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The Mind S Best Work

Author : David N. PERKINS
ISBN : 9780674042032
Genre : Psychology
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Over the years, tales about the creative process have flourished-tales of sudden insight and superior intelligence and personal eccentricity. Coleridge claimed that he wrote "Kubla Khan" in one sitting after an opium-induced dream. Poe declared that his "Raven" was worked out "with the precision and rigid consequence of a mathematical problem." D. N. Perkins discusses the creative episodes of Beethoven, Mozart, Picasso, and others in this exploration of the creative process in the arts, sciences, and everyday life. Table of Contents: A Parable 1. Witnesses to Invention 2. Creative Moments 3. Ways of the Mind 4. Critical Moments 5. Searching For 6. Plans Down Deep 7. Plans Up Front 8. Lives of Inquiry 9. Having It 10. The Shape of Making Notes Sources Index Reviews of this book: A delightful book, easy to read, amusing and jammed with intriguing "personal experiments," puzzles for the reader that offer insights into creative thinking. It is a valuable book because it summarizes well the results of recent investigations and effectively debunks a variety of cherished myths... Read the book for fun. Read it to find out what psychologists are up to. --New York Times Book Review Reviews of this book: The Mind's Best Work [is] a guided tour of the new psychology of creative thinking... Perkins belongs in that rare company of Lewis Thomas and other popularizers of science who combine a lively style, playful wit and discriminating scholarship. --Newsday Reviews of this book: A survey of scientific research that's also a work of playful wit. --Newsweek
Category: Psychology

When Teams Work Best

Author : Frank LaFasto
ISBN : 0761923667
Genre : Business & Economics
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`[A] tour de force on what makes teams successful. Building on sound theory and relying on extensive research, they offer specific, practical tools that will deliver team value. Team members, business leaders, and organization consultants should not only read, but use this work′ - Professor Ulrich, University of Michigan `This book makes collaboration a vivid and workable concept′ - Allan R Cohen, Professor of Global Leadership, Babson College When Teams Work Best helps us understand what makes teams succeed, why teams fail, and what can be done to improve the ability of a team to work together productively. Sometimes teams work effectively, but often they don′t. No one knows this better than team members themselves. This book is based on twenty years of research in which the authors asked more than 6,000 team members across a variety of businesses and industries, in both public and private sectors, to assess their teams, their team leaders, and each other. In the safety of confidentiality, team members identified what encourages teams to succeed and what discourages teams into failure. Building on this analysis and the authors own extensive observations of hundreds of teams in scores of organizations the authors offer specific advice for improving team leadership, becoming a more effective team member, developing positive team relationships, creating a more supportive organizational environment, and enhancing team problem solving abilities. The emphasis throughout the book is on practical, portable insight. At the start of each chapter, is a one-page "Snapshot" that provides a concise overview of the chapter contents. Then, each chapter′s discussion opens with a real-life scenario that introduces the issues discussed in that chapter in concrete, familiar terms. Throughout the book you hear the voices of actual team members in the form of a number of quotations that speak candidly and in down-to-earth ways about the difficulties and triumphs they experience in working in teams. Finally, to help you put the chapter′s lessons into practice, each chapter concludes with a "Putting It to Work" section that includes specific suggestions and helpful instruments that you can use directly or adapt to suit your circumstances. You′ll find that you come away from this book with much more than a theoretical idea of what should make teams work best. You′ll come away with the collective insights of thousands of team members and leaders on what really does work to bring out the best in teams. And you′ll have in hand the tools that can help you put these insights to work. Who Needs This Book? · Executives and managers who are responsible for the overall functioning of teams can use this book to ensure that teams throughout the organization understand what it takes to make collaboration work. They can learn what to look for in exemplary and less-than-exemplary teams, from the qualities of team members, to the processes that successful teams use, to the attributes of effective team leaders (Chapters 1-4). Senior managers may also want to pay particular attention to Chapter 5, which discusses organizational factors that foster or impede the work of collaborative teams. · Team leaders will find specific practical guidance in every chapter that can improve their leadership of teams. The book can be an excellent training vehicle for team leaders, whether they are seasoned veterans or new to the job. In addition to learning valuable strategies and techniques for themselves, they can use much of the material in the book in managing team members to collaborate more effectively. Finally, team leaders can use the ideas in Chapter 5 on the organizational culture to assess organizational obstacles to their work and advocate constructive change. · Team members can use this book to improve their own participation in teams, help their team function more effectively, and prepare to become leaders themselves.
Category: Business & Economics

Best Practices For Social Work With Refugees And Immigrants

Author : Miriam Potocky-Tripodi
ISBN : 0231115830
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 64.29 MB
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Rather than focusing on specific groups, this book takes a pan-cultural perspective that focuses on the common experiences of refugees and immigrants. It presents a best-practice for each problem area defined.
Category: Social Science

Best Practice In Social Work

Author : Karen Jones
ISBN : 9781137087898
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 27.12 MB
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Social work has laboured too long under a 'deficit' model that focuses on failings and problems of practice. Emphasising best practice, strengths and collaborative partnership this ambitious book seeks to redress the balance. Undergraduate and post-qualifying social work students alike will find it a useful resource.
Category: Social Science

Review It Helping Peers Create Their Best Work

Author : Kristin Fontichiaro
ISBN : 9781631888892
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
File Size : 46.18 MB
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Learn how to review other people's work and provide constructive advice with these fun activities. Students will practice giving tactful critiques, a foundational skill that will benefit them both academically and personally. Additional text features and search tools, including a glossary and an index, help students locate information and learn new words.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Best Get Out Of Work Excuses

Author : John Tardy
ISBN : 9781411661479
Genre :
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If you enjoy maximizing your vacation, sick and personal days, and you seek more knowledge about the techniques others have used to take much deserved time off, this book is for you. It is comprised of the best Get out of work excuses the author has heard from his employees over the years

The Best Place To Work

Author : Ron Friedman, PhD
ISBN : 9781101625538
Genre : Psychology
File Size : 79.19 MB
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For readers of Malcolm Gladwell, Daniel Pink, and Freakonomics, comes a captivating and surprising journey through the science of workplace excellence. Why do successful companies reward failure? What can casinos teach us about building a happy workplace? How do you design an office that enhances both attention to detail and creativity? In The Best Place to Work, award-winning psychologist Ron Friedman, Ph.D. uses the latest research from the fields of motivation, creativity, behavioral economics, neuroscience, and management to reveal what really makes us successful at work. Combining powerful stories with cutting edge findings, Friedman shows leaders at every level how they can use scientifically-proven techniques to promote smarter thinking, greater innovation, and stronger performance. Among the many surprising insights, Friedman explains how learning to think like a hostage negotiator can help you diffuse a workplace argument, why placing a fish bowl near your desk can elevate your thinking, and how incorporating strategic distractions into your schedule can help you reach smarter decisions. Along the way, the book introduces the inventor who created the cubicle, the president who brought down the world’s most dangerous criminal, and the teenager who single-handedly transformed professional tennis—vivid stories that offer unexpected revelations on achieving workplace excellence. Brimming with counterintuitive insights and actionable recommendations, The Best Place to Work offers employees and executives alike game-changing advice for working smarter and turning any organization—regardless of its size, budgets, or ambitions—into an extraordinary workplace.
Category: Psychology

Work From Home Jobs The 25 Best Paying

Author : Tony Rehor
ISBN : 9781477544976
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 39.88 MB
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25 of the best paying work from home jobs are explained in this book. You will learn what is required to turn your own home into your own private office or business and enjoy a middle class income. No more hunting for a job. These are all high paying Home Business opportunity's. Isn't it time to take control of your future? This guide gives you the basic requirements and start-up cost of the best 25 home businesses. Read this publication and Take Action!
Category: Business & Economics