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Fake News (and our misguided efforts to stop it)

July 27th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Let’s take a breath and pause regarding all this “stop fake news.” We have to stop fake news. It is ruining civilization. It ruined an election. It is wreaking havoc around the world. Come on everyone, when you see fake news, label it, punish it, eradicate it. Well, perhaps some pause is […]

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Tags: Communication · Fable

The History-Story Gap

July 14th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips There is often a gap between our history and our story about our history. I suppose, since most of us are not famous, that is okay. We have experiences—those comprise our history. Then we tell people a story about those experiences. Sometimes the stories enhance the histories. Barack Obama has some doozies. […]

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Tags: Communication · Excuses · Fable · Family · Security · Teaching

The Power of Collaboration (or is it just silly?)

February 18th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I repeat an old, old story. Does it illustrate the power of collaboration or is it just another old, silly story that we tell children to have them behave? The old story… There was a farmer who grew excellent quality corn. Every year he won the award for the best grown corn. […]

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Tags: Culture · Fable · Trust

Wasting Time and Wasting Time

January 28th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Sometimes the best use of time is wasting it and the most wasteful use of time is working hard. Here is a story I heard many years ago: Story Two computer programmers came to work. They both worked hard and programmed for six straight hours to the point of exhaustion. The first […]

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Tags: Fable · Fatigue · Work

Service as a Service

June 25th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillip The whatever-as-a-service has gotten a bit out of hand. I have lost track of where we are in the world of XaaS. Software as a Service was one of the early ones for me. Then I heard of Infrastructure as a Service (does that mean rebuilding roads and bridges? Perhaps not.) I […]

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Tags: Fable · Fun · Play

The Tooth Fairy

April 21st, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips The tooth fairy does not exist. No amount of wishing, hoping, dreaming, and whatever it is that children do when a baby tooth falls from their mouth, will change that fact. Sometimes – many times – adults at work wish there is a tooth fairy and we wish we can just jump […]

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Tags: Fable · Problems · Thinking · Work

Grand Canyon Rafting – 01 The Bench and the Bridge

July 7th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips From June 28th through July 3rd, I had the privilege of being on a raft on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. This was part of a family trip “for the guys.” On a trip put together by my father-in-law Allan, his two sons, me (a son in law), my three […]

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Tags: Fable · Grand Canyon · Vacation · Wikipedia

The Fable of the Watermelon Monsters

March 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Bringing about change in a group of people is perhaps the most difficult task anyone can undertake. An old fable sheds light on one technique for encouraging change. I wish I knew the origin of this little fable. I hope that I relay it well enough. Anyways, here goes: Once upon a […]

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Tags: Change · Culture · Fable · Learning · Management · People