"How to groom organisa- tional stars"
Organizational stars are often a study in paradox. They display many contradictory behavior patterns; without consciously realising it, they are true masters of the koan, as their demeanor is always more complex and nuanced than what is perceived at first glance. But their paradoxical behaviour is what makes them so successful. The way of the koan is the royal road to a deep understanding of what these stars are all about. This working paper addresses nascent stars: What makes those that turn into butterflies so special? What makes them so successful? What are the qualities that turn them into top performers? And are these qualities identifiable?
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"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
"Play therapy as a means of individual reinvention"
This working paper argues that the proclivity to play remains an essential part of our make-up throughout our life and that we should make greater efforts to retain play as a mode of learning and the source of creative production.
Published on 5 Dec, 2012
"In search of introspection and reflection"
In this working paper, the author argues that doing nothing and being bored can be invaluable to the creative process.
Published on 5 May, 2014
"Executive coaches as modern day shamans"
This working paper discusses various similarities and differences between the healing practices of shamans and the work of therapists and executive coaches.
Published on 30 Sep, 2014
"Forgiveness as a business tool"
This working paper explores the subject of forgiveness and its importance in the context of leadership.
Published on 18 Apr, 2013
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
"Profile of Vladimir Putin"
This paper compares Russian President Vladimir Putin to effective business executives, studying his performance through the same lenses used to assess CEOs of large corporations, and reviewing the degree to which his various constituencies are satisfied with his performance.
Published on 6 May, 2005
"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
"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
"Leadership by terror: Saddam Hussein"
This working paper investigates leadership by terror, a form of leadership that is both an ageless phenomenon and a contemporary problem.
Published on 1 Apr, 2003