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Entries from April 2013

What do You Mean by That?

April 29th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips The English language has generated to where any word can mean almost anything. I have to ask. We are going to emphasize X. My first reaction is, “what do you mean when you say X?” X can be just about anything: small large speed quality size Yes, short, one-syllable words have been […]

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Tags: Communication

Let’s Simplify: Writing a Plan

April 25th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Let’s return to basics and discuss the aspects of a plan. I love it when a plan comes together – that guy on the A-Team TV show This is one of those blog posts that I am embarrassed to write. Surely everyone already knows this one, right? Wrong. I wish I had […]

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Tags: Planning · Writing

The War Against the Sensors

April 22nd, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Recent backlash against Google Glass is the first round in the war against the sensors. Is the first round, however, too late? The war has already been lost. Google Glass has not reached the public, but it has already been banned from here and there. The Glass wearer has a a video […]

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Tags: Fear · Greed · Privacy · Technology

It’s Interstate All the Way

April 18th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Whatever the era, we have our phrases that indicate convenience. And we crave convenience. When I was a kid, way back in the 60s of the 20th century, my family took long trips in the car. The “worst thing in the world” was to be driving a curvy, two-lane road. You would […]

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Tags: Culture · Expectations

Preventing “They”

April 15th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips “They are against us” can be prevented. They want to take away our right to… They are coming to get us. They are going to tax us. They are going to do all sorts of harm to us. Whatever the issue, whatever the time, whatever the place, we tend to find ourselves […]

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Tags: Change · Communication · Differences

Go to Their Place

April 11th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips To work with other persons, establish trust. One technique is to go to their place and show a genuine interest in them as a person. Someone asked me recently about how I would influence other people in an inter-department project. My reply was: establish trust Of course, the next question was, “How?” […]

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Tags: Communication · People · Work

Don’t Have It? Don’t Mention It

April 8th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips A review of remedial communication: if you don’t have the explanation and data about something, don’t mention it. I am embarrassed to write about this, but I feel compelled as I see mature people tripping over this often. Way back in high school (it was the 1970s), us young, impressionable, and not-so-bright […]

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Tags: Communication

Interesting or Stupid?

April 4th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Sometimes a fiasco provides an excellent learning opportunity as we can study the group dynamics that led smart people to a stupid place. Then again, the fiasco may just be yet another example of stupidity. “That’s fascinating!” That may be a nice way of saying, “How could a group of such smart […]

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Tags: Culture · Meetings · Problems · Work

One Thing, Then Another

April 1st, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips My technique for accomplishing a lot of tasks in a day or any arbitrary period of time. It was more than 30 years ago, (yes, I am that old), I was someplace a long ways from here. I was standing at the entrance to a storeroom. Metal shelves lined the walls of […]

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