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

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

Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries

ISBN: 978-0-470-74247-1

Jan 2011

358 pages

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

Broadening the Kets De Vries 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 study of organizational stars, to the use of coaching interventions 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.

Introduction ix

About This Book xix

Acknowledgements xxi

PART 1 INTERPERSONAL AND GROUP PROCESSES 1

Introduction 2

Chapter 1 Folie à Deux: Acting Out Your Superior's Fantasies 5

Chapter 2 Group Dynamics 27

Chapter 3 High Performance Teams: Lessons From the Pygmies 43

PART 2 THE PEOPLE DIMENSION IN ORGANIZATIONS 65

Introduction 66

Chapter 4 The Question of Organizational Culture 71

Chapter 5 Personality, Culture and Organizations 91

Chapter 6 The Downside of Downsizing 121

Chapter 7 Beyond the Quick Fix: The Psychodynamics of Organizational Transformation and Change 151

Chapter 8 The Dynamics of Family Controlled Firms 173

PART 3 CHANGING PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS 191

Introduction 192

Chapter 9 Leadership Coaching for Organizational Transformation 197

Chapter 10 Can Leaders Change? Yes, but Only if They Want To 225

Chapter 11 The Many Colors of Success: What Do Executives Want Out of Life? 259

Chapter 12 Coaching to Stardom: How to Identify and Develop Top Performers 281

Conclusion: Creating Authentizotic Organizations 303

References 313

Index 327