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01 Dec, 2017

24 Days of KDVI

24 Days of KDVI

This December we have prepared 24 little treats for you. Each day you'll get a glimpse of KDVI’s insights into the undercurrent of organisational life. We've prepared blog posts and video casts for you to explore how to create best places to work.

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18 Jul, 2017

Shattering the Glass Labyrinth of Female Leadership

Shattering the Glass Labyrinth of Female Leadership

Leadership development programmes play an important role in forging an equal opportunity path through the complex business world to the C-Suite. 

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04 Jul, 2017

Why Wisdom Can’t Be Taught

Why Wisdom Can’t Be Taught

The day after becoming the CEO of a company facing turbulent times, David had a dream. In it, while walking on a beach he discovered a bottle. On opening, a genie appeared offering him a wish in exchange for her freedom. Eschewing riches, fame or a long life, David chose the gift of wisdom.

In today’s hyperactive digital age, attaining wisdom is a challenge. With tablets and phones and their apps constantly vying for our immediate attention, it is increasingly difficult to find the time and mental space for making meaningful connections or engaging in the deep conversations, reflection, emotional awareness and compassion, necessary in the pursuit of wisdom.

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30 May, 2017

Power Pairs: Hear us roar

Power Pairs: Hear us roar

With the election of Emmanuel Macron, his relationship with his wife, Brigitte Trogneux, has been thrust into the world media. In this blog, we examine what makes power pairs so successful and what steps you can take to create higher impact through working in power pairs in your organisation.

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04 May, 2017

Meetings: we are but players in them

Meetings: we are but players in them

Continuing on from 'Meetings: A matter of life and death', in part 2, we reflect on group role identities and the way they can affect underlying dynamics in meetings.

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02 May, 2017

Meetings: a matter of life or death

Meetings: a matter of life or death

Most people, if they are honest, will admit that they don’t always like meetings. In this two part blog series, we explore what might be going on under the surface in meetings. In Part One, we look at the fact that in meetings, people are not always able to tackle the real challenges the group faces, and may not even be aware that as a group, they are off course. In Part Two, available Thursday 4th May, we explore group role identities and how they influence meetings in hidden ways.

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27 Apr, 2017

An Early Warning System for Your Team’s Stress Level

An Early Warning System for Your Team’s Stress Level

Stress causes absenteeism and burnout; but how can you tell if a colleague or an employee is at risk from severe stress? You can use a checklist based on the APGAR scoring system, a method introduced in 1952 by Dr. Virginia Apgar to quickly summarize the health of a newborn baby. Rather than being a test, survey, or assessment tool, the Stress-APGAR provides a set of guidelines that help executives quickly recognize and articulate factors that may lead to burnout. 

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07 Mar, 2017

International Women's Day (2017)

International Women's Day (2017)

As International Women's Day is celebrated today across the globe, we asked ourselves what we would pledge to drive ground-breaking action within organisations to truly drive the greatest change for women.

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20 Feb, 2017

KDVI Associate Dr Vaseehar Hassan launches 'The Malay Leadership Mystique'

KDVI Associate Dr Vaseehar Hassan launches 'The Malay Leadership Mystique'

In his new book entitled 'The Malay Leadership Mystique' (inspired by his mentor Manfred Kets de Vries' 2006 book, “The Leadership Mystique”), Dr Vaseehar Hassan explores why, despite their success in Government and the professions, Malays have underperformed as business leaders in comparison to other ethnic groups in Malaysia.

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10 Feb, 2017

Manfred Kets de Vries visited the campus of SKOLKOVO Business School, where he received a Certificate of Recognition

Manfred Kets de Vries visited the campus of SKOLKOVO Business School, where he received a Certificate of Recognition

Manfred Kets de Vries visited the campus of SKOLKOVO Business School, where he received a Certificate of Recognition from the Skolkovo Moscow School of Management, for his contribution to leadership development and organisational change in a global context. Marat Atnashev, the Dean of the school, presented this certificate to Manfred during his visit.

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26 Jan, 2017

How does one go about diagnosing and assessing what is going on in the individual, team or organisation and what the real issues are?

How does one go about diagnosing and assessing what is going on in the individual, team or organisation and what the real issues are?

For many first time consultants and coaches, and even experienced ones, the first encounter with a client, organisation and its members can be unnerving yet exciting. Like anthropologists, they are entering into a new and unfamiliar dynamic system with its particular set of explicit practices and a host of subtle but powerful underlying dynamics. How does one go about diagnosing and assessing what is going on in the individual, team or organisation and what the real issues are? How does the organisation organise itself, what are the cultural practices in which they engage, what is the energy which drives the organisation, and what are the unspoken but deeply embedded understandings and arrangements which affect their capability to get things done, to control their environment, to adapt to change, and to effectively meet the organisation’s goals and purpose?  

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09 Jan, 2017

Revealing the Emperor’s New Clothes; 360° feedback and tipping points for change

Revealing the Emperor’s New Clothes; 360° feedback and tipping points for change

As top executives move up the organisational ladder, they are increasingly surrounded by people who tell them what they want to hear. In most instances, their subordinates do not have the courage to speak critically or to confront anyone with their concerns.   

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13 Dec, 2016

Who cares? Empathy in the workplace

Who cares? Empathy in the workplace

Human beings are intensely social animals and we seek and invent ways to connect. Empathy is one way to achieve effective and satisfying interpersonal relationships. It is the ability to share and understand the feelings of another person, their pain, joy, fears and anger in oneself.  

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17 Nov, 2016

70% of executives believe they are in the top 25% of their profession in terms of performance

70% of executives believe they are in the top 25% of their profession in terms of performance

Although few would readily admit it, many business leaders are a bit like the mythical Narcissus: Standing in front of a mirror in the morning, they see the person they love most in the world.  

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25 May, 2016

What are the human costs of technology?

What are the human costs of technology?
As companies race towards digitisation, the expectation that people in organisations need to be permanently on-call is creating very human challenges. How well an individual copes depends on their personality. Read more about recent research linking technology stress to personality traits. 
 

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14 Jan, 2016

Manfred Kets de Vries to receive 2016 Life Achievement Award

Manfred Kets de Vries to receive 2016 Life Achievement Award

Manfred Kets de Vries will be the tenth winner of the 2016 Life Achievement Awards for life work in the further education sector. 

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01 Nov, 2015

Coach and Couch, 2nd Edition

Coach and Couch, 2nd Edition

Latest publication from Manfred Kets de Vries, Konstantin Korotov, Elizabeth Florent and Caroline Rook, which consists of a volume of essays on leadership development topics written by academics, coaches, and change consultants. 

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31 Oct, 2015

Telling Fairy Tales in the Boardroom

Telling Fairy Tales in the Boardroom

In this book Manfred Kets de Vries draws on the format of traditional fairy tales and tells us five stories that dramatize five key themes of dysfunctional leadership. 

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28 Oct, 2015

You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger

You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger

This book is all about helping coaches to become more effective. Kets de Vries offers expert advice from the front line of working with puzzling executives. 

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15 Jul, 2015

TEDX Amsterdam: Why Leaders Derail?

TEDX Amsterdam: Why Leaders Derail?

Manfred Kets de Vries gives a TedX Amsterdam presentation on the subject of why leaders detail. 

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01 Jul, 2015

How Reslient Are You? Take the HBR test

How Reslient Are You? Take the HBR test

We all face setbacks from time to time, and the ability to bounce back stronger than before is something we envy in others. So how can we develop that ability in ourselves? Take this from Manfred Kets de Vries to find out. 

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15 May, 2015

Psychodynamic Approach: In Leadership Theory & Practice (7th edition)

Psychodynamic Approach: In Leadership Theory & Practice (7th edition)

This chapter by Manfred Kets de Vries and Alicia Cheak in the recent Leadership: Theory and Practice (7th ed.) provides an overview of the psychodynamic approach to leadership studies. 

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