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7 Oberkommando der Marine, 1892–1895

Patrick J. Kelly Indiana University Press ePub

When Tirpitz became Chief of Staff to Admiral Max von der Goltz, Commanding Admiral in the Oberkommando der Marine (OK), it was a time of critical uncertainty within all the world’s navies. A generation had passed since the last great naval battle, and a “fog of peace” had descended, analogous to Clausewitz’s famous expression, the “fog of war.”1

By the end of the 1880s confusion reigned in most of the world’s navies about virtually all major strategic, tactical, and technological questions. The last great naval battle had been the Austrian victory over the Italians at Lissa in 1866. It was fought by a potpourri of wooden ships and ironclads, under both sail and steam, using not just artillery but also ramming, a tactic that dated from classical times. Austrian Admiral Wilhelm von Tegetthoff had used a triple line abreast V formation to slam perpendicularly into a larger and more modern Italian fleet that was in line ahead. Execrable Italian leadership complicated any rational analysis of the battle, and it provided only a muddled guide for future development.2

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Sixteen: End of the Trail

Paul N. Spellman University of North Texas Press ePub


End of the Trail

Aa he approached the house walking along Twelfth Street, Captain Rogers bundled his heavy coat around him a bit tighter, his tall white hat pulled down over his brow. The north wind was blustery that day, whistling down the hill as he reached the intersection and crossed to the front steps of his house. But that was not entirely the reason he kept his coat wrapped around his chest.

Two of his grandchildren met him as he reached the steps with cries of “Grandaddy!” calling the others from inside as well. Soon they had gathered around the gray headed gentleman. A tiny smile grew beneath the white mustache as the captain patted each of the little ones on their head. He stepped back from the wiggling entourage and his eyes widened. The children froze in anticipation; Grandaddy always brought some prize when they visited. The old Ranger reached inside the heavy coat and retrieved the tiny puppy from under his vest. The children squealed in delight and ran inside to tell their parents what a wonderful gift had just arrived.

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5. What’s Happening?

Kaye, Beverly; Winkle Giulioni, Julie Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

You don’t have to tell me that the business landscape is changing. I know. I live it. But there’s got to be a better way than always scrambling and reacting. I don’t want to just keep up … I want to get ahead of the curve.

—an employee (perhaps yours)

We are not going to tell you the world is changing. You could write that book. The changes and challenges you face every day frame your decisions about strategy, resource allocation, and other critical business matters.

Shouldn’t they frame career decisions as well? (Answer: A resounding yes.)

Hindsight conversations provide a solid grounding in who employees really are and what they bring to the party. But pursuing career growth with this clarity alone is a very dangerous thing. It can send people in directions that are interesting and may play to their strengths—but they might not serve a business need. (Read: dead ends.)

Hindsight clarity needs to be filtered through the lens of foresight. Foresight conversations open people’s minds to the broader world, the future, organizational issues, changes, and the implications of all of these. Foresight helps others focus their career efforts in ways that will lead to satisfying and productive outcomes. (It also delivers the benefit of context and perspective that enhances day-to-day work. Another twofer.)

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Main Part: Phenomenological Interpretation of Confessions; Book X

Martin Heidegger Indiana University Press ePub


Phenomenological Interpretation
of Confessions; Book X

§ 7. Preparations for the Interpretation

a) Augustine’s Retractions of the Confessions

Toward the end of his life, around 426 or 427 (he died in 430), Augustine wrote Retractionum libri duo. “Retractationes”—that is, a taking-up again of his Opuscula (libri, epistolae, tractatus), a re-examination judiciaria severitate [“with judicious severity”]1 in which he notes, corrects, and improves what, to him, now seems problematic. In the preface (prologus), where he thus determines the task of the Retractationes, he also gives an account of the motives which provoked this reassessment.

Illud etiam quod scriptum est, Ex multiloquio non effugies peccatum (Prov. X, 19) […] sed istam sententiam Scripturae sanctae propterea timeo, quia de tam multis disputationibus meis sine dubio multa colligi possunt, quae si non falsa, at certe videantur, sive etiam convincantur non necessaria. [It is also written there: “Much talking does not avoid sin” (Prov. 10:19)…But I fear this sentence of the Holy Scripture, for with so many writings of mine, one can without a doubt gather many passages which, if not false, may certainly be seen as, or convince one of being not necessary.]2

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Chapter Eight - The Group “Not-Me”

Karnac Books ePub

Ilana Laor


In the year 2003, I completed a four-year training programme in group analysis. As part of the programme, I conducted analytic group therapy with one group which consisted of seven participants over a period of three years. This period coincided with many serious terrorist attacks that took place on the streets and buses of Tel Aviv, often killing innocent civilians.

At the end of this programme, I wrote a final paper to fulfil the requirements for the diploma granted at the end. The paper dealt mainly with destruction and development in group analysis. It is only now—reflecting upon the experience in order to write the current chapter—that I realise that all the terrible events that occurred outside the therapy room at the time were not brought up by any of the participants. Neither did I refer to these events explicitly during the group sessions, although I do recall fleeting thoughts regarding the absence of this topic. Interestingly, I also did not refer to any of these events in my final paper. In retrospect, I believe that the participants and I did not bring up the events in the real world due to the unbearable emotions that they evoked and an unconscious fear of the group's disintegration.

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