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Entries from November 2012

Flip Flopping to Extremes

November 29th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I have observed people change their mind from one extreme to another. Is there a name for this behavior? I have observed something about people and I am searching for a name for this behavior. I have observed this across decades, organizations, and areas of endeavor. Here is how it goes: Consultant: […]

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Tags: Communication · Culture · General Systems Thinking · Observation · People

Selecting Our Teachers

November 26th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Everyday I select a few teachers. Note, no one else selects them for me. It is all my selection. As with most aspects of life, there are good and bad points here. We all have teachers – people from whom we learn things. Tiny, rural Loranger High School graduated me a few […]

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Tags: Choose · Learning

Six-Word Stories

November 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I try to write a few six-word stories and learn a few things. I have heard about six-word stories and stories written with only a few words. Okay, enough thinking and waiting; here are a few attempts. The window broke; I jumped out. I woke, he died, me too. The grandchildren visited. […]

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Tags: Communication · Thinking · Writing

Working Fast

November 19th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Embarrassed but harangued, I reveal how I do some things on the computer so darn fast. I am not enjoying writing this post. It is about how I manage to do things quickly on the computer. As odd as it sounds (to me at least), people accuse me of working too quickly […]

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Tags: Employment · Work

A Look at Explain Everything

November 15th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I look at a $3 program that enables making video explanations using the iPad. Two days in a row, I bump into a presentation program. This time it is called Explain Everything. It costs $2.99 and runs on the iPad. In the program, you create a few “slides” which become the background […]

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Tags: Communication · Technology

A Look at Prezi

November 12th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Following the suggestion of several friends, I take a look at Prezi – a new(er) presentation-making application. Several friends hit me recently with, “prezi prezi prezi.” First, I didn’t understand what they were saying. Second, I didn’t know how to spell what they were saying. I can’t mimick their pronunciation in my […]

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Tags: Communication · Technology

Excuses, Adults, and Children

November 8th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Children use excuses. Adults speak candidly. Children love to use convenient excuses. Adults state what is actually happening. Some people call that being “blunt” or “candid.” I tend to like “candid.” Convenient excuses allow us to “be nice” and talk around situations instead of facing them. Candor, however, exposes the real issue […]

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Tags: Choose · Communication · Culture

Hurricane Sandy

November 5th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Hurricane Sandy missed the Virginia suburbs of Washington D.C. Still, we lost power for 20 hours. Here are a few things to have to help get by. The hurricane hit the New York area much harder than the Washington D.C. area. Still, we lost power in my house for about 20 hours. […]

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Tags: Family

Citations in Different Styles

November 1st, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I find a web site that will create citations in different styles. I have blogged before about citing references in the APA style. I recently found a web site that creates citations for you in APA style as well as other styles. The site is called Son of Citation Machine. I guess […]

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Tags: Writing