Reflections on Groups and Organizations : On the Couch with Manfred Kets de Vries

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  • Copyright: 2011-02-21
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass

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Reflections on Organizations is the third of the three books in the Manfred kets de Vries on the Couch series.The third book in this series broadens Kets de Vries' canvas and examines concepts of organizational health, performance, and change. Material ranges from studies of high performance teams - based on time the author spent with the pygmies of central Africa - to the use of coaching techniques to improve personal and organizational functioning.Here kets de Vries looks at the interpersonal and group processes that determine how organizations work within specific contexts, including family firms. It includes studies on dysfunctional leader-follower relationships, downsizing, and organizational transformation. Kets de Vries introduces his concept of the "authentizotic" organization - a pleasant, healthy, well-functioning workplace.

Author Biography

Manfred Kets de Vries brings a much-needed fresh perspective to the subjects of leadership and change, drawing on his knowledge of economics, management, psychology and psychoanalysis.
He is Clinical Professor of Leadership at INSEAD where he holds the Raoul de Vitry d’Avaucourt Chair of Leadership Development. He is also a Visiting Distinguished Professor at the European School of Management and Technology, (ESMT), Berlin. In addition, he has held professorships at McGill University, the Ecole des Haute Etudes Commerciales in Montreal, and Harvard Business School, and has lectured at management institutions all over the world. He is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 35 books, including The Leader on the Couch and Family Business on the Couch, and over 300 articles and papers.
The Financial Times, Le Capital, Wirstschaftwoche, and The Economist have judged Manfred Kets de Vries one of the world’s leading thinkers on leadership. In 2008, he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Leadership Association as a "founding professional of the development of leadership as a field and as a discipline." Previously, in 2005, he was the first non-American recipient of the ILA Leadership Award for his "contributions to the classroom and the boardroom." In 2010, the Dutch Psychoanalytic Institute presented Manfred Kets de Vries with the Freud Memorial Award in acknowledgment of his exceptional work on the interface between psychoanalysis and organizations.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
About This Bookp. xix
Acknowledgementsp. xxi
Interpersonal and Group Processesp. 1
Introductionp. 2
Folie à Deux: Acting Out Your Superior's Fantasiesp. 5
Group Dynamicsp. 27
High Performance Teams: Lessons From the Pygmiesp. 43
The People Dimension in Organizationsp. 65
Introductionp. 66
The Question of Organizational Culturep. 71
Personality, Culture and Organizationsp. 91
The Downside of Downsizingp. 121
Beyond the Quick Fix: The Psychodynamics of Organizational Transformation and Changep. 151
The Dynamics of Family Controlled Firmsp. 173
Changing People and Organizationsp. 191
Introductionp. 192
Leadership Coaching for Organizational Transformationp. 197
Can Leaders Change? Yes, but Only if They Want Top. 225
The Many Colors of Success: What Do Executives Want Out of Life?p. 259
Coaching to Stardom: How to Identify and Develop Top Performersp. 281
Conclusion: Creating Authentizotic Organizationsp. 303
Referencesp. 313
Indexp. 327
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