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Dwayne Phillips

Sigh, I belong to several community organizations. I recently retired after 28 years of working for the Federal government.

In both cases I craved and still crave for simple competence. Things like:

. the ability to read a calendar
. the ability to take notes in a meeting
. the ability to write a sentence
. the ability to express a coherent concept
. the ability to say "no"

At several times in my "government career" we had an exercise wherein we would list the stages of competence that a person should possess to move up in the ladder. It was embarrassing to suggest that people should not move up to a mid-level without first being able to write a paragraph (such as the ones in the blog post).

People scoffed at my suggestion until I showed them paragraphs written by people at the highest grades in civilian government.

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