Executive Personality Lens… For VUCA challenges Dorothy E. Siminovitch, Ph.D., MCC (Canada/Turkey/USA). VUCA: The New Normal. V: Volatility U: Unpredictability C: Complexity A: Ambiguity. Vision. Understanding. Clarity. Practices. S.c.a.r.f (David Rock).
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Neuroscience: Track threats to…
Brain is wired to track threats…amygdala gets hijacked.
“A typical, habitual way of reading the environment and responding…”
Coaching Question: "trait” versus “state”.
The Big Five Characteristics tend to predict effectiveness:
Executive Derailment: Symptoms / Signs
“People create their own glass ceilings, limiting their success and their contributions to the company. At worst, these otherwise highly competent and valuable people destroy their own careers."
(Waldroop & Butler, 2001)
Lore: Is this client coachable?
Today's business leaders maintain a markedly higher profile than did their predecessors of previous generations. A growing need for visionary and charismatic leadership has brought to the fore executives of a personality type psychologists call 'narcissistic'.
(Michael Maccoby, The Productive Narcissist)
The “Dynamic” Leader
“A Narcissist is someone who’s better looking than you are.”
Energy and vision
Self-confidence & creativity
Mobilizing energy that aligns toward the vision
Contributes a motivation to excellence (Kets de Vries)
Question: What are the strengths of the Dynamic Leader?
Jean Marie Messier
Jean Marie Messier, moi-meme, maitre du monde
… resigned 2002.
Former Senator, North Carolina
“Over the course of several campaigns, I started to believe that I was special and became increasingly egocentric and narcissistic.”
Tenure ended in 2010 due in large part to the circumstances of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Dominque Strauss Kahn
10th Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
Resigned after allegations of “familiar” misconduct, 2011.
CEO, Hollinger International
Sentenced to prison for fraud in 2007.
Founder & CEO, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC
65 billion ponzi scheme.
In prison for life.
Do you really want to be like Steve Jobs?
How do we recognize?
Sources of strengths and contributions.
Question: What is the balance of productivity vs. negative cost?
Fredrick Taylor & “Taylorism”
Professions where “error free” is valued
The strengths and burdens of the successful but punishing perfectionist.…
2 Days after resignation
Richness of relationship(s) (feedback & information)
In the present moment with no agenda -- needs trust
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Dorothy Siminovitch Ph.D., MCC