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Entries from April 2009

Nothing You (probably) Haven’t Heard Before

April 27th, 2009 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Blogs can be repetitious. Don’t bloggers tire of writing the same thing? No, they don’t. Each blogger is writing what she writes for the first time. I find much good in that. A reporter asks a clergyman, “What are you going to say to that family whose house just burned to the […]

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Tags: Blog · Writing

Death of Newspapers – the Microprocessor

April 20th, 2009 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Has the Internet killed the newspaper? It has helped, but the microprocessor is more important. What else contributed to the death of the newspaper. How about the good old microprocessor? Tremendous power in a small, inexpensive package. Twenty-five years ago, I could read the news online via CompuServe. At the time I […]

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Tags: Technology

Working for Bad Managers

April 16th, 2009 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Managers are everywhere. The vast majority of them perform their jobs poorly. Still, we work for these bad managers. Why? I am reading a manuscript written by Johanna Rothman on managing project portfolios. I expect this to be a fine book when published. It is for people who have more work than […]

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Tags: Management · Multitasking

A Lack of Urgency (Energy)

April 13th, 2009 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Most meetings are a waste of time and most meetings are conducted by educated, intelligent, and accomplished people. These contradictions fit when I realized that the people conducting the worthless meetings simply didn’t have the energy to make them worthwhile. I needed another tact besides sighing and suffering. I have sat in […]

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Tags: Change · Management · Meetings

Without my Attention

April 9th, 2009 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips As a manager, I once believed that life could not occur without my presence. I killed myself to be at everything. I learned that was false. This was a blow to my ego that I was around people who were competent enough to work without me. The biggest college basketball game of […]

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Tags: Management · Observation · People

Just In Time Technology

April 7th, 2009 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Kids today. They do new things at dizzying speeds. Sometimes it is a big waste of time, but sometimes it is quite productive. They are entering the work force in droves, so be ready. Yesterday 6AM – I wake my son. He wanted to ask me something about headphones, so he left […]

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Tags: Change · Generation Y · Technology

In Praise of the Humble Subroutine

April 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

By Dwayne Phillips I had to explain the concept of a subroutine in a computer program. The humble subroutine is a type of a module in a system. Modules in systems are wonderful devices. Often, however, we forget about them and how to use them well. Now and then, a fundamental concept comes back to […]

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Tags: Programming · Technology