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Is Your School Lying To You? Get The Career You Want, Get The Life You Deserve.

: Edd Williams

  The world is changing. Education is changing, but careers and university advice isn’t, and more than that it hasn’t for the last 30 years. The teachers we are entrusting with our children’s futures lack the essential skills and experience to competently advise them – a view that is also held by employers, Ofsted, The Department for Education, The Sutton Trust, and other think-tanks.   Is Your School Lying to You? Get The Career You Want. Get The Life You Deserve. is the complete, comprehensive ‘how to’ academic and careers guide aimed at every student considering their options. It is for anyone who is struggling with their decisions, those who want some clear advice about what they should be doing and when, or those who know exactly what they want but aren’t sure how to go about it.  In fact, it’s aimed at every student who cares about their future. This book offers real world insights about how to identify what you really want from your life, how to plot your academic journey and its impact on your career prospects, how to write your personal statement or CV, advice from successful people from a variety of industries, best practice for interviews, work experience, internships and a host of other critical skills to help achieve your goals – even if you don’t know what those goals might yet be.       Edd Williams is a successful recruitment consultant and has many years of experience in dealing with industry, speaking to employers, looking at CVs, prepping people for interviews and helping people of all ages access the careers of their choice.  He is also an academic and careers consultant, school governor, parent and regular blogger. Read more…

Change, Intervention and Consequence: An Exploration of the Process of Intended Change

: Douglas, Tom.

Trying to change human behaviour is an increasingly widespread phenomena. A “change industry” has developed, with beneficial objectives and strong moral standards but which uses processes that are to a large extent accepted as articles of faith. This text examines what intentional change processes essentialy are and places them in them in relation to the natural development of human change and to the question of consequences. It considers how the most important outcomes of social intervention tend to be those that were never anticipated. The principle theme of Tom Douglas’s text concerns the ignored peripheral and major consequences of intervention in the lives of people, as individuals, or as members of groups or organizations. Read more…

Behind the Silicon Curtain: The Seduction of Work in a Lonely Era

: Hayes, Dennis.

Dennis Hayes provides a disturbing account of the underside of the Silicon Valley describes the pursuit of wealth, power and technical enchantment on the one side, and the human degradation on the other. Read more…

From Dependency to Autonomy: Studies in Organization and Change

: Miller, Eric.

The author draws on the experience of three decades as organizational consultant to a variety of institutions, employing approaches drawn from psychoanalysis, systems theory and the group relations movement. Among the sites analysed in these papers are an airline; hospitals for incurables, the elderly, the mentally ill; a diocese; a prison; a diplomatic mission; manufacturing companies and rural sites. Throughout his case studies Eric Miller addresses issues of dependence, independence and counterdependence. In all of the settings his aim has been to help people to gain greater influence over their environments. In the concluding chapters he lifts his eyes from small groups and society in microcosm to address society as an intelligible field of study. Throughout the book he focuses constantly on concepts in action. Read more…

What Happens In Groups?

: Hinshelwood, Robert.

Group processes are often surprising, bewildering, impenetrable. The author, Robert Hinshelwood,  works systematically through the psychoanalytic concepts which bear on what happens in groups. His examples are drawn from many years of experience in therapeutic communities, but are relevant to any sort of group. Author of the highly-praised Dictionary of Kleinian Thought, Hinshelwood draws on the ideas of Jacques, Bion and Menzies Lyth. Read more…

Personality of Organisation CB

: Stapley, Lionel.

Over the past twenty years, the topic of organisational culture has exploded into a plethora of publications, courses, seminars and workshops. Authors and experts have proceeded, one after another, to attempt to define this intriguing but difficult concept. Lionel Stapley believes that these current theories about organisational culture fail because they concentrate on simple, surface issues. They make no attempt to deal with underlying, unconscious processes. Emotions run deep in organisations as much as they do in any other sphere of life especially when an organisation is going through a period of change. Using concepts and tools from psychoanalysis, the author tries to help us understand the collective feelings of members of organisations; to emphasise the role of unconscious processes in the creation of a culture and its importance to the management of change. Through a progressive structure, the book gives a thorough grounding in both theory and insights. This book is written for all those who want to develop a deeper understanding of organisations and how they work; academics and students of management and organisation, consultants and managers. Read more…

Discipline and Governmentality at Work

: Winiecki, Donald .J

How we know ourselves, how we are known by the institutions in which we work, and how we are known by our co-workers and our families is increasingly affected in a constantly changing network of technologies and strategies. As we enter the 21st century, these include computers and telecommunications, as well as management, ‘psy’ fields, and accounting. In the workplace, these technological forms are lashed together into systems and strategies that reflect a form of rationality and allow norms for seeing, representing and knowing work and workers to arise. These norms and forms produce distinctly modern forms of subjectivity, ‘truth’ and power to make workers into subjects. Tertiary (service) labour is the fastest growing form of paid work in the economic catchment of the West. Mediation of labour through computers and telecommunication is also increasing at a remarkable rate. Nonetheless, there are few detailed analyses of subjectivity in technology-mediated tertiary labour. Drawn from ethnographic research using post-structural analytics, Donald Winiecki’s book describes how a collection of technologies is taken up in a common form of tertiary labour – call centres – to produce ‘truth’, knowledge, power and modern forms of subjectivity and social subjects. It also challenges assumptions of Marxian and management theory by demonstrating that workers are neither dominated nor liberated, rather how they are made responsible for and caught up in the apparatus that renders them as subjects. This book provides a detailed look at the ‘genealogy of subjectivity’ at work. It shows ‘how we are now’ as a population whose selves and subjectivity are produced face-to-face with technology-mediated systems. Read more…

Psychometrics Primer

: Kline, Paul

This text by Paul Kline provides an introduction to psychometrics. The central chapters describe the nature of scientific measurement, the way psychometric tests are constructed and illustrate intelligence, aptitude and other psychological tests. Read more…

Collaborative creativity: Contemporary perspectives

: Miell, Dorothy

The contributors to this volume adopt a socio-cultural approach to understanding collaborative creativity across a wide range of domains such as music composition, business, school-based creative writing and art, fashion design, theatre production and web-based academic collaborations. Central to the socio-cultural approach to creativity is the recognition that it is a fundamentally social process. It thus follows that, if we are to understand and characterise human creativity, we need to examine the cultural, institutional and interpersonal contexts that support and sustain such activity. We also need to understand how cultural tools and technologies resource collaborative creativity. The volume offers a distinctive and valuable contribution to this growing field of scholarship by presenting new empirical findings, reviews and critiques of existing literature together with suggestions for how this field should develop. Edited by Dorothy Miell and Karen Littleton. Read more…

Judo with Words

: Berckhan, Barbara

This is a handbook for verbal self-defence. Barbara Berckhan describes the techniques for protecting and defending oneself effectively in challenging communication situations, and how to shorten hostile interchanges, and to stop provocations. It gives constructive alternatives to being tongue-tied and feeling powerles in the face of aggression, teaches how to shorten angry interchanges and how to gracefully exit an argument, how to give a verbal riposte without getting emotionally too involved, and how to build an invisible mental “shield” that serves to protect our integrity. Read more…