World-renowned management guru and expert in corporate neurosisManfred F. R. Kets de Vries puts organizations on the couch. Bycombining the dismal science of management and the impossibleprofession of psychoanalysis, Kets de Vries presents eclecticadvice on how things really work in organizations.These brief and insightful essays not only decipher problems thatare common in organizational life, but they also shed light on someof the underlying dimensions that often go unnoticed.Kets de Vries covers everything from leadership andentrepreneurship to downsizing and managing acquisitions, usingcontemporary examples like Robert Maxwell, Jack Welch, Tom Peters,Robert Coles, and John Gardner.
About the Author
MANFRED F. R. KETS DE VRIES holds the Raoul de Vitry d'Avaucourt Chair of Human Resource Management at the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD) in Fountainebleau, France. He has previously held a professorship at Harvard Business School and is the author of several books including Leaders, Fools, and Imposters (Jossey-Bass, 1993).
Table of Contents
Part One: Leaders and the Organization1. If I'm the Leader, Will Anyone Follow? A Definition ofLeadership2. Welcome to the Snake Pit: The New CEO3. Boiled Frogs and Dancing Elephants: Change and Downsizing4. Merger Fever: Managing Acquisition5. Do You Like Singing the Company Song? Corporate Culture6. A Cultural Tower of Babel: Managing Across Borders7. Are You Sure You Want to Work Abroad? InternationalAssignments8. Do You Have the Right Stuff? The Making of a Global Leader9. When the Future Is Now: Leadership for the Next MillenniumPart Two: Leaders and Individuals10. Is Anatomy Really Destiny? Women as Leaders11. Joining the Family Burlesque: Family Firms12. Reaping the Whirlwind: Creativity at Work13. CEOs Also Have the Blues: Succession and Retirement14. Do Workaholics Have More Fun? Balancing Work and Pleasure15. Dead Fish, Incorporated: Alexithymia in Organizations16. Doing a Maxwell: The Dark Side of Entrepreneurship17. Why Work for a Genghis Khan? Identifying with theAggressor18. Leaders Who Go Off the Deep End: Narcissism and Hubris19. Conclusion: In Praise of a Little Madness