Executive Stress & Well-being

Executive coaches face an urgent problem with senior executive stress. Suicide and burnout at the top level are increasing. We explore in our research the underlying reasons for high stress levels and how to break the taboo of executive stress.

"Down the rabbit hole of shame"

Don’t Let Shame Become a Self-Destructive Spiral

Shame is part of the human experience. Keeping your feelings of shame in perspective can relieve you of a harmful tendency to self-blame, and, eventually, make peace with your shadow side. Knowing that you are good enough, worthwhile, and deserving of love and acceptance is essential for building resilience and living your most authentic life.

HBR, Jun 2017

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"An Early Warning System for Team’s Stress Level"

An Early Warning System for Your Team’s Stress Level

Inspired by aviation and medical best practices for handling crises, we set out to develop a simple yet robust protocol that could help executives anticipate cases of potential burnout. Rather than being a test, survey, or assessment tool, the Stress-APGAR provides a set of guidelines that help executives think about and articulate factors that may lead to burnout.

HBR, Apr 2017

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"Obsession for digital technology"

Addressing Digital Addiction

Digital technology has greatly enhanced our lives both inside and outside the workplace. But it is not all positive. When does an obsession for digital technology become a serious health problem?
 

INSEAD Knowledge, Oct 2016

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"Personailty and techno-stress"

The Human Cost of Digital Technologies

As companies race towards digitisation, the expectation that people in organisations need to be permanently on-call is creating very human challenges. This blog reports on a research study lwhich looks at how individuals cope with technostress, and the mediating role personality plays.

INSEAD Knowledge, May 2016

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"Assessing psychological risk factors of leaders"

How Is Our Pilot Feeling Today?: A Courageous Conversation That Could Make a Difference

This blog presents a quick assessment of psychological risk factors for high performing individuals.

INSEAD Knowledge, Apr 2015

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"Slacking off is a great way to nurture our imagination"

The Art of Doing Nothing

In our current 24/7 society, introspection and reflection have become lost arts. Instead, we are at risk of becoming victims of information and work overload. In this article, the authors argue that slacking off—or a conscious effort to do nothing—is a great way to induce states of mind that nurture our imagination.

European Financial Reivew, Dec 2014

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"Are you suffering from the wealth fatigue syndrome?"

Pity the Super Rich

This blog entry explores the wealth fatigue syndrome. Instead, one should invest in enduring things that matter.

INSEAD Knowledge, Dec 2014

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"How to deal with paradoxes"

Listening to inner anxiety caused by hidden paradoxes—how to improve your mental performance

This blog entry deals with the dilemma of living in a world of inevitable anxiety which does not always makes sense and how to listen to that reflexive inner voice.

Simon Sijbrands, Oct 2014

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"In search of introspection and reflection"

The Importance of Doing Nothing

This blog entry explores how slacking off and setting aside regular periods of ‘doing nothing’ may be the best thing we can do to induce states of mind that nurture our imagination and improve our mental health.

INSEAD Knowledge, Jun 2014

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"Do less instead of doing too much"

The Case for Slacking Off

This blog entry with the Harvard Business Review argues that the biggest problem we have in contemporary society is not that we do too little but that we try to do too much.

Harvard Business Review, Dec 2013

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"Forgiveness as a business tool"

Leaders Who Can't Forgive

This blog entry with the Harvard Business Review explores how costly it is to hold on to grudges and how an unforgiving attitude keeps people from moving forward.

Harvard Business Review, Dec 2013

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"C-suite suicide trend"

C-suite Suicides: When Exec Life Becomes a Nightmare

Swisscom's CEO and Zurich's CFO recently took their own lives. This Fortune Management article quotes Manfred Kets de Vries on this recent trend.

Fortune, Sep 2013

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"Leaders and the art of forgiveness"

Forgiveness Makes a Good Business Tool

The knee-jerk reaction of too many people in leadership positions when they feel wronged is righteous indignation and the urge for revenge. But one factor that sets truly transformational leaders apart from the run-of-the-mill is the ability to forgive - to let feelings of anger, resentment and blame fall away and become something constructive. This article looks at how forgiveness can make for a good business tool.

The National, Abu Dhabi, Jul 2013

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The Happiness Equation

The Happiness Equation

Through coaching work with senior executives, Manfred Kets de Vries explores why many suffer from profound periods of unhappiness despite having external success.

IUniverse, Dec 2007

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"What role does money play in our lives"

Making Sense of "Fuck-You Money" ad Beyond

This paper explores the role money plays in our lives.

INSEAD Working Paper, Apr 2006

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