"SOB effect on org life"
SOBs don’t usually end up in jail or psychiatric hospital but they do thrive in an organizational setting. SOBs can be found wherever power, status, or money is at stake. Outwardly normal, apparently successful and charming, their inner lack of empathy, shame, guilt, or remorse, has serious interpersonal repercussions, and can destroy organizations. Their great adaptive qualities mean they often reach top executive positions, especially in organizations that appreciate impression management, corporate gamesmanship, risk taking, coolness under pressure, domination, competitiveness, and assertiveness. The ease with which SOBs rise to the top raises the question whether the design of some organisations makes them a natural home for psychopathic individuals. This article describes SOBs, and explores ways of identifying such people, both from an organisational and individual perspective.
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"Executive complexes regularly encountered in orgs"
This article explores the nature and origin of executive complexes and presents five complexes regularly encountered in organisational coaching and consulting work.
Published on 1 Dec, 2007
"Unhealthy dependencies prevent leaders from reaching their full potential"
In this article for Human Capital Review, Kets de Vries explores the Rescuer Syndrome—where the need to help becomes a self-serving addiction and—which creates an unhealthy state of dependency and prevents leaders from reaching their full potential.
Published on 6 Jun, 2014
"Death anxiety and succession issues"
This article takes a clinical lens to explore death anxiety as a motivational force, how it affects behaviour in organisations, and how we metabolise the feelings death evokes.
Published on 1 Feb, 2014
Struggling with the Demon examines the search for meaning in human activity and highlights the values that foster commitment and involvement and, ultimately, success.
Published on 1 Jan, 2001
"Despotic regimes and dynamics of leadership by terror"
The objective of this article is to better understand the developmental history of despotic regimes and the existence of leadership by terror.
Published on 17 Nov, 2006
"A profile of Ruben Vardanian, a leading figure on Russia’s capital markets"
This article profiles Ruben Vardanian, one of the leading figures on Russia’s capital markets, and one of the major shareholders of the investment bank Troika Dialog, one of the top credit institutions in Moscow, and an “employers of choice.”
Published on 1 Jul, 2008
"High-flyers and the fear of success"
This blog entry with the Harvard Business Review address the fear of success and its consequences.
Published on 4 Mar, 2014
The Irrational Executive is a compilation to counter this bias in management theory. Focusing on unconscious as well as conscious internal processes, and strongly influenced by contemporary psychoanalytic theory, the contributors argue persuasively against the rationalist model.
Published on 1 Nov, 1984
"When mentoring becomes an unhealthy dependency"
This article addresses how the desire to assist others can slide into a 'rescuer syndrome', in which the mentoring relationship becomes fraught with unhealthy dependency.
Published on 14 Nov, 2013
"Two extreme styles of managerial personality"
This article reviews the two extreme styles of managerial personality, which can be found in business life: hypomanic and alexithymic, and describes their effects on organisational performance.
Published on 1 Feb, 1999