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


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Format: Hardcover, 360pp.
ISBN: 9780470742471
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Pub. Date: March 8, 2011

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Reflections on Organizations is the third and final book in the On the Couch with Manfred Kets de Vries series.

Broadening the canvas, this book 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.

Kets de Vries looks at the interpersonal and group processes that determine how organizations work within specific contexts, including family firms. He studies dysfunctional leader-follower relationships, downsizing, and organizational transformation. Kets de Vries also introduces his concept of the “authentizotic” organization – a pleasant, healthy, well-functioning workplace.


 
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Manfred was honoured in November 2009 in Los Angeles at the International Leadership Association's 10th conference when he and six others were inducted into the Leadership Legacy Project of the ILA and given Lifetime Achievement Awards. (Manfred was also the first non-American recipient of the International Leadership Award for “his contributions to the classroom and the board room” by the ILA back in November 2005). This is the first time that this very prestigious organization has honoured "founding professionals in the development of leadership as a field and as a discipline."

This was a huge honour for Manfred, Bernard Bass & Joseph Rost (posthumously), Warren Bennis, James MacGregor Burns, and Frances Hesselbein --a truly stellar group of leadership pioneers. The presentation ceremony of the International Leadership Association Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday 13th November was before a packed amphi. Laurent Lapierre, his old student and Professor of Leadership at HEC, Montreal, gave a very fitting and unusual introduction and personal tribute to Manfred's lifework, touching on his many accomplishments in the field of leadership. During the conference and various gala dinners Manfred sat beside Frances Hesselbein and met Warren Bennis.



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Introductionix
About This Bookxix
Acknowledgementsxxi
 
PART 1 INTERPERSONAL AND GROUP PROCESSES1
Introduction2
1Folie à Deux: Acting Out Your Superior's Fantasies5
2Group Dynamics27
3High Performance Teams: Lessons From the Pygmies43
 
PART 2 THE PEOPLE DIMENSION IN ORGANIZATIONS65
Introduction66
4The Question of Organizational Culture71
5Personality, Culture and Organizations91
6The Downside of Downsizing121
7Beyond the Quick Fix: The Psychodynamics of Organizational Transformation and Change151
8The Dynamics of Family Controlled Firms 173
 
PART 3 CHANGING PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS191
Introduction192
9Leadership Coaching for Organizational Transformation197
10Can Leaders Change? Yes, but Only if They Want To225
11The Many Colors of Success: What Do Executives Want Out of Life?259
12Coaching to Stardom: How to Identify and Develop Top Performers281
Conclusion: Creating Authentizotic Organizations301
 
References313
Index327



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