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A living experiment

Nick Udall Kogan Page ePub

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Evoking the music of innovation

Evocative leaders create containers and hold spaces that tune the frequency at which their teams and organizations operate. When this co-creative frequency is reached, cultures of innovation and creative teams seem to manifest like flames.

This is needed now more than ever. A 2011 annual study by Booz and Co, entitled Why Culture is Key, outlines how important culture is:

The elements that make up a truly innovative company are many: a focused innovation strategy, a winning overall business strategy, a deep customer insight, great talent, and the right set of capabilities to achieve successful execution. More important than any of these individual elements, however, is the role played by corporate culture the organizations self-sustaining patterns of behaving, feeling, thinking, and believing in tying them all together.

Spending more on R&D wont drive results. The most crucial factors are strategic alignment and a culture that supports innovation.

There is no doubt that innovation is the key to the future. It has always been thus. It drives economic growth organizationally, regionally, nationally and globally. And yet our approach to innovation continues to be a one-dimensional numbers game.

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CHAPTER 7 Animals and Religion

Karnac Books PDF

CHAPTER 7

Animals and Religion

EDWARD F. FOULKS, M.D., Ph.D.

There is a universal tendency among mankind to conceive all beings like themselves and to transfer to every object those qualities with which they are familiarly acquainted and of which they are intimately conscious [Hume,

1755, p. 477).

Comparative anatomy has revealed homologous organ systems and physical structures basic to humans and animals from all phyla. The human genome project and recent studies of DNA sequencing have discovered further basic structures at the biochemical level which are common between humans and all other animals. Evolutionary theory has been substantiated by such findings, and links humans to other animals in the chronological sequences and branches of species differentiation. Humans are phylogenetically related most predominately to ancestral anthropoidal apelike species of primates, a family of placental mammals related to a vast array of extinct and living kindred creatures, including horses, cows, sheep, dogs, cats, rats, and others. Evolutionary theory furthermore connects the origin of this group of mammals to reptilian ancestors, who developed endothermal regulation of their body temperature. All bird species developed similarly from a different branch of warm-blooded reptilian ancestors; one perhaps related to dinosaurs. Furthermore, all reptiles evolved over time from land-based amphibians who had

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Chapter Two - Theory-Building Organisations

Bernstein, W.M. Karnac Books ePub

I deally, neuroscience is devoted to developing general theories that explain relationships between data and concepts from multiple levels of analysis (i.e., body, brain, and mind). How do neuropsychoanalysts, those concerned with both objective and subjective aspects of human experience, define their work?

Neuropsychoanalysis is not (in our opinion) a “school” of psychoanalysis in the way that we currently speak of Freudian, Kleinian, Intersubjective, and Self Psychology schools…it is far better conceptualized as a link between all of psychoanalysis and the neurosciences. (Solms & Turnbull, 2011, p. 141)

Maybe neuropsychoanalysis is not a school, therapy, business, or religion, but it is a social organisation, a part of science. It has an official journal, conferences, fee-paying members, leaders and followers, and so on. It lives in a complex social environment of other journals, organisations, and individuals who might wish to join. When thinking about organisations it helps to know their expressed mission. What does an organisation say it attempts to do in the world? It helps to know the degree to which members are aligned and committed to the explicit mission and formal strategy for achieving it. Too much variation in the understanding of the organisation's mission and strategy can degrade productivity. There needs to be at least some minimal level of agreement, some common meaning system, for organisations to function (e.g., Bernstein & Burke, 1989).

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Practical Meditation Considerations

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PRACTICAL MEDITATION CONSIDERATIONS

WHEN, WHERE AND FOR HOW LONG?

The best time to meditate is when you can, as in “get it while you can!” The best place to meditate is where you can, and the best duration is for as long as is available or necessary for you to get what you wish out of it. This may seem like an obvious answer, but people can sometimes get it into their heads that certain times are better than others and thus not meditate when that seemingly sacred time period is unavailable or interrupted. They may feel that certain places or special circumstances (special cushions, noise levels, etc.) are oh-so-necessary, and if these are not available then they may feel frustrated and unable to practice. They may feel that a certain minimal duration of meditation time is necessary, and thus find themselves unable to make use of what time they may have.

If you have two hours each day for meditation, great! If you have two jobs, six kids, and just can't find more than ten minutes each day for meditation, make good use of what you've got. There have been times in my life when I was very grateful that I had twenty hours a day to practice. On the other hand, when I have only had ten minutes a day, I have been grateful for the sense of how precious those ten minutes were. Skillful urgency and well-developed gratitude for a chance to practice at all can allow us to really use limited pieces of time to their fullest.

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CHAPTER TWO WHO WERE THESE WOMEN?

Mary Brennan University Press of Colorado ePub

The Cold War world might have been confusing and frightening, but American women eagerly took it upon themselves to calm the worries and take up the struggle to protect their loved ones from whatever enemies threatened them. Particularly remarkable were the actions and commitment of white, conservative, anticommunist women. These were the women who, theoretically, believed in the domestic ideal and espoused a role for women limited to home and family. Ironically, this very dedication to home and children was what led them to political involvement. Following in the footsteps of earlier generations of conservative women activists and echoing the refrains of right-wing women around the world, American women saw no contradiction between their involvement outside the home and their continued support of domesticity. Although their individual backgrounds and life experiences differed, conservative female anticommunists shared a belief that the communist threat was so great that they must defy convention and work for its destruction. From their perspective the situation was simple—fight communism or risk your children’s lives and the American way of life.

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