For most of us, the pursuit of happiness is the ultimate goal of existence: it gives us hope and a reason for living, motivating us to go on in spite of life's setbacks. Through coaching work with senior executives, Manfred Kets de Vries explores why many suffer from profound periods of unhappiness despite having external success. The need to achieve balance in life is explored. The dichotomy between outward success and inner success is looked at. The importance of play in people's lives is examined. The role of stress, another important topic in the happiness equation, is investigated. It is argued that there are three components in the search for happiness: humankind's exploratory needs have to be taken into consideration; people have to strive for authenticity; and an effort needs to be made to know oneself.
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"Are you suffering from the wealth fatigue syndrome?"
This blog entry explores the wealth fatigue syndrome. Instead, one should invest in enduring things that matter.
Published on 10 Dec, 2014
"In search of introspection and reflection"
Published on 23 Jun, 2014
"Do less instead of doing too much"
This blog entry with the Harvard Business Review argues that the biggest problem we have in contemporary society is not that we do too little but that we try to do too much.
Published on 10 Dec, 2013
"Slacking off is a great way to nurture our imagination"
In our current 24/7 society, introspection and reflection have become lost arts. Instead, we are at risk of becoming victims of information and work overload. In this article, the authors argue that slacking off—or a conscious effort to do nothing—is a great way to induce states of mind that nurture our imagination.
Published on 20 Dec, 2014
"Assessing psychological risk factors of leaders"
This blog presents a quick assessment of psychological risk factors for high performing individuals.
Published on 18 Apr, 2015
"Forgiveness as a business tool"
This blog entry with the Harvard Business Review explores how costly it is to hold on to grudges and how an unforgiving attitude keeps people from moving forward.
Published on 4 Dec, 2013
"Leaders and the art of forgiveness"
The knee-jerk reaction of too many people in leadership positions when they feel wronged is righteous indignation and the urge for revenge. But one factor that sets truly transformational leaders apart from the run-of-the-mill is the ability to forgive - to let feelings of anger, resentment and blame fall away and become something constructive. This article looks at how forgiveness can make for a good business tool.
Published on 19 Jul, 2013
"Personailty and techno-stress"
Published on 25 May, 2016
"An Early Warning System for Team’s Stress Level"
Inspired by aviation and medical best practices for handling crises, we set out to develop a simple yet robust protocol that could help executives anticipate cases of potential burnout. Rather than being a test, survey, or assessment tool, the Stress-APGAR provides a set of guidelines that help executives think about and articulate factors that may lead to burnout.
Published on 26 Apr, 2017
"What role does money play in our lives"
This paper explores the role money plays in our lives.
Published on 5 Apr, 2006