A wide-ranging guide to an emerging subdiscipline of psychology.

HANDBOOK OF NEUROLEADERSHIP

A collection of papers about “neuroleadership,” which combines scientific studies of the brain with psychological studies of leadership and management.

This textbook-style collection of academic papers is the first collaboration between NeuroLeadership Institute director Rock (No Winner Ever Got There Without a Coach, 2012) and Ringleb, the executive director of the Consortium Institute of Management and Business Analysis. Here they organize papers by dozens of contributors from a variety of backgrounds into several thematic sections. They include an introduction to the neuroleadership field, an overview of recent research, and studies of specific topics, such as problem-solving and regulating emotions. The book ably explains neuroleadership to the novice, and offers examples of how a more thorough understanding of the relationship between brain function and emotions might improve decision-making and other types of interactions. Many papers draw on the “SCARF” model, an acronym that describes five key components of a person’s mental state when interacting with others: status, certainty, autonomy, relatedness and fairness. Some papers focus strictly on research, such as fMRI imaging that allows scientists to understand the brain’s responses to decision-making and self-awareness, while others take a more practical approach. Case studies examine the utility of neuroleadership concepts in a training program for NASA managers and in executive coaching situations, and one paper addresses the ways that the SCARF model may be used to improve student engagement with educational environments. Although the book is clearly intended for specialists, with thorough citations attached to each paper, the writers largely manage to avoid academia’s excessive jargon and impenetrable prose. It’s not casual reading, but it is an effective, coherent and enlightening introduction to a complex field that has the potential to shape many aspects of interpersonal relationships.

A wide-ranging guide to an emerging subdiscipline of psychology.

Pub Date: Oct. 30, 2013

ISBN: 978-1483925332

Page Count: 586

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: July 17, 2014

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Carefully researched and chilling, if somewhat overwritten.

COLUMBINE

Comprehensive, myth-busting examination of the Colorado high-school massacre.

“We remember Columbine as a pair of outcast Goths from the Trench Coat Mafia snapping and tearing through their high school hunting down jocks to settle a long-running feud. Almost none of that happened,” writes Cullen, a Denver-based journalist who has spent the past ten years investigating the 1999 attack. In fact, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold conceived of their act not as a targeted school shooting but as an elaborate three-part act of terrorism. First, propane bombs planted in the cafeteria would erupt during lunchtime, indiscriminately slaughtering hundreds of students. The killers, positioned outside the school’s main entrance, would then mow down fleeing survivors. Finally, after the media and rescue workers had arrived, timed bombs in the killers’ cars would explode, wiping out hundreds more. It was only when the bombs in the cafeteria failed to detonate that the killers entered the high school with sawed-off shotguns blazing. Drawing on a wealth of journals, videotapes, police reports and personal interviews, Cullen sketches multifaceted portraits of the killers and the surviving community. He portrays Harris as a calculating, egocentric psychopath, someone who labeled his journal “The Book of God” and harbored fantasies of exterminating the entire human race. In contrast, Klebold was a suicidal depressive, prone to fits of rage and extreme self-loathing. Together they forged a combustible and unequal alliance, with Harris channeling Klebold’s frustration and anger into his sadistic plans. The unnerving narrative is too often undermined by the author’s distracting tendency to weave the killers’ expressions into his sentences—for example, “The boys were shooting off their pipe bombs by then, and, man, were those things badass.” Cullen is better at depicting the attack’s aftermath. Poignant sections devoted to the survivors probe the myriad ways that individuals cope with grief and struggle to interpret and make sense of tragedy.

Carefully researched and chilling, if somewhat overwritten.

Pub Date: April 6, 2009

ISBN: 978-0-446-54693-5

Page Count: 406

Publisher: Twelve

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2009

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THE ABOLITION OF MAN

The sub-title of this book is "Reflections on Education with Special Reference to the Teaching of English in the Upper Forms of Schools." But one finds in it little about education, and less about the teaching of English. Nor is this volume a defense of the Christian faith similar to other books from the pen of C. S. Lewis. The three lectures comprising the book are rather rambling talks about life and literature and philosophy. Those who have come to expect from Lewis penetrating satire and a subtle sense of humor, used to buttress a real Christian faith, will be disappointed.

Pub Date: April 8, 1947

ISBN: 1609421477

Page Count: -

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 17, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1947

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