Inputs and Certifications

This is an overview of what informs and inspires our work. This is an ever-growing list...

Inputs and Certifications | Resources and inspiration

  • THE KETS DE VRIES INSTITUTE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT TOOLS:

    We are certified to use the KDVI psychometrically validated tools, which are grounded in strong theoretical foundations as well as practitioner experience.

    The tools highlight individual, team and organisational strengths and areas for development and provide an excellent starting-point for self-reflection and conversation.

    The tools are the LAQ™ - the 'Leadership Archetype Questionnaire', the GELM™ - the 'Global Executive Leadership Mirror', the PA™ - the 'Personality Audit' and the ITI™ - the 'Inner Theatre Inventory’.

  • INTEGRAL DEVELOPMENT COACHING™:

    A rigorous approach to coaching that attends to the individual as an independent human being and in relationship to others and the world. The aim is to help grow the individual in his/her entirety of competencies and qualities: intellectual, emotional, relational, somatic and spiritual. Integral Development Coaching™ is marked by a dynamic partnership between coach and client, combining inquiry, reflection, practice and action.

    Ultimately, Integral Development Coaching™ aims to develop a client’s capacity to continually embrace and integrate new ways of responding to his/her own needs, to his/her environment and to others.

  • SYSTEMIC TEAM COACHING®:

    A comprehensive approach to team coaching. Adopting this approach ensures the team is considered as part of a wider ‘system’, including stakeholders and environmental factors. Teams are assessed and coached on 5 critical disciplines for effectiveness and success, while on-going development is supported through Coaching Circles™.

    We use the Team Connect 360 to collect and collate data from team members and up to 100 respondents before designing team development interventions, which are per definition tailored made.

  • COACHING CIRCLES™:

    A creative and effective approach to team coaching that integrates the principles of Action Learning and the depth of Integral Development Coaching™. It is a facilitated process of peer coaching focused on a real-life business challenge through collaborative inquiry. Teams and leaders not only learn to better explore the possible perspectives to a business issue, they also hone their coaching skills and, in the process, the team finds a higher level of cohesiveness and functioning.

  • ENNEAGRAM PERSONALITY TYPOLOGY:

    A 9-type personality typology as researched and developed by Don Riso and Russ Hudson. This personality typology is especially powerful because it brings depth as well as routes for development. Through their personality identification (the Integral Enneagram Questionnaire) managers and leaders gain invaluable insight into their engrained response mechanisms, their motivations for these behaviours and their biases in terms of thinking, feeling and instinctual capacity. However, the personality type is only a diving board, a place to develop from, with possible routes and arenas to explore beyond the personality we default to.

    We also apply the Enneagram in our approach to team development. We make use of the Integrative Enneagram Team Questionnaire, inquiring into e.g. team style, team Enneagram profile, team strains and the leader/team dynamics.

  • LEADERSHIP AGILITY COMPASS:

    A 21st century leadership development model that is based on extensive corporate research showing that ‘agile’ leaders are proficient in four types of abilities: context-setting, stakeholder, creative and self-leadership agility. The effectiveness of leadership lies in the complementary strength of a leader in all four agilities when it comes to leading change, improving team performance and conducting pivotal conversations. The starting point for this development tool is the Leadership Agility 360™.

  • MYERS-BRIGGS TYPE INDICATOR I AND II:

    The MBTI profile (OPP Licensed tool) reveals how we see and interact with the world, giving insight into our preferences and motivations. This provides a strong foundation for personal growth and development, underpinning enhanced personal effectiveness while also gaining insight into what drives others.

  • TRANSACTIONAL ANALYSIS (TA):

    A psychological theory of how people express their personality and how personal growth and change take place. Transactional Analysis is outstanding in the depth of its theory and the wide variety of its applications in any field where there is a need for understanding of individuals, relationships and communication.

    The concept of life-script, e.g., maps out how we may continue to re-play past strategies in grown-up life, even when these produce results that are self-defeating or painful. Transactional Analysis rests on the assumptions that everyone has the capacity to think/feel/act authentically and autonomously and that people ‘decide’ their own destiny.

  • ARTFUL CONVERSATIONS:

    In essence, leadership is a conversation. Leaders spend most of their time in conversational engagement. How a leader shows up in these conversations determines the level of his/her effectiveness. We are inspired by the work of Marshall Rosenberg (Non Violent Communication), Fernando Flores (types of conversation), Bill Torbert (elements of speech) Judith Glaser (conversational intelligence) and Ontological Coaching, which considers the use of language as being at the heart of effective leadership.

  • LEADERSHIP EMBODIMENT™:

    Through a set of practices, managers and leaders learn to connect their intellectual capacity to their emotions and bodies. Fully engaging beyond the brain and knowing how to center and re-balance invariably builds clarity of purpose and intention, presence, confidence and power. This approach was developed by Wendy Palmer, rooted in her experience as an Aikido black belt practitioner.

    In addition, we make use of the art of Focusing as developed by Eugene Gendlin. Focusing is a reflective practice centered in the body; the benefits lie in bringing the conscious thinking mind back into balance with the body mind that feels our lived experience. An approach such as ‘Let Your Body Make Up Your Mind’ connects inner work (e.g. reflection) and outer work (e.g. date gathering) when making decisions.

  • INTEGRAL LIFE PRACTICE:

    Is based on Integral Theory, as developed over the last decades by Ken Wilber. ‘Integral’ in this case stands for a ‘theory of everything’, drawing on science (e.g. neuroscience), psychology, human development, spirituality, and dozens of other fields, offering an understanding of ourselves and the world we live in.

    Integral Life Practice is not just a new approach to self-development and higher awareness, but at the same time offers a way of making sense of a variety of insights, methods and practices.

    This highly flexible approach helps people to develop physical health, emotional balance, mental clarity, relational joy, energy levels and spiritual awareness. Integral Life Practice informs Integral Development Coaching™ a unique way.

  • NEUROSCIENCE AND LEADERSHIP:

    The field of neuroscience has exploded over the last decennia and recent findings give an intriguing perspective about the functions, limitations and capacities of our brains. Our coaching practice is informed by the application of recent findings in social and cognitive neuroscience and how these are being applied to leadership.

    Topics that are of specific interest are: change management, performance management, self-regulation, self awareness, breaking bias.

  • RESILIENCE:

    Our approach to building and maintaining resilience is based on the pioneering work of Jenny Campbell. Her research shows that ultimately, resilience is about our ability to reshape; or breakthrough resilience. It’s about building the capacity to reshape self, our relationships with others and our environment and to be resourceful, adaptable and energized, also in adverse circumstances.

    Our resilience programmes are designed around the Resilience Dynamic™ and the Resilience Engine® and are also available for teams.

  • DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY:

    The work of Robert Kegan, Bill Torbert, Susanne Cook-Greuter and others has given us new insights into the development of qualities such as integrity, mastery and maturity, courage and compassion, competence and character, consciousness and wisdom – leadership qualities called for when leaders are to demonstrate the ability to be up to the challenge of creating a thriving future for everyone in these complex and volatile times.

    We are particularly inspired by the work of Bill Torbert, whose ‘action logics’ reveal how leaders make meaning. We use the Harthill Leadership Development Profile, a sentence completion test, to asses a leader’s ‘action logic’ and to design a developmental route going forward.

  • MINDFULNESS:

    Most of our tailored coaching programmes include mindfulness practices, particularly when addressing topics such as developing greater awareness about personal impact, managing the Inner Critic, becoming better at responding rather than reacting, not taking things personally and cultivating presence from a place of being present.

    Our interventions are derived from the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Michael Chaskalson and the Search Inside Yourself approach as implemented by Google.

Resources and Inspiration

What we are reading...

‘Head, Heart & Guts’ – D. L. Dotlich, P. C. Cairo & S. H. Rhinesmith:

Head, Heart & Guts

This book makes the case for ‘whole’ leadership as opposed to ‘partial’ leadership, which whilst potentially delivering short-term success, fails to create sustainable value. The authors argue that in an era defined by paradox, ambiguity and unpredictability, leaders need to develop the capability to set strategy, to foster trusting relationships and to balance risk and reward … all at the same time.

‘Head, Heart & Guts’ is filled with case studies and lays out specific actions for leaders who want to grow beyond their ‘leadership comfort zone’.

‘Mastering Leadership - An Integrated Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary Business Results’ - Robert J. Anderson and William A. Adams:

Mastering Leadership - An Integrated Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary Business Results

Developing leaders for the complex challenges we are currently facing, let alone for the future, is a major challenge we are all confronted with. It doesn’t help that the field of Leadership Development is a random collection of unintegrated theory and research. In one compelling read, Mastering Leadership integrates powerful theory, research and practice.

Borrowing from adult developmental psychology it describes the sequential stages of leadership mastery and maturity. A must read for those who wish to transform leadership capacity into a genuine competitive advantage.

‘Trust - An Essential Primer for Building Trust at Work’ - Charles Feltman

Trust - An Essential Primer for Building Trust at Work

When you say that you trust someone - or not, what exactly do you mean? This ‘Thin Book of Trust’ reflects on four dimensions of trust: competence, reliability, sincerity and care. This, at the same time, thought provoking and practical ‘guide’ answers some of the questions we all have about the most fundamental condition for thriving relationships.

As Walter Anderson said: ‘We’re never so vulnerable than when we trust someone - but paradoxically, if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy’.

'Conversational Intelligence’ - Judith E. Glaser

Conversational Intelligence

What else is leadership than having powerful conversations? Doesn’t the quality of culture depends on the quality of relationships, which depends on the quality of conversations?

Conversational Intelligence translates the wealth of new findings coming from neuroscience and offers insights into which kinds of conversations activate trust, integrity, empathy and good judgment.

What we are watching...

‘I AM’ – Tom Shadyac:

I AM

Is the story of the successful Hollywood director, Tom Shayac (Liar Liar, Bruce Almighty and Nutty Professor), who experienced a life threatening head injury, and his ensuing journey to try and answer two very basic questions: ‘What is wrong with our world?’ and ‘What can we do about it?’

Tom meets up with some of today’s great minds, including authors, poets, scientists, teachers and religious leaders to find out. Dan Siegel commented in The Huffington Post: ‘I AM is a wake up call to the forces of good within each of us to write a new story for the world!’

‘Bonne Nuit Papa’ - Marina Kem:

Bonne Nuit Papa

Marina Kem documents a daughter’s search for her father’s story. At the end she finds a new family and reconciles with her roots. Marina’s father never spoke about his Cambodian past to his daughters who are brought up in Germany. On his deathbed he desires to be buried in his home land.

With the fulfilment of his wish begins an intense, conciliative and poetic journey through the story of his life.

‘You can only let somebody go, when you are bound to him’.

'Being in the World’ - Tao Ruspoli:

Being in the World

Once upon a time, there was a world full of meaning, focused by exemplary figures in the form of heroes, saints and sinners. How did we lose them, or, might they still be around, in the form of modern day masters, in fields like sports, music, craft and cooking? This fim is about modern day masters who are able to inspire us and bring back a sense of wonder, possibility even of the sacred.

Being in the World is a celebration of human beings, and of our ability, through the mastery of physical, intellectual and creative skill, to find meaning in the world around us. The film is inspired by the teachings of the philosopher Martin Heidegger, introduced by another philosopher Hubert Dreyfus.

What we are listening to...

‘Pilgrim – a selection of 23 poems’ – David Whyte:

Pilgrim – a selection of 23 poems

The themes of departure, shelter, companionship, deep friendship and the necessary transformations of friendship, the struggles at crucial thresholds and the arrivals that always become further departures are explored and celebrated through a resonant accompanying voice, encouraging, reciting, explaining and offering real companionship along the way.

‘Pilgrim’ looks at the great questions of human life through the eyes of the pilgrim: someone passing through relatively quickly, subject to the vagaries of wind and weather along the way.

‘Half a Shade Braver - The Foundations of Conversational Leadership’ - David Whyte (Audio CD)

The Foundations of Conversational Leadership

In this talk David Whyte tells us that vulnerability can be understood not as a weakness, but rather as a faculty of perception. illuminating the universal, human necessity of asking for help.

He explores the qualities necessary to enable leaders to be both seen and heard, understand what is no longer relevant, and creatively engage the horizon.

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