Here’s an index of sorts of my articles on the platform, loosely organized. It’s not really cross-referenced or anything; I’ve simply put each article in a heading where I think it belongs for now.

· The Basics
· Reflections on Society and Expectations
· Policing, Privacy, Intellectual Property, and Other Legal Issues
· Project Management Topics
· Perspectives on Personal and Work Performance
· HR and Hiring

The Basics

Reflections on Society and Expectations

Policing, Privacy, Intellectual Property, and Other Legal Issues

Project Management Topics

Perspectives on Personal and Work Performance


Thinking About What Others Think About

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I am a holistic problem solver and change analyst interested in practical, ethical, and sustainable solutions to intractable strategic challenges. I think of everything as a system of systems. People are systems within the system of a business, and the business a system within the system of a community. I try to understand the relationships and rationales — and, in some cases, realities.

I’m interested in what’s true, regardless of what intuition tells us. I have developed a keen interest in finding out what is real, reasonable, and rational, especially when the outcomes are…


LI, like all other social media, is just a form of ad copy full of unidimensional personalization and gimmicks. The glut of polls on so many sites now only underscores how shallow, easy to game engagement metrics drive behaviors to gain attention. Everyone is doing the same thing as everyone else trying to stand out. 🙄


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News is coming out now that Homeland Security is beginning to actively scan social media for patterns that may warn of another January 6th-like event. Although scanning publicly available social media information is not a new pursuit of the agency, the latest initiative seems to elicit two reactions. Some see it as a potentially reasonable step, given what we know about domestic terrorists and hate groups and their use of social media. Others argue that this is some slippery slope toward an Orwellian future of government monitoring.

Let’s look at what we know.


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Note: This article extends some thoughts on the structure of policing introduced in a previous article. Check it out for some additional context. -- Philip

Qualified immunity is a legal concept that has made news in recent months because of its association with police performing poorly. Like so many legal concepts making the rounds, this one is either over-simplified or under-explained in many contexts, including in the training police receive on the topic. By the end of this article, you’ll know more about it than many to whom the concept of qualified immunity applies.

Table of Contents

· Qualified Immunity
The General…


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How Parkinson’s Law Gives Us a Tool to Make Progress Through Productive Postponement

I have discovered a great efficiency strategy! When used properly, it can be a leadership miracle that brings nearly all work in on schedule. Used poorly, it will squash an inattentive practitioner like a bug caught in a printing press. This strategy is so powerful, so magnificent — so huge — that it can multiply productivity, slash resource waste, and will even let you eat your lunch — at lunchtime!

Get ready to be infused with the secrets of efficiency! Trust me. I am the expert. …


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Another day, another police shooting or civil asset forfeiture or assault on the elderly or fraud or — something. It seems every day brings new stories of problems in policing and justice in America. In a nation that is increasingly divided and rapidly becoming both deaf and blind to nuance, the emotions and community terror that comes with each passing day — and the us-versus-them arguments that ensue — do nothing to ground our understanding of the structures that block the real change we all hope to see.

To help bridge this gap, let’s examine one of the key structural…


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One Simple Linguistic Trick to Improve Your Communication For The Better

One of the biggest challenges in communication arises when we reflexively try to shield ourselves from the consequences of an opinion. We say something that we believe but passively transfer the responsibility for the thought over to our listener without even thinking about it. We encounter and cause these situations every day, and all because of our linguistic choices. Yes, there is much written regarding the cultural basis and power differentials in communication, but the words we use are still choices. Choices that we make and can change. …


I think we all want to improve and be better in some way, whether in a job or a sport or just as human beings. To that end, it certainly makes sense to look for clues and inspiration in those who are closer to our goals than ourselves. After all, someone who is more successful than us along some path that fits our preferred definition of success should know something we don’t know or have overcome some obstacle that presently blocks our way. The story our intuitions tell us — that “Success is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration!” …


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A recent article by Ayodeji Awosika made some very relevant points that can come about from many of the books one finds in any self-help library, including his own. I don’t have any arguments about the specific points within the selection of books; the article just made me consider the overemphasis of the self-help market as a singularly useful category of advice. …

Philip Mann

Assistant Professor of Organization & Management 🔹 I help folks understand their decisions, values, and world. 🔹 Writing to restore clarity and nuance.

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