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The Free Solution

September 15th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Designers design solutions. The most despised solution a designer can design is often the one that is free. Designers design solutions to problems. In today’s employment vocabulary, designers are called Solutions Architects. (I find that title an insult to architects and the English language, but that is just me. Anyways…) For this […]

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Tags: Competence · Design · Uncategorized

Not a Good Fit – Part 2

September 12th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips The second major explanation of what “not a good fit” means. Now for the second explanation (the first was in the immediately preceding post). This explanation is a bit more complex. Basically, it is the interviewing organization is mismanaged, a.k.a., they don’t know what they are doing. The interviewing organization is overworked. […]

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Tags: Competence · Culture · Integrity · Management

A Big Step to Higher Quality

September 1st, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips There is a simple step that will push you and yours to produce better goods and services. Want higher quality? Want people to delight in your products? Want to accomplish these and other quality improvement goals without spending any money? Yes, yes, and Y E S! Here it is: Put you name […]

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Tags: Competence · Integrity · Management

Show Some Respect

August 18th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Okay, I’m an old man. Nevertheless, can persons in the workplace show some respect to one another? As I write this, I remain unemployed. There is always hope for a 50-something with a few job skills (advanced degrees, certifications, books published, etc.), but it is tough. One request for those interviewing the […]

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Tags: Competence · Employment · Respect

YAC – Yet Another Certification

July 7th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I receive yet another certification. I just passed yet another exam and received yet another certification. Contrary to advertisements, the exam was full of trick questions and didn’t test knowledge of the subject matter. Nevertheless, that is the certification industry, and it is a big $$$ indu$try. I find it a shame […]

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Tags: Certification · Competence · Education · Learning

Is This a Job Interview or a Consulting Session?

March 3rd, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I have been interviewed for jobs several dozen times in the last three years. Most “interviews” became free consulting sessions. The past three years have not been good for me and working at paying jobs. I am over age and over qualified. At least I soothe my feelings by telling myself these […]

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Tags: Communication · Competence · Consulting · Employment · Expectations · Greed


December 10th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips We never have time to to it right, but we always have time to do it again. The summary above is an old cliche or common sense or something. The trouble with common sense is that it is usually common sense and rarely common practice. (Is that another cliche?) Gosh. How many […]

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Tags: Communication · Competence · Excuses

Being Everyone’s Dad

October 26th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Too often, some of us take on the role of caretaker of everyone around us, i.e., we try to e everyone’s dad. Such is folly. Sometimes, people are struggling at work. No problem. I will step in and H E L P them. I will take care of the problems that seem […]

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Tags: Adults · Competence · Family · Management

Job Title: Stupid Hunter

September 21st, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I’m not sure what the job title is, but every organization needs a person whose job it is to find the stupid that is hindering everyone. I have seen this every place I have worked. Somewhere in the greater organization, people—often smart, loving, caring people—are doing something that is just plain stupid. […]

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Tags: Change · Competence · Consulting · Work

Stolen Garbage

June 16th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Someone stole a copy of the OPM database. That database is full of errors. The thieves might make good money with an algorithm that finds and corrects the errors. Someone recently hacked the OPM database. I am certain that all sorts of good information about me is in that database. I’m not […]

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Tags: Competence · Government · Privacy · Security