Reflections on Groups and Organisations is the third and final book in the On the Couch with Manfred Kets de Vries series. This book examines concepts of organisational 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 organisational stars, to the use of coaching interventions to improve personal and organisational 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 organisational transformation. Kets de Vries also introduces his concept of the "authentizotic" organisation – a pleasant, healthy, well-functioning workplace.
In this book, Manfred Kets de Vries presents the case for leadership group coaching as an experiential training ground for learning to function as a high performance team.
Published on 15 Nov, 2011
"Effective vs ineffective global leaders"
This article explores what leaders have to do to be effective. What roles do they have to play? What distinguishes an effective leader from an ineffective global leader?
Published on 1 Jun, 2002
"Eight roles for leadership effectiveness"
This blog entry with the Harvard Business Review addresses a number of recurring patterns of behavior or "archetypes" that influence an individual’s effectiveness within an organisation.
Published on 18 Dec, 2013
"The character of high performing organisations"
Manfred Kets de Vries analyses the characteristics common to the most highly performing organisations.
Published on 7 Mar, 2001
"The eight archetypes of effective leadership"
In this working paper, it is argued that successful organisations are characterised by a distributive, collective, complementary form of leadership.
Published on 5 Jul, 2005
"M&As: The untold story"
This blog looks at the very human factors are at play in mergers and acquisitions. Paying attention to them can increase ones chance of success.
Published on 2 Feb, 2016
"Effectiveness of group leadership coaching"
This article advocates the effectiveness of group leadership coaching. A change methodology centered on group coaching for high-performance teams is proposed.
Published on 1 Feb, 2005
"Effective group work by the pygmies"
This article describe the best practices for effective work teams, using the pygmies of the African rain forest as a metaphor for effective group work.
Published on 1 Dec, 1999
In this book, Manfred Kets de Vries offers an overview of his work spanning four decades, a period in which he has established himself as the leading figure in the clinical study of organisational leadership.
Published on 11 Mar, 2009
This book introduces the work of a number of leading scholars interested in the clinical approach to organisational analysis.
Published on 19 Nov, 1991