Articles

"Abnormal is the norm in organisations"

The Shadow Side of Leadership

This article describes a number of dysfunctional leadership prototypes found in organisations. Offered as a useful form of shorthand for identification purposes, it helps us understand how we can deal with this dysfunction in ourselves or our leaders.

Human Capital Review, Sep 2009

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"The key roles that leaders play"

Decoding the Team Conundrum: The Eight Roles Executives Play

In this article, a number of leadership archetypes, or roles, and ways of leading in a complex organisational environment are explored.

Organizational Dynamics, Aug 2008

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"A look at Russian history and capitalism"

Russia: A Work in Progress Transcending the Fifth "Time of Troubles"

This article reflects on the history of Russia, focusing on the country's late-20th and early-21st-century development as the Russian Federation.

Organizational Dynamics, Jul 2008

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"A profile of Ruben Vardanian, a leading figure on Russia’s capital markets"

Interview with a Russian Entrepreneur: Ruben Vardanian

This article profiles Ruben Vardanian, one of the leading figures on Russia’s capital markets, and one of the major shareholders of the investment bank Troika Dialog, one of the top credit institutions in Moscow, and an “employers of choice.”

Organizational Dynamics, Jul 2008

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"Psycho- dynamic factors & succession in Russia"

Russia’s Succession Paradox

This article examines some general psychodynamic factors that influence the succession process in Russian businesses.

Organizational Dynamics, Jul 2008

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"The Inner Theatre of Vladimir Putin"

Vladimir Putin, CEO of Russia Inc. The Legacy and the Future

This article 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.

Organizational Dynamics, Jul 2008

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"Executive complexes regularly encountered in orgs"

Executive Complexes

This article explores the nature and origin of executive complexes and presents five complexes regularly encountered in organisational coaching and consulting work.

Organizational Dynamics, Dec 2007

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"What role does money play in our lives"

Money, Money, Money

This article explores the role money plays in our lives.

Organizational Dynamics, Oct 2007

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"Executive programs for long-term leadership development"

Creating Transformational Executive Education Programs

This essay describes the design of transformational executive programs in the long-term development of leaders, suggesting that being more deliberate and focused on leadership development requires revisiting traditional views of students’ expectations, curricula and pedagogies.

Academy of Management, Learning &Development, Sep 2007

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"What are the different facets of coaching?"

Coaching within and without

A book chapter in Coach and couch: The psychology of making better leaders, exploring the different facets of coaching.

Palgrave Macmillan, May 2007

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"Despotic regimes and dynamics of leadership by terror"

The Spirit of Despotism: Understanding the Tyrant Within

The objective of this article is to better understand the developmental history of despotic regimes and the existence of leadership by terror.

Human Relations, Nov 2006

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"High achievers who feel they are complete fakes"

The Dangers of Feeling like a Fake

 This article describes that "neurotic imposture" a kind of behavior that causes a great many extremely talented, hardworking, and capable executives—men and women who have achieved great success by the world's standards–to believe, deep down, that they don't deserve it.

Harvard Business Review, Nov 2006

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"Design, development & validation of the PA"

The Development of the Personality Audit: A Psychodynamic Multiple Feedback Assessment Instrument

This article describes the design and psychometric properties of the PA, a 360° feedback instrument designed to assess seven personality dimensions important in human behavior and to determine blind spots.

International Journal of Human Resource Management, May 2006

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"What are the challenges of European leaders?"

The Future of European Business Leadership

This article explores the challenges of European leaders.

European Business Forum, Mar 2006

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"A look at a clinically oriented consultation"

Organizations as Optical Illusions: A Clinical Perspective on Organizational Consultation

This article addresses the subject of clinically oriented consultation in the workplace, offering an example of an intervention to illustrate the limitations of more traditional, rational forms of organisational consultation.

Organizational Dynamics, Nov 2005

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"Talented leadership in the European Union"

The Future of an Illusion: In search of the new European Business Leader

This article explores the complex network of relationships requires extremely talented leadership in the European Union.

Organizational Dynamics, Aug 2005

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"Effectiveness of group leadership coaching"

Leadership Group Coaching in Action: The Zen of Creating High Performance Teams

This article advocates the effectiveness of group leadership coaching.  A change methodology centered on group coaching  for high-performance teams is proposed.

Academy of Management, Feb 2005

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"The Global Russian- an emerging leadership style"

The New Global Russian Business Leaders: Lessons from a Decade of Transition

This article describes organisation and leadership practices in Russia, and focuses on an emerging an leadership style the authors termed global Russian.

European Management Journal, Dec 2004

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"Differences between Russian and Western leadership practices"

East and West: A dialogue about Leadership with Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries

In this article, a dialogue between East and West seeks to highlight and pinpoint some of the similarities and differences between leadership practices in Russia and Western countries.

Harvard Business Review, Nov 2004

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"Design, development & validation of the GELI"

The Global Leadership Life Inventory: development and psychometric properties of a 360-degree feedback instrument

This article describes the design of Global Leadership Life Inventory, a 360° leadership feedback instrument. This instrument is presently used in executive programs to help identify the operational mode of individual executives.

International Journal of Human Resource Management, Nov 2004

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"Unconscious dynamics and impact on organisational life"

Organizations on the Couch: A Clinical Perspective on Organizational Dynamics

In this article the argument is made that unconscious dynamics have a significant impact on life in organisations.

European Management Journal, Apr 2004

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"The retirement syndrome & challenges of letting go"

The Retirement Syndrome: The Psychology 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.

European Management Journal, Dec 2003

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"The birth & growth of an entrepreneurial organisation"

Roustam Tariko: Russian Entrepreneur

This article looks at entrepreneurial leadership and business development on several levels, including an intimate look at the birth and growth of an entrepreneurial organisation.

Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice , Jun 2003

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"Leadership lessons from Alexander the Great"

Doing an Alexander: Lessons on Leadership by a Master Conqueror

This article explores what makes for effective leadership and what contributes to leadership derailment, using Alexander the Great of Macedonia, as an example.

European Management Journal, Jun 2003

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"Leadership in hybrid firms in India"

Leadership in Indian Organizations: A Comparative Study

This study identifies some of the ways in which the top leadership of hybrid Indian business organisations differs from that of Western business organisations.

International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, Nov 2002

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