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7 Managing and Overcoming Toxic Conversations

Casey Reason Solution Tree Press ePub


Managing and Overcoming Toxic Conversations

As you have learned in this book, many factors drive momentum in a virtual learning environment, including well-facilitated threaded conversations. In chapter 6, we talked about some steps you can take as a facilitator to ensure that the conversations you have in the course are thoughtful and productive. However, one of the most pressing challenges that instructors face is when these conversations turn negative or toxic. If you’ve spent any time online looking at public comments on web articles or participating in social media, you’ve seen how ugly online discourse can get. Without proper facilitation from you, this can happen equally quickly in an online classroom. Therefore, this chapter’s purpose is to arm you with perspectives and approaches to deal with toxic conversations in your virtual learning environment and prevent them from spiraling out of control.


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CHAPTER FOURTEEN. Entertaining the body in mind: thoughts on incest, the body, sexuality, and the self

Karnac Books ePub

Ann Horne

“There are no brakes on fantasy”

(Winnicott, 1945, p. 153)

To begin at the beginning …

There had been several years of concern about the Long family. Mrs Long, whose first marriage had been to an older, cruel, violent, and sexually abusive man, had a son (Robert) from that marriage. It was suspected—indeed, disclosed by Robert then retracted—that Mrs Long had sexually abused him and it also seemed to be a matter of local knowledge that, following the death of her husband, she had frequently entertained a group of young adolescent boys in her house. The first contact the clinic had with the family was a consultation about Robert, whose compulsive, sexualised actions had become extremely hard for his care staff and social worker to manage and understand.

Married again, to a man of her own age who, like her, had learning difficulties, Mrs Long had two further children and was pregnant with a third when she was referred. The assessment led the diagnostician to conclude that psychotherapy for Mrs Long was not at that point a treatment of choice; however, the first child of this second marriage, Katiebell, had begun to act in a sexually inappropriate way with her younger brother, being compelled to intrude repeatedly into his bedroom in the middle of the night for this sexual engagement, and a referral was made in relation to this. She had learning difficulties (global developmental delay, functioning on the first centile), was encopretic, still in nappies at night, neglected, and waif-like.

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Copenhagen Business School

Aspen Institute,, The Berrett-Koehler Publishers PDF

A Closer Look at:

Copenhagen Business School

Fredericksburg, Denmark http://uk.cbs.dk/


Our ambition is to make a difference in society. We believe that managers can only create true value for their companies when their management knowledge is leveraged by personal competencies. Developing competencies is a natural part of the quality assurance of CBS programs. The education environment at Copenhagen Business School focuses on reflective learning and developing individual talent.



NOTE: All information is self-reported data submitted to the Center for Business Education



This course discusses the following topics: accounting for sustainability, the triple bottom line, and environmental costing.

Accounting (3)

Business & Government (1)

Economics (2)

Finance (1)

HR Management (1)

International Management (1)

Organizational Behavior (3)

Strategy (7)


Speakers/Seminars (7)

Clubs & Programs (2)

Institutes/Centers (6)

* Figures in parentheses indicate the number of courses/activities that, in whole or in part, integrate social, environmental, or ethical perspectives

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Chapter 2: How do I Know Whom to Include?

Axelrod, Richard H. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub


A wedding is a good example of the challenges and complexities of involvement. It’s certainly something that is hard to do alone. And anyone who has ever planned a wedding knows that the question, “Whom will we include?” is a big, big deal.

The kind of wedding we want has a big influence on whom we invite. The answer can range from the Las Vegas quickie to a wedding on a royal scale at St. Paul’s Cathedral. If the couple chooses the Las Vegas option, fewer people are involved than in the royal scale wedding, which involves many people and many decisions. Most people come out somewhere in between.

Usually, the bride makes a list and the groom makes a list. Their lists include people they want to have there (like their best friends from school and their favorite aunts and uncles) as well as people they feel obligated to ask (like grouchy cousin Lula and brother-in-law Jack, who always gets drunk at weddings). Clashes arise between bride and groom over the size of their lists and specific inclusions and exclusions (such as old flames and buddies considered obnoxious by the opposite party). Eventually the parents of the bride and groom (who are often helping to pay for the whole deal) weigh in with their lists, including local friends and neighbors, business associates, and distant relatives who have never even met the bride and groom. The numbers begin to expand.

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1 Clueless

Frederick Gilbert Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

A presentation cannot make a career, but a presentation can undo a career.

—Bryan Lamkin

As a mid-level manager, you are accustomed to leading your own meetings. You may be a very successful leader with 30 or 300 people under you. In your quarterly off-site meetings with your entire team, your presentations are enthusiastically received. You are a respected and successful leader. Your career is on track. The problem is, when you walk into those quarterly review meetings with the C-level staff, all bets are off.

The stakes could not be higher. Your job, your project, and the jobs of those people who report to you hang in the balance every time you get up to present to senior leadership. This is make or break time. Many a boardroom has been bloodied by the carnage left in the wake of an unprepared speaker, clueless about the rules of the game. It happened to me.

I confidently walked into Dick Anderson’s spacious office at the Hewlett-Packard Computer Systems Division in Cupertino, California. I was manager of our quality publications and training programs. The year was 1982 and I was just two years into my business career. It was my first meeting with a real senior executive. I was accompanied by my boss, Ilene Birkwood, the functional manager of Quality Assurance, who reported to Dick, the general manager of the division of 3,000 people. Our meeting had been scheduled for 30 minutes, but ended abruptly in 15. We didn’t get what we wanted. In spite of my confidence, something had gone terribly wrong, and I didn’t know what it was, or why it happened.

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7. Oneness

Jaworski, Joseph Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

How are we educated by children, by animals! . . .
We live in the currents of universal reciprocity.

—Martin Buber

After the trial concluded, I went backpacking up in the Grand Teton Mountains. I had planned the trip for early September, but the trial had interfered, and instead of canceling, I decided to go in late October. I had been told that the snow would be heavy and it could be a difficult trip, but that was the only time I had. So I found a guide, Paul Lawrence, who had done photography work for magazines and knew about the Tetons during the winter.

Paul and I were at eleven thousand feet near Hurricane Pass between Cascade Canyon and Alaska Basin in the Tetons. It was almost noon on Friday, October 21. I was taking in the spectacular scenery—the Grand Teton itself, the snow-covered passes, crystal clear streams and brooks, running falls, icicle falls, snowshoe rabbits, and bright blue skies. At this time of year, no one else was backpacking in the mountains. We were totally alone.

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5 Realize Your Will to Meaning

Pattakos, Alex Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the “why” for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any “how.”36

“It’s going to be a fun week, sailing the Endeavor, tennis, golf, eating, drinking. All the things we are best known for,” said former Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski. This statement was recorded on a videotape of a two-million-dollar birthday bash that Kozlowski threw for his wife on the island of Sardinia in 2000. An edited version of the tape was shown to jurors at Kozlowski’s larceny trial, providing further evidence that Tyco had funded its ex-CEO’s lavish lifestyle for years before he resigned in June 2002. Alas, Sigmund Freud would be proud, for Dennis Kozlowski demonstrated that Freud’s theory of the pleasure principle, also known as the will to pleasure, is alive and well in corporate America!

Tyco, of course, is not the only major company in recent times that has faced public scrutiny and the wrath of government regulators and the courts because of corporate scandals. Nor is Kozlowski the only corporate executive to have gained such infamous notoriety. Do the names Ken Lay (Enron), Bernie Ebbers (Worldcom), and Martha Stewart ring a bell? And what about Bernard Madoff, the former chairman of the NASDAQ Stock Exchange and Ponzi scheme master — to say nothing of the illicit dealings of those CEOs and other executives, on and off Wall Street, associated with government bailouts of firms that were deemed too big to fail during the financial meltdown and economic crisis of 2008 and after? Incidentally, there are Web sites dedicated to profiling many of these individuals and highlighting the most notorious of the corporate scandals in which they were involved.37 Unlike Tyco’s Kozlowski, it should be noted that many of these executives did (or do) not appear as interested in following Freud’s will to pleasure as they were (or are) in pursuing Alfred Adler’s will to power (in Adler’s words, “striving for superiority”). Adler, you may remember, was a contemporary and mentor of Viktor Frankl.

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17. Chinatown

Karnac Books ePub


As is often true for the patient’s first words in a session, the opening image of Polanski’s Chinatown (1974) sets the scene for the particular psychological terrain that the film will explore. The first thing we see is a photograph of a sexual couple. Clearly, the couple, caught in an act of private passion, have been seen by a hidden third party, the photographer. A series of photographs depicts the intercourse. This is accompanied by a moaning sound from the person (as yet unseen) who is looking at, or being shown, these photographs. There is a momentary ambiguity—is it a moan of voyeuristic excitement or of jealous agony? Quite quickly, the conventions and context of the scene are established. The photographs are being shown by a ‘private eye’ to the husband of the woman photographed, The husband is in a rage, and says, in almost the first words we hear: ‘She’s just no good’, and soon after, ‘I think I’ll kill her\

While the initial ambiguities resolve into a conventional situation, one we feel familiar with within the genre, it is important to hold on to that initial strangeness, because it does throw us into the situation of the primal scene, of oedipal rage at the sexual mother and the private eye that watches. Chinatown will explore this territory of incestuous longings, and subtly contrast it with actual incest In an important contribution Simon (1992) has shown how, in what he describes as ‘the history of an error’, these two radically different but related situations are often muddled, both in our thinking and in the history of psychoanalysis. He compares incest survivors with Holocaust survivors, and by almost equating incest or sexual abuse (and it is interesting to note how the latter term has now replaced the former) with oedipal urges, psychoanalysis has done a serious disservice to the real and devastating trauma of incest. The main character of Chinatown, the private eye, J, J. Gittes, makes a similar mistake, with equally devastating effects, by becoming drawn into a sexual relationship, because of his own oedipal desires, with an abused and damaged object. His attraction to her is oedipal because she is the exclusive possession of the man who has abused her.

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Chapter 2: From Vision to Mission

Jay McTighe Solution Tree Press ePub

By acting on the ideas presented in chapter 1, you collaboratively developed an informed, futures-oriented vision for your organization. You also created a set of artifacts to help crystallize this vision. In this next stage, we move to transform your vision into a clear and achievable mission. In our experience, a lack of alignment between vision and mission creates a rudderless ship with little chance of achieving real improvement for students. Accordingly, articulating a firmly grounded and actionable mission is essential in achieving a vision for change at any level—district, school, or department.

A vision can be thought of as what a district, school, or department wants to become. A mission can be thought of as its core business: what the district, school, or department is about. Our educational mission should thus serve to operationalize our vision. It should reflect the school’s priorities in terms of the main outcomes of student learning based on the school’s conception of its desired future. Unfortunately, mission statements often reflect a mixture of vague catchphrases and jargon. Consider the following examples.

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7 Management of Soilborne Plant Pathogens with Beneficial Root-Colonizing Pseudomonas

Singh, H.B.; Sarma, B.K.; Keswani, C. CABI PDF


Management of Soilborne Plant Pathogens with Beneficial Root-Colonizing Pseudomonas

Dmitri V. Mavrodi,1 Mingming Yang,2* Olga V. Mavrodi1 and Shanshan Wen2

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg,

Mississippi, USA; 2Department of Agronomy, Northwest A&F University, Yangling,

Shaanxi, China


7.1 Introduction

Soilborne plant pathogens are a significant constraint to crop production worldwide.

There are no adequate seed treatments against many soilborne diseases, no resistant cultivars, and current trends towards reduced tillage and longer crop rotations favour the disease. Soilborne diseases reduce the quantity and quality of marketable yields, and their control adds considerably to the cost of production. Economic losses due to soilborne diseases in the United States alone are estimated at >$4 billion per year (Lumsden et al., 1995). It has been estimated that from

2001 to 2003 an average of 7–15% of crop loss occurred on the main world crops due to soilborne fungi and oomycetes (Gaeumannomyces graminis var. tritici, Fusarium

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5. Forgetting

James R. Currie Indiana University Press ePub

(Edward Said)


I started this book by saying no to yes, and out of fidelity to no-saying, I would like to end by saying no to no. But as a result of this consistency of procedure, this book will no longer be consistent. So if there is any conclusion to my investigation, it has already occurred, and what you are now reading is, in effect, an argument that is happening after the end. This does not mean that nothing heretofore will find echo in what happens next. Even if we decide not to talk with our friend about the awful concert we have just attended, it nevertheless casts a certain shadow over our drinks and chat afterward. I am well aware that if you have gotten this far, you may have already had to listen to some quite bad music that might be difficult to forget. It all seemed necessary, even if only time will ultimately tell. But in the meantime, I'd like to indulge in the pleasure and privilege of just being in something different for a moment–precisely, in fact, in order to investigate indifference. So I break the pattern of the rest of this book, which had worked out its philosophical and political arguments around readings of pieces of late eighteenth-century music, and move closer to the present to consider that remarkable and controversial figure of the post-1968 intellectual landscape, Edward Said, who died in 2003. Specifically, I will be concerned with the question of Said's late style, and how it might help us to understand the place for Said of the West-Eastern Divan workshop and orchestra, the project that Said found himself engaged with as a result of his friendship with the conductor Daniel Barenboim and which he often claimed was the most important one of his life.

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Mr. Bobbins

Julia Icenogle Kansas City Star Quilts ePub

Mrs. Bobbins’ DH. He just can’t quite wrap his mind around his wife’s obsession.

“You know, their arms look pretty normal to me.”

Mrs. Bobbins asks her husband to bring her the rotary cutter.

“Mitered corners always do this to her.”

“Oh.THIS fabric stash…”

“This isn’t really what I had in mind when you asked if I wanted to see the fall colors.”

“Oh, your quarters aren’t that fat, dear.”

“Laying out a quilt top over the mess doesn’t count as spring cleaning.”

“People are starting to stare, Dear…”

Some people just aren’t cut out for paper piecing.

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Chapter 4 What We Embody, We Become

Castle, Victoria Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Our habits––which result from the Stories we tell ourselves—don’t remain confined to our thoughts. Our Stories live in our muscles and in our nervous system until they become automatic. We shape ourselves around them, we embody their messages, and what we embody is who we are. When the ancient Greeks explored what constituted the ideal citizen, they identified four qualities: physically fit and strong, emotionally balanced and mature, mentally agile and alert, and having a spiritual or moral order. They saw that those qualities lived in the Soma––the embodiment of the self. Their exploration was an exercise in cultivating Soma, the self.

The Greek word soma refers to the living body in its wholeness—mind, body, and spirit as one. The principles of Somatics recognize that the self is indistinguishable from the body, from our lived experience. That’s why Somatic practices are so effective; they retrain the nervous system by attending to the self as a whole. In this way, real change can take root and become lasting experience.

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CHAPTER SIX: Intimidation at the helm: superego and hallucinations in the analytic treatment of a psychosis

De Masi, Franco Karnac Books ePub

“Perhaps this is the bottom line to mental illness: incomprehensible things occur; your life becomes a bin for hoax-like fluctuations of what used to be reality…. The madman experiences something, but what it is or where it comes from he does not know”

(Dick, 1981, p. 26)

In this chapter I shall attempt to describe the progress of a hallucinatory state that developed during the course of an analysis and to illustrate how the patient’s self was recomposed in a process whereby his confusing and destructuring superego evolved into one that was more characteristic of melancholia. In the course of my exposition, I shall describe the psychic experience resulting from the action of the psychotic superego, involving, for example, condemnation, accusation, and mental terror, and I shall show how the process of recovery was thereby impeded.

I shall, therefore, tell of the road travelled by the patient in order to emerge from the psychotic state, the obstacles overcome, and my own frequent moments of difficulty and loss of bearings; finally, I shall consider the constant recourse by patient and analyst alike to the analytic method as the only possible therapeutic approach.

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Epilogue: The Spare Room: A Father Confronts his Fatherhood

Karnac Books ePub

Joanna Murray Smith

Stephen. Forty. Well dressed. Confident. Very intelligent.

Let me just say this as a preface. There are a lot of things I like about my life, and the thing that gives me the most satisfaction, in an incidental way, is the spare room. A good man deserves a spare room. A mark of success is having a place where useless and obsolescent objects can be stored. The kinds of things you only think about when you're staring at them, you never miss. They are the transitory relics of a human being's inability to focus or commit. And that's fine. I'm man enough to know it. The spare room eliminates guilt and depression caused by awareness of money wasting and intellectual dilettantism. You chuck everything in the spare room and you close the door. It doesn't seem like much, but believe me, it is. It's everything.


My wife is Fran. She has big eyes and long legs and she drives with one foot on the accelerator and the other foot on the brake. At the same time. She's proud of this. Until recent events overtook it, this one act of marital treason was the thing that brought me closest to the edge of insanity. Apart from this, the big difference between us is that she thinks things only exist if they're spoken. Whereas I'm suspicious of things that are spoken and trust the existence of something much more if it's silent. She bangs on about everything. We're watching the news and she starts on about the starving masses and that's fine. But I care about the starving masses without trivialising them with words that can never be adequate to the horror. Somehow, she thinks I am only my spoken self. I can't persuade her, or maybe I don't want to, that the better part of me doesn't have a voice.

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