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“Knowing is the easy part; saying it out loud is the hard part.”

How to Coach a CEO

Successful coaching involves working with – not against – an individual’s resistance.

INSEAD Knowledge, Aug 2018

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Coaching female leaders with narcissistic tendencies

Coaching the Narcissistic Woman Leader

Following on from his first blog, 'Can a Woman Leader be a Narcissist', Paul's second blog explores specific approaches towards coaching female leaders with narcissistic tendencies. The blog provides insights for Executive and Leadership Development Professionals to customise leadership development to the individual strengths and weaknesses of women in the talent pool. 

KDVI Research Lab, Aug 2018

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“Think narcissist, think female!”

Can a woman leader be a narcissist?

"Think narcissist, think male"? A further addition to our narcissism blog series, this blog shows that women leaders, too, can be narcissistic. Yet it's a different kind of narcissism with different implications for leadership development. Three types of narcissistic women leaders - the Super Woman, the Perfectionist and the Lenient Leader - are examined.

KDVI Research Lab, Jul 2018

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The shadow side of the desire to help

Helping you to help me

Those defined by the Helper’s Syndrome are committed to show extreme loyalty to supporting others. Admirable? Maybe. This blog makes the case that they may be better off rationing their compulsion or risk short-changing others and themselves and ultimately not help anyone. As we shall see: it depends. 

KDVI Research Lab, Jul 2018

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Make your natural talents work in your favour through awareness."

How Early Life Experiences Could Play For and Against Us in the Executive Boardroom

Early life experiences accompany us all the way to the executive boardroom. This blog explores how childhood family dynamics can have a direct influence on executives' work experience, including: preference for certain way of working in a team; relationship with peers and authority; approach to stakeholder management; and performance. 

KDVI Research Lab, Jun 2018

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Coaching narcissists to move beyond a world in black and white

Coaching the Narcissistic Executive

In this last blog in our KDVI Blog Series on Narcissism, we explore how organisations can manage the downsides of employing narcissistic executives. In particular, we turn our attention to coaching as a means for getting the best out of narcissistic executives. 

KDVI Research Lab, Jun 2018

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Relationship between leader narcissism and leader emergence

Embrace the narcissist within you!

The second blog in our KDVI Research Lab series, exploring the phenomenon of leadership and narcissism, looks at the advantages and disadvantages of narcissistic behaviour.

KDVI Research Lab, May 2018

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Most frequent leadership style at top management levels? Narcissism

A Human Resources taboo: The Narcissistic Senior Executive

Is healthy narcissism actually an essential part of leadership? When does it become destructive? And how can organisations get the best out of narcissistic leaders, while addressing the destructive elements of their leadership style? The KDVI Research LAB will be sharing a series of blogs over the next couple of weeks to explore the phenomenon of leadership and narcissism. Today, we are sharing the first blog in the series, which explores why narcissistic leaders are indeed a HR taboo.

KDVI Research Lab, May 2018

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“Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.”

Are you addicted to power?

The design of firms fosters power intoxication in their leaders.

INSEAD Knowledge, Apr 2018

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Nearly half of adults in the US have reported experiencing a psychiatric disorder at some point in their lives

The Four Types of Dysfunctional Executives and How to Handle Them

Basic understanding and empathy can go a long way in helping toxic leaders recover their best selves.

INSEAD Knowledge, Apr 2018

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The Malay Leadership Mystique

The Malay Leadership Mystique

In his book entitled “The Malay Leadership Mystique” (inspired by his mentor Manfred Kets de Vries' 2006 book, “The Leadership Mystique”), Dr Vaseehar Hassan explores why, despite their success in Government and the professions, Malays have underperformed as business leaders in comparison to other ethnic groups in Malaysia. Vaseehar’s study demonstrates the importance of cross-cultural, psychodynamic considerations in understanding and addressing the adaptive challenges faced by Malays in the business arena.

 

As a Senior Associate of KDVI, Vaseehar focuses on top team alignment and organisational development, as well as executive coaching.

August Publishing Sdn Bhd, Mar 2018

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"Leaders who are comfortable showing vulnerability are often seen as authentic and trustworthy."

Vulnerability as the key to transition from youngness to gravitas

Several successful leaders seem to have this thing called ‘gravitas’. Leaders with gravitas are experienced as having dignity, poise, and are seen as mature and possibly even wise. For those people who seem to be effortlessly successful, but at some point, begin to wonder if the construct they have built for themselves will hold, this blog explores how to develop maturity and wisdom. Indeed, the blog uncovers that key to developing gravitas is vulnerability and therein lays the challenge to leave the demanding ego behind and to become more comfortable with showing vulnerability but ultimately becoming an authentic leader.

KDVI Research Lab, Mar 2018

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One key obstacle for women to be identified and selected for senior roles is "leadership cloning”

Too feminine or not feminine enough? How to leverage your difference as a woman leader

Authenticity - which comes down to leveraging difference - is the key to career success as a woman leader. But women often find themselves in a double-bind - needing to fit the prevailing leadership prototype in order to be successful while at the same time needing to stay authentic. How do you get out of this double bind? Wait for organisations to change their leadership development and come up with a truly gender-neutral system? This is likely to make you miss the boat. The solution is rather in finding a way to become successful in the existing system. This blog explains how a psychodynamic approach to leadership development can help female leaders to be authentic.

KDVI Research Lab, Feb 2018

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'Words can give, at times, the illusion of providing a clear meaning'

Dialogue is not what you think!

The KDVI Research Lab is happy to announce another blog in our series that explores the undercurrents of positive organisational change. This time KDVI Associate Christopher Bockmann explores how the gap between what is intended, expressed and understood can be reduced.

KDVI Research Lab, Jan 2018

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"Does a good coach have to be tough?"

50 Shades of Coaching - How tough does coaching have to be?

The KDVI Research Lab is happy to announce yet another blog in our series that explores the undercurrents of positive organisational change. This time KDVI Associate Manfred Barth explores whether coaching needs to be tough in order to affect real change.

KDVI Research Lab, Dec 2017

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Transference

"And what do you think about the transference?" Jung replied with the deepest conviction that it was the alpha and omega of the analytic method, whereupon Freud said: "Then you have grasped the main thing."’ - Freud

 

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“The most complete revenge is not to imitate the aggressor.”

The Bad Influence of Aggressive Bosses

Identifying with an aggressor is a basic strategy for human survival. It’s time to call it out in the workplace.

INSEAD Knowledge, Sep 2017

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"Paradigm shift and Manfred Kets de Vries"

Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries: Playing the Morosoph

Manfred Kets de Vries has bought a unique form of humanistic and scientific thinking to the forces of organizational change. This article looks what makes Manfred Kets de Vries “tick?” What “red threads” run through his life? How has his way of thinking contributed to the world? To explore these questions we will use one of his own methodologies and put him, metaphorically, on the psychoanalyst’s couch.

Enduring Thoughts of the Thinkers of Organizational Change, Aug 2017

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"Adversity to develop endurance, courage and character"

Developing Leaders Through Adversity

In the perfect storm our world is currently experiencing, we need to develop leaders with character, people who can deal with complex and difficult situations and act as forces for good. Adversity is one way to develop endurance, courage and character. Without it, we do not really know what we are all about, nor do we appreciate the limits of our character.

INSEAD Knowledge, Jun 2017

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Power Pairs: Hear us roar

Power Pairs: Hear us roar

With the election of Emmanuel Macron, his relationship with his wife, Brigitte Trogneux, has been thrust into the world media. In this blog, we look at the relationship between professional power pairs, how they differ from other partnerships and their influence in their organizations.

KDVI Research Lab, May 2017

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"Advice for dealing with narcissists"

How to manage a narcissist

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.

HBR, May 2017

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"Donald Trump’s new American brand is a cautionary tale for all leaders."

Lessons Learned from the Return of the Ugly American

A leader’s image can become almost inseparable from the organisation he or she leads. Consumers’ perception of companies is often influenced by corporate leaders’ actions and what they communicate. Donald Trump is epitomising the “Ugly American”.

INSEAD Knowledge, Apr 2017

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#BeBold ForChange

International Women's Day

As International Women's Day is celebrated today across the globe, we asked ourselves what we would pledge to drive ground-breaking action within organisations to truly drive the greatest change for women.

KDVI Research Lab, Mar 2017

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"Malignant narcissist as ticking time bombs"

Malignant Manipulators: Ticking Time Bombs

Malignant narcissists not only believe they are always right, they vindictively go out on a limb to prove it.

INSEAD Knowledge, Mar 2017

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