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Entries from November 2017

We Don’t Need Permission…

November 16th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Some of us don’t want to stretch things at work. Stretching can create tension, and tension is, well, tense. It is okay. Go ahead and do it. I wish I remember where I was when I first heard or read the statement, You don’t need permission to do your job well. I […]

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Tags: Change · Management · Permission

Great Ideas

November 13th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Great ideas are all about us. We just have to notice. Sometimes we have to assign someone to be the notice-er. There is something I have noticed about great ideas, i.e., the ideas that make our days better and make it easier to sleep at night: Great ideas come from unexpected places […]

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Tags: Ideas

and Why Not

November 9th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips We can’t do this, too. Why not? Let’s do one thing each day that moves us towards that. This is the kind of thing that Seth Godin writes. I don’t write this kind of thing. And why not? I don’t know how to do it I’d be stealing from him It isn’t […]

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Tags: Change · Decide

Let’s Draw a Picture

November 6th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips An old technique that always surfaces confusion and moves us towards clarity. Me: Let’s draw a picture of this so I can understand it better. Person A: We don’t need to waste time with that. We all know what it is. …a little while later… Person A: See, we set it up […]

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Tags: Analysis · Communication · Learning

An Interaction Exercise

November 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Here is a simple exercise you can use with your team to learn something about how well you work together. Step 1: Get a deck of playing cards. Step 2: Hand every person on your team some cards. Hand some person a couple of cards and hand some persons a dozen cards. […]

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Tags: Communication · Consulting · Group · Management · Meetings