Organisational Culture & Change

How do we create working environments where people have a sense of autonomy, the ability to grow, and have meaningful, trusting relationships with others? Our research explores the processes of individual and organisational change and pays close attention to their characteristics and dynamics.

Six Steps to Overcome Shame

Six Steps to Overcome Shame

As old as time and very much universal, feelings of shame can lead to self-destructive behaviour in even the best of leaders.

INSEAD Knowledge, Jul 2021

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Workplace Intelligence: Unconscious Forces and How to Manage

Workplace Intelligence: Unconscious Forces and How to Manage

Anton Obholzer's new book provides insights into the unconscious processes at play in the workplace and an introduction to a balanced approach to organisations. 

Routledge, Nov 2020

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KDVI's Organisational Culture Transformation Framework

KDVI's Organisational Culture Transformation Framework

The purpose of this paper is to provide our clients with an understanding of our approach to organisational change and culture transformation. First, we describe the underlying challenges that organisations face, where change is the norm rather than the exception. We then propose that, by addressing both manifest and underlying factors, KDVI’s interventions go beyond a simplistic quick fix. Next, we provide an overview of the theoretical foundations of KDVI’s approach to organisational culture transformation, which lead to six concrete change principles that guide our work. We then map these principles into a general roadmap for a culture transformation programme in terms of phases and timelines. In the final section, we highlight the specific change levers that make KDVI’s approach unique.  

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Thinking about New Ways of Working

Thinking about New Ways of Working

The Covid 19 Pandemic has brought unimagined change to organisations at unprecedented speeds. Organisations and leaders are on a journey of discovery. As leaders plan the future for their organisations, understanding the cultural health of their organisations and teams will be a critical success factor. No one be certain what any organisation will look like in the future – the structures, roles, functions are all up in the air. Structure and process will give a sense of clarity and security, but if the culture is not able to support the upcoming changes and challenges, leaders will struggle to implement sustainable changes.

KDVI Writer's Colony, Sep 2020

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Unhealthy Organisations - Neurotic Styles of Organisations

Unhealthy Organisations - Neurotic Styles of Organisations

Neurotic leaders create neurotic organisations. This mini-article identifies five neurotic styles of organisations and explains how they can be used to better understand the ‘smell of the place’. 

KDVI Writer's Colony, Nov 2019

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Inscribe courageous conversations into organisational DNA

Corporate Heaven: The ‘Authentizotic’ Organisation

How to create an organisation where people find meaning in, and are captivated by, their work.

INSEAD Knowledge, Jun 2019

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Beware of the cultish techniques that have crossed into the workplace

Is your Organisation a Cult?

Why would anyone be attracted to a cult? Many businesses have cult-like characteristics which, on one hand, can provide structure and order, on the other, they can breed paranoia and stifle creative thinking.

INSEAD Knowledge, Nov 2018

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The Trigger Zone

The Trigger Zone

The Trigger Zone outlines the contours of the neuro-psycho-dynamic approach to change management.

Mediawerf , Jan 2013

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Organizational Culture, Leadership, Change, and Stress

Organizational Culture, Leadership, Change, and Stress

This paper discusses the internal and external pressures that may trigger organisational changes and explores the four stages of the organisational change process.

INSEAD Working Paper, Feb 2009

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"A look at Russian history and capitalism"

Russia: A Work in Progress Transcending the Fifth "Time of Troubles"

This article reflects on the history of Russia, focusing on the country's late-20th and early-21st-century development as the Russian Federation.

Organizational Dynamics, Jul 2008

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"A review of leadership coaching"

Coach or Couch, Anybody? The Zen of Creating High-EQ Organizations

This working paper presents a review of leadership coaching, including the different forms of coaching, goals and what makes it work.

INSEAD Working Paper, Mar 2004

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"Creating healthy work places for the new millennium"

Creating Authentizotic Organizations: Well-functioning Individuals in Vibrant Companies

This article raises questions about the well-functioning individual, the motivational need systems that drive people, and the conditions that make for healthy organisations.

Human Relations, Jan 2001

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"Creating authentizotic organisations"

Creating the Authentizotic Organization: Corporate Transformation and Its Vicissitudes A Rejoinder

This article is a rejoinder to the critique by Robert Golembiewski of the authors' article Transforming the Mind-Set of the Organization: A Clinical Perspective, in which the processes of individual and organizational change and the resemblance between them are explored.

Academy of Management, Jan 1999

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"Unraveling the processes of change"

Transforming the Mind-set of the Organization: A Clinical Perspective

In this paper, the processes of individual and organisational change—their characteristics and dynamics—are explored, and resemblances between personal and organizational change are highlighted.

Administration & Society, Jan 1999

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Mentaliteitverandering in Organisaties

Mentaliteitverandering in Organisaties

In this book the processes of individual and organizational change their characteristics and dynamics are explored, and resemblances between personal and organizational change are highlighted.

Management Briefing, Nov 1996

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