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Silence is Agreement (not)

July 28th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Sometimes we operate our meetings and our groups with stupid, unspoken rules. Silence is agreement This is one of the things I was told as a much younger person on the job. If I didn’t object loudly in a meeting, I had agreed. Really? Says who? What was that about? I suppose […]

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Tags: Communication · Meetings

Not Deciding, Just Talking (Learning)

December 24th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Some of the more productive things to do in a group of persons is to talk through scenarios. No decisions, just learning. I am a decider. I think the term from Myer-Briggs is “Judging.” Present the alternatives, decide, move on. That is what I do. There are times, however, when it is […]

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Tags: Communication · Meetings

The Most Important Five Minutes of My Day

December 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Five minutes of quiet thought. Each morning, at the end of Internet viewing and blogging and before I “go to work,” I sit for five quiet minutes and drink coffee. I stare into space. I am not wasting time. It is an investment, one of the sharpening-the-saw moments from a self-help best-selling […]

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Tags: Breathe · Clarity · Meetings · Process

A Job for One

October 19th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Sometimes we should assign one person. We already know that, so why don’t we do it? There is some old cliche about too many cooks in the kitchen or too many cooks stirring the pot or something. There is a a current cliche about too many people in the room I head […]

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Tags: Choose · Fear · Management · Meetings · People · Work

The Meeting is Over

August 10th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips The meeting is over. Hereafter, we are having a friendly chat.

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Tags: Management · Meetings


April 9th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips We all say that we are people of integrity. But are we? I hate to write this blog post. I know I hate to do it because I have been meaning to write it for seven or eight years, but still haven’t done it. Well, here goes. We like to say that […]

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Tags: Integrity · Management · Meetings · Observation

The Purpose of Most Meetings

February 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Contrary to management theory, meetings are not about (1) information or (2) decision. They are about nice people in a nice setting. I had always been taught that there are two types of meetings: ones in which the group decided something ones in which information was provided to the group Hearing those […]

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Tags: Magic · Management · Meetings

The Bologna Environment

April 24th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I’ve heard people in meetings tell me stuff that was just pure bologna. Then I had to ask myself why I created an environment where people told me bologna instead of the truth. I once managed a project where an engineer stood in a meeting and explained that a hardware part had […]

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Tags: Communication · Management · Meetings


March 27th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I build my own little LibraryBox2. I stumbled across this project recently and, since I am fascinated by libraries and distributing content, decided to try to build one. I am not good at this sort of thing, but why not try it? It worked! I have my own LibraryBox2 (see photo). LibraryBox […]

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Tags: Communication · Internet · Library · Meetings · Technology · Wikipedia

So-and-so Won’t Attend

September 5th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips That one person won’t be attending today. Everyone sighs in relief. What does that tell us? I’ve attended more meetings than most people. I have 28 years of government work to thank for that. There was almost always one or a few people scheduled to attend the meeting that I was happier […]

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Tags: Fear · Meetings · People