Alan Weiss' The Uncomfortable Truth

Alan Weiss' The Uncomfortable Truth

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106: Nominate This
Oct 16 • 7 min
The befuddling hypocritical debates and election process viewed with all dispassion.
105: It’s the Process, Stupid
Oct 9 • 5 min
The government was set up to protect us from others and from ourselves, it appears.
104: The Higher Moral Plane
Oct 2 • 6 min
You can’t turn around these days without someone lecturing you on something.
103: Maybe He Is Too Heavy
Sep 25 • 6 min
He may be my brother or she may be my sister, but we don’t help out like we once did.
102: Logic Ain’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be
Sep 17 • 13 min
Where we examine why the honeybees are smart but dead.
101: Intimacy
Sep 11 • 5 min
Everybody loves somebody sometime. Or, they really should.
100: 100th Podcast
Sep 3 • 8 min
Wherein Alan shares some truths about himself which, he hopes, won’t make you too uncomfortable.
99: Who Can I Turn To?
Aug 27 • 6 min
Despite modern technology and increasingly rapid communications, we’ve become more and more isolated.
98: You Must Capitulate
Aug 20 • 6 min
It’s no longer sufficient to merely win, the other person must LOSE!
97: Political Debates
Aug 14 • 6 min
Pure wind, pandering, and outright lies told with a straight face.
96: Normalcy
Aug 7 • 7 min
How we are told of the exceptions as if they are normal and not told of the normal as if they are exceptions.
95: Free Stuff
Jul 31 • 5 min
Wherein we examine the uncomfortable truth about people and politicians seeking the benefits of free stuff.
94: Screwed Up Priorities
Jul 23 • 5 min
We have the dumbest priorities possible, focusing on the vague and esoteric and not the issues in front of our faces.
93: Talent
Jul 17 • 11 min
Why talent always “outs” except when the conditions don’t allow it or there’s not enough talent.
92: Dig We Must
Jul 9 • 9 min
The Michelangelo Factor and why careers can be works of art if we cull away everything that doesn’t fit our passions and skills.
91: Some Tough Facts About Sales
Jul 3 • 10 min
Arthur Miller today might write about The Death of All Salesmen, because traditional selling is going out of business.
90: Remember This, Not That
Jun 26 • 8 min
Why mastering a spelling bee isn’t at all important and why understanding reasons and relationships is.
89: Scoot
Jun 19 • 6 min
Why progress in personal transportation is questionable, and how personal injury lawyers probably invented it.
88: Mindset
Jun 12 • 7 min
The way you think about your position is the way people will think about you.
87: A Scam Is A Scam Is A Scam
Jun 5 • 5 min
Why Ponzi is alive and well and calling it “multi­level marketing” is just lipstick on a pig
86: Why I Love Italians
May 29 • 6 min
How to allow Italy to seep into your blood.
85: Chicken Little
May 22 • 6 min
The screaming “foul” by the fowl is killing all.
84: Crashing Standards
May 15 • 11 min
Whereby we lower standards in a berserk limbo competition for who can go lowest.
83: The Football Metaphor and Gronk
May 8 • 5 min
Would you let your kids play football today, knowing what you know? Gronk is getting out just hoping it’s not too late.
82: The Absence of Ethics
May 1 • 6 min
With traditional sources trampled, how do we tell right from wrong?
81: The Nature of Hate
Apr 24 • 4 min
How the haters are always inferiors, and always focus on minorities.
80: Vaccinate This
Apr 17 • 5 min
Why rights aren’t absolute and the ignorance of science.
79: The Injustice of It All
Apr 10 • 5 min
Justice is overrated. It’s not what happens to you, it’s what you do about it. Seize control. Carpe diem.
78: Only the Best
Apr 3 • 7 min
Why is it revolutionary and shocking to suggest that NOT everyone deserves a turn at everything and we should focus on the best?
77: A Wrong Turn
Mar 27 • 5 min
Why we’re not sure about which cliff we’re going to drive off because we’ve taken a wrong turn in society.
76: Invective
Mar 20 • 6 min
Episode 76: Invective by Alan Weiss
75: Misproportion
Mar 13 • 9 min
Uncovering where we fail to get the proper return on our energy and how it undermines us.
74: The Art Bluff
Mar 6 • 8 min
Not all art is good. It’s not unethical to point that out, and it’s silly to praise the unwatchable.
73: Blowing Your Own Horn
Feb 27 • 9 min
Why it’s better to march to your own music rather than a distant drummer who’s probably not a very good musician anyway.
72: Officiousness
Feb 20 • 8 min
Why some people behave as though there’s that stick…
71: Affectation Observations
Feb 13 • 6 min
Why carry a cup of coffee INTO a coffee shop?
70: Why I Love Australians
Feb 6 • 4 min
Here are excellent reasons for falling in love with the Antipodes.
69: The Not So Disadvantaged
Jan 30 • 7 min
We are who we decide to be. If you choose to be disadvantaged, then you will be. But we all have choices.
68: Enemies
Jan 23 • 10 min
Why do you see enemies all around us, and why do we think we’re on some exalted height?
67: Greetings
Jan 16 • 8 min
What’s with first impressions? Well, for one thing, you only get one shot at them…
66: But What Are You For?
Jan 9 • 5 min
Political messaging is about what the candidate is against, or how the opponent is a criminal, or what they think about world issues. But what are they actually for?
65: Associations
Jan 2 • 8 min
What if they make you worse instead of better. With whom do you really want to hang out?
64: J’Accuse
Dec 26, 2018 • 8 min
How being guilty until proven innocent is undermining our freedoms and creating fear and loathing.
63: Never Enough
Dec 19, 2018 • 6 min
We mock hoarders, but most of us are caught in a ”never enough” mentality quite similar to them.
62: Retaining and Increasing Power
Dec 12, 2018 • 14 min
The first step is to stop forfeiting power and seize the day.
61: Making America Great Again
Dec 5, 2018 • 15 min
Wherein we try to discover what greatness is and who’s responsible for it, with results that are very frightening.
60: Subcultures
Nov 28, 2018 • 9 min
Why thinking yours is bigger and better than mine won’t get you anywhere.
59: Truth and Consequences
Nov 21, 2018 • 8 min
There is a singular answer to everything you wish to accomplish but you won’t find it with motivational speakers or “The Secret.”
58: If, Then
Nov 14, 2018 • 10 min
There are consequences to everything we do, and we ought to consider them before jumping into action.
57: Cowards
Nov 7, 2018 • 5 min
Why we’re surrounded by so many cowards today and how best to ignore them.
56: Please Press 1 for Intelligent Life
Oct 31, 2018 • 9 min
The ridiculous machinations employed to avoid talking to customers, what number do I press to end it all?
55: The Best of Times
Oct 24, 2018 • 5 min
Are these good times or bad? I clarify the question and provide the answer.
54: Certitude
Oct 17, 2018 • 7 min
We’re absolutely certain, and quite often wrong, because we refuse to listen while we’re so certain.
53: Teachers’ Unions
Oct 10, 2018 • 8 min
When the student isn’t seen as the customer the student isn’t served well, and neither are we.
52: Presentism II
Oct 3, 2018 • 12 min
Was Columbus a good guy or not? Should we play Wagner’s music, even though he was an anti­-Semite? Can you be an outstanding talent and also a lousy person?
51: Who Guards the Guardians?
Sep 26, 2018 • 10 min
Wherein we examine who can curtail the power of those who exert unfair and inappropriate power by dint of their positions.
50: Going Through the Motions
Sep 19, 2018 • 11 min
Why action is often meaningless and words are illusory.
49: Why We Eat Our Young
Sep 12, 2018 • 11 min
The endemic cynicism and pessimism of so many people remind me of alligators who habitually eat their own offspring.
48: Talent and Numbers
Sep 5, 2018 • 8 min
If you don’t have a critical mass, you’re not going to find critical talent.
47: Napoleon Hill and I
Aug 29, 2018 • 10 min
This podcast discusses my indirect association with Napoleon Hill through my old boss, and why thinking alone won’t make you rich.
46: The Humility Myth
Aug 22, 2018 • 7 min
Humility is NOT a desirable trait for professionals because no customer, client, or consumer screams out for a humble surgeon.
45: Who’s That Knocking?
Aug 15, 2018 • 8 min
Awards are a dime a dozen, but acknowledgment can mean all the difference in the world.
44: The Great Fork in the Road
Aug 8, 2018 • 9 min
You can take a fork or ignore a fork, you have to choose a side.
43: The Limits of Technology
Aug 1, 2018 • 9 min
Episode 43: The Limits of Technology by Alan Weiss
42: Negotiating with Time
Jul 25, 2018 • 9 min
Time is a priority, not a resource. You can no more negotiate with it than you can with a hurricane.
41: Introspection
Jul 18, 2018 • 7 min
Why spending time examining who you really are and what your calling is can ruin your life.
40: The Lobster Principle
Jul 11, 2018 • 7 min
How a crustacean can demonstrate positive traits for all of us by being vulnerable.
39: Shut It Down
Jul 4, 2018 • 8 min
Wherein government might be improved if those making the laws were subject to the consequences of those laws.
38: I Suffer, Therefore I Am
Jun 27, 2018 • 9 min
How suffering has become the proof of existence and why we all need to reflect back on Descartes.
37: A Lifetime of Negative Feedback
Jun 20, 2018 • 14 min
How to break out of the martyr role and demand support from those around you.
36: Eradicating History
Jun 13, 2018 • 10 min
How do we deal with cardinal sins and venial sins? Do we take all accusations seriously?
35: Fiji
Jun 6, 2018 • 10 min
Why there is no direct correlation between success and happiness, at least in the Pacific.
34: Damage
May 30, 2018 • 11 min
Don’t default to believing others are damaged or they’ll think the same of you.
33: The Secret
May 14, 2018 • 15 min
The secret of success that is within us but is too often abused instead of used.
32: Presentism
Apr 30, 2018 • 10 min
Why we shouldn’t be applying contemporary beliefs to historical events and we’d be a lot lighter if we put the stones down.
31: Vulgarity
Apr 16, 2018 • 14 min
How we are dulling our senses and ruining our meaning. WARNING: Profanity is used throughout for examples.
30: The Discipline of Learning
Apr 2, 2018 • 10 min
How we’re not preparing our kids for the basic learning that many of us were prepared for in simpler times.
29: Why Are We So Threatened?
Mar 19, 2018 • 15 min
The reasons for and means to escape going through your life defensively and scared.
28: The Sublime Failure
Mar 5, 2018 • 17 min
Fear of failure is fear of living, so let’s come to grips with why we’ve failed and whether it matters or not.
27: Dragged Up The Aisle
Feb 19, 2018 • 13 min
United may have been obvious, but you are being dragged up the aisle daily by a variety of public and private organizations.
26: Driver’s Ed
Feb 5, 2018 • 11 min
Don’t tell me you don’t have any faith when you drive on the highway with people all around you steering deadly weapons.
25: Conspiracies
Jan 22, 2018 • 12 min
Why people see hidden dangers all around them, and why that’s crazy.
24: Bureaucracy
Jan 8, 2018 • 16 min
Learn why too many people focus on the task and not the result, hear about some scary examples, and understand how you can avoid it yourself.
23: The End of the iPhone
Dec 25, 2017 • 11 min
We’re not really using a phone, are we?
22: Agendas
Dec 8, 2017 • 13 min
An ”agenda” is no longer a harmless work aid. Find out why.
21: Believing
Nov 27, 2017 • 10 min
Wherein Alan discusses that we all believe in something, and we’re not random biological mechanisms.
20: Annoying People
Nov 13, 2017 • 13 min
There are annoying people, and we shouldn’t be ashamed to point that out.
19: An F for Public Schools
Oct 27, 2017 • 15 min
The looming societal crisis if we don’t improve our kids’ chances in a broken system.
18: Improving Performance
Oct 13, 2017 • 19 min
How to help others to improve, and how to easily measure performance without surveys, evaluations, and voodoo.
15: Who Loves You?
Oct 4, 2017 • 10 min
Why all of us require unconditional support at times and why it’s so difficult to obtain it.
17: Get Rich Quick
Sep 29, 2017 • 9 min
The uncomfortable truth about “multi-level marketing” and other Ponzi schemes.
16: No You Can’t
Sep 15, 2017 • 14 min
Some lessons in why your telling yourself you can might wind up in finding out why you can’t.
14: Contrarianism
Aug 21, 2017 • 16 min
Why taking an opposite view is a public service and how to do it.
13: Selecting
Aug 8, 2017 • 15 min
We “settle” instead of deliberately choosing what’s best for us, and we need to stop that.
12: Degradation
Jul 23, 2017 • 14 min
How standards begin to erode and what we can do to correct it.
11: Overprotection
Jul 10, 2017 • 12 min
The cosseting of youth, and how it’s leaving them vulnerable in the real world.
10: Overkill
Jun 26, 2017 • 13 min
Pounding away until the point is crushed under the weight of redundancy.
9: Denial
Jun 12, 2017 • 15 min
Why we make ostriches’ behavior in the face of threat seem reasonable.
8: Conservatism
May 29, 2017 • 23 min
Why we are far too timid in our lives and work and how to stop playing a “prevent defense.”
7: The Aggrieved
May 14, 2017 • 17 min
Why whatever you perceive your condition to be does not warrant a vote in Congress or a newscast.
6: Polarization
May 1, 2017 • 15 min
The vast, ignorant error in believing people who disagree with you are stupid.
5: Myths
Apr 16, 2017 • 16 min
A memorial service to the many friends you lost when they went swimming 55 minutes after having lunch.
4: Marketing Magic
Apr 4, 2017 • 20 min
A manifesto on marketing‹and buying‹realities and why usage trumps functionality.
3: Fear Not
Mar 20, 2017 • 22 min
Roosevelt was right, and we ought to stop being frightened by everything that goes bump in the night.
2: Energy
Mar 6, 2017 • 16 min
How the Second Law of Thermodynamics can erode your business and your life if you donÄ…t renew yourself.
1: Control
Feb 20, 2017 • 15 min
How to maximize control of your life and not surrender your future.