leaders to medical experts, from corporate executives to academic presidents. The nature of a person’s title or zeros on their paycheck does not make them in any way superior to the rest of us.

6. There has been a terrible medical death toll, but also an equally terrible economic death toll.

7. A business rebirth is coming, in the next few months, all the signs point that way. You need to be preparing to participate in it and take advantage of it or it will bury you.

The Human Condition

Instead of looking forward with amazingly short-lived resolutions, why don’t we look back in introspection? Over the past year:

• Did you begin, work on, and/or finish that book you’ve been considering forever?

• Have you launched new value that can be delivered in a remote and virtual environment?

• Did you improve your relationships with family members, friends, and/or colleagues?

• Have you increased your savings and put cash aside?

• Have you offered help or volunteered?

• Did you contribute financially to a good cause, no matter how modestly?

• Did you read more widely, learn things beyond business, such as history, biographies, science, and fiction?

• Have you been more forgiving, trying to see opinions, calmly expressed, which are other than yours as different and not necessarily inferior, and the holders of those opinions as equals?

• Did you engage in the arts, through virtual performances or broadcast performances?

• Do you feel better supported and have you made others feel better supported?

• Are you more appreciative of life today than a year ago?


Wherever you are in the world, what’s next?

Not a bad question for January 1.

A fundamental learning point for me, and it’s certainly not new, is that we have to control what we’re capable of controlling and stop bemoaning what we can’t control. There’s a horrible phenomenon that develops whereby we can’t control something really important (e.g., travel or gatherings) so we cede control on things that are also important and we can control (helping our kids with schooling, assisting others, engaging in personal interests).

Tough times exacerbate the positive and the negative. In other words, people who are normally optimistic and positive—who perform well and provide good service—continue to do so and stand out like beacons in the night. People who are pessimistic and negative—who are nasty at 7 am and resentful of customers—become outright antagonistic. Some of our delivery people I tip quite well at Christmas, and some I want to turn Bentley loose on.

Forget about dumb resolutions. Who are you going to be over the next 364 days? I didn’t ask “What will you be doing?” or “What do you want to accomplish?” I asked “Who are you going to be?” Will you be a light for others or a whine in the dark?

Every day sees a new page in the book of our lives. “Legacy” isn’t something that occurs when we die. It’s created daily. The question is this: Is that new page blank, or the same one as yesterday, or is someone else writing it—or are you writing something new, growing daily?

Life is not some search for meaning that someone else has found. Life is about the creation of meaning for yourself.

I’ve seen too many people who are merely bystanders to their own lives.

Take control. If not now, when?

Only Read This if You Know Me Well

When I formed my own company, my New Jersey attorney sent me a message to provide him with three names. I didn’t know why, so I sent back Danielle, Jason, and Buck, my two kids and my dog.

He then called me. “I’m looking for company names, and I need three in case the others are already in use. Or do you want to name your company ‘Buck’?” I live in Summit, so I became Summit Consulting Group.

Good thing I didn’t live in Mediocre, NJ.

Development Opportunities
The Coming Business Renaissance

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Join me for the second virtual college, over three mornings, January 26-28. We’ll have group exercises, role plays, case studies, and great interaction. I can only accept a limited number of people. Use this opportunity to help launch you into the emerging economy with new energy and new techniques. If not now, when?

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Contact Alan


MacKay CEO Forums: My long-time client and colleague, Nancy MacKay, is seeking additional chairs for her vast network which provides virtual meetings for business owners and executives. The chairs, while continuing to run their own businesses, also facilitate these meetings periodically, and gain exposure to potential clients by also addressing the groups and becoming known within the network. Here’s a video conversation with me and Nancy with more information. You can reach Nancy for further discussions here: [email protected]. Just mention that I sent you to receive a quick response.

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