AIF Professional Masterclass 2017

  • Overview

    exploring the dynamics of leadership MASTERCLASS

    In this session, you will: 

    • Learn about the dark and light sides of leadership
    • Obtain a better understanding of organizational culture and change
    • Learn how to create high performance teams

    Session Overview:

    Anyone wanting to create or manage an effective organization needs to understand the dynamics of leadership, teams, and organizational culture. This is not to minimize such factors as economies of scale or scope, the company’s market position, and its technological capabilities. An organization, however, can have all the advantages in the world—strong financial resources, enviable market position, and state-of the-art technology—but if leadership and its culture fails, all these advantages melt away and the organization—like the driverless car— runs downhill.

    What’s more, if we’re to understand the dynamics of leadership, teams, and organizational culture, we have to be willing to go beyond the directly observable. We need to have what can be called “night vision.” We have to pay attention to the presenting internal and social dynamics; to the intricate playing field between leaders and followers; and to unconscious and invisible psychodynamic processes and structures that influence the behavior of individuals, dyads, and groups in organizations. People who dismiss the complex clinical paradigm in organizational analysis can’t hope to move beyond an impoverished understanding of what life in organizations is all about.

    The effectiveness of an organization’s employees—particularly individuals in leadership positions – determines how the organizational “machine” will perform. What distinguish great organizations from mediocre ones are the attitudes of its people!

    Many leaders, however, can’t move their people because they are stuck, prisoners of their own neuroses. After all, most leaders are not paragons of rationality. The leader’s shadow side—his or her internal fears, disillusionment, or past demons—prevents movement and change. Such behavior can be compared to riding a dead horse. Experience has taught that many leaders have a false hope that the dead horse they’re on will get up and gallop. But if you feel that you are riding a dead horse, the best thing to do is dismount! The challenge for leaders is to find the courage and energy to break through their self-imposed horizons. Mental health is having a choice.

    The lessons learned from coaching thousands of executives is that leadership teams that go through a clinical group coaching experiences together will develop a greater amount of trust among the team members. And a high level of trust is a sine qua non for creating boundaryless organizations. Trust takes teams beyond silo behavior, and engages the team in true knowledge management. In such organizations, there will be better conflict resolution; people will be more committed, more accountable, and have better results. Once this kind of effective group dynamic is in place, leaders are better able to create great places to work.

    Given what we know about the darker side of leadership, leaders need to be challenged to create great places to work where a coaching culture prevails; where employees possess a solid dose of emotional intelligence; and where everyone feels able to have courageous conversations. Working in such organizations will make for greater job satisfaction, higher employee retention, increased creativity, and reduced organizational stress, and (last but not least) will contribute to a more fulfilling life. The organizations that will set the standard in the twenty-first century have leaders who will get the best out of their people because the people believe that their leaders are authentic, their colleagues are trustworthy, and their work is meaningful.

    Key Points:

    This session will have a number of broad objectives. Manfred Kets de Vries will show participants how to:

    •RECOGNIZE the importance of emotional intelligence

    •INCREASE one’s psychological and social competencies

    • LEARN what leadership team coaching is all about

    • RECOGNIZE the darker side of leadership

    • INDICATE how leaders can derail

    • RECOGNIZE out-of-awareness behavior patterns and take appropriate corrective action

    • IDENTIFY the parameters that make for successful leadership in a global world

    • OBTAIN a better understanding of organizational culture (including the identification of toxic organizational cultures and find means for intervention and change)

    • CREATE “boundaryless” organizations (to break down organizational silos)

    • BE more effective in knowledge management

    • MANAGE for creativity and innovation

    • CREATE high performance teams and high performance organizations

    • ACQUIRE greater awareness about one’s personal leadership style and how it affects others both in the business and private sphere

    • TRANSFORM personal ambitions into successful life/career goals and strategies

    • DEVELOP a better balance between personal and organizational life

  • Agenda
    Thursday, 30 November 2017
    8:00AM Registration
    8:30AM Exploring the Dynamics of Leadership
    10:30AM Coffee break
    11:00AM Session continues
    1:00PM Networking Lunch
    2:00PM Ends
  • Speaker
    Distinguished Clinical Professor of Leadership Development and Organisational Change at INSEAD, France, Singapore and Abu Dhabi.

    The Raoul de Vitry d’Avaucourt Chaired Professor of Leadership, Emeritus

    Founder of INSEAD’s Global Leadership Centre

    MANFRED F. R. KETS DE VRIES brings a different view to the much-studied subjects of leadership and the psychodynamics of individual and organizational change. Bringing to bear his knowledge and experience of economics (Econ. Drs., University of Amsterdam), management (ITP, MBA, and DBA, Harvard Business School), and psychoanalysis (Canadian Psychoanalytic Society and the International Psychoanalytic Association), Kets de Vries explores the interface between management theory, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, executive coaching and evolutionary psychology. His specific areas of interest are leadership (the bright and dark side), career dynamics, talent management, entrepreneurship, family business, cross-cultural management, succession planning, stress, C-suite team building, executive coaching, change management, management consulting and organizational development.

    The Distinguished Professor of Leadership Development and Organizational Change at INSEAD, Kets de Vries has been the Founding-Director of INSEAD’s Global Leadership Center. In addition, he is Program Director of INSEAD's top management program, "The Challenge of Leadership: Creating Reflective Leaders,” and Scientific Director of the Executive Master Program “Consulting and Coaching for Change (and has received INSEAD's distinguished teacher award six times). He has also held professorships at McGill University, the École des Hautes Études Commerciales, Montreal, the European School for Management and Technology (ESMT), Berlin, and the Harvard Business School, and he has lectured at management institutions around the world. The Financial Times, Le Capital, Wirtschaftswoche, and The Economist have rated Manfred Kets de Vries among the world's leading management thinkers and among the most influential contributors to human resource management.

    Kets de Vries is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 49 books, including The Neurotic Organization, Leaders, Fools and Impostors, Life and Death in the Executive Fast Lane, The Leadership Mystique, The Happiness Equation, Are Leaders Made or Are They Born? The Case of Alexander the Great, The New Russian Business Elite, Leadership by Terror, The Global Executive Leadership Inventory, The Leader on the Couch, Coach and Couch, The Family Business on the Couch. Sex, Money, Happiness, and Death: The Quest for Authenticity, Reflections on Leadership and Character, Reflections on Leadership and Career, Reflections on Organizations, The Coaching Kaleidoscope, The Hedgehog Effect: The Secrets of High Performance Teams, Mindful Leadership Coaching: Journeys into the Interior, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger: Executive Coaching Challenges and Telling Fairy Tales in the Boardroom: How to Make Sure Your Organization Lives Happily Ever After and Riding the Leadership Roller Coaster: An Observer’s Guide.

    In addition, Kets de Vries has published more than four hundred papers as chapters in books and as articles. He has also written approximately 100 case studies, including seven that received the Best Case of the Year award. He is a regular writer for a number of journals. His work has been featured in such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Fortune, BusinessWeek, The Economist, The Financial Times, and The Harvard Business Review. His books and articles have been translated into thirty-one languages. He is a member of seventeen editorial boards and has been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Management. He is a founding member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO) which has honored him as a lifetime member. Kets de Vries is also the first non-American recipient of International Lifetime Association Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to leadership research and development (being considered one of the world’s founding professionals in the development of leadership as a field and discipline). In addition, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Germany for his outstanding contributions to executive education. The American Psychological Association has honored him with the “Harry and Miriam Levinson Award” for his contributions to Organizational Consultation. Furthermore, he is the recipient of the ‘Freud Memorial Award’ for his work to further the interface of management and psychoanalysis. He has received the ‘Vision of Excellence Award’ from the Harvard Institute of Coaching. Kets de Vries is also the first beneficiary of the INSEAD Dominique Héau Award for “Inspiring Educational Excellence”. In addition he is the recipient of two honorary doctorates.

    Kets de Vries works as a consultant on organizational design/transformation and strategic human resource management for leading U.S, Canadian, European, African, and Asian companies. As a global consultant in executive leadership development his clients have included ABB, ABN-AMRO, Aegon, Air Liquide, Alcan, Alcatel, Accenture, ATIC, Bain Consulting, Bang & Olufsen, Bonnier, BP, Cairn, Deutsche Bank, Ericsson, GE Capital, Goldman Sachs, Heineken, Hudson, HypoVereinsbank, Investec, KPMG, Lego, Liberty Life, Lufthansa, Lundbeck, McKinsey, National Australian Bank, Nokia, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Origin, SABMiller, Shell, SHV, Spencer Stuart, Standard Bank of South Africa, Unilever and Volvo Car Corporation. As an educator and consultant he has worked in more than forty countries. In his role as a consultant, he is also the chairman of the Kets de Vries Institute (KDVI), a boutique leadership development consulting organization.

    The Dutch government has made Manfred Kets de Vries an Officer in the Order of Oranje Nassau. He was the first fly fisherman in Outer Mongolia and is a member of New York's Explorers Club. In his spare time he can be found in the rainforests or savannas of Central and Southern Africa, the Siberian taiga, the Ussuri Krai, Kamchatka, the Pamir and Altai Mountains, Arnhemland, or within the Arctic Circle.

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  • Registration

    Early Bird Fee
    (ends on 17 November)
    Normal Fee
    (after 17 November)
    Group Registration
    Fees: RM 895.00 Fees: RM 995.00 5 delegates and above – 5% discount
    10 delegates and above – 10% discount

    Registration fee is exclusive GST of 6%.

    Email the proof of payment (remittance advice) to Sandra at or fax to +603 2787 1940

    Terms & Conditions
    1. Confirmation of seat is upon receipt of full payment.
    2. To enjoy the early bird rate, payment must be received on or before 17 November 2017, failing which you will be charged the normal fee.
    3. Full payment must be received on or before 28 November 2017, otherwise your seat may be released.
    4. All payment to be made in Ringgit Malaysia (RM) only.
    5. All payment to be made payable to Asian Institute of Finance Berhad.
    6. All registration cancellations must be received in writing via email ( before 17 November 2017 and will be refunded 50% of the registration fee.
    7. Cancellation after 17 November 2017 is not eligible for refund.
    8. There is no refund if delegates fail to attend on the day.
    9. If delegate have registered and fail to attend on the day, delegate will have to pay the 100% of the registration fee.
    10. Replacement delegates are only allowed for attendees within the same organisation. All replacement notification must be received in writing via email to before 27 November 2017.
    11. The organisers reserve the right to make changes to the venue, date or speaker, including but not limited to, cancellation of the event warranted by whatsoever circumstances or reasons.
  • Venue
    Sasana Kijang
    2, Jalan Dato’ Onn,
    50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Tel : +603 2618 2828
    Fax : +603 2618 2690

    Map of Sasana Kijang

  • Contact Us
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    Tel : +603 2787 1940
    Fax : +603 2787 1900
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