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We Don’t Need Permission…

November 16th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Some of us don’t want to stretch things at work. Stretching can create tension, and tension is, well, tense. It is okay. Go ahead and do it. I wish I remember where I was when I first heard or read the statement, You don’t need permission to do your job well. I […]

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Tags: Change · Management · Permission

and Why Not

November 9th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips We can’t do this, too. Why not? Let’s do one thing each day that moves us towards that. This is the kind of thing that Seth Godin writes. I don’t write this kind of thing. And why not? I don’t know how to do it I’d be stealing from him It isn’t […]

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Tags: Change · Decide

Change and the Doorway

October 19th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips The arrival and departure of persons has a major influence on who we are and what we do. Every person who walks in the door changes the organization. The same is true for every person who walks out the door—they change the organization. Every entering and departing person changes who we are […]

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Tags: Change · People

Formative Years, Reformative Years

October 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Most of us have been through our formative years. How about doing it again? The formative years are… we walk in new we soak in things we are growing without realizing it This may be high school, may be college, may be our first job, may be our first professional job. We […]

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Tags: Change · Learning

Forward to the Past

August 10th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Once again, our new “technology” brings us back to where we started a few decades ago. Recently… I walk into Starbucks. And there is a long line. So I sit in my usual spot and start my Internet work. I order my coffee and bagel on my phone. Five minutes into work […]

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Tags: Change · Childhood · Choose · Technology

I’m Right versus I’m Learning

July 17th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips A problem with being right is that learning tends to cease. There is a problem with being right or being on the right side in many senses of the phrase: learning tends to cease or at least greatly decrease. Consider what I used to tell boys when I coached them in various […]

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Tags: Change · Learning

Those Darned First Impressions

July 6th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips It is usually my loss when I form a first impression of another person. “You only have one chance to make a first impression.” Blah, blah, blah, and on we go. Most of the cliches about first impressions tend to put the burden of work on the new person trying to make […]

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Tags: Adapting · Change

Change and Improve (as long as…)

May 15th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips We will change and improve the situation to improve our products and services to better satisfy our customers…as long as… Change for the good is good. Hey, it is great. Notice, I am writing about change that IS going to improve our situation and WILL help us better satisfy our customers. I […]

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Tags: Adapting · Adults · Change · Management

The Reframe or Perhaps We have this all Backwards

May 8th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips One of the more beneficial techniques I have learned is how to reframe a situation or turn it around backwards or upside down. Is it (1) the donors aren’t giving enough money or (2) the leaders aren’t inspiring the donors. I hate my boss, so I should (1) become my own boss […]

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Tags: Change · Communication · Consulting · Reframe

In the Mirror

March 20th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I have seen this in people often, especially when looking in the mirror. Not off to a good start, but let’s try to pull something useful from this. We all tend to do what we like and avoid what we don’t like. Not surprising. I like ice cream. I hate paper cuts. […]

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Tags: Adults · Change · Choose · Employment