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34 Team on Team

Glenn Parker HRD Press, Inc. PDF









Team on



To develop skills in team process observation.


To develop skills in giving and receiving feedback in interdependent team situations.


To become more aware of key communication skills required of all successful teams.

Two (or even numbered) interdependent teams of 5 to 8 people.

At least 60 minutes but no longer than 90 minutes

The two groups sit in circles facing inward.


Paper and pens for observers.


Process Observation Guide.


The facilitator asks the teams to be seated in circles and explains the purpose of the exercise, describing the general sequence of events.


One team is seated as the inner circle and the other team as the outer circle.


The facilitator instructs members of the outer circle to observe one

(or more) inner circle participants’ effectiveness in the group discussion using the Process Observation Guide. The facilitator explains each of the eight items included in the Guide. Observers are encouraged to take notes on examples of each of the items.

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8 Reviewing Progress and Following-Up

Ludy, Perry J Berrett-Koehler Publishers PDF


Reviewing Progress and Following Up

Progress has not followed a straight ascending line, but a spiral with rhythms of progress and regression, of evolution and dissolution.


As stated throughout this book, PBP is a dynamic, continuous process. Its management concepts, when systematically applied, result in continuity of profit improvement and cost reduction. Reviewing and following up is the essential last step that keeps the process going. Its critical role is to create a perpetual improvement process, while keeping innovations current with today’s business needs and ensuring longevity.

In many organizations, management has the habit of dropping a change or innovation from its agenda once the action steps are under way. Managers are so sure of their success and so eager to move on to the next item that they forget to follow up on their latest innovation. Consequently, the organization forgets, too, and the innovation fails.

Other management teams adopt the opposite approach.

They work so hard on developing a change or innovation that they can’t let go. They try to force it through the organization, ignoring any feedback that suggests the action steps they developed no longer apply. Once again, the innovation is doomed.

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26 Keeping on Track

Wendy Denham HRD Press, Inc. PDF

26 Keeping on Track


This activity gives individuals an opportunity to practice keeping the interviewee on the relevant topic of conversation. One person chooses a topic to discuss and is then interviewed by a partner who has the task of keeping the conversation confined to this area in spite of the interviewee’s attempts to sidetrack. The discussion is watched by an observer who uses the review sheet to give feedback to the interviewer. The exercise is reviewed with the whole group, making the connection to appraisal interviews.


This activity is best used with a group of people who can share ideas and experiences, although it could be used outside the training environment with two or three people who need to practice skills in this area.






To practice the skills involved in keeping an interviewee’s attention on the relevant topic of conversation

To give feedback to the interviewer on the skills used during the practice session

To explore the techniques that can be used to help an appraiser in similar circumstances

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Chapter Seven: Speaking Prose

Marzillier, John Karnac Books ePub


Speaking prose

I sometimes wonder,” says Angie, speaking very carefully as though the exact words were crucial, “if I could get taken over by the Devil. Like in The Exorcist.” She looks at me and there are tears coursing down her cheeks. I feel moved by her evident distress. “Do you believe in the Devil?” she asks.

“No. But you do. Is that what you're saying?”

“No. I don't know. I don't know what I believe any more.”

Angie continues to cry. I do not know what to say. We are in a small side room of a GP surgery in Harborne, Birmingham. I have been invited to work here by one of the doctors as their visiting psychologist and behaviour therapist. It has been four months and I am beginning to build up a caseload of patients. Angie is one. This is our second session.

Angie is 30, married with two very young children. She had worked as a dental receptionist but now stays at home to look after the children. Keith, her husband, works on the North Sea oil rigs. He is away from home for long stretches of time, as he is now. The GP referred Angie to me because she had become depressed a few months after the birth of her second child. He had diagnosed post-natal depression and suggested antidepressants. But Angie had refused medication. He had been seeing her supportively when she told him about the horrific fantasies that had first appeared after the birth of her second child. Angie confessed that she had awful thoughts about killing her children.

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Chapter Eight - The Setting, the Screen, and the Conveying of Unconscious Dynamics

Karnac Books ePub

Caroline Sehon and Jill Savege Scharff (USA)

The analyst, Caroline Sehon, presents two teleanalytic sessions six months apart in the context of analysis usually taking place in her office. Jill Scharff provides a commentary, drawing on the analyst's observations and descriptions of her countertransference and on the reactions to this clinical material presented at a teleanalysis clinical research working group in which the co-authors participate to study analytic process material of sessions conducted by telephone and/or encrypted video teleconference (VTC). The material is disguised without disclosure of any identifying information about the patient, and the research group focuses on the relationship between technology and analytic practice. The co-authors discuss the impact of the teleanalysis setting on the analytic relationship and review the patient's choice of setting and its visual impact on the screen to convey the unconscious dynamics.

The analyst's impression of Brent

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Advanced Equations: ASVAB Algebra

Ace Academics Ace Academics ePub
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17 Failed Identity and the Assyrian Genocide

OMER BARTOV Indiana University Press ePub


The suffering of the Assyrian, Chaldean, and Syrian Christians in the Ottoman Empire during World War I is one of the least known genocides of modern times. If it is known at all it usually goes under the collective name of Assyrian genocide, which will be used here. A major reason for this obscurity is the failure of these religiously heterogeneous ethnic groups to agree on a common cultural and national identity. This resulted in a multiplicity of local experiences and selective memories. The story of the Assyrian genocide dissolves into a number of specific minor narratives framed by local contexts, most of which pale in comparison with the grand drama of the Armenian genocide, but were no less deadly for the populations involved. The declining Ottoman Empire found Oriental Christians that for centuries were split into antagonistic churches which had been locked into denigrating one another. Each cult had a strong exclusive in-group identity that militated against the very idea of a multilayered pan-Assyrian identity. Many outside observers considered these Christians curious, insignificant cultural relics, whereas the fate of the vigorous Armenian community loomed as a great concern in international diplomacy. One aspect of this invisibility is that the narratives of the Assyrian genocide build on testimonies of survivors whose perception was limited to local issues such as the struggle with nomadic tribes for agricultural land and the religious fanaticism of local Muslim sects. In the final analysis the Assyrians had no clear idea why they were being annihilated. In particular, they recognized only the local dimensions of their suffering and had no understanding of the overall policies and interests of the Young Turk government.

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Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Pop 5.7 million

Big, bold and beautifully barren, Qinghai, larger than any country in the EU, occupies a vast swathe of the northeastern chunk of the Tibetan Plateau. In fact, as far as Tibetans are concerned, this is Amdo, one of old Tibet’s three traditional provinces. Much of what you’ll experience here will feel more Tibetan than Chinese; there are monasteries galore, yaks by the hundred and nomads camped out across high-altitude grasslands.

Rough-and-ready Qinghai, which means Blue Sea in Chinese, is classic off-the-beaten-track territory, often with a last frontier feel to it. Travelling here can be both inconvenient and uncomfortable, though China’s rapid development plans have begun to touch the province, with huge highways and new rail lines under construction.

Despite that, Qinghai still delivers a heavy dose of solitude among middle-of-nowhere high-plateau vistas, Martian-like red mountains and encounters with remote communities of China’s ethnic minorities.

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The Dress

John Gallas Carcanet Press Ltd. PDF
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CHAPTER THREE: To sing in the presence of a lion— to talk about the ineffable

Klein, Josephine Karnac Books ePub

In spite of the problems of expressing what we mean and defining what we are talking about, we seem compelled to try.

Summer, thought Jachin-Boaz … There is no magic; nothing and no one to help me. Cool before the morning I must do it alone, up from nothing, out of nothing. In his hand was the rolled-up master-map. Across the street stood the lion …

“No meat”, said Jachin-Boaz to the lion. He turned and walked toward the river. The lion followed … Jachin-Boaz came to the bridge, turned right, walked down the steps to the part of the Embankment below street-level … The lion followed. Jachin-Boaz turned and faced him …

“Lion”, said Jachin-Boaz, “you have waited for me before the dawns. You have walked with me, have eaten my meat. You have been attentive and indifferent. You have attacked me and you have turned away. You have been seen and unseen. Here we are. Now is the only time there is … There are no maps … No way back .. /’

As long before, words appeared in his mind, large, powerful, compelling belief and respect like the saying of a god in capital letters:

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Transformational Leadership: Attractions of Women and Minority Recruits to the Principalship

JOURNAL OF SCHOOL LEADERSHIP Rowman & Littlefield Publishers ePub



ABSTRACT: Reform strategies for upgrading educational administration call for a revised conception of the role of principal as transformational leader and a different mechanism for recruiting and selecting principal candidates, especially women and minorities. This article reports an investigation of the attractions to the principalship perceived by women and minorities recruited into a preparation program that emphasizes a more transformational view of the principal’s role. A cohort of 14 women and minorities received questionnaires upon entry to the preparation program and were interviewed at the end of the program to identify attractions, disincentives, and aspirations to a reformed view of the principalship. The findings suggest that perceptions of the critical nature of the plight of urban youngsters, the commitment to improving learning environments, and the desire to create change are attractors for women and minorities. The study also found that these recruits are not attracted to any school setting but look for contexts which support their commitment to urban education and the desire to make changes. The article identifies implications for recruitment and preparation programs.

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chapter seven WATERFOWL

Silliker, Bill, Jr. Down East Books ePub

This pair of Canada geese at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge were not about to let the presence of a photographer prevent them from keeping the whole family together.

The two adult Canada geese watched warily as the pickup truck approached the grassy dike of the Mullen Meadow flowage at the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, in Baring. The refuge flowages provide important habitat for breeding and migrating waterfowl, shorebirds, and wading birds, and a visit to one of them during spring elicits a vociferous response from the seasonally resident Canada geese. From late April into June each year, at least one pair of constantly alert Canada geese lives at every flowage. It is virtually impossible to pass through without arousing them.

These two were no exception. Both honked loudly as they padded to the water on large webbed feet. Their little yellow offspring scurried to keep up.

The brood headed for the water, the adults still honking loudly. But suddenly they all stopped at the edge of the pond. The little ones huddled between their parents. The adults turned toward the grassy dike and took a few hesitant steps back up.

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5 Sermons of the Crimean War

HEATHER COLEMAN Indiana University Press ePub

Mara Kozelsky

THE CRIMEAN WAR (1853–56) STARTED AS A LOCALIZED DISPUTE between the Russian and Ottoman Empires over the protection of Orthodox subjects of the Sultan living in the Danubian principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia (part of modern-day Romania). Fearing Russian expansion after its early success at the Battle of Sinope (30 November 1853), England and France joined sides with the Ottoman Empire by March of 1854. Their entrance shifted the primary theater of war to the Crimean peninsula and entailed protracted violence for more than a year. One of ten wars between Russia and the Ottoman Empire from the reign of Peter I through World War I, the Crimean War was the most pivotal conflict of the Eastern Question, a complex international debate stemming from Europe’s presumption to manage the affairs of the Ottoman Empire.

From Russia’s official declaration of war, religion figured prominently. Priests actively participated through deed and rhetoric. They worked on the front lines to comfort parishioners and to protect churches from plunder. Continuing an old tradition, monks served alongside sailors and soldiers, ministering to those in need. In a new development, monks supervised the activities of the Russian Sisters of Mercy, the Russian counterpart to Florence Nightingale and her nurses. At the end of the war approximately 200,000 Muslim Tatars emigrated from Crimea to the Ottoman Empire. Bulgarians and other Orthodox refugees from Ottoman territory settled in their vacated villages.

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Chapter 2 Travel Your Own Path

Ray, Michael Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

WHAT DOES THE HIGHEST GOAL mean to you right now? Is it an unattainable myth? A worthy support? Something that helps you on your journey through life? Something that sounds good, but should be avoided because it is reserved for a select few?

Consider the words of Sakyong Mipham, a Tibetan Buddhist and author of Turning the Mind into an Ally. When he was asked whether enlightenment is a goal or a process, he answered, “I think enlightenment is our nature.”1

It is your nature, too. The process of finding your way to the highest goal, which Mipham calls enlightenment, is what makes your journey through life meaningful. In a sense, as Mipham teaches, you already have enlightenment. And as you travel your path, you will find your own way to the highest goal.

The necessity of finding and following your own way is the stuff of timeless legend and lore. In the stories of King Arthur and his roundtable, for example, the magician Merlin brings each knight to a part of the forest where there is no path so that each will be forced to find his own.

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5. Liberated and Liberating Sisters: Meister Eckhart Meets Dorothee Soelle, the Beguines Mechtild of Magdeburg and Marguerite Porete, and Julian of Norwich

Matthew Fox New World Library ePub

Meister Eckhart Meets Dorothee Soelle, the Beguines Mechtild of Magdeburg and Marguerite Porete, and Julian of Norwich

Eckhart raised a bold objection that reflects the spirit and discussion of the blossoming movement of women.


The day of my spiritual awakening was the day I saw and knew I saw all things in God and God in all things.


God feels great delight to be our Father and God feels great delight to be our Mother.


In his life, Meister Eckhart did not just incorporate the Divine Feminine in some speculative or safe manner. He actually engaged with the women’s movement of his day, the Beguines, a movement very much under suspicion by the powers that be, inquisitors and popes included. He practiced what he preached. Dorothee Soelle is a fine guide to tell us this story.

Dorothee Soelle (1929–2003) was a poet, a mother, an activist in peace and ecological movements, a substantive feminist theologian, and a liberation theologian. A citizen of Germany, she taught theology for twelve years at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and was author of many books, including To Work and to Love: A Theology of Creation, Theology for Skeptics, Suffering, Revolutionary Patience, and The Silent Cry: Mysticism and Resistance. Especially in The Silent Cry, Soelle addresses the relationship of Meister Eckhart to the Beguines, a mystical tradition that resisted social injustice, and she invokes Eckhart as a supreme example of a spiritual warrior, a mystic-prophet, and a contemplative activist. Soelle also taught courses on Eckhart at Union Theological Seminary, so it can be said that she and Eckhart have already met at a profound level. What I offer in this chapter, then, is an opportunity for the reader to be a fly on the wall as Eckhart and Soelle interact still one more time. It is a conversation very much worth participating in.

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