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Dwayne Phillips





Working Up!
From Asphalt Plant to Corner Office -- Tools & Techniques for the Project Manager's Trade

by Dwayne Phillips

ISBN: 978-0-932633-66-8  
©2012 (forthcoming)  212 pages   softcover  
$31.95 (plus shipping)

Subject(s): Team Management

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Lessons Learned on the Road from Plant to Pentagon

To do a job well, you need the right tools for the job, as any skilled tradesperson will tell you.

Project managers, however, do not have a standard set of tools. In fact, sometimes they have to make their own.

In Working Up! Dwayne Phillips describes the tools and techniques he first encountered as a laborer at an asphalt plant, working summers during college. These lessons guided him as he went on to a successful career as a systems developer, IT manager, consultant, and author.

From a unique synthesis of two work environments -- an asphalt plant and a white-collar office building -- Phillips helps managers develop tools from their environments and construct a management approach that works.

Topics include:

  • matching tools to environments
  • learning through experience
  • working with and through people
  • chance -- and risk -- at work
  • and much more

Insights From the Book

"In this book, I attempt to pass along life-lessons I learned from working at the asphalt plant. If you remember little else from this book, I hope it will be the following chief lessons:

1. One can learn something anywhere.
2. One can learn something from anyone.

"I hope these remain true for me, for the remainder of my life, and I hope you can apply them as well."

-- from the Introduction




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