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The Aspirin Illusion

September 10th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I’m caught in the aspirin illusion yet again. When will I learn? The suppression of pain instead of the eradication of the disease for which the pain is a warning. Gerald M. Weinberg Here is my story… I had headaches in the mornings. I took Excedrin extra strength, migraine, etc. which is […]

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Tags: Adapting · Clarity · Health

Don’t Try so Hard

January 26th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I try hard at everything. Sometimes I try hard too much. <start advice> Slow down. Back away. Breathe. Drink a cup of coffee. Relax. Take a nap. Find your own little zen thing that helps you to not try so hard. <end advice>

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Tags: Breathe · Choose · Coffee · Health · Problems · Process · Thinking · Time

Watching Competence Evaporate

August 4th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Competence evaporates when we are upset. There are some things we can do to work our way back to competence, but they are not easy. I recently watched a group of otherwise competent people behave in a most incompetent manner. They had an excellent excuse as they were under great emotional stress. […]

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Tags: Breathe · Competence · Health · Judgment

Not Becoming Involved

December 26th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Give yourself permission to not be involved with an argument, especially an argument between another person and yourself. I have often seen people argue. The vast majority of the time, I told myself: I won’t become involved in that argument. In essense, I give myself permission to stay out of a discussion […]

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Tags: Communication · Health · Problems

Healing and Sick People

October 10th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Sick people are harder to heal than healthy people. That sure makes everything more difficult, but that seems to be reality. Have you ever noticed that sick people are harder to heal than people who are well? Sick people have many problems. Those problems interact with one another in complex and often […]

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Tags: General Systems Thinking · Health · Problems

The Weight Factor

August 15th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Can you measure a manager’s good-ness by the weight of the people being managed? I contend that you can. First, a little story: I was eating lunch with Rob. Now that he had moved to a new job, he ate lunch in the cafeteria everyday. In his previous job, he rarely ate […]

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Tags: Health · Management

The Driver’s License and Alcohol

March 4th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips It seems odd that to purchase alcohol a person must show they have a license to operate a motor vehicle. There are things in society that seem odd to me. One is the relationship we have established between obtaining alcohol and having a license to operate a motor vehicle. If you want […]

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Tags: Culture · General Systems Thinking · Health · Judgment · Logic

The Healthy Skeptic

January 10th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Don’t believe things at first. Be skeptical, but maintain your health. I haven’t blogged on this topic before, and that is sort of surprise.  I used to have a job where I told people that being a healthy skeptic was one of the better things you could be. In that job, people […]

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Tags: Health

Lurking in the Hall

October 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips In the hall, in the dark corners that cannot be seen by humans, lurks a monster. We, or us, know the monster. It goes by the name “they” or “them.” I suppose this post goes under the category of “something that happens almost daily when ‘we’ talk about our problems.” Someone is […]

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Tags: Communication · Health · People · Work

Eat, Rest, Work

October 1st, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Some simple life advice: eat, rest, work – in that order. Fatigue is a killer to accomplishing anything; hunger is a killer to accomplishing anything. Trying to accomplish anything while tired and hungry? Not much chance of accomplishing anything positive while a very high chance of accomplishing a mess. When I am tired, […]

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Tags: Breathe · Choose · Health