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Entries from October 2017

Don’t Try Too Hard

October 30th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Sometimes we simply try too hard when applying what we already know in small doses suffices. It happened again the other day at work… I needed to know something that I didn’t know. I rushed about frantically screaming to the moon, which is hard to do in the middle of a sunny […]

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Tags: Adults · Breathe · Group · Health · Thinking

Thank You Fake News and Social Media, We Needed a New Excuse

October 26th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Why disdain fake news and social media? Let’s embrace it for what it gives us—a new excuse. I recently learned that fake news on social media controls the world. All money flows in a direction it flows because it is directed by fake news. All elections are won by fake news purveyors. […]

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Tags: Communication · Excuses

The Play (Project) Isn’t Over

October 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips The most important decision about a project may be when we say, “It is over.” Watching college (semi- or mostly-professional) football this weekend. Several times today I see a 19 to 21-year old score a touchdown and in great glee make enough of the wrong motions to be flagged for excessive celebration […]

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Tags: Clarity · Decide · Management

Change and the Doorway

October 19th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips The arrival and departure of persons has a major influence on who we are and what we do. Every person who walks in the door changes the organization. The same is true for every person who walks out the door—they change the organization. Every entering and departing person changes who we are […]

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Tags: Change · People

Say it Aloud First (in a safe place)

October 16th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Advice on preparing to bring a concept to others. I have a great idea! I have a informed observation! I have something that others should hear or read! It’s obviously worthwhile. What should I do first? Say it aloud (in a safe place). There is something about saying the words aloud that […]

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Tags: Communication · Ideas · Learning

Outsiders and Risk on Projects

October 12th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips We review A fundamental of project planning, execution, and incurring risk. Risk is the answer to the question, “What could possibly go wrong?” The answer is, “Many things could go wrong.” Some of the possible wrong, however, is avoidable. We can prepare better and ensure we do better. The key word in […]

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Tags: Management · Risk

Wiring America, Again, and Again

October 9th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Once again, we march into the future doing the same thing we did in the past. And it isn’t a bad thing to repeat. There was a time when a President and Vice President of America were doing a photo opportunity “wiring” a school. They were pulling Ethernet cables through conduit so […]

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Tags: America · Technology · Uncategorized

Replace the Weak Link

October 5th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips What do you do with a person who isn’t doing their job, but seems to do other things? Fire him. He admits he doesn’t know how to do all the things you want him to do. He admits that he just doesn’t learn fast and will take along time to do the […]

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Tags: Management

Formative Years, Reformative Years

October 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Most of us have been through our formative years. How about doing it again? The formative years are… we walk in new we soak in things we are growing without realizing it This may be high school, may be college, may be our first job, may be our first professional job. We […]

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Tags: Change · Learning