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8. Old Age: The Ultimate Test of Spirit

Slice ePub July 02, 2014
<p><em>Spirit!</em> What are we talking about? The unabridged dictionary I consulted begins a full page of definitions with “The breath of life.” But dictionaries can do little more than summarize common usage; and it seems clear to me, after reading the full page of definitions, that there is no well-accepted meaning for this much used and important word.</p><p>I conclude, then, that I cannot give a concise definition for <em>spirit</em>, for which old age seems to me to be the ultimate test. The meaning of that word, as I use it, lies beyond the barrier that separates mystery from what we call reality. Yet I have a sharp awareness of spirit when it is present, in myself and others, and I have a depressing feeling of loss when it is absent, in myself and others, at times when it is urgently needed.</p><p>I have come to connect spirit, the kind I would like to see more of, to a concept of <em>serve</em> as I see it in the consequences on those being served: do those being served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become stronger, wiser, freer, more at peace with themselves, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what will be the effect on the least privileged in society? Will she or he benefit, or at least not be further deprived? The quality of a society will be judged by what the least privileged in it achieves. My hope for the future rests on the belief that among the legions of deprived and unsophisticated people are many true servants, and that most people can be helped to discriminate among those who presume to serve them, and identify, and respond only to those who are true servants.</p><a class="default-logo-link" href="/ebooks/621062-the-power-of-servant-leadership">See more</a>

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Mark Island Monument Light

Slice ePub December 02, 2014
<p>Mark Island Monument is known to every vessel entering or leaving Casco Bay, coming west or going east. This stone obelisk stands tall. The monument itself is about sixty-five feet high, and Little Mark Island, the rocky ledge on which it stands, is ten feet out of the sea. So the full elevation is seventy-five feet, visible from many miles away.</p><p>It was not built as a lighthouse, nor properly considered one, although there is a light on it flashing every four seconds. The monument was built in 1827 as a mark from which mariners could take their bearings. The monument is almost exactly in the middle of the mouth of Casco Bay, lying about three and a half miles directly inside Halfway Rock Light. It stands out to sea from Harpswell Neck and Bailey Island.</p><p>The monument, however, was not built to mark the best entrance into Casco Bay. Far from it, as there are tricky ledges here, and though it is well buoyed, this is not a preferred course into the bay. A safer course is to head in, passing outside the red buoy just west of Eagle Island.</p><a class="default-logo-link" href="/ebooks/793359-lighthouses-of-maine">See more</a>

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6. Podobieństwo, sąsiedzi i klastry

Slice ePub November 24, 2014
<p><strong>Podstawowe pojęcia:</strong> <em>Obliczanie podobieństwa obiektów opisanych przez dane; Wykorzystywanie podobieństwa do celów predykcji; Klastrowanie jako segmentacja oparta na podobieństwie.</em></p><p><strong>Przykładowe techniki:</strong> <em>Poszukiwanie podobnych jednostek; Metody najbliższych sąsiadów; Metody klastrowania; Miary odległości do obliczania podobieństwa.</em></p><p>Podobieństwo leży u podstaw wielu metod nauki o danych i rozwiązań problemów biznesowych. Jeżeli dwa obiekty (osoby, firmy, produkty) są pod jakimiś względami podobne, to często dzielą także inne cechy. Procedury eksploracji danych bywają często oparte na grupowaniu obiektów według podobieństwa lub na poszukiwaniu „właściwego” rodzaju podobieństwa. W sposób dorozumiany zapoznaliśmy się z tym w poprzednich rozdziałach, w których procedury modelowania tworzyły granice grupowania wystąpień mających podobne wartości zmiennych docelowych. W tym rozdziale przyjrzymy się podobieństwu bezpośrednio i pokażemy, w jaki sposób odnosi się ono do wielu różnych zadań. Zawarliśmy w nim także podrozdziały dotyczące pewnych szczegółów technicznych, umożliwiające lepsze zrozumienie koncepcji podobieństwa czytelnikom mającym przygotowanie matematyczne; te podrozdziały można pominąć.</p><a class="default-logo-link" href="/ebooks/789712-analiza-danych-w-biznesie-sztuka-podejmowania-skutecznych-decyzji">See more</a>

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CHAPTER SEVEN: Emotions in organizations: disturbance or intelligence?

Slice ePub May 23, 2014
<p><i>“Emotions in Organizations” offers an overview of the particular perspective on a psychoanalytic approach to understanding organizational experience represented in the previous chapters. It was first presented at the London Symposium of ISPSO in 2000. A shortened version has been published as a contribution to the Tavistock Consultancy Service’s survey of its work over the past ten years, in</i> Working Below the Surface: The Emotional Life of Contemporary Organisations <i>(Huffington, Armstrong, Halton, Hoyle, &amp; Pooley, 2004).</i></p><p> <i>The paper conceptualizes the organization as an emotionally eliciting mental object and defines four boundary conditions or dimensions that between them generate and shape the patterning of experience. In the process, it reformulates the idea of “emotional intelligence” as a source of information into the nature and functioning of the organization, seen under these conditions.</i> </p><p>If one has the stomach to add the breakages, upheavals, distortions, inversions of all this chambermade music one stands, given a grain of goodwill, a fair chance of actually seeing the whirling dervish, Tumult, son of Thunder, self exiled in upon his ego.</p><a class="default-logo-link" href="/ebooks/244673-organization-in-the-mind-psychoanalysis-group-relations-and-organizational-consultancy">See more</a>

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8. Creativity and the countertransference

Slice ePub May 25, 2014
<p> <i>Donald Meltzer</i> </p><p> <i>On creativity</i> </p><p>I am going to speak about creativity not in a descriptive or behavioural sense, as when we say: “this person is very creative”; but, in a more precise and definite mode, I am going to talk of creativity as a phenomenon of the personality, of the family, and of the culture. I will speak of Bion as a genius who in a certain sense produced everything that he did produce as though in a dream. I will describe him as someone who struggled, who made some errors, who corrected himself and often did not know where he had arrived. A creative genius is someone who permits his own internal objects to give him new ideas— even if he does not understand them or cannot use them: his function is to receive them, and he possesses the art of transmitting them. There is a distinction between invention and discovery. Invention is a function of the self—discovery, a function of the creative self.</p><p>I will start with Bion’s theory of thinking and his particular formulation of the grid. The grid was a means chosen by Bion to describe the processes by which thoughts evolve and the method of thinking. Bion made a very precise distinction between mental processes of an adaptive, contractual, or quantitative type, which, he said, made part of the exoskeleton of the personality, and the processes founded on emotional experience—creativity, symbolic representation, and dream thought. This emotional and symbolic aspect of the formation of the personality was considered fundamental by Bion for its development. He thought that the formation of symbols to represent emotional states was something initiated between the tiny baby and the mother. He believed that the maternal reverie, the dream thoughts that the mother transmitted to her little baby, was something the baby can internalize in such a way as to form the endoskeleton of the personality that would then permit him to think in his turn. The structure of the personality, according to Bion—and in agreement with Money Kyrle’s view—was something that built up step by step while undergoing cognitive development. Every point in development involves the acquisition of new ideas or concepts placed on top of already existing ones. The impact of the new idea on these pre-existing concepts involves an experience of catastrophic change.</p><a class="default-logo-link" href="/ebooks/296682-the-vale-of-soulmaking-the-post-kleinian-model-of-the-mind">See more</a>

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