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.
In the Covid-19 crisis digital communication technologies (DCTs) are our saviour. They enable us to continue to work remotely and not to fall into complete social isolation despite physical distancing measures. Indeed, many have now rekindled lost friendships and thanks to DCTs, family, friends and colleagues are just one click away. But are our digital devices really always our friend during this stressful time?
Caroline Rook, KDVI Research Associate & Lecturer in Leadership at Henley Business School, May 2020
Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic will be plentiful, profound, and possibly surprising. Daily, we hear stories fraught with pain, suffering and fear. At the same time, the best of humanity manifests as first responders, healthcare workers, neighbours, and strangers serve one another with compassion and heroic acts of kindness.
KDVI Writer's Colony, Apr 2020
"Down the rabbit hole of shame"
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
"An Early Warning System for 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
"Obsession for digital technology"
INSEAD Knowledge, Oct 2016
"Personailty and techno-stress"
INSEAD Knowledge, May 2016
"Assessing psychological risk factors of leaders"
This blog presents a quick assessment of psychological risk factors for high performing individuals.
INSEAD Knowledge, Apr 2015
"Slacking off is a great way to nurture our imagination"
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
"How to deal with paradoxes"
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
"In search of introspection and reflection"
INSEAD Knowledge, Jun 2014
"C-suite suicide trend"
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
"Leaders and the art of forgiveness"
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