We asked our community of coaches and leadership development practitioners to reflect on the key themes they observed in their work with hundreds of leaders and organisations during 2022 and to look ahead to what they anticipate leaders and organisations will be thinking about in 2023.
KDVI , Dec 2022
If we are to break out of our self-limiting beliefs we need to move on a path towards what Bob Kegan calls the self-authored state; literally to become the author of our own lives. To do this without a fracture requires us to be intentional about our choices, and mindful of our inner voice, explains KDVI Associate, Graham Ward.
KDVI, Jun 2022
Attempting to address the important aspects of 'Leadership' is very commendable, but are they really ‘lived’ or just ‘stated’? It leaves Jean Claude Noel with the image of an overloaded ship, becoming rudderless and sinking, like the Titanic.
KDVI, Jun 2022
In a world where everything that can be measured is seen as meaningful, and where things that can’t be measured don’t matter, the pandemic has busted one of the great untruths and shown that it’s actually the ‘unmeasurables’ that matter more.
KDVI Associates Claire Pointing and Andrea Foot explore the unique position that leaders are in to influence their organisation’s culture, and how the desire for certainty in an uncertain world is pulling leaders away from connection and towards action.
KDVI, May 2022
The pandemic dramatically changed the way people worked in a multitude of ways. But with everyone operating on overdrive in a world full of anxiety, it wasn't always easy or obvious to identify what people had been missing from the rhythm of office life.
During one of their regular discussions, KDVI associates Elizabeth McCourt and Claire Finch realised they'd both been missing out on the laughter and connection that comes from interacting with people at work. Here they explore the impact that laughter can have in the workplace, the types of humour that can enhance work relationships, and the role leaders have in establishing a cultural environment that enables organisations to reap the benefits of a good chuckle.
KDVI, Apr 2022
In a world where everything that can be measured is seen as meaningful, and where things that can’t be measured don’t matter, the pandemic has busted one of the great untruths. It’s actually the ‘unmeasurables’ that matter more.
KDVI Learning Lab Conversations, Dec 2021
Slowing down to speed up
As we approach the end of another demanding year, sources of inspiration, calm and clarity are vital to re-energise to face the challenges ahead. Here are three themes for reflection as you prepare for the year ahead.
KDVI, Dec 2021
The importance of doing nothing, spending time in nature and disconnecting.
As summer comes to a close in the northern hemisphere, we have rounded up key insights for holding on to the key beneifts of the season when it comes to creativity, problem solving and mental wellbeing.
KDVI, Aug 2021
The COVID 19 crisis has forced people into working in virtual spaces. These spaces, and how we work in them, are now becoming hybrid and emergent - but are they emerging in a good way?
KDVI, Jul 2021
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
We recently held a series of client conversations with leaders from around the world to take stock of current experiences and to share perspectives on the future of leadership and workplaces.
KDVI, Jul 2021
Success in hybrid & emergent workspaces
How are employers engaging in new working practices post COVID
KDVI, Jul 2021
We are now a little over a year since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, which, alongside a broader backdrop of political and socioeconomic unrest and increasing climate catastrophes, have created a significant inflection point in many of our business-as-usual practices and expectations. While companies and individuals have and continue to experience major upheaval, this time has also brought forth opportunities for growth and change.
A lot of good and recent advice has been written on meeting management and effectiveness. A deeper fix to meeting-mania however begs the following question: why do we really need to attend that next meeting?
KDVI Writer's Colony, Mar 2021
Preparing for the light at the end of the tunnel -
Managing the conttradictions and uncertainties of the recorvey
KDVI, Mar 2021
After a brief period of excitement and the hope of a little more normality, we have been pulled straight back into the struggles of making it through the pandemic once again. But why does it feel different this time? What is happening to make so many of us feel drained and demotivated? Surely with spring around the corner, vaccinations being rolled out, and some light at the end of the tunnel, we should be feeling more upbeat? Dr. Caroline Rook and Claire Finch explore why that may not be the case…
KDVI Writer's Colony, Feb 2021
Recent developments have given rise to examples where women are provided with more choice of what type of leader they can be. In this blog, Paul Vanderbroeck, suggests three alternative role models, giving hope for gender balance in leadership in the near future.
KDVI Writer's Colony, Jan 2021
Hold on to moments of calm and clarity -
At the close of this tough and tumultuous year, take a moment to reflect on your purpose and your practice as a leader or as a coach
KDVI, Dec 2020
The increasing complexity and interdependency of business environments make the task of leadership in a global interconnected world ever more challenging.
At KDVI, our job is to support the development of human, healthy workplaces, these days with a special focus on mental wellbeing, resilience, and psychological safety. We believe it is a time to renew clarity of purpose and sense of meaning through work and life, asking the questions “What are we ambitious for? What do we hope for now? What impact do we want to have?”
In 2020, in every part of the world, we collectively experienced a year like no other, a global pandemic, the likes of which we could not have imagined in our modern world. The lines blurred between work and home, we all worked to stay connected together-apart and perhaps even saw each other in a different way we might never have had the opportunity to experience. As we look toward 2021, the feeling of hope and possibility is clear and what we might bring forward that may be a bit richer, unusual, more colorful and ever resilient. The “What the Coaches Are Saying” Holiday Version are words and learnings from many but felt by all with the hope that it helps those who read find inspiration, connection and good health in the year to come.
The 4th Industrial Revolution, or age of rapid technological advances, is changing the way people work with disruptive impact on business, global economy and broader society (WEF, 2020). Future of work trends generally describe a workforce that is increasingly diverse, dispersed, digital, and dynamic. The Covid-19 pandemic has only accelerated these shifts, pushing companies to fast track the adoption of technologies and remote working. But what are the human consequences of these new ways of working, and how do they align with aspirations for the future of work?
Crisis forces people and companies to adapt and change. Covid-19 is particular because of its global impact; consequences are magnified both personally and collectively. Large scale disruptions can expose our fault lines and vulnerabilities and push us to challenge and question existing mindsets and behaviours. While traumatic, it can also elevate and bring to the fore different leadership behaviours.
Resilience, wellbeing and healthy performance cultures -
The challenge of leadership today is riding the pandemic rollercoaster while laying tracks for the future and inspiring others. Resilience is key.
KDVI, Dec 2020
After the initial COVID-19 lockdown and confinement, one of the key challenges companies, coaches and consultants face is how to re-engage its people. Group coaching can serve an invigorating and enriching journey to challenge and support individuals to make changes to their lives. It provides a transitional space where they are exposed to different insights, are challenged by others to confront feedback, engage in vicarious learning, and become embedded in a community of peer support and mutual accountability.
KDVI Research Lab, Nov 2020