"For many executives walking away can be the hardest part of the job"
Organisations are evolving organisms, and the executives that inhabit them like all organic life, ebb and flow on an unpredictable tide. As a leader you need to focus on your successors early in the game. Who does not remember a sponsor, mentor or coach? Doing so will not only underpin the long-term sustainability of your enterprise, it may give you a shot at immortality.
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"Leadership lessons from a tumultuous time"
Published on 13 Dec, 2016
If we are to break out of our self-limiting beliefs we need to move on a path towards what Bob Kegan calls the self-authored state; literally to become the author of our own lives. To do this without a fracture requires us to be intentional about our choices, and mindful of our inner voice, explains KDVI Associate, Graham Ward.
Published on 17 Jun, 2022
"Succession & when it's time to let go"
This blog entry with the Harvard Business Review discusses the three phases of a CEO's lifespan and what happens when leaders outstay their time and performance starts to decline.
Published on 14 Mar, 2014
"What happens in the transitional space during coaching?"
Book chapter in The Coaching Kaleidoscope: Insights from the Inside Palgrave Macmillan, p. 71-85.
Published on 1 Jul, 2010
"The destabilizing effect of CEO retirement"
This blog entry with the Harvard Business Review he discusses the darker side of retirement.
Published on 28 Feb, 2014
"How would you like to be remembered?"
Published on 5 Sep, 2016
"Leadership in the age of rage"
Published on 24 Aug, 2016
"The retirement syndrome & challenges of letting go"
This article analyses a problem that can be described as the retirement syndrome. In exploring the difficulties many leaders face in letting go at the end of a full career, reviews a number of the barriers to exit and provides suggestions as to how individuals and organisations can develop more effective and humane disengagement strategies.
Published on 1 Dec, 2003
"Death anxiety and executive mortality"
This blog entry with the Harvard Business Review explores the death anxiety and what happens when we repress our fear of death and refuse to confront it.
Published on 24 Mar, 2014
Manfred Kets de Vries takes readers out of their comfort zone in this book. It intends to focus executives on what really counts in their lives and to shake academics down from their ivory towers and make them more attuned to the real problems of real people, instead of trying to impress each other.
Published on 15 Apr, 2009