Why I Don't Work Here Anymore: A Leader’s Guide to Offset the Financial and Emotional Costs of Toxic Employees
Mitchell Kusy PhD
You have likely heard stories from friends, family members, and colleagues who quit a job because of a toxic person―an individual who belittles, shames, humiliates, shames, or bullies. You may not have realized that these individuals not only take their tolls on our emotional psyches, but the financial outcomes of their organizations as well. Through this book’s many case examples, as well as evidence-based practices and templates, each chapter singles out one main issue and how to resolve it with respect and clarity. Dr. Kusy presents concrete practices that will restore civility and respect into your organization as well as with increased financial performance. Some of these practices include:
- Calculating the real financial cost of toxic people in your organization.
- Providing direct and respectful feedback to a toxic peer, direct report, and even your boss.
- Replacing traditional exit interviews -- that often don’t work very well -- with a method for dealing with toxic chameleons who "knock down and kiss up."
- Hiring, engaging talent, and even firing people based on a new approach to values-based performance management.
You will emerge with a newfound understanding that restores personal well-being and increased financial performance.
Evan J. Peterson
- "The term PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) has become part of our dialogues with not only personal physicians but friends and lovers. The gay, bisexual, queer and transgender community is exploring Truvada, the first daily pill prescribed to HIV-negative people that prevents transmission of the virus, while the straight world catches up. Author Evan J. Peterson first wrote about his experience taking PrEP for The Stranger back in 2014. Since then he has chronicled his life in the same clever and sardonic tone; readers of The PrEP Diaries will enjoy Evan's stories about sex, intimacy, and the wild new frontiers of queer life in an increasingly PrEP-savvy world"--Back cover.
This book presents an innovative and empathic approach to working with traumatized teens. It offers strategies for getting through to high-risk adolescents and for building a strong attachment relationship that can help get development back on track. Martha B. Straus draws on extensive clinical experience as well as cutting-edge research on attachment, developmental trauma, and interpersonal neurobiology. Vivid case material shows how to engage challenging or reluctant clients, implement interventions that foster self-regulation and an integrated sense of identity, and tap into both the teen's and the therapist's moment-to-moment emotional experience. Essential topics include ways to involve parents and other caregivers in treatment.
Tom Wessels Professor Emeritus
Acadia National Park, on Maine's Mount Desert Island, is among the most popular national parks in the United States. From the road, visitors can experience magnificent vistas of summit and sea, but on a more intimate scale, equally compelling views abound along Acadia's hiking trails. Tom Wessels, an ecologist, naturalist, and avid hiker, attributes the park's popularity-and its unusual beauty-to the unique way in which earth, air, fire, and water-in the form of glacially scoured granite, winter winds, fire, and ocean fog-have converged to create a landscape that can be found nowhere else. In this beautifully illustrated book, Wessels invites readers to investigate the remarkable natural history of Mount Desert Island, along with the unique cultural story it gave rise to. This account of nature, terrain, and human interaction with the landscape will delight those who like to hike these bald summits, ride along the carriage roads, or explore the island's rugged shoreline. Wessels concludes with a guided tour of one of his favorite hikes, a ten-mile loop that will acquaint the reader with the diverse ecosystems described throughout his book.
Torin Finser PhD
A leader is like an orchestra conductor, setting the tempo but knowing that real music will arise only when each member is playing the appropriate instrument and the right part.
This book is for leaders and administrators in Waldorf schools, Camphill communities, farms, clinics, and other not-for-profit initiatives. The themes are broad―personal, interpersonal, and organizational―and intended to stimulate discussion and awareness in a way that promotes self-reflection that leads to both inner and professional growth. In the end, we are servant–leaders, doing what needs to be done for the sake of real human beings in our care. We need the tools and insights vital to accomplishing our highest ideals. Leadership is not just a job but also a calling.
David Sobel MEd
Environmental education expert David Sobel joins with a variety of colleagues to share their experiences and steps for creating a successful forest kindergarten program. Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens walks you through the European roots of the concept to the recent resurgence of these kinds of programs in North America.
Going well beyond a history lesson, these experts provide the framework to understand the concepts and build a learning community that stimulates curiosity and inquisitiveness in a natural environment. This helpful guide provides the curriculum, ideas, and guidance needed to foster special gifts in children. It also gives you the nuts and bolts of running a successful nature preschool business, such as potential obstacles, staff and curriculum design, best practices for success, site and facility management, and business planning.
Mary Lou Finley, Bernard LaFayette Jr., James R. Ralph, and Pam Smith
Six months after the Selma to Montgomery marches and just weeks after the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a group from Martin Luther King Jr.'s staff arrived in Chicago, eager to apply his nonviolent approach to social change in a northern city. Once there, King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) joined the locally based Coordinating Council of Community Organizations (CCCO) to form the Chicago Freedom Movement. The open housing demonstrations they organized eventually resulted in a controversial agreement with Mayor Richard J. Daley and other city leaders, the fallout of which has historically led some to conclude that the movement was largely ineffective.
In this important volume, an eminent team of scholars and activists offer an alternative assessment of the Chicago Freedom Movement's impact on race relations and social justice, both in the city and across the nation. Building upon recent works, the contributors reexamine the movement and illuminate its lasting contributions in order to challenge conventional perceptions that have underestimated its impressive legacy.
Torin Finser PhD
First, one might ask: Why not just read the first three books? After all, Rudolf Steiner wrote them in such a way that the very act of reading them can awaken new faculties. Who could ever duplicate that? It might even seem presumptuous to select passages from books that were constructed by an initiate. To those who have these and other objections, I have the following response: My hope is that the pages in this book serve as an invitation, so that those who work with this material will then be motivated to go to the original texts and work with them more intensively. —Torin Finser
Torin Finser PhD
What does a healthy, successful school look like? Is it all about measurable outcomes, test scores, and pass/fail grades set by the government? Can learning be quantified in short-term measurements or does real learning take years to manifest in a career or biography? All seem to agree that a healthy school is also a community and that community depends on the quality of relationships―chiefly the relationships among students, teachers, and parents.
This book features a comprehensive examination of the parent–teacher relationship in all its dimensions, from parent evenings and conferences to communication, conflict, and the life-cycle of parent involvement in their school.
In between the chapters on practical advice are sections that consider the issues from a deeper, spiritual dimension. This book is intended to stimulate conversation, self-reflection, and relational practices that awaken community life in and around our schools.
Lorraine Mangione PhD and Donna H. DiCello PsyD
Losing a father can be absolutely wrenching. This insightful guide tells the story of the strong connections between daughters and dads throughout life, and the consequent grief and loss a daughter feels when her father dies. Stories from 50 women offer glimpses into the many aspects of the father/daughter relationships that are warm and nurturing, sometimes complicated and conflicted, and always solid and enduring. The Italian American women interviewed ultimately find great peace and meaning in the on-going relationship with their fathers, even after death. Using these women's stories, the readers are presented with a multi-faceted discussion filled with amusement, complexity and intensity, struggle and resistance, and above all, remarkably powerful family bonds. Daughters, Dads, and the Path Through Grief leads the reader to understanding and loving the father/daughter relationship, and ultimately finding a way to live through the grief.
Shana L. Hormann and Pat Vivian
- Organizational Trauma and Healing is written for organizational leaders, consultants, and other practitioners interested in helping organizations become stronger. It gives them concepts and tools to strengthen their organizations and to help the organizations to heal from organizational trauma. The book describes the inherent influence of organizational work on organizational patterns and culture and connects that influence to trauma and traumatization. It introduces a framework to analyze organizational realities in broad and deep ways and strategies to avoid or mitigate danger of traumatization as well as improve organizational health and sustainability. The authors offer theory and practice based on more than thirty years of work with not-for-profit and government organizations.
Evan J. Peterson and Vincent Kovar
- "Gather 'round, you dandies and decadents, you brown-hatters and new women, for the most astounding marvel of the latent age: Ghosts in Gaslight, Monsters in Steam! The fifth volume of furious ephemera from Gay City Health Project, brought to you by Minor Arcana Press!"--Cover.
A high-school senior caring for her younger brother and his best friend, Trusty, a mute Siberian Husky, packs up their car and sets out for Alaska in an effort to find inspiration and follow her dreams.
There's no doubt about it: the Common Core has us scrambling. With all the pressure to accelerate instruction, how can we possibly find the time to encourage students to do some serious thinking? For Laura Thomas, the answer couldn't be clearer: through constructivist, experiential teaching methods. In fact, constructivist teaching is the single-best way to nurture the higher-order thinking so central to the Common Core. Fusing the practical with the theoretical, Thomas offers a clear path for facilitating real understanding and real skill-building within a community of learners. Grade 6-12 teachers will learn how to: Plan learning experiences that teach content and process at the same time; Assess students' development of 21st-century skills; Coach students to do the hard work of authentic learning - without leaving them to flounder; Teach reflection techniques that help students process their experiences and learn from mistakes. Featuring easy-to-follow graphics, sample lessons, and tools from practicing teachers, Facilitating Authentic Learning is an immediately practical resource that both beginning and veteran teachers can put to work in their classrooms.
Thomas Wessels Professor Emeritus
In this compelling and cogently argued book, Tom Wessels demonstrates how our current path toward progress, based on continual economic expansion and inefficient use of resources, runs absolutely contrary to three foundational scientific laws that govern all complex natural systems. It is a myth, he contends, that progress depends on a growing economy.
Wessels explains his theory with his three laws of sustainability: (1) the law of limits to growth, (2) the second law of thermodynamics, which exposes the dangers of increased energy consumption, and (3) the law of self-organization, which results in the marvelous diversity of such highly evolved systems as the human body and complex ecosystems. These laws, scientifically proven to sustain life in its myriad forms, have been cast aside since the eighteenth century, first by Western economists, political pragmatists, and governments attracted by the idea of unlimited growth, and more recently by a global economy dominated by large corporations, in which consolidation and oversimplification create large-scale inefficiencies in both material and energy usage.
Wessels makes scientific theory readily accessible by offering examples of how the laws of sustainability function in the complex systems we can observe in the natural world around us. He shows how systems such as forests can be templates for developing sustainable economic practices that will allow true progress. Demonstrating that all environmental problems have their source in a disregard for the laws of sustainability that is based on the myth of progress, he concludes with an impassioned argument for cultural change.
The three Rs of leadership : building effective early childhood programs through relationships, reciprocal learning, and reflection
Julie K. Biddle
Thoughts on leadership, relationships, reciprocal learning and reflection, understood as both critical reflection, and reflective practice.
Philomena Essed and Schwab Schwab
Clones, Fakes and Posthumans: Cultures of Replication explores cloning and related phenomena that inform each other, like twins, fakes, replica, or homogeneities, through a cultural prism. ? ...We also explore possible relations between a cloning mentality and a consumer society that fosters a brand-name mentality. The construction and (coercive) implementation of copy-prone technological and symbolic items are at the very heart of the consumer society and its modes of mass production as they have emerged from and seek to articulate, define, and refine modernity and modernization .. from the publisher's website http://www.rodopi.nl/functions/search.asp?BookId=THAMYRIS+25
An internationally known scholar, Dr. Philomena Essed is a Professor of Critical Race, Gender & Leadership Studies in the PhD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.
Carolyn Kenny; Tina Ngaroimata Fraser; Raquel D, Gutiérrez; Gail Cheney; Michelle Archuleta; and Annette Squetimkin-Anquoe
"Indigenous scholars strive to produce accessible research grounded in the daily lives of Native peoples, research that will improve their communities in meaningful and sustained ways. They also recognize that long-lasting change depends on effective leadership. Living Indigenous Leadership showcases innovative research and leadership practices from diverse nations and tribes in Canada, the United States, and New Zealand. The contributors, all women, use vibrant stories and personal narratives to offer insights into the unique nature of Indigenous leadership. "--Publisher's website.
Dr. Carolyn Kenny is a professor of Human Development and Indigenous Studies in the PhD Program in Leadership & Change at Antioch University.
Students and graduates of the PhD Program in Leadership & Change have contributed chapters in this book:
Raquel D. Gutierrez, Gail Cheney, Annette Squetimkin-Anquoe, Michelle Archuletta
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Evan J. Peterson
Skin Job is the opening salvo of the new wave of science fiction and horror poetry. Evan J. Peterson, horror poetry columnist, debuts his own first collection of horror and sci-fi poetry in this meditation on monstrosity. Stitching together such visceral inspirations as David Cronenberg, Allen Ginsberg, David Lynch, H. P. Lovecraft, Sylvia Plath, Oscar Wilde, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Skin Job raises the bar on so-called "genre" poetry. Now available from Minor Arcana Press, the poetry imprint of Squall Publishing. Find the book trailer, a short horror film, at the Minor Arcana Press website
Torin Finser PhD
Torin Finser takes on some of our contemporary challenges and proposes new solutions. Rather than simply “kicking the can down the road,” as often happens with issues such as sovereign debts, Middle East conflicts, and environmental issues, Finser calls for individual initiative. Drawing on a variety of rich cultural and spiritual traditions, he makes the case for social change that begins within. To do so, one must first access resources that support initiative and innovation. Key questions discussed in this book include:
- How is it possible to live a spiritual life in our materialistic age?
- Can an individual person still make a difference?
- How can we use a whole-systems approach to innovation?
- How can planetary wisdom help us find appropriate leadership styles?
- What are the inner conditions needed to work with the transcendent Self?
- In the swirl of multi-tasking, how can we find moments of solitude and reflection?
David Sobel MEd
When David Sobel’s children were toddlers, he set out to integrate a wide range of nature experiences into their family life, play, and storytelling. Blending his passion as a parent with his professional expertise, he created adventures tailored to their developmental stages: cultivating empathy with animals in early childhood, exploring the woods in middle childhood, and devising rites of passage in adolescence. This book is Sobel’s vivid and moving memoir of their journey and an inspiring guide for other parents who seek to help their children bond with the natural world. As we share this family's experiences, we observe how wild play in nature hones a sense of wonder, provides healthy challenges, and nurtures Earth stewardship—and we share Sobel’s joy as his children, Eli and Tara, grow into earthbound, grounded young adults.
Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods identified the urgent problem of “nature deficit” in today’s children, sounding the alarm for parents, educators, and policy makers. Wild Play is a hopeful response, offering families myriad ways to blaze their own trails; it should become another classic in this field.
Colin C. Ward and Teri Reuter
The counseling model presented in this book goes beyond traditional approaches by equipping mental health practitioners with strength-centered techniques and interventions. It also provides graduate students in counselor education programs a foundation while working in an effective broad-application model of counseling.
Authors Colin C. Ward and Teri Reuter resolve the ambiguity about how postmodernism fits into everyday practice and offer a cutting-edge text that presents the counseling knowledge and skills needed to assist individuals and families with embracing life's struggles not only from a context of problems and adversity, but also of solutions, strengths, and wellness.
This text is designed for mental health practitioners as well as counseling theories and skills related courses in counseling, psychology, and related fields.
Julie K. Biddle
The Power of We: The Ohio Study Group Experience traces the work of a network of early childhood educators who are inspired by and engaged in the study of the early childhood programs and practices of Reggio Emilia, Italy. The text describes how the network of study groups began, expanded, and sustained their work. It explains how study groups serve as professional development and are integral to the shaping of learning communities and making an impact on classroom practices in early childhood programs. It chronicles some of the specific experiences of study groups as well as initiatives of Ohio Voices for Learning (OVL), the organization formed by study group facilitators. This book is important for the uniqueness of the organization it describes and the direction it provides for others interested in replicating the study group experience in their geographic area. The targeted audience is the general early childhood education field. It is also appropriate for any educator engaged in or interested in study groups and professional learning communities.
Nothing is black or white in the murky town of Alderman, North Carolina, no matter how much the human and ghostly residents of Idyllic Grove Rice Plantation would like it to be. Weaving together the threads of three women rooted by life or death to this haunted Southern landscape, Ghost Swamp Blues pulls the reader into the layers of racism, family loyalties, and hidden relationships that intertwine as naturally as the kudzu that covers the trees where the Swamp Sirens sing.
All writers are faced at some point with feelings of self-consciousness and self-doubt about their work. In this invaluable guide, Laraine Herring offers advice to writers who want to become more comfortable with their writing, face their inhibitions, and gain the confidence to release their true voice. Utilizing the breath, a vigorous movement practice designed to break up stagnation with the body and the mind, and writing exercises aimed both at self-exploration and developing works-in-progress, Herring offers a clear path to writing through illusion. Learn how to remove obstacles in your writing and develop techniques to help you relax into your own voice; discover ways to enter into a compassionate, non-judgmental relationship with yourself so that you can write safely and authentically from a place of absolute vulnerability; and discover the interconnectedness of your personal writing process and the community as a whole. The Writing Warrior will not only help you find ways to develop your writing, but also ways to develop yourself.
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