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CHAPTER 4 How to Vote Your Proxy

Behar, Andrew Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Sections of this chapter are based on the 2004 handbook Unlocking the Power of the Proxy,32 written by Conrad MacKerron, along with Doug Bauer and Michael Passoff. It was published by As You Sow. It remains a definitive source for information on proxy voting for foundations and endowments.

Publicly traded companies are required by law to report to share-holders. They do this through a variety of means, most notably by numerous SEC filings, including an annual report, and by inviting shareholders to an annual meeting. Prior to the annual meeting, shareholders are sent documents known as proxy statements that include details about the annual meeting; ownership, board structure, and executive compensation; and other issues that will be voted on at the meeting.

The annual meeting and proxy statement provide a formal communication channel between corporate management and shareholders. At a minimum, the proxy statement asks investors to ratify issues placed on the proxy by management, such as the election of directors, the auditor report, and CEO pay package. Management may also seek approval of more complex and controversial issues, such as mergers and acquisitions, stock option plans, or resolutions brought by qualified shareholders on a variety of issues.

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Chapter 8 Building a High-Performance Team

Tirado, Bernardo Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

A high-performance team is a group of individuals who have complementary skillsets and have been given a single task. These types of teams are most useful on short-term projects that require specific outcomes, such as mergers and acquisitions or agile development. Having a high-performance team may not always be the best option for every project, because it is extremely costly. The resources of a high-performance team are 100 percent dedicated to the completion of the task at hand. Often, the time of project managers and team members is split across multiple responsibilities or teams; therefore, the high-performance team may not always be the best option. But if you’re able to pull in 100 percent dedicated resources for at least a short period of time, then the effort may be worth it. To build a high-performance team, it is helpful to understand

•   The different types of teams

•   The importance of team size on performance

•   The characteristics of a high-performance team.

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25 • Miles and Priscilla

Lynn Marie Cuny University of North Texas Press PDF

120 • Through Animals' Eyes

where he had last seen the emancipated turkeys. There, in a grassy pasture, he spotted a group of four birds. 1\vo were pecking curiously in the deep grass. The other two were nestled quietly in a thick patch of weeds. He later described them as looking as though "they were waiting for the end to come."

As he approached the big white birds, two turkeys ran away into the fields that would now be their new home. The two more reluctant birds sat very still and frightened. Little did they know that the individual who would usher them into their new life was standing before them.

When the turkey couple arrived at the Sanctuary, it was easy to see that they were inseparable. As the pair emerged from their giant cardboard box, they didn't run or try to find the nearest bush to hide under. Instead, they took quick, deliberate steps out of their past, where they had faced certain and imminent death, into the security of their new home.

Immediately, they were surrounded by peacocks, ducks, geese and chickens. There were huge bowls full to the brim with fresh corn and millet. There were wading pools overflowing with clean, cool water. There were giant oak trees filled with chirping, perching birds, free to fly about as they wished.

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3. The Terrible Tale of the TARP

Baker, Dean Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

The passage of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, in the fall of 2008 was a demonstration of the extraordinary power of the financial industry and what it will do when its fundamental interests are threatened. The industry was quickly able to unite the leadership of both political parties behind a massive $700 billion bailout program that imposed few serious constraints on the industry. The industry was also able to enlist the media in this effort, turning many reporters into TARP cheerleaders until the bill passed Congress. The opponents of the bill, which included many of the country's most prominent economists, were portrayed as knuckle-scraping Neanderthals.

The American public must clearly understand the forces at play in the passage of the TARP, as the industry will undoubtedly muster similar forces in the future to prevent major reforms that threaten its profitability. The passage of the TARP was, in fact, a remarkable political accomplishment deserving of a certain kind of respect. Although Wall Street banks were never very popular institutions, they managed to get themselves a massive bailout when the country was suffering from a serious recession that was a direct result of their greed and incompetence.

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6 Police Commissioner C. E. “Ed” Parsley (September 29, 1917)

Richard F. Selcer and Kevin S. Foster University of North Texas Press ePub


Police Commissioner C. E. “Ed” Parsley

(SEPTEMBER 29, 1917)

“He was an ideal peace officer . . .”

In the spring of 1917, the nation’s attention was focused on the war in Europe, now in its third year. On April 6, the United States had entered the war, and mobilization shifted into high gear. Locally, the U.S. Army was getting ready to open Camp Bowie out beyond the western edge of town. And on April 3, municipal elections had brought C. E. “Ed” Parsley into office as the new Police and Fire Commissioner. Parsley, a former assistant chief of police, had broad support in the places that mattered: he was politically acceptable to city fathers and quite popular with the men on the beat, who considered him one of their own. His rival on the April ballot was Canadian-born Hugh Jamieson, although, as a matter of fact, the outcome had been decided five months earlier in the Democratic Party primary; the municipal elections merely confirmed the primary results.

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Chapter Twelve: Transgenerational scripts: the unknown knowledge

Karnac Books ePub

Gloria Noriega

Years ago, I began developing my ideas about script transmission while attending a course on psychoanalysis and genealogy based on the theory of Jacques Lacan. The professor explained how our ancestors’ life stories may be transmitted through several generations because the unconscious is encoded in the language (Braunstein, personal communication, 11 November, 1991). He presented several case studies of patients who had repeated the story of their grandparents and great-grandparents. As a transactional analyst, I began to think that perhaps script transmission could be explained through the concept of ulterior transactions. In fact, Eric Berne (1972) wrote that “the most intricate part of script analysis in clinical practice is tracing back the influence of the grandparents” (p. 288).

This mysterious theme intrigued and fascinated me because I could see in my clinical practice how some of my clients were repeating their grandparents’ life stories, even when they had never known them personally (e.g., the grandparents had died before the client was born). This understanding allowed me to facilitate the resolution of impasses with clients who were stuck in therapy by helping them become aware that they were repeating situations, symptoms, and emotions from their grandparents’ life stories. It also awakened my curiosity by revealing and clarifying an important part of my own life script.

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Chapter One: On the Patient's Becoming an Individual: The Importance of the Analyst's Personal Response to a Deprived Schizoid Patient and her Dreams

Borgogno, Franco Karnac Books ePub


On the patient's becoming an individual: the importance of the analyst's personal response to a deprived schizoid patient and her dreams1

Franco Borgogno

In reality I am often afraid that the whole treatment will go wrong and that she will end up insane or commit suicide. I did not conceal the fact that to have to tell her this was most painful and distressing for me, the more so as I myself knew only too well what it means to be faced with such possibilities. […] The result was, quite unexpectedly, complete appeasement: “If at the time I had been able to bring my father such a confession of the truth and to realize the dangerousness of the situation, I could have saved my sanity.” […] Was it not an unconsciously sought antidote against the hypnotic lies of her childhood? Full insight into the deepest recesses of my mind, in defiance of all conventions, including those of kindness and consideration? If it had been simply brutality or impatience, it would have done no good; but she saw how I had to struggle to do it, and how much pain this cruel task caused me.

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9 Assessment to Inform and Improve Professional Practice

Richard DuFour Solution Tree Press ePub


Assessment to Inform and Improve Professional Practice

A genuine commitment to helping all students learn at high levels requires a systematic process to monitor each student’s learning on an ongoing basis and then use evidence of student learning to:

•  Provide students with relevant, actionable information about the progression of their learning towards clearly defined standards and targets

•  Respond to the individual needs of students in a coordinated way

•  Inform and improve the individual and collective practices of professionals within the school

This assessment process is formative, which the OECD defines as “frequent, interactive assessments of students’ progress and understanding to identify learning needs and adjust teaching appropriately” (Looney, 2005, p. 21). Some authors refer to formative assessment as assessment for learning (Black, Harrison, Lee, Marshall, & Wiliam, 2004; Fullan, 2005; Stiggins, 2007). John Hattie (2012) prefers to use the term assessment as learning. Regardless of the nomenclature, the big idea behind formative assessment is that evidence of student learning is used “to adjust instruction to better meet student needs” (Wiliam, 2011, p. 43). Formative assessment is not a specific test; it is a process that uses multiple indicators of student learning. It is not something to be purchased; it is a skill that educators must master. It is not something that occurs at the end of instruction; it is an integral part of good instruction. It is not designed to result in a final score or grade; it is a process to inform students, better meet their needs, and improve professional practice (Orland & Anderson, 2013).

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10 Lessons for the World

Anna Aulette-Root Indiana University Press ePub

Five Discourses Emerged in our analysis of the interview transcripts: (1) being normal through work and men; (2) disclosure for better or worse; (3) taking care of children; (4) caring for violent men; and (5) women’s bodies. Sometimes these mirror the dominant discourse about HIV, sometimes they pose alternative discourses, and always they reveal the tensions and links between oppression and resistance.

Our discussions of these five topics shows the women we interviewed drawing upon common ways of talking about femininity and normalcy as a means to reconstruct themselves as humans in the face of dominant discourses, which present HIV-positive women as something less than human. All five topics share an overarching core feature of wrestling with the problem of stigma and using notions and practices of femininity to attempt to overcome stigma and appear as normal and acceptable. Within each discourse, however, we also found ambiguity, contradiction, and resistance. At the same time the women attempt to appear “normal,” they also question and sometimes even challenge these constructs of what it means to be real women.

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Chapter Six - Expressive Writing and the Motivational Unconscious: Recreating and Reconstructing the Richness of Your Life

Hall, Rebecca; Steiner, Hans Karnac Books ePub

“Language…is a means not only for representing experience…but also for transforming experience,” said Johann Gottfried Herder (1827). He is the originator of the thought that language is not only a way to communicate and describe, but a powerful tool to shape and transform. Telling stories is a way to bind together experiences, memories, and people. From nursery rhymes to literature, from movies to mythology, storytelling is everywhere; it is an almost universal property of languages across the globe and a skill that we develop as early as two to three years of age. One form of storytelling, expressive writing, does more than entertain the audience—it has been associated with a slew of positive effects for the writer, such as improved relationships, less negative affect and intrusive thoughts, more positive affect and working memory, and even an improvement in asthma symptoms. This has been shown largely through the extensive studies of James Pennebaker from the University of Texas at Austin.

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SECRET #4: Engage the Customer’s Curiosity

Bell, Chip Berrett-Koehler Publishers PDF

dish was a John Dory fish, pan-fried in a ravishing and unique combination of tropical fruits and spices.

“The fish was excellent,” one of us commented to our waiter as he brought the next course of delicacies. “What’s in that dish?”

“I think with some mango and mustard,” he responded in broken

English. We contemplated how we could learn more detail about this special delicacy. Minutes later our dreams were fulfilled.

The head chef appeared at our table with a copy of the cherished recipe. But our lesson did not stop there. He spent five minutes offering a few cautions, shortcuts, and embellishments. He even asked a waiter to bring over the bottle of the wine he used so we could see the label.

As he warmly bid us farewell to return to his kitchen we looked at each other in quiet amazement. Finally, one of us broke the silence: “We’ve all been to chef’s school!”

While “tutor me or lose me” is not yet the byword of today’s customer, their expectation that service providers be super smart has fast become a standard. Call center employees get dinged by customers much more quickly for inadequate knowledge than for rudeness. In fact, most people nowadays would rather have a surly expert than a polite idiot. What’s more, we want to become virtual experts ourselves.

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CHAPTER 5: Project Execution

Pratt, David Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

The project execution process puts the detailed project plans developed by the project team into motion. The time for focusing on identifying requirements, detailing processes, creating designs, and positioning the team to produce the deliverable technical solution is substantially complete. Although the process of progressively elaborating those requirements, processes, designs, and team assignments will almost certainly continue to some extent through the life of the project, the execution process shifts the focus of the project toward using those project artifacts to bring the project’s products to life.

The vast majority of a project’s time and money is consumed during the execution process. All effort up to this point has involved thoughtful consideration, intellectual deliberation, and careful crafting of project documentation. Once the team moves into execution, the pressure is on to produce something tangible. When the execution process is complete and a solution has been provided to the user, the lion’s share of the work is done for the project team. It is a time of great accomplishment but also a time of great risk.

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1 Promoting Engagement

Robin K Morgan Indiana University Press ePub




Learning technologies should be designed to increase,

and not to reduce, the amount of personal contact between students and faculty on intellectual issues.

(Study Group on the Conditions of Excellence in American Higher Education, 1984)

In the May 13, 2011 issue of Science, Louis Deslauriers and colleagues report the results of an interesting experiment conducted at University of British Columbia (Deslauriers, Schelew, & Wieman, 2011). In the words of the authors:


“The instructional approach used in the experimental section included elements promoted by CWSEI and its partner initiative at the University of Colorado: pre-class reading assignments, pre-class reading quizzes, in-class clicker questions with student-student discussion (CQ), small-group active learning tasks (GT), and targeted in-class instructor feedback (IF). Before each of the three 50-min classes, students were assigned a three- or four-page reading, and they completed a short true false online quiz on the reading.”

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20: Total Ownership Cost Considerations in Key Performance Parameters and Beyond (Michael Boudreau and Brad Naegle)

Garrett, Gregory A. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

By Michael Boudreau and Brad Naegle

Is DoD headed down the right path to get total ownership cost (TOC) under control? There are, no doubt, weapons systems that DoD procures without regard for the TOC, as the capability needed is so critical that we would pay nearly anything to have it … for a while, at least. For example, the SR-71 Blackbird was an extremely effective reconnaissance aircraft, but the Air Force was happy to retire the last of the fleet due primarily to the cost of operating the system, purported to be as high as $200,000 per hour in TOC terms. Eventually, the excessive TOC burden of even the most capable weapon system becomes unbearable.

Many useful approaches have been advanced over the past several years to get our collective arms around TOC. The various techniques may be employed, as appropriate, over the total life-cycle of a warfighting system. Yet DoD has not reached the point where it can declare victory. For whatever reason, DoD leadership has not mandated employment of some of its most potent tools to get TOC under control.

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3: The Sudden Cardiac Death Task Force: US-Soviet Collaboration

Lown, Bernard Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

I don’t rule Russia. Ten thousand clerks rule Russia.

There is nothing harsher and more soulless than a bureaucratic machine.

IT WAS SEVERAL YEARS before I had another encounter with Soviet society and its mind-numbing bureaucracy. In August 1972 I received an unexpected telephone call from the US State Department. The message was crisp. “Moscow has requested your medical consultation. Patient unknown. Expect to hear from the Soviet Embassy.” A call from the embassy two hours later was similarly unrevealing. All they would confirm was that the patient was female. Neither age, medical problem, nor the gravity of her illness was communicated by Moscow.

Rather than an invitation, it was a command performance: “Fly to Washington. Bring three photographs for a visa not all the same, such as one at age 20, 30, and 40, one of which must be in color.” A Russian Embassy staff person would make flight arrangements. I was not eager to go just then, as my son was getting married that week. As a delaying tactic I requested more medical information, and it worked.

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