Don’s Blog

How Can We Come Out of This Disorder and Make Ourselves More Anti-Fragile?

One of my favorite authors and thinkers is Nassim Nicholas Taleb. My first exposure was his 2007 book, Black Swan. According to Taleb, COVID-19 is an example of a white swan event, as it wasn’t in the realm of unrecognized exposures. I then read Fooled by Randomness (2001) and my favorite of the three,…
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Time to Get Creative!

This is a great time to get your creative juices flowing. Here is a link to a quick and fun book, with more than 100 questions to spur your creativity! Enjoy and let me know what ideas you come up with. Free download of the PDF, with no registration required! https://www.donphin.com/wp-conten…

“The Principles”… At Work

I just finished a three-month odyssey of reading Ray Dalio’s book, The Principles. It is a 592-page distillation of all that he’s learned in his very successful career. For those of you not familiar with the man, he built the Bridgewater hedge fund into a multibillion-dollar operation and is…

Testimonials

Don, thank you very much for presenting your seminar, “Building Powerful Employment Relationships”, at our recent claim managers’ meeting. Everyone in attendance enjoyed the experience and feel they gained much from it. Having attended your seminar once before, I was not surprised with the positive feedback I received from my peer group. You are indeed very well informed on the subject of human resources, and you deliver your knowledge, ideas and comments in a very engaging and enthusiastic manner. There is much to be learned from you in helping us all to stay tuned to the human touch.

Don, Your session on Friday was a fantastic experience! To borrow a word from the Yiddish vernacular, your presentation was a mitzvah a good deed—on so many levels. Your ears should have been burning not from the sun shining on them at the pool but rather from all the positive and enthusiastic comments that were made about you and your presentation! Everyone present learned so much from you, your experiences and your expertise!
That you put the entire presentation in a context that was understood, absorbed and discussed long after you left the room is a compliment to your insight, your knowledge and your intelligence! I thank you for being so generous with your time and your talents! I also am thankful that whatever caused your epiphany to leave your lucrative law practice has brought you to this stage in your life where you are able to enlighten others in such an effective manner To paraphrase a Peanuts saying: You’re a good man, Don Phin!

Don, I wasn’t sure how my supervisors would react to the training today. I think we all learned a lot today. Thanks! I will highly recommend your training, it was informative!
Thanks again for an inspiring and illuminating talk.

Dear Don, Thank you for your support and guidance. It’s always ‘right on the mark’. Since your session at our annual staff retreat, we have come a long way. Victims, Villains and Heroes makes so much sense, drama in the workplace is greatly diminished.
Our staff loved your presentation and were totally engaged. You kept their attention and really drove points home. It had an impact. Conversations among staff are on a deeper, more meaningful level. We made tremendous growth in a very short period of time. Victims, Villains and Heroes is a powerful frame. Thank you again for your guidance.”

Don, I heard lots of positive feedback from both of the sessions you gave at the AMSUG meeting. Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed your session and got great insight into human behavior that will be a benefit in both my business and personal life. Great seeing you again!