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3 Pillar #1: Be a Business-Goal Bulldog

Tim Mooney Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

First, a few words about bulldogs. According to the American Kennel Club, the ancestors of the lovable and droopy-jowled bulldog were selectively bred for baiting bulls centuries ago on the British Isles. In this cruel and deplorable form of entertainment, the original bulldog had to be very ferocious and so courageous as to be almost insensitive to pain. Fortunately this nasty form of “sport” was outlawed in 1835 in Britain. Since that time the bulldog has been known for being “equable and kind, resolute and courageous (not vicious or aggressive) with a general appearance and attitude that suggest great stability, vigor, strength and dignity” (American Kennel Club 2007).

We chose the bulldog metaphor for Pillar #1 because we admire the bulldog’s qualities of tenacity, strength, and courage. We also admire that they are not afraid to go after big things. We admire the Courageous Training leaders we have known for 34their similar traits. Though hardly any of them have droopy jowls, all of these leaders clamp their thinking jaws onto the business needs and goals that underlie the requests they receive; they refuse to let their conceptual grip be shaken loose despite the frantic organizational flurry in which they may become engaged. They refuse to limit their vision to narrowly defined training issues and needs but, instead, always see the larger picture of the business: its goals and its needs.

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17. On Becoming a Psychoanalyst of One Persuasion or Another

Roy Schafer Karnac Books ePub

I plan here to survey once again the constituents of the analytic attitude, this time, however, from the standpoint of some of the important tensions in the professional life of the contemporary psychoanalyst. I recognize that in one form or another these tensions have existed for analysts almost from the beginning of the development of psychoanalysis. I recognize, too, that in some places at least I may be speaking from a purely personal point of view.

The question of what an analyst is may be approached by way of what analysands say we are. They say, for instance, that we are shrinks. Shrink is a terrible misnomer for a psychoanalyst in that it suggests that the analyst transforms passive people by diminishing them, whereas the truth is that our work proceeds in the opposite direction, that is, it helps people transform themselves in a way that expands and enhances their lives. We hear other things from analysands—that we are, to give another example, their fix. One of my analysands used to say, “I’ve come here today for my fix,” anticipating each day that by the time he left he would be feeling a little better, a little soothed. He was, of course, seeming to reduce the analysis to the satisfaction of an addictive craving, and he was unconsciously likening the analyst to a good breast. Other analysands portray us as toilet trainers, enema givers, or garbage collectors. Still others call us whores who sell our interest and affection for limited periods of time. In dreams we often appear as bus drivers or other transporters taking passive people to some definite destination that we have in mind. And, as I mentioned in the preceding chapter, some regard us as prosecutors, judges, or jailers,

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Shortcomings of prevailing workflows

Shatzkin, Mike O'Reilly Media ePub

The ways in which content is acquired, developed and distributed across a range of publishers is reasonably consistent. Existing or prevailing content workflows were typically set up to serve a single use of content (typically, a printed book). While publishers are working to serve a broader set of needs, the need to adapt the old model is clear.

A limited ability to output multiple formats and seamlessly store and retrieve content also presents publishers with specific challenges. The complexity of current content workflows, in which the results of each process step are inspected in the next, adds to lead times and often creates what some publishers see as unnecessary work. The lack of a consistent content database or digital asset management model also makes marketing use of content less likely, reducing the ease with which book content can be discovered, accessed and purchased.

Most of the publishers interviewed or surveyed say they are moving away from single-use models. More than 50% of our survey respondents told us that, depending on the title, they were already thinking about downstream uses, chunking, and rights reselling. Thirty-three percent of respondents told us that content re-use affects all or most of the books they publish, while only 14% reported that they are still focused on the print version primarily. This is significant because it shows that most publishers are finding that the single-use model no longer adequately serves their needs for revenue or market demands.

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Angel of Death

John Gallas Carcanet Press Ltd. PDF
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Channel Port Night

Elizabeth Jennings Carcanet Press Ltd. PDF

The Way of it

When it is over or before it starts,

We know the strength of love.

It is so cool, this literature of hearts.

It lies in books. Only the pages move.

When blood is beating and the pulse unsteady

And eyes are gladly blurred,

When nouns we use are quite inept but ready,

We lose the wish for any nerveless word.

And yet, and yet, our whispered passion tells

Us that we should claim

A speech, a part. But we are somewhere else

And where we are is mapless with no name.

When fire is ashes and the hearth shows no

Burning we start to tell

Our history but cannot make it glow

Even though what we know we know so well.

Love, I stammer monosyllables.

The heart’s dictionary

Falls from my fingers. Tender vocables

Are crying out. We are the lock and key.

Channel Port Night

Boats signal nothing but night.

This English Channel port town is only eyes

Of green and red and yellow. Tide is in.

Waves keep calm. Only the gulls’ cries

Insist on being heeded. Now we begin

A dream-voyage under the light

Of little ships and houses. Being near

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