"Managing the passive- aggressive leader"
This blog entry with the Harvard Business Review discusses challenge of managing passive-aggressives: executives who continuously express negative feelings, resentment, and aggression in an unassertive, passive manner, all the while showing all the signs of agreeable compliance, which makes them difficult to pin down and hold to account.
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"Donald Trump’s new American brand is a cautionary tale for all leaders."
Published on 12 Apr, 2017
"Four pathologies that can cripple leaders"
This blog entry with the Harvard Business Review explores four pathologies that can cripple an executive and bring misery to the workplace, and what to do about them.
Published on 1 Apr, 2014
"The uses of humour in the workplace"
This blog looks at the sources of humor and to distunguish between humour that is congenial and empathetic and humour that is dysfunctional and divisive.
Published on 2 Jun, 2015
"Are you a mentor or a martyr?"
In this blog entry for Forbes, Manfred Kets de Vries discusses the differences between mentoring and martydom.
Published on 16 Oct, 2013
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
"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
"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
"When drive and commitment are too much"
Published on 21 Mar, 2016
"A large chair doesn’t make a king"
Africa is a cautionary example of the need for checks and balances against the abuse of power.
Published on 5 Oct, 2016
"Identifying and dealing with SOBs"
This working paper explores ways of identifying and dealing with SOBs—Seductive Operational Bully—from an organisational and individual perspective, and recommends a clinical orientation to organisational diagnosis and intervention.
Published on 1 Jul, 2012