Ekaterina Mikhailova

Ekaterina Mikhailova is a co-founder and a leading counselor of the two affiliated training institutes: The Personnel Training Center “Klass” and Institute of Group and Family Psychotherapy and Psychology (IGISPP); since 1995 she has been teaching and training professionals both in the fields of therapeutic groupwork and interactive education.

Business Psychology (I)

The Unconscious Games of Leaders, Partners and Teams

Purpose of this Course

This course examines the manifestations and roots of the irrational, both positive and destructive, processes in corporations.

Of particular interest will be the ideas and particular tools for better understanding the unconscious needs and emotional reasoning that usually stay shadowed and unspoken.

Numerous examples of irrational decision making, specific leadership styles, teamwork impasses will be analyzed in terms of general theory. Of special importance will be the discussion of the prediction cues and coping strategies that can be developed.

Course Materials

Notes, handouts, articles, and cases from the course package.


Grading of the course will be based on assignments, examinations and class participation.

During the course the students will have to submit 1 case report «The Unspoken Norms» and an essay on minimal behavioral cues (using mass media material). They will also have to make a group role-play presentation followed by analysis and interpretation.

Class participation10%
Report 140%
Group presentation30%
Report 220%

Course Topics

  1. Paradoxes of the unspoken
  2. A systemic approach to the hidden dimensions of corporate life
  3. “Nothing personal” and beyond: personality traits to be understood
  4. Why brilliant people ignore the obvious
  5. The unconscious dimension of teamwork
  6. Development crises and stagnation in teams
  7. Additional sources of tension in partnership
  8. “The burnout syndrome”
  9. Understanding the unspoken
  10. Observation and conclusions
  11. The unconscious as a resource

You can download description of the course here.

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