Academic and business media invite Dr. Steve Axelrod to write and speak about topics related to the psychology of work and effective leadership.  Steve is the author of a pioneering book, Work and the Evolving Self.  Following are links to recent articles, podcasts and media mentions.


Corrective Coaching:
A Tool for Managing At-Risk Executive Behavior

Steve partners with attorneys Kathleen McKenna and Tanya L. Menton to dissect a high-level intervention strategy meant to address transgressions that involve legal, ethical, financial and behavioral dynamics. Published in Docket, the award-winning professional journal of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC).

Read Corrective Coaching-ACC Docket (pdf)


Beyond ‘Fix or Fire’: 5 Steps to Manage the Maverick Executive

Whether we like it or not the creativity and innovation needed for organizational success often flow from “talented and difficult” executives. These men and women combine characteristics like temperamental, obsessive, tyrannical, and self-centered with vision and creativity. How should a CEO deal with a high performing executive who is nonetheless something of a rogue within the organization? Steve outlines a 5-step plan.

Read article at ChiefExecutive.net


Building Organizational Resilience

The “Great Recession” has again shone a spotlight on the concept of organizational resilience as a managerial core competency. Published in Good Company, the award-winning newsletter of the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program.

Read article in Good Company


The Tasks of a Leader in Turbulent Times

In this article, Steve outlines ways to inspire confidence within an organization even as economic stress mounts. Published in CEO Update.

Tasks of a Leader (pdf)


Holding Leaders Accountable: When, Why, and How

Steve discusses assessment and intervention when high-level executives engage in inappropriate behaviors. Featured in award-winning Good Company podcast series, presented by the American Psychological Association’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program.

Listen to podcast (start at 08:32)

Executives Behaving Badly – transcript


From No Job to New Job – Tips for Rebounding CEOs

Whether a job loss comes from outright dismissal or a more gentle invitation to leave, Steve Axelrod offers suggestions to make the most of the situation.  Article written by Joe Eaton for CEO Update.

Rebounding CEOs (pdf)


Executive Growth Along The Adult Development Curve

This series of articles describe how principles of adult psychological development can inform executive coaching.  Dr. Steve Axelrod illustrates the adult development framework in two coaching case examples where executives seek to align their organizational lives with personal strivings for meaning and growth.  First published in Consulting Psychology Journal, 2005.

The Adult Development Framework

Case Study – The Executive in Midlife: Senior V.P.

Case Study – The Executive at Late Midlife: In the C-Suite


White Paper: The Essential Core of Executive Coaching

The dramatic growth in executive coaching in recent years has been accompanied by a proliferation of perspectives and approaches.  Coaching’s scope of practice, core competencies, and optimal training models are “up for grabs” in a largely unregulated and not yet professionalized discipline.  Based on experience and study, Dr. Steve Axelrod believes that all executive coaching is based on four core principles.  This paper discusses these four principles and includes case examples of three types of executive coaching engagements: self and career management, competency development, and leadership growth.

Essential Core of Executive Coaching (pdf)


The Right Way To Give A Year-End Review

How many hours will you spend writing, reviewing and delivering job performance feedback? Going at this year-end ritual with a fresh psychological perspective offers a quick way to increase your payback.

Read full article at Forbes.com

The Right Way To Receive A Year-End Review

A more productive year-end review can improve organizational alignment and unleash your own productive energy, two factors that drive bottom-line results.

Read full article at Forbes.com