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Grow Your Own Food (not, but)

December 11th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips There are a long list of things we could try that would not work, but there may be side benefits for trying. A recent article highlighted what some call agri-hoods where people are trying to live an agriculture life in the outer suburbs. Yes, they are going to grow their own food. […]

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Tags: Learning · Notice · Observation

Scope and Influence

November 20th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Regardless of the size and scope of an organization, we all have to opportunity to learn from and pass along learnings to the few persons we meet each day. Naive? Perhaps, but worth a try. I currently work for an organization that has over 100,000 persons in it. Of course that size […]

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Tags: Influence · Learning

Let’s Draw a Picture

November 6th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips An old technique that always surfaces confusion and moves us towards clarity. Me: Let’s draw a picture of this so I can understand it better. Person A: We don’t need to waste time with that. We all know what it is. …a little while later… Person A: See, we set it up […]

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Tags: Analysis · Communication · Learning

Say it Aloud First (in a safe place)

October 16th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Advice on preparing to bring a concept to others. I have a great idea! I have a informed observation! I have something that others should hear or read! It’s obviously worthwhile. What should I do first? Say it aloud (in a safe place). There is something about saying the words aloud that […]

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Tags: Communication · Ideas · Learning

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

The Hostile and Friendly Audiences

August 28th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips A speaker can lead an accepting or friendly audience just about anywhere. Hostile audiences, however, can uncover holes in thought. I recommend the questioning group—especially when the stakes are high. It was a senior-level course in Electrical Engineering. The teacher, I can’t recall his name, but I do remember that he didn’t […]

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Tags: Adults · Learning · Questions

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

Best Schools, Less Ruin

June 26th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips The best schools: do they teach any better or simply ruin fewer students? Ah, here is yet another list of the best schools (this one is about computer science). I didn’t attend any of these as I could not afford it. Rich kids go to these schools. Their rich parents’ extraordinary tuition […]

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Tags: Education · Learning

Agile and the Kitchen

June 19th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips In which I consider what happens in a kitchen and ask, “what was it those guys with the manifesto invented?” For years, my wife has managed kitchens in all-volunteer organizations. For years before that, my wife’s mother did the same. Consider the situation: There is unprepared food There is an end-state—prepared food […]

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Tags: Adapting · Adults · Agility · Learning · Observation

Artificial Intelligence and Other Misused Terms

June 15th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I realize that my plea won’t do any good, but could we please use the right terms in describing “artificial intelligence?” Everybody is doing artificial intelligence (AI) these days. Really? Consider… Artificial intelligence Deep Learning Machine Learning Neural Networks Pattern Recognition The vast majority of what people call AI today is really […]

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Tags: Computing · Learning · Technology