is a professor of leadership and organizational behavior at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland. His research, teaching, and consulting incorporate the lessons learned as a clinical psychologist and hostage negotiator. He is the author of Hostage at the Table and Care to Dare.
Each one of us is a product of how we think and interact. When we have a secure base in our lives — someone who provides a sense of safety and trust — we can push the edge, take risks, and ultimately unleash our full potential. Only when we know that someone cares and stands behind us can the defenses of our brain shut down and allow us to really “Play to Win” – to truly dare ourselves to do the impossible.
Why do some leaders overcome impossible barriers, go beyond unbearable pressure and frustration, and persevere in order to achieve outcomes seemingly beyond reach when others would give up? The answer to that question has never been clearer. Through their desire for relentless improvement, leaders at the edge can unlock the highest levels of performance from themselves and others, making work a more exciting place to be. Leading at the edge enables people to "play to win" rather than simply "playing not to lose."