The Complexity of Leadership

In complex organizations, leaders face multidimensional psychological challenges. Using the case of Arthur Andersen, a company that failed due to leadership’s inability to respond to the powerful dynamics of authorization, we discuss the importance of adaptive leadership, psychodynamic organization theory and Interpersonal psychoanalysis to understand the complexities leaders face. Successful leadership requires transparency, emotional competence, charisma, effective delegation, decisiveness, and adaptability.


Motivation, Meaning and Resilience

Purpose, motivation, and resilience are essential for an organization to sustain success. These client case studies focus on what happens when an organization faces significant challenges due to trauma, M&A, market conditions, etc. All show a lack of clear purpose and confused organizational responses to change. We emphasize the importance of leadership in fostering a […]

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Succession Planning

This analysis details succession planning and management practices across 14 companies from various industries. It examines the choices companies face when creating or improving their succession planning and management systems. The study identified several themes, including the role of human resources, the criteria for identifying high potential candidates, the relationship between performance and potential, and […]

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Performance Management

Today’s performance management systems need a more effective approach that aligns with modern workforce requirements, emphasizing the importance of specific, in-the-moment feedback. One of today’s most valuable workplace assets is actionable, in-the-moment feedback, which is too often buried, lost or just not delivered in today’s ineffective performance management systems. Traditional performance management systems are out-of-sync […]

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Framework For Roles

Role is a complex key component of all organizations. We offer a framework for defining the way one works-in-role: their specific assigned duties, part in the overall mission, unconscious function, and the way they understand and work within an organization’s systems of tasks and sentience.

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Finding You in Me

The 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center devastated this investment bank. We discuss our work in helping Sandler O’Neill & Partners’ remaining managing director, employees and families, recover from the trauma of losing 39% of their friends and colleagues. We present the challenges and successes of bringing together survivors, families, volunteers and new employees […]

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Thinking, Leadership and Action

Through a case study of a senior executive at a foreign bank, we look at the complex dynamics between leadership, teamwork and organizational culture, and how to help leaders navigate the challenges of a rapidly changing business landscape. We address the importance of understanding the psychological factors that drive individual and organizational behavior and decision-making; […]

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Psychological Containment

“Psychological containment” is an important but overlooked leadership capability. Leaders must be able to identify and manage workplace stresses and anxieties, what we call “troubling, frightening bits” or TFBs, that originate from employees, work, organizational dysfunction, and external events. If unaddressed, TFBs can severely impact organizational functioning and output. Psychological containment is the ability to […]

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