Authenticity & Meaning

Leaders are merchants of hope. Our research explores the broader search for meaning and purpose leaders engage in, which in turn has the power to inspire their followers. We also explore the concept of happiness and the seach for authenticity in which a leader may self-actualise and be at his or her best.

The White Raven, the Bear-King, and Other Grim Tales

The White Raven, the Bear-King, and Other Grim Tales

A young prince who resists the spell of the evil goblin with the help of a raven, a king who turns into a bear to expel the monster in him, four brothers, each with a unique gift, facing a common dilemma—these are some of the characters in this collection of fairy tales, each story reflecting our deepest fears and desires. Join author Manfred Kets de Vries as he takes you on a journey where heroes and heroines face dragons, crones, lions and wicked stepmothers in their search for the elusive “happily ever after”.

KDVI Press, Jul 2016

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"Insatiable desire for more can be destructive"

Seven Signs of The Greed Syndrome

It is said that without greed we would still be living in caves but, left unchecked, the insatiable desire for more and better material things can be destructive.

INSEAD Knowledge, Apr 2016

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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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"Is it possible to know oneself?"

Turning Who You are into What you Do

This blog explores the question of whether it is possible to know oneself when so much of that knowledge is beyond conscious awareness.

INSEAD Knowledge, Jan 2015

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"Reflective writing as carthartic process"

To Get Over Something, Write About It

This blog entry with the Harward Business Review looks at the therapeutic effect of writing.

Harvard Business Review, Nov 2014

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"What does success mean to senior executives?"

The Many Colors of Success: What do Executives Want out of Life?

This article is based on the responses of 160 senior executives to questions of what success means to them.

Organizational Dynamics, Jan 2010

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"What do executives want out of life?"

The Many Colors of Success: What do Executives want out of Life?

This article is based on the responses of 160 senior executives to questions of what success means to them.

INSEAD Working Paper, Jan 2009

Working Papers

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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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"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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"Deconstructing happiness"

The Graduation Speech: Reflections on Happiness

This essay addresses the question of what makes for happiness. An attempt is made to deconstruct this elusive concept.

European Management Journal, Jun 2000

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