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Entries Tagged as 'Failure'

Learn to Drop Some of the Balls

September 14th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Jugglers know this. Managers and builders should know this. Let the little things fall without over reacting. Jugglers have to do this. They may be a bit off balance, so they let a ball fall to the ground. An alternative is to over react and reach for that one ball and lose […]

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Tags: Failure · Management

Ingenuity or Let’s Try Something

July 24th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips The day we fixed a supercomputer with a cardboard box. I suppose this post has to do with good old American ingenuity or some myth we like to create about ourselves. Regardless of myths and selective memory, this is actually a true story. On the job we had serial number one of […]

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Tags: Computing · Consulting · Failure · Listening

Sexual Harassment: Surprised?

June 5th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Stories of sexual harassment in the technology industry are rampant. Why is anyone surprised? This will be short and bitter. Stories of sexual harassment in the technology industry are rampant. I won’t put links here to representative reports. There are too many from which to choose, and I find them disgusting. Brogrammers. […]

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Tags: Adults · Failure

Please Don’t Take Away My Excuses – part 2 I’ll Have to be Responsible

March 9th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Excuses are great. As long as I have plenty of excuses, I don’t have to take responsibility for my life. I have plenty of excuses why my life isn’t the way it is supposed to be. I have plenty of excuses why my job isn’t what it is supposed to be. Please […]

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Tags: Excuses · Expectations · Failure

Excellent Maintenance or No Maintenance Required

February 20th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Excellent maintenance sometimes indicates a faulty product or service. Sometimes, no maintenance indicates a superior product or service. I first encountered this over 20 years ago. We had purchased similar products from two companies, let’s call them Smith Inc. and Jones Inc. for now. The conversation went something like… “What happens when […]

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Tags: Analysis · Customer · Failure

They Want You to Fail

September 22nd, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Sometimes people give you a task they know you will fail. That is because they want you to fail. Sometimes we are all dysfunctional. In government and business and everything else, sometimes, some persons give tasks to other persons while wanting them to fail. The giver of the impossible task puts the […]

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Tags: Communication · Customer · Failure · Fear