Working papers

"Sexual dynamics in the boardroom"

The Sexual “Cloud” in the Executive Suite

This working paper explores how people today are very much governed by the same sexual desires that drove our primitive ancestors.

INSEAD Working Paper, May 2015

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"Aging and quality of life"

Old Ages is No Place for Sissies

This working paper deals with a rather taboo subject: the consequences of prolonging life into extreme old age, now possible with advances in medical procedures.

INSEAD Working Paper, Apr 2015

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"Fairy tales for today’s executives"

Fairy Tales for Executives: Story Telling as a Catalyst for Change

This working paper looks at how fairy tales—when applied to the realm of executive leadership—act as a shortcut to moral lessons, illustrating the dangers of leadership and various ways in which executives can derail.

INSEAD Working Paper, Mar 2015

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"Executive coaches as modern day shamans"

The Shaman, the Therapist, and the Coach

This working paper discusses various similarities and differences between the healing practices of shamans and the work of therapists and executive coaches.

INSEAD Working Paper, Sep 2014

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"Overview of the psycho- dynamic approach to leadership study"

Psychodynamic Approach

This working paper provides an overview of the psychodynamic approach, including historical underminnings, its key concepts, and includes three case studies with which to apply the psychodynamic approach as well as a short self-assessment on leadership archetype.

INSEAD Working Paper, Jun 2014

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"Group coaching for team alignment"

Vision Without Action is a Hallucination: Group Coaching and Strategy Implementation

This article discusses how to get things done by applying the group coaching methodology.

INSEAD Working Paper, May 2014

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"In search of introspection and reflection"

Doing Nothing and Nothing to Do: The Hidden Value of Empty Time and Boredom

In this working paper, the author argues that doing nothing and being bored can be invaluable to the creative process.

INSEAD Working Paper, May 2014

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"Dreams as entry points to executive subconscious"

Dream Journeys: New Territory for Executive Coaching

This working paper addresses how leadership coaches should also pay attention to their clients’ dreamtime to help executives with their journey into their own interior.

INSEAD Working Paper, Feb 2014

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"Death anxiety and succession issues"

Death and the Executive: Encounters with the “Stealth” Motivator

This article takes a clinical lens to explore death anxiety as a motivational force, how it affects behaviour in organisations, and how we metabolise the feelings death evokes.

INSEAD Working Paper, Feb 2014

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"Forgiveness as a business tool"

The Art of Forgiveness: Differentiating Transformational Leaders

This working paper explores the subject of forgiveness and its importance in the context of leadership.

INSEAD Working Paper, Apr 2013

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"Attachment theory applied in an org context"

The Attachment Imperative: The Kiss of the Hedgehog

This working paper explores the evolution and function of attachment in the context of adult relationships.

INSEAD Working Paper, Apr 2013

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"Play therapy as a means of individual reinvention"

Get Back in the Sandbox: Teaching CEOs how to Play

This working paper argues that the proclivity to play remains an essential part of our make-up throughout our life and that we should make greater efforts to retain play as a mode of learning and the source of creative production.

INSEAD Working Paper, Dec 2012

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"The victim syndrome in org contexts"

Are You a Victim of the Victim Syndrome?

This working paper explores the victim syndrome within an organisational context, and provides a checklist to identify people who are victims of it.

INSEAD Working Paper, Jul 2012

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"Identifying and dealing with SOBs"

The Psychopath in the C-suite

This working paper explores ways of identifying and dealing with SOBs—Seductive Operational Bully—from an organisational and individual perspective, and recommends a clinical orientation to organisational diagnosis and intervention.

INSEAD Working Paper, Jul 2012

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"Psycho- dynamic aspects of effective leadership"

Psychodynamic Issues in Organisational Leadership

This working paper explores the psychodynamic aspects of effective leadership.

INSEAD Working Paper, Dec 2011

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"Creating tipping points for change"

Coaching’s “Good Hour”: Creating Tipping Points

In this working paper, the author explores the tipping point phenomenon and its different facets and effect on change.

INSEAD Working Paper, Sep 2011

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"Rescuer syndrome and excessive helping behavior"

Leadership Coaching and the Rescuer Syndrome: How to Manage both Sides of the Couch

In this article the author explores the problem of excessive helping behavior—The Rescuer Syndrome—with particular reference to executive coaching.

INSEAD Working Paper, Dec 2010

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"Why do women still fail to secure top positions in the workplace?"

People-friendly Organizations: Why we Need an Alternative Default Model

This paper deals with the issue of whether the kinds of organisational structures and practices that attract women might also benefit men, and ask whether the male-oriented default position of organisational design has had its day.

INSEAD Working Paper, Nov 2010

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"Leadership development for long term change"

Transformational Leadership Development Programs: Creating Long-term Sustainable Change

This working paper argues for leadership development programmes focusing on creating long term change rather than quick fixes.

INSEAD Working Paper, Sep 2010

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"How to groom organisa- tional stars"

Reaching Stardom: How to Identify and Develop Top Performers

This working paper addresses nascent stars: What makes those that turn into butterflies so special? What makes them so successful? What are the qualities that turn them into top performers?

INSEAD Working Paper, Jul 2010

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"Profiel fo a tansfor- mational leadership programme"

Sustainable Effectiveness of a Transformational Leadership Development Program: An Exploratory Study

This paper explores the impact of a transformational leadership development program on the lives of its participants after a one year interval.

INSEAD Working Paper, Mar 2009

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"How to become a great place to work"

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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"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

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"Profile of a group leadership coaching approach"

Leadership Coaching and Organizational Transformation: Effectiveness in a World of Paradoxes

This paper describes the unique leadership coaching approach which focuses not only on what is directly observable, but also on out-of-awareness behaviour.

INSEAD Working Paper, Jul 2008

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"Leadership development as a transitional journey"

The Proof is in the Pudding: An Integrative, Psychodynamic Approach to Evaluating a Leadership Development Program

This paper describes transitional leadership development programs as the beginning of a journey, and propose that for this type of program, an integrated collaborative approach to evaluation is logical and appropriate.

INSEAD Working Paper, Mar 2008

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