"Fairy tales for today’s executives"
This working paper looks at how fairy tales act as a shortcut to moral lessons, providing insights into human behavior. When applied to the realm of executive leadership, they illustrate the dangers of leadership and various ways in which executives can derail. It also explores the psychological healing process at the heart of fairy tales which can be a source of inspiration for its reader. In this context, fairy tales can take on a basic therapeutic function, touching on humankind’s deepest fears and desires and helping them integrate these two drivers into a healthy personality. By identifying with the characters in these stories, executives come to better understand their own internal struggles and turn into more self-aware leaders.
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"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
"Leadership development for long term change"
This working paper argues for leadership development programmes focusing on creating long term change rather than quick fixes.
Published on 22 Sep, 2010
"Design of transfor- mational executive programs"
This working paper describes the design of transformational executive programs and presents three conceptual frameworks for facilitating change.
Published on 6 Mar, 2006
"Dreams as entry points to executive subconscious"
This working paper addresses how leadership coaches should also pay attention to their clients’ dreamtime to help executives with their journey into their own interior.
Published on 14 Feb, 2014
"Executive complexes in organisations"
This working paper explores the nature and origin of complexes and then explores five complexes regularly encountered in organizational coaching and consulting work.
Published on 7 May, 2006
a reminder that democracies are very fragile configurations
Following Jonathan Swift’s satirical example of a “modest” proposal, this paradoxical article examines the question of having leaders for life. Throughout, it employs the tools of satire to outline the presumed advantages of a leaders-for-life system, revealing that, in reality, it is fraught with danger. In a circuitous way, the article makes clear that having leaders for life is an invitation for social unrest and economic decline. By presenting a number of examples of leaders for life, it becomes clear that the overriding concern is the ever-present danger of the abuse of power. Without the existence of term limits, there will be an increased prevalence of rights abuses, secret or arbitrary arrests and detentions, restrictions on freedom of expression, and police brutality. Furthermore, it is suggested that kleptocratic practices are par for the course.
Published on 31 Jul, 2020
"The victim syndrome in org contexts"
This working paper explores the victim syndrome within an organisational context, and provides a checklist to identify people who are victims of it.
Published on 24 Jul, 2012
"Leadership development as a transitional journey"
This paper describes transitional leadership development programs as the beginning of a journey, and propose that for this type of program, an integrated collaborative approach to evaluation is logical and appropriate.
Published on 8 Mar, 2008
"How to become a great place to work"
This paper discusses the internal and external pressures that may trigger organisational changes and explores the four stages of the organisational change process.
Published on 6 Feb, 2009
"Rescuer syndrome and excessive helping behavior"
In this article the author explores the problem of excessive helping behavior—The Rescuer Syndrome—with particular reference to executive coaching.
Published on 9 Dec, 2010