DescriptionReflections 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.
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PART 1 INTERPERSONAL AND GROUP PROCESSES 1
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
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
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