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The Problem

Blanchard, Ken Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

There once was a successful author who wrote about simple truths. His books were designed to help himself and others manage and motivate people in more effective ways.

Everyone who read his books loved his stories and messages. He sold millions of copies. Yet there was one thing that troubled him.

It usually reared its head when someone told him, “I’ve read all your books and really love them.”

The author had always been taught that true learning involves a change in your behavior. In fact, he thought that learning was a journey from knowing to doing. So if the person praising his work commented about a particular favorite concept, he usually asked, “How has knowing that changed the way you behave?”

Most people had a hard time answering that question. As a result, they often changed the subject by talking about another concept or some other book they were reading.

These kinds of interactions led the author to conclude that the gap between what people know— information they have picked up from books, audios, videos, and seminars—and what they do— how much they apply and use that knowledge—was significant. He found that was particularly true today with the incredible technology that makes knowledge easily accessible to everyone. People, he concluded, tend to spend considerably more time acquiring new information than developing strategies to use their newly acquired knowledge in their daily lives.

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4. Religious Wisdom from the East

Symington, Neville Karnac Books ePub

At that moment, when the world around him melted away, when he stood alone like a star in the heavens, he was overwhelmed by a feeling of icy despair, but he was more firmly himself than ever. That was the last shudder of his awakening, the last pains of birth.

(Hesse, 1974)

It was in India during the Axial Era that spiritual wisdom reached its pinnacle in the Upanishads. There arose in the same Era in the Far East four giants of the spiritual life: Confucius, Lao-Tzu, Mahavira and the Buddha. We shall examine only the Upanishads and the teachings of the Buddha, as in them mature religion reached its highest expression.

Through intuitive wisdom the seers of the Upanishads pierced through the veil of sensuality to a knowledge of atman, a knowledge of the self which is at one with Brahma. The closest translation we can get to these two terms is the Self and Ultimate Reality respectively. This deep spirituality is embedded in the midst of a pantheon of gods, goddesses, rites, sacrifices and ceremonial of the most sensual kind. ‘Hinduism’ is a word coined by Europeans to refer to the religious practices of India and is therefore an umbrella word covering everything from the village cult of Ganesh to the Vedanta, the philosophy of the Upanishads. The outsider may feel lost in this disparate array but if its spiritual centre is grasped the rest falls into place with relative ease.

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CHAPTER TEN. The illusion of belief: a not so uncommon misbelief

Karnac Books ePub

Leon Kleimberg

Introduction

In this presentation, I shall describe a particular psychological journey and experience that I believe is present in normal psychic development, but also in the several pathological deviations or transformations that the life cycle challenge us with, when this journey can not be done or achieved. In order to do that, I shall quote first an extract from the book of prayers for the Jewish festivity of the Day of Atonement that I believe describes very well the journey I am trying to describe.

There is a story that is told in every culture, in every Religion, in folk tales, in legends and in our Dreams. It is the story of the journey of a hero or heroine in search of a treasure. Every version of it is different, yet every version is also really the same. The hero is called out of his usual life—by seeing a burning bush, by hearing a voice saying: ‘Lech l’ cha! Go! For your own sake, go!’ Ahead lie many adventures and on the way he meets an enemy who tries to stop him and a friend who tries to help. At the end he reaches the entrance to the underworld, or the world of gods—Jonah entering the fish, Moses climbing to heaven to receive the Torah. With luck or skill or aid he crosses the threshold and enters this mysterious land, of darkness and beauty, where the treasure is to be found. It is a land where the usual rules no longer hold, where he discovers that the enemy and the friend he had met on his journey are really one and the same, and sometimes they turn out to be the guardian of the treasure that this mysterious world conceals. Whether the treasure is given, or it must be stolen, there begins the journey back to the familiar world again.

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Chapter 5 Building the Collaborative Culture of a Professional Learning Community

DuFour, Richard Solution Tree Press ePub

Principal Joe McDonald was puzzled. He knew that building a collaborative culture was the key to improving student achievement. He could cite any number of research studies to support his position. He had worked tirelessly to promote collaboration and had taken a number of steps to support teachers working together. He organized each grade level in Nemo Middle School (nickname: the Fish) into an interdisciplinary team composed of individual math, science, social studies, and language arts teachers. He created a schedule that gave teams time to meet together each day. He trained staff in collaborative skills, consensus building, and conflict resolution. He emphasized the importance of collaboration at almost every faculty meeting. He felt he had done all the right things, and for three years he had waited patiently to reap the reward of higher levels of student learning. But to his dismay and bewilderment, every academic indicator of student achievement monitored by the school had remained essentially the same.

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Chapter 1: The Legislative History of Source Selection

Rumbaugh, Margaret G. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Many people ask “Why do we have to do this?” during their first competitive source selection. Often, certain procedures are required by law. This chapter explains significant pieces of legislation, and the resulting regulatory framework, that affect competitive negotiated source selections. Occasionally, requirements appear not to make sense or seem overly burdensome, but each step of the acquisition process is backed by some law or regulatory interpretation. Laws and regulations drive this very formal, highly regulated method of spending public money.

Congress lays out the overall structure of and mandates for acquisitions in two primary statutes. The Armed Services Procurement Act of 1947 (10 USC 137) prescribes the general requirements for the Department of Defense (DoD), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and U.S. Coast Guard, while the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act (41 USC 251-260) covers almost all of the rest of the executive branch of the federal government.

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