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"Learning to manage in the gray zone"

The Importance of Seeing the World in Shades of Grey

This blog argues that executives who see the world in stark contrasts miss the nuances of situations and are less able to compromise to meet common interests.

INSEAD Knowledge, Apr 2015

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"Managing those who won't see the middle ground"

How to Manage Someone Who Can't Handle Ambiguity

This blog entry for the Harvard Business Review explores how one can manage leaders who see things in black and white, unable to accept a middle ground.

Harvard Business Review, Mar 2015

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"Group coaching second to none to have executives sing on the same page"

Vision without action is a hallucination: Group coaching and strategy implementation

This article illustrates how group coaching can be a methodology second to none, to have executives sing on the same page—and accelerate execution. It is an intervention methodology increasingly utilised by premier strategic consulting firms.

Organizational Dynamics, Mar 2015

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"Fairy tales for today’s executives"

Fairy Tales for Executives: Story Telling as a Catalyst for Change

This working paper looks at how fairy tales—when applied to the realm of executive leadership—act as a shortcut to moral lessons, illustrating the dangers of leadership and various ways in which executives can derail.

INSEAD Working Paper, Mar 2015

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"Differences as assets"

Being Normal Is Not About Fitting In

This blog entry explores the idea of accepting ones leadership strenghts instead of merely fitting in.

INSEAD Knowledge, Feb 2015

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"Turning high potentials to star performers"

Who are the Stars?

This blog discusses the qualities that turn high potentials into top performers.

INSEAD Knowledge, Dec 2014

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"The triumphs and foibles of Alexander the Great"

11 Leadership Lessons from Alexander the Great

This blog entry explores how Alexander the Great shows us some timeless leadership lessons but also some glaring failures.

INSEAD Knowledge, Nov 2014

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"Conundrums coaches face in their practice"

The Group Coaching Conundrum

This article sheds light on the challenges facing coaches when undertaking the journey to becoming a group coach.

International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring, Nov 2014

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Take a look at your strengths and development areas through the eyes of others.

Take a look at yourself in the leadership mirror

Many of today’s leaders lack self-knowledge. They are not very reflective of their actions; they may even suffer from hubris, lacking a sense of humility that allows them to clearly see where their weaknesses lie. Asking others what they think of our actions is not the best way of finding out. People are not always straight-forward and executives may be reluctant to be seen “seeking approval”. The INSEAD Global Leadership Centre has taken the findings of its leadership development work (gleaned over 10 years of leadership coaching), to develop the Global Executive Leadership Mirror (“The Global Mirror”), providing a lens through which executives can take a closer, 360 degree look at their own personal leadership behavior.

INSEAD Knowledge, Oct 2014

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"SOB effect on org life"

The Psycho-path to Disaster: Coping with SOB Executives

This article describes the SOB—Seductive Operational Bully—or psychopath “lite”, in organisational settings, who can wreak havoc on organisational life.

Organizational Dynamics, Oct 2014

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"Executive coaches as modern day shamans"

The Shaman, the Therapist, and the Coach

This working paper discusses various similarities and differences between the healing practices of shamans and the work of therapists and executive coaches.

INSEAD Working Paper, Sep 2014

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"Motivating teams with a psycho-dynamic approach"

Chief executives on the couch: Even successful leaders have hang-ups

This blog, published in the Financial Times, reports on a working paper by Manfred Kets de Vries on the Psychodynamic Approach to leadership studies.

FInancial Times, Aug 2014

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"Self awareness and team effectiveness"

First Know Yourself, Then Your Team

This blog explores how, in order to be truly effective, leaders must first understand the unconscious motivations in themselves, followed by those of the people around them.

INSEAD Knowledge, Aug 2014

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"Overview of the psycho- dynamic approach to leadership study"

Psychodynamic Approach

This working paper provides an overview of the psychodynamic approach, including historical underminnings, its key concepts, and includes three case studies with which to apply the psychodynamic approach as well as a short self-assessment on leadership archetype.

INSEAD Working Paper, Jun 2014

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"Unhealthy dependencies prevent leaders from reaching their full potential"

Mentor or Martyr? Beware the Rescuer Trap

In this article for Human Capital Review, Kets de Vries explores the Rescuer Syndrome—where the need to help becomes a self-serving addiction and—which creates an unhealthy state of dependency and prevents leaders from reaching their full potential.

Human Capital Review, Jun 2014

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"Group coaching for team alignment"

Vision Without Action is a Hallucination: Group Coaching and Strategy Implementation

This article discusses how to get things done by applying the group coaching methodology.

INSEAD Working Paper, May 2014

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"Group coaching for meaningful change"

Group Coaching: Tipping Points for Change

This blog entry explores how group coaching can serve as tipping points for real and meaningful change.

INSEAD Knowledge, May 2014

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"Dreams as entry points to executive subconscious"

Dream Journeys: Insights into the Executive Subconscious

This blog entry explores how dreams can be an entry point into an executive's subconscious, revealing his or her fears, wishes and aspirations.

INSEAD Knowledge, May 2014

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"Peer coaching and strategy alignment"

Sometimes Colleagues Are the Best Coaches

This blog entry with the Harvard Business Review discusses how peer coaching interventions can make a huge difference to the implementation of a strategy or change initiative of an organisation.

Harvard Business Review, May 2014

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"The inner compass of leaders"

When the inner compass of the leader falters

This blog entry addresses what can be done when the inner compass of a leader stops pointing to the pure North.

Simon Sijbrands, Apr 2014

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Mindful Leadership Coaching: Journeys into the Interior

Mindful Leadership Coaching: Journeys into the Interior

This book provides an in-depth look at the coaching process, considering the diversity of both individual and organisational learning through the lens of psychodynamic mindfulness.

Palgrave Macmillan, Apr 2014

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"Four pathologies that can cripple leaders"

Coaching the Toxic Leader

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.

Harvard Business Review, Apr 2014

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"The importance of top team alignment"

How to precisely align your top team

This blog entry addresses the importance of top team alignment programmes.

Simon Sijbrands, Mar 2014

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Helping a Bipolar Leader

Helping a Bipolar Leader

This blog entry with the Harvard Business Review explore the manic-depressive leaders, who are great in a crisis, but overestimating their capabilities can try to do more than they can handle.

Harvard Business Review, Mar 2014

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