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Don’t Try so Hard

January 26th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I try hard at everything. Sometimes I try hard too much. <start advice> Slow down. Back away. Breathe. Drink a cup of coffee. Relax. Take a nap. Find your own little zen thing that helps you to not try so hard. <end advice>

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Tags: Breathe · Choose · Coffee · Health · Problems · Process · Thinking · Time

Want Time to Think?

June 30th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips If you want time alone to think, do something distasteful to your colleagues. They will leave you alone. A few years ago I was in a job where we had a small refrigerator of soft drinks in the office. One thing that comes from such is that someone has to refill the […]

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Tags: Thinking · Time

Jumpcut – A Wonderful Tool

February 24th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I sing the praises of Jumpcut: a little clipboard buffer for OS X. I do a lot of copying and pasting on my computer. That saves me untold hours of time typing. It also saves me from making data entry errors. I use Jumpcut: a little clipboard buffer for OS X. It […]

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Tags: Technology · Time

Time and Change

August 2nd, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Change in people (and what other type of change is interesting enough to consider?) takes time. Plan for it. Change takes time as people just don’t change quickly. Sometimes in an emergency we change quickly, but who wants to face an emergency? Here is a true story. I was working on the […]

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Tags: Change · Management · Time

Contemplative Writing

March 1st, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Contemplative writing is a valuable practice. It is far more valuable and far less used than shallow meetings. In my 28 years working for the government, I attended countless meetings where much of nothing was discussed. I avoided far more if these meetings than I attended. Meetings are a characteristic of government […]

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Tags: Management · Meetings · Process · Thinking · Time · Writing

Change the World – 0.07 – If That Doesn’t Work…

July 7th, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Solutions to problems don’t always work. A person can change the world by being available to another no matter the outcome. The situation is fairly common. One person comes to another with a situation that requires some assistance. The second person provides instruction for the situation. The first person is about to […]

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Tags: Change · Problems · Time

In-Person Tutor for On-Line Courses

January 31st, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Have some spare time? How about tutoring people using online course materials posted by universities? Here is a new opportunity for people with knowledge to connect with people seeking knowledge. MIT and others have put many of their courses online. MIT has recently added a set of courses that are tailored for […]

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Tags: Learning · Time · Volunteer

Don’t Teach – Model

November 4th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Don’t just encourage someone to do something – teach them how. Modeling the behavior yourself is probably the best method of teaching. Sometimes it takes me a while to remember things I have learned. Someone comes along, does something, and it all hits me: What are they doing?  Don’t they know…? I […]

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Tags: Change · Culture · Learning · Time

A Lot of Work

September 27th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips A list of activities that are a lot of work. On a recent visit with family in Louisiana, a group of us discussed: decorating cakes for weddings sewing and making clothes cooking for 50 people and a few more things like these The consensus was these are a lot of work. To […]

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Tags: Family · Process · Time · Work · Writing

Predicting the Future

December 17th, 2009 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips People don’t predict the future well. A problems is that we attempt to predict the future often. Failing to predict the future can bring labels like “liar” and “moron.” Take care when you are about to predict the future. People often predict the future. Let’s change that a little: people often attempt […]

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Tags: Estimation · Time