Psychology as a Biological Science by Robert Biswas-Diener (ed.)This textbook provides standard introduction to psychology course content with a specific emphasis on biological aspects of psychology. This includes more content related to neuroscience methods, the brain and the nervous system. This book can be modified: feel free to add or remove modules to better suit your specific needs.Please note that the publisher requires you to login to access and download the textbooks.
Together: The Science of Social Psychology by R. Biswas-Diener & E. Diener (Eds.)This textbook presents core concepts common to introductory social psychology courses. The 8 units include 27 modules covering key social psych topics such as research methods, group processes, social influence, and relationships. This book can be modified: feel free to add or remove modules to better suit your specific needs.
Motivation, Effort, and the Neural Network Model by Theodore Wasserman; Lori WassermanOur understanding of how the human brain operates and completes its essential tasks continues is fundamentally altered from what it was ten years ago. We have moved from an understanding based on the modularity of key structural components and their specialized functions to an almost diametrically opposed, highly integrated neural network model, based on a vertically organized brain dependent on small world hub principles. This new understanding completely changes how we understand essential psychological constructs such as motivation. Network modeling posits that motivation is a construct that describes a modified aspect of the operation of the human learning system that is specifically designed to cause a person to pursue a goal. Anthropologically and developmentally, these goals were initially basic, including things like food, shelter and reproduction. Over the course of time and development they develop into a complex web of extrinsic and then intrinsic goals, objectives and values. The core for all of this development is the inborn flight or fight reaction has been modified over time by a combination of inborn human temperamental characteristics and life experiences. This process of modification is, in part, based on the operation of a network based error-prediction network working in concert with the reward network to produce a system of ever evolving valuations of goals and objectives. These valuations are never truly fixed. They are constantly evolving, being modified and shaped by experience. The error prediction network and learning related networks work in concert with the limbic system to allow affect laden experiences to inform the process of valuation. These networks, operating in concert, produce a cognitive process we call motivation. Like most networks, the motivation system of networks is recruited when the task demands of the situation require them. Understanding motivation from this perspective has profound implications for many scientific disciplines in general and psychology in specific. Psychologically, this new understanding will alter how we understand client behavior in therapy and when being evaluated. This new understanding will provide direction for new therapeutic intervention for a variety of disorders of mental health. It will also inform testing practices concerning the evaluation of effort and malingering. This book is not a project in reductionism. It is the polar opposite. A neural network understanding of the operation of the human brain allows for the integration of what has come before into a comprehensive and integrated model. It will likely provide the basis for future research for years to come.
Publication Date: 2020-10-28
Motivation and Self-Fulfillment by Verl Anderson; Cam CaldwellThe idea that motivation is largely an internally generated desire is sometimes new to individuals. Traditional thinking held by a large portion of the population is that leaders motivate others within organizations, and motivation is impacted predominantly by external incentives that are created to encourage others to conform and comply with desired performance standards. Although many leaders, managers, and supervisors may believe that it is part of their job description to motivate their followers, the opinion of many experts is that motivation is largely an internally-generated choice made by each individual. If it is true that motivation is primarily internally generated, perhaps this book should then be accompanied by a "Warning Label" that reads, "Caution! This book may influence your thinking and change your assumptions about yourself!" In fact, the primary purpose of this book is to "hold up a mirror" so that readers may, if they so choose, reflect on themselves and the factors which motivate them individually. If motivation is both individual and highly personal, then it behooves each one of us to thoughtfully undertake a self-assessment process to understand more fully how we are motivated, inspired, and influenced in our daily lives. Throughout this book, we cheerfully admit that we challenge assumptions of "conventional wisdom" that are often held by the average person. Much of what we think we know needs to be confirmed or disconfirmed in this world and there is no better place to validate what we actually know than with our efforts to understand ourselves. The theme of this book is clear and straight forward. "Each individual is far more capable of accomplishing great things than he or she can even imagine -- and understanding our own identity can enable us to more completely honor our potential." That''s the main idea of this book -- and we think it''s both a powerful message and a worthy subject to study and understand for every person who picks up this book or who accesses it online. There are very few simple issues in life, and certainly the complex nature of each person''s world is no exception. The effort that individuals make to understand what matters most in their lives is rarely consciously undertaken -- or compared with how those individuals actually invest their time each day. In this book we address why individuals make so many of the errors associated with self-deception, cognitive dissonance, and downright personal dishonest or lying to oneself. More importantly, we also address how readers can reflect on those common practices and make the decision to change dysfunctional patterns and self-defeating behaviors that cause so many people to underperform in life. If you wish to gain a clearer understanding of yourself and the degree to which your actions are inconsistent with what you think matters most, then perhaps this book is just what you have been looking for. We encourage each reader to make the personal investment to examine each chapter of this book and determine how its contents can change their life. Our promise to you is that this book and its contents can help you to have a clearer understanding of yourself, your habits, your inconsistencies, and your values. The contents of this book contain principles, guidelines, and concepts that you can ponder, test, and evaluate -- and our commitment to you is that you will become a more enlightened and insightful person if you incorporate the ideas suggested herein. We hope that you choose to be motivated -- that you make the affirmative choice to read the pages of this book, to contemplate its message, and apply its insights. That decision to invest in yourself can enable you to live a more fulfilling life, have more meaningful relationships with others, and be more successful in accomplishing your personal and professional goals. The decision to be motivated to read this book is yours. We hope you will find this book to be a useful resource and that its contents will bless your life.
Publication Date: 2020-08-18
Lifespan Development by Lumen LearningLifespan Development examines the physical, cognitive, and socioemotional changes that occur throughout a lifetime. This course covers the essentials in understanding human development, psychological research, and theories of growth and development. Students will come to understand the lifespan perspective and to analyze growth through each of the major stages of development: prenatal development, infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, adolescence, early adulthood (including emerging adulthood), middle adulthood, and late adulthood.
Publication Date: 2020
Coaching and Mentoring at Work by Mary P. Connor; Julia B. Pokora"The book provides a very accessible explanation of the whole area of coaching and mentoring across many different work settings, with practical examples and exercises. The new edition also includes a number of excellent case studies by those who have developed coaching and mentoring and a coaching culture in different sectors." Peter Hawkins, Professor of Leadership at Henley Business School and author of Creating a Coaching Culture (Open University Press 2012) "Coaches, mentors and clients will welcome this second edition. With a focus on effective practice, clear links are made between principles, approaches and models, skills, tools and techniques and interactive case examples. The new material on reflective practice, supervision, accreditation and frequently asked questions makes this book an excellent resource for purchasers, providers and students of coaching and mentoring." Dr Gerard Egan, Professor Emeritus, Loyola University, Chicago, USA "As a coach and as an HR Director, this book has become a main source of reference since I first read it. It''s an accessible and absorbing read. It has helped when preparing for difficult coaching sessions, and later, when reflecting on my practice. It provides a huge amount of information on the principles of coaching and mentoring and some really practical advice on how to apply these principles to improve performance at work. The new edition adds further superb insights and a more reflective dimension - together with concise answers to some frequently asked questions. My favourite coaching and mentoring book!" Sue Covill, Coach and former Director of Human Resources "With teams of teachers and school leaders The Skilled Helper Model has proved itself to be a robust and flexible tool for frameworking coaching conversations. I use it frequently both implicitly and explicitly with learners. The questions in the 2nd edition of Coaching and Mentoring at Work help explain the stages of the model to learners and provide invaluable prompts for leaders new to coaching." Hannah Jones, BlueKiteCoach "Mary Connor and Julia Pokora clearly live by one of the central tenets of their new book - ''effective practice is reflective practice''. They have listened to feedback on the 1st edition and made some pivotal changes. The book has a new structure of four sections that give a cohesive, interlinking framework that works. They have reconfigured the core of the earlier book and augmented it with some new material. I really like the way they have incorporated their own voices into the narrative - there was a real sense of how their current practice has emerged from a range of influences and approaches and is still developing. There is an excellent new chapter on reflective practice and supervision that I anticipate I will be read and re-read many times. They have also brought clarity to me about the confusing world of coaching accreditation in another new chapter. Finally, the FAQ''s in the final section are a distillation of pure wisdom. The new edition has exceeded all my expectations." Alan Swann, Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist/Clinical Director for Revalidation & CPD, Newcastle Older Peoples'' Mental Health Services "We use Coaching and Mentoring at Work as one of our core texts on training courses for the London Deanery Coaching and Mentoring Service. Clinicians and healthcare professionals learn a model and skills which they can use in their everyday leadership, teaching, supervising, clinical and management roles, as well as more formally as coaches and mentors. This book is comprehensive in its cover of how this can be achieved, with examples and wide coverage of contracting and preparation for a mentoring session. I like the definition of coaching and mentoring given in this book as ''learning relationships'' which help clients to achieve outcomes that ''they want and value.'' It is a paradigm and mindset shift for many doctors who have been taught the medical model which assumes the doctor is the all-knowing expert. In coaching and mentoring we learn to sit on our hands and assume that the mentee is resourceful and knows the answers better than us. I am pleased to see that the second edition has new sections on reflective practice, supervision and accreditation. These are all important in the development of quality coaching and mentoring." Dr Rebecca Viney, Lead, London Deanery Coaching and Mentoring Service The new edition of this popular, practical and authoritative book has been revised and updated throughout, with two new chapters. It features: Nine key principles of effective coaching and mentoring, showing how to apply them Broader and deeper discussion of approaches to coaching and mentoring Answers to frequently asked questions A new chapter on reflective practice, supervision and accreditation Ideas about how to be an effective coach or mentor and how to be an effective client Self development checklists and prompts, and a wealth of interactive case material The Skilled Helper model and how to apply it to coaching and mentoring A range of tried and tested tools and techniques The hot topics of ethical practice, training and developing a coaching culture Coaching and Mentoring at Work is aimed not only at coaches and mentors but also at the other half of the partnership, clients.
Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories in Context and Practice by Rita Sommers-FlanaganThis comprehensive text covers all the major theories in counseling and psychotherapy balanced with the practical applications of utilizing these theories in practice. The authors cover the history, key figures, research base, multicultural implications, and practical implications of the following theories/therapeutic approaches: Psychoanalytic, Individual/Adlerian, Existential, Gestalt, Person-Centered, Behavioral, Cognitive-Behavioral, Choice, Reality, Feminist, Constructive, Family Systems, Multicultural, and Eclectic/Integrative. Sommers-Flanagan emphasize the practical applications of theoretical concepts. After reading this book, students will not only have a thorough understanding of counseling theories, they will also know how to DO thearpy. The entire book has been updated with the latest research and techniques. Pedagogical features include opening chapter outline, 'Putting It in Practice' boxes, questions for reflections, case examples and treatment plan, chapter summary, chapter glossary, and recommended readings and resources. The instructor supplement package includes a Respondus test bank, lecture notes, classroom activities, and PowerPoint slides. Lecture supplements for each chapter provided to instructors. The videos will be of vignettes, classroom lectures, and demonstrations linked to each chapter's contents. In addition, a WPLS course will be available after publication.
Publication Date: 2018-03-05
Diagnosing and Changing Organizational Culture by Kim S. Cameron; Robert E. QuinnThe Third Edition of this key resource provides a means of understanding and changing organizational culture in order to make organizations more effective. It provides validated instruments for diagnosing organizational culture and management competency; a theoretical framework (competing values) for understanding organizational culture; and a systematic strategy and methodology for changing organizational culture and personal behavior. New edition includes online versions of the MSAI and OCAI assessments and new discussions of the implications of national cultural profiles.
Publication Date: 2011-03-29
Handbook of Workplace Assessment by John C. Scott; Douglas H. ReynoldsPraise for Handbook of Workplace Assessment "Wow--what a powerhouse group of authors and topics! This will be my go-to s ource for in-depth information on a broad range of assessment issues."--Wayne F. Cascio, editor, Journal of World Business, and Robert H. Reynolds Chair in Global Leadership, The Business School University of Colorado Denver "The Handbook of Workplace Assessment is must reading for practitioners, researchers, students, and implementers of assessment programs as we move forward in a global world of work where changes are continuously anticipated in the workforce, design of jobs, economies, legal arena, and technologies."--Sheldon Zedeck, professor of psychology, vice provost of academic affairs and faculty welfare, University of California at Berkeley "The Handbook of Workplace Assessment is a book you will find yourself reaching for time after time as we all navigate through the demands of attracting, developing, and retaining talent. The authors and editors capture, in practical terms, how companies can effectively leverage assessment techniques to successfully manage talent and achieve business goals."--Jennifer R. Burnett, senior vice president, Global Staffing and Learning Talent Assessment for Selection and Development, Bank of America "Scott and Reynolds have succeeded in developing a comprehensive yet practical guide to assessment that is sure to be a trusted resource for years to come."--Corey Seitz, vice president, Global Talent Management, Johnson & Johnson
Publication Date: 2010-07-26
Behavioral Economics by Philip Corr; Anke PlagnolBehavioral economics is everywhere ¿ whether used by governments to shape our judgement and decision making, advertisers and marketers to sell products, or even politicians to sell policies, its insights are important and far-reaching. Behavioral Economics: The Basics is the first book to provide a rigorous yet accessible overview of the growing field that attempts to uncover the psychological processes which mediate all the economic judgements and decisions we make. In seven accessible chapters, the book answers questions like: What is behavioral economics? How does it help us to understand economic behavior? What does it tell us about how people form judgements and make decisions in their private and public lives? What does it tell us about the psychological nature of financial catastrophes that afflict our economic system? With recommended further readings throughout, Behavioral Economics: The Basics is essential for all students taking courses in behavioral economics, economic psychology, consumer psychology, microeconomics and game theory, and also for professionals looking for an accessible introduction to the topic. Further online resources may be found at www.behaviouraleconomicsbasics.net
Publication Date: 2018-07-05
The Essential HR Handbook, 10th Anniversary Edition by Sharon Armstrong; Barbara MitchellThe Only HR Book You'll Ever Need! "Whether you're a small business owner, a manager in a business without an HR department, or even a seasoned HR professional, this book will help you handle any personnel problem--from on-boarding to outplacement--quickly and easily."--Solutions Review For more than a decade, busy managers by the tens of thousands have turned to this best-selling book as a handy guide to the ins and outs of human resources. And no wonder! Because whether you're a small business owner, a manager in a business without an HR department, or even a seasoned HR professional, The Essential HR Handbook will help you handle any personnel problem--from onboarding to outplacement--quickly and easily. This fully updated 10th anniversary edition is packed with information, tools, checklists, sample forms, and timely tips to guide you through the maze of personnel issues in today's complex business environment. In The Essential HR Handbook you'll find out how to: Attract talented staff through social media recruiting Identify legal pitfalls to avoid lawsuits and regulatory interference Train a diverse and inclusive multigenerational workforce Provide the compensation and benefits package that will make your organization an "employer of choice" Streamline your orientation and onboarding practices so new employees hit the ground running Whenever personnel problems arise, having The Essential HR Handbook on your bookshelf is like having a team of expert HR consultants at your beck and call!
Publication Date: 2019-01-01
Change by John P. Kotter; Vanessa Akhtar; Gaurav GuptaTransform your organization with speed and efficiency using this insightful new resource Incremental improvement is no longer sufficient in helping organizations navigate the complexity, uncertainty and volatility of today's world. In Change: How Organizations Achieve Hard-to-Imagine Results in Uncertain and Volatile Times, authors John P. Kotter, Vanessa Akhtar, and Gaurav Gupta explore how to create non-linear, dramatic change in your organization. You'll discover the emerging science of change that teaches us about how to build organizations - from businesses to governments - that change and adapt rapidly. In Change you'll discover: Why the ability of organizations to deal with threats and take advantage of opportunities in the face of ever greater complexity and uncertainty is being severely challenged In-depth, evidence-based, actionable solutions for dealing with institutional resistance to change Case studies and success stories that describe organizations who have successfully built the ability to change quickly into their DNA A universal approach for how to dramatically improve outcomes from various change efforts, including: strategy execution, digital transformation, restructuring, and more Perfect for managers, executives, and leaders at companies of all types and sizes, Change will also prove to be a valuable asset to other professionals who serve these organizations. This book is for anyone seeking a proven approach for delivering fast, sustainable and comprehensive results.
Publication Date: 2021-06-02
Coaching Basics by Lisa HanebergGreat coaching makes a world of difference. Coaching is one of the quickest and most effective ways to advance the success of an organization. Yet it remains underused and misunderstood, and the term is often used synonymously with corrective counseling, encouragement, or the many helpful tactics in between. In Coaching Basics you'll discover a precise coaching framework along with insights from 40 experienced coaches, including Barry Goldberg and Marshall Goldsmith. This refreshed edition also hones in on what it takes to build influencing skills and introduces new content on microcoaching to highlight practical ways to leverage technology. Part of ATD's Training Basics series, Coaching Basics presents the theory and follows it up with easily applicable techniques, examples, and exercises that will help you perfect essential coaching skills.