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The Folly of the Birth Certificate

August 24th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Basing decisions on a person’s age is a bad practice and always has been. Individual persons are  just that—individual persons. Groups have tendencies. Oh the horror of that statement, but it has some truth behind it. One of the greater follies of this post (post(post)) modern era is that of the “digital […]

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Tags: Culture · Differences · Expectations · Generation Y

Explaining

November 28th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Sometimes, all that is needed is to explain the other people. This may be the most difficult task in the world. Some people just don’t understand some other people. Why not? Because those are other people who are somewhere else. The two groups of people need someone who lives with one group […]

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Tags: Clarity · Communication · Differences · Group · Ideas

Me, and Something from Me

May 9th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Life is much easier when I distinguish myself from things that I produce. I write. I write blog posts, books, magazine articles, and lots of documents at work. People tear up some of the things I write. That can hurt, if I don’t know the difference between me and something I wrote. […]

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Tags: Choose · Communication · Differences · General Systems Thinking

The Difference that Makes a Difference

November 16th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips This is the key to information—what separates just more data from something that enables a good choice. Of course we all want to find this. This is the stuff of basic science that most of us understand. Let’s walk through a silly example: I am gaining weight. Why? I eat 12 hot […]

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Tags: Change · Diet · Differences

That is for Someone Else

February 18th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Let’s be practical, but let’s still try to attain what we wish. When told that something is “for someone else,” question to motives of the person telling you that. I first encountered this practice when I was in high school. I attended a small, rural high school in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana (Loranger […]

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Tags: Change · Choose · Differences

Hyperventilation, Hysteria, and Commitment

November 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Hyperventilation and hysteria are shows of emotion, not commitment. A recent post from Seth Godin reminded me of the above. I have been the victim of the “why aren’t you going berserk?” syndrome over the years. I was once reprimanded for concentrating on performing the work instead of yelling and screaming at […]

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Tags: Choose · Communication · Differences · General Systems Thinking · Reaction

Be the Best – A Misguided Goal

February 20th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips “Be the Best” is a misguided goal because it is based on other people. A few years ago, I worked for a government agency who proclaimed loudly and often that it was the Best fill-in-the-blank agency in the Federal government. I tried in vain to convince people that was a misguided goal. […]

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Tags: Choose · Differences · General Systems Thinking · Success

Preventing “They”

April 15th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips “They are against us” can be prevented. They want to take away our right to… They are coming to get us. They are going to tax us. They are going to do all sorts of harm to us. Whatever the issue, whatever the time, whatever the place, we tend to find ourselves […]

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Tags: Change · Communication · Differences

A Genius of America

September 10th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips America breeds misfits. These people sit in the back of the classroom and laugh. Then they grow up and invent things that no one else imagined. Part of the genius of America is that we breed misfits. These persons sit in the back of the classroom. Some of them laugh all day […]

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Tags: Adapting · Differences · Fun

Some Thoughts from Germany

June 11th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips My wife and I are visiting our son in Germany. Being a good, bad Ugly American, I have thoughts that capture the entire country ( 😉 My youngest son has been teaching English in Ludwigshafen, Germany this school year. Since the year is almost over, my wife and I are visiting him. […]

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Tags: Differences · Family · Vacation