Posts Tagged ‘Health’

Advice on preparing for the defense

February 17, 2012 Leave a comment

My good friend Tonya asked for some advice on preparing for her dissertation proposal defense.
These were my thoughts on the dissertation defense (I misheard her).  For the proposal defense, the  focus is more on the procedural and methodological questions 🙂
They should ask you, and you should be prepared to give answers to these questions:
  • What did you study?
  • How did you find it?
  • Where did the passion come from?
  • Why do you care?
  • Why should we care?
  • How did you study it?
  • Why was that appropriate?
  • What did you find?
  • Why is the analysis persuasive (qualitative) or positive (quantitative)
  • How should we interpret it and fit it into the larger body of knowledge?
  • What should we do with the knowledge?
  • What will you DO with the knowledge?
  • What was unique and original?
  • What are the limits of your findings?
  • Who else needs to know or should care?
  • Where should we look now that you have found these things?
  • What’s next?
  • How did this journey affect you?
  • How did you change?
  • How do you feel?
They wont let you defend unless you are ready; It will be your coming out party, so enjoy the moment, don’t dread it.
The most natural feeling is to feel like you aren’t ready ; that’s the doctoral humility we feel whenever we remember how little we know 🙂

A most excellent resource for doctoral students struggling with their dissertation writing

November 23, 2011 Leave a comment

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Focused coaching for a price that’s a real value if you know the dollar value of your time.

My personal experience with doctoral writing was that you have to learn how to get out of your own way when it comes to writing. if you listen to the voice of criticism inside your own head, you end up trying to pre-answer all your emerging objections in the same sentence. You end up with a Byzantine sentence structure that is perfectly understandable to you but which is impenetrable to the casual reader

The effect of learning preference on stress management in peak performance moments

April 24, 2011 Leave a comment

interesting use of the auditory channel to improve performance when under stress
i do the same thing with the use of drum solos to help me concentrate when trading at key moments in the trading day
 classic chokes — appear to rise from the process known colloquially as “thinking too much” or “paralysis through analysis,” and among cognitive scientists as “explicit monitoring.” Explicit monitoring, says Beilock, is “conscious attention to normally automatized physical operations that destroys the athlete’s normal fluidity.”

Looking behind the curtain of global warming once more

October 10, 2010 3 comments

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An alarming letter from a physicist of great renown, slamming the professional ethic of his peers and their professional organization. he asserts that, just as the military-industrial complex has perverted common sense notions of appropriate defense programs, so to has the research grant gravy train perverted notions of a pure scholarly approach to knowledge.  Very discouraging

Adios, Civil liberties

July 24, 2010 Leave a comment

This  phenomenon must inevitably lead to the further erosion of our civil liberties. The consequences of planned violent action for political effect, aiming at nothing more than chaos as a precondition for civil disorder, goes far beyond anything the founders ever conceived. The window of opportunity for democracy to have flourished is past I believe. We are far beyond the republic and well in to Empire

And while we are at it, this won’t end well either. And to think we have the amateurs at the helm is very disturbing. If they knee jerk something as trivial as the Sherrod incident, how will they thoughtfully respond to a nuclear threatening NK?

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breathing = trading

June 12, 2010 6 comments

  • ask yourself: “what is the crowd waiting for?” “What do they need to see?”
  • What would confirm in their mind that the trade is NOW?!”
  • learn to see it before it happens
  • create separation between you and the crowd
  • be on the edge of them, so you can sense the mood, but don’t be inside the crowd
  • be aware of the crowd but be OF the crowd
  • be positioned in the quiet moment before they take off running
  • let their energy propel your position
  • if you are using “Red-Doji-Green-Go” on the 5s, consider the 1s or 3s as you see the front end of a doji occurring
  • what’s a doji look like as it is beginning to form?
  • a change in the downtrend that was the big red candle….failure to fail further, created the beginning of the doji
  • that’s the time to dial in and listen carefully
  • do you hear the absence of further failure?
  • do you hear the quiet pause between exhale (fear, selling, money flowing out) and the inhale?
  • (beginning to generate the energy of the next leg up)
  • this is the “natural respiratory pause”
  • this is the moment we train in marksmen
  • to pull the trigger at a moment of stability
  • in between the exhale and inhale
  • it’s the most stable moment in the body
  • there are 3 points in the breath: inhale, pause, exhale
  • in your practice of meditation, do some breath work:
  • 4 counts inhale, 4 counts pause, 4 counts exhale, 4 counts pause
  • learn to recognize and feel each state
  • learn the quality of the pause
  • feel your smooth emotional state
  • sip the air in, hold, let it seep out, hold
  • now feel price breathing
  • learn to dial in to the pace of the breath in the cycle that seems to be in force
  • sometimes at the opening its 5s and 1s; later it may be 15s and 5s, or 60 and 15
  • try Ken Cohen’s CDs on breathing meditations
  • monitor the breathing of the crowd
  • but don’t breath with them
  • stay true to your cycle of breathing
  • dont match their pace
  • watch cats stalking and watch their breathing
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Diagnosing and alleviating stress in the workplace: theory and practice

June 5, 2010 2 comments

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Organizations are becoming more aware of the relationship between employee wellness and proactivity, with one estimate suggesting job stress costs US businesses over 300 billion annually. The response has been a rise of OD interventions such as fitness, wellness and stress management programs whose goals include individual well-being or wellness. Health is an important subcomponent of wellness as well as a cost for organizations.

Diagnosis of stress in the workplace can be diagnosed as he function of: physical environment, individual factors, group factors and organizational factors. Stress from all four dimensions lead to a variety of negative consequences for individuals as well as the organization. These consequences have personal organizational and monetary costs. The results in typical OD interventions include programs to improve things like: job clarification, supportive relationships, stress inoculation training, health facilities and employee assistance programs as outlined in figure 19.2.

Preliminary evidence suggests that fitness programs help reduce absenteeism and improve health as well as better mental health and resistance to stress. This remains an area where additional research is needed to pinpoint cause-and-effect relationships between programs and results but it’s clearly an area of great interest and potential.

Our college is leading the way for the Army when it comes to identifying total soldier fitness programs. The wellness program is the single dominant program which can allow officers to miss class without question. We have mandated physical and mental wellness checks and are looking at pushing this down to the Captains career course so that we get the benefit of establishing baselines and the development of stress management skills earlier in their career.

The latest topic that is on everyone’s mind is the nature of posttraumatic stress disorder or PTSD where we are having difficulty in convincing the culture that this is a biological fact and an injury every bit as debilitating as a gunshot one. There are lingering superstitions and outdated cultural values related to manliness, courage and soldierly virtues which inhibit people from seeking the help they need and receiving the support from their peer groups.

This is an issue that is number one on the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army‘s agenda and he made a special trip to our college to lay out the nature of the issue so that our officers can take good information in proper values back to the units after graduation.

I have personal experience in using biofeedback devices as the Freeze framer  from the Heart Math Institute and the Jewel stone from the Wild Divine group, which I believe offer effective means of bio feedback stress control which can be learned pretty quickly by kids and adults.


Cummings, Thomas, G. & Worley, Christopher, G. (2009) Organization Development & Change.  5191 Natorp Blvd. Mason, OH 45050 South-West Cengage Learning

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