"Ways to Manage Difficult Bosses"
This article explores the options available to anyone who has to manage a bad boss. Much of it will feel like common sense. But people often forget that it’s in their power to improve bad situations, so having the options systematically laid out can be very helpful.
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"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
"Corporate genius and psychopaths"
This blog entry with the Harvard Business Review. discusses the thin line between corporate genius and psychopaths.
Published on 7 Jan, 2014
"When drive and commitment are too much"
Published on 21 Mar, 2016
"Is it possible to know oneself?"
This blog explores the question of whether it is possible to know oneself when so much of that knowledge is beyond conscious awareness.
Published on 21 Jan, 2015
"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
"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
"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
"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
"Advice for dealing with narcissists"
Managing a narcissistic leader is not easy. Why would they ask for help, when they think that they are better than anybody else? How can they learn from mistakes if they can’t admit that they’ve ever made one? This article provides some advise for managers who have to deal with such leaders.
Published on 10 May, 2017
“The most complete revenge is not to imitate the aggressor.”
Identifying with an aggressor is a basic strategy for human survival. It’s time to call it out in the workplace.
Published on 27 Sep, 2017