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The shift from Socialised to Self-Authored: Letting go of our demons and walking out into the light

The shift from Socialised to Self-Authored: Letting go of our demons and walking out into the light

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

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Is ‘Leadership’ Becoming a Titanic?

Is ‘Leadership’ Becoming a Titanic?

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

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From surviving to thriving: A leader’s guide to flourishing

From surviving to thriving: A leader’s guide to flourishing

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

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Knock Knock. Who’s there? Laughter in the workplace

Knock Knock. Who’s there? Laughter in the workplace

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

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From surviving to thriving: A leader’s guide to flourishing

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

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Staying Connected, Continuing to Grow

Staying Connected, Continuing to Grow

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

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KDVI Psychodynamic-Systemic Group Coaching Practicum Brochure

KDVI Psychodynamic-Systemic Group Coaching Practicum Brochure

KDVI’s Psychodynamic-Systemic Group Coaching Practicum is a transformational and highly practical programme to develop confidence and skills in psychodynamic-systemic group coaching.

Group Coaching Practicum Brochure, Apr 2021

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Manfred Kets De Vries Podcast

In this episode of the Scaleup Valley podcast, Mike Dias speaks with Manfred Kets-de-Vries about the dangers of toxic personalities within the leadership team.

Scaleup Valley Podcast, Mar 2021

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Have traditional meetings reached their expiry date?

Have traditional meetings reached their expiry date?

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

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Pandemic Fatigue: Light at the end of the tunnel?

Pandemic Fatigue: Light at the end of the tunnel?

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

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Partner, Powerful. New Role Models for Women Leaders in 2021

Partner, Powerful. New Role Models for Women Leaders in 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

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Leadership for the Future - Creating conscious leaders and purpose-driven organisations

Leadership for the Future - Creating conscious leaders and purpose-driven organisations

The increasing complexity and interdependency of business environments make the task of leadership in a global interconnected world ever more challenging. 

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KDVI's Key questions  for reflection through these uncertain times

KDVI's Key questions for reflection through these uncertain times

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.

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Future of Work, Leadership and Organisations

Future of Work, Leadership and Organisations

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?

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What The Coaches Are Saying – Holiday Edition

What The Coaches Are Saying – Holiday Edition

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. 

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KDVI Newsletter - November 2020

KDVI Newsletter - November 2020

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

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The CEO Whisperer: Meditations on Leadership, Life, and Change

The CEO Whisperer: Meditations on Leadership, Life, and Change

At this critical junction in the history of humankind, leaders that are proficient in magical thinking aren’t going to solve our problems. Creating alternative realities is not the answer. We need a very different kind of leadership―leaders who can resist the calls of regression and whose outlook is firmly based in reality. We need leaders who analyse and draw conclusions from, or use their own experiences as a development tool, face their strengths and weaknesses, and critique their own experiences in order to build new understandings.

The Palgrave Kets de Vries Library, Nov 2020

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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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Coaching in the Time of COVID- An argument for Revitalization

Coaching in the Time of COVID- An argument for Revitalization

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

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KDVI Newsletter - October 2020

KDVI Newsletter - October 2020

 

How to help people to adapt, not force them to adopt - 

For many, the first wave of the pandemic was an adrenaline-fuelled sprint. The long haul demands a different lace and a shift in leadership priorities.

KDVI, Oct 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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COVID-19 related publications

COVID-19 related publications

Much can be learnt as we navigate the steep challenges posed by COVID-19. The pandemic has been a source of new insight and creativity. Here is a compilation of our growing collection of blogs, articles and books from the KDVI team inspired by the impact of COVID-19.

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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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Virtual team coaching can help turn around dysfunctional teams

How I Taught the ‘Team from Hell’ to Trust Each Other

Effective organisations rely on teamwork, not least because it facilitates problem solving. Many leaders, however, are ambivalent about teams. They fear overt and covert conflict, uneven participation, tunnel vision, lack of accountability and indifference to the interests of the organisation as a whole. Also, more than a few have no idea how to put together well functioning teams. Their fear of delegating – losing control – reinforces the stereotype of the heroic leader who handles it all.

INSEAD Knowledge, Aug 2020

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