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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

My Customer and Me, and Our Difficult Problems

April 28th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips When confronted with a difficult situation with a difficult customer, it is often better to step back and ask a few fundamental questions. The setting: I am a developer. I am building a system for a customer. The work is going poorly. We seem to make progress on some days, but most […]

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Tags: Problems · Reframe · Work

Descriptions and Predictions

March 17th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips A description portrays what is now; a prediction estimate what may come. Sometimes we confuse the two at our peril. Some words are predictions. We use to them to portray our estimate of the future. Few of us are satisfactory as predictors of the future even though most of us think we […]

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Tags: Communication · Estimation · Expectations · General Systems Thinking · Reframe

Hurry Up and Wait – Reframe

May 21st, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips It seems we still do this old time waster – hurry up and wait. Let’s try to reframe it into something more productive and creative. I am writing this blog while waiting. I had been working feverishly on something and completed the task. Now…well, you know… Hurry up and wait Let’s see […]

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Tags: Change · Choose · Reframe

Knowing Something

July 28th, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I find that there are three levels of knowing something. (1) understanding (2) using (3) explaining. Take care when assuming more than we know. I know a lot of things (there are many more things that I don’t know, but that is another matter). Over the years, I have been privileged to […]

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Tags: Communication · Learning · Reframe · Work

Dependably Undependable

November 18th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Some people are undependable. Most of the time, I can choose to work with them or not. My choice can tell me much about myself. I know people who fit the title of this post. If they tell me they will be someplace at nine o’clock, I am almost certain they will […]

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Tags: Adapting · Choose · Differences · Excuses · Learning · People · Reframe

More Difficult People, Reframing, and Changing Me

September 6th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips In an earlier post, I discussed difficult people and reframing statements. Once again, I meet a difficult person. Once again, I can choose how frame the situation, and once again I can choose how to live and work. I worked with a different set of people this week. Some of those people […]

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Tags: Change · Choose · Reframe · Work

Gifts vs Contracts

May 20th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips There is a difference between gifts and contracts. Givers often confuse the two. I just read several blog posts and comments about giving money to “poor” people only to see them half an hour later buying lottery tickets with the money. They givers were incensed as the poor had promised to buy […]

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Tags: Expectations · Ideas · People · Reframe

Clearing the Mind of Distractions

May 13th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Frenzied paralysis – so many things in my mind that I cannot do any of them. I make a list to clear my mind and move from paralysis to action. I can’t think. Well, that’s not true. I guess the problem is that I am thinking too much. Well, that is not […]

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Tags: Design · Ideas · Journal · Magic · Notebook · Reframe · Systems · Writing

Reframing the Future

March 11th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips One task which many of us either choose or have thrust upon us is predicting the future. We usually perform this task poorly. An aid to declaring “the future will be thus” is reframing with a few introductory words. The future will be awful. There is no way out of this. We […]

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Tags: Reframe · Systems · Writing