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Errors and Omissions

Errors and Omissions

Episode 259 | September 29, 2022

Errors and Omissions

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Alan Weiss PhD

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Alan Weiss is one of those rare people who can say he is a consultant, speaker, and author and mean it.

His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients such as Merck, Hewlett-Packard, GE, Mercedes-Benz, State Street Corporation, Times Mirror Group, The Federal Reserve, The New York Times Corporation, Toyota, and over 500 other leading organizations. He has served on several boards of directors in various capacities.

His prolific publishing includes over 500 articles and 60 books, including his best-seller, Million Dollar Consulting (from McGraw-Hill) now in its 30th year and sixth edition. His newest is Your Legacy is Now: Life is not about a search for meaning but the creation of meaning (Routledge, 2021). His books have been on the curricula at Villanova, Temple University, and the Wharton School of Business, and have been translated into 15 languages.

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Show Notes

  • Mistakes are unavoidable, whether from habit, being ill-advised, or changes in our understanding. They are inevitable and can’t be completely avoided. But we can learn from them.
  • Pluto is a planet. No, it isn’t. Red meat is bad for you. No, it isn’t. Smoking low tar cigarettes is not as bad a health risk. Yes, it is. “New Math” improves kids’ learning. No, not even close.
  • We need to learn to apologize, atone, show remorse, fix what we can, and move on. We can’t dwell on errors or we’d never be able to move. (Errors are a close cousin to sin.)
  • The culprit here is fear. If we’re afraid we will tend to remain silent instead of saying what’s needed, and say something instead of remaining silent which is what’s needed.
  • If we are “vulnerable” and open to hearing trusted feedback about our errors, we will not only be able to better correct them now and avoid them in the future, but also to grow consistently.
  • Learn why Alan prohibits “drive-by bragging.”

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Alan Weiss’s The Uncomfortable Truth® is a weekly broadcast from “The Rock Star of Consulting,” Alan Weiss, who holds forth with his best (and often most contrarian) ideas about society, culture, business, and personal growth. His 60+ books in 12 languages, and his travels to, and work in, 50 countries contribute to a fascinating and often belief-challenging 20 minutes that might just change your next 20 years.

Introduction to the show recorded by Connie Dieken

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