Manfred Kets de Vries takes readers out of their comfort zone in this book, which has grown out of his conviction that many business academics have lost touch with the people they should be trying to help. It intends to focus executives on what really counts in their lives and to shake academics down from their ivory towers and make them more attuned to the real problems of real people, instead of trying to impress each other.
The essays in this book were inspired by stories told him by executives. But they are not just business stories: the problems these stories identify are about the really big things in life—sex, money, happiness and death. It is also appeal for us all to live our lives authentically, to look forward, and to capture our own dreams.
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"How would you like to be remembered?"
Published on 5 Sep, 2016
"Death anxiety and executive mortality"
This blog entry with the Harvard Business Review explores the death anxiety and what happens when we repress our fear of death and refuse to confront it.
Published on 24 Mar, 2014
This book presents eclectic advice on how things really work in organisations, by combining the dismal science of management and the impossible profession of psychoanalysis.
Published on 16 Aug, 1995
"Aging and quality of life"
This working paper deals with a rather taboo subject: the consequences of prolonging life into extreme old age, now possible with advances in medical procedures.
Published on 25 Apr, 2015
"Succession & when it's time to let go"
This blog entry with the Harvard Business Review discusses the three phases of a CEO's lifespan and what happens when leaders outstay their time and performance starts to decline.
Published on 14 Mar, 2014
This essay addresses the question of what makes for happiness. An attempt is made to deconstruct this elusive concept.
Published on 1 Jun, 2000
"The retirement syndrome & challenges of letting go"
This article analyses a problem that can be described as the retirement syndrome. In exploring the difficulties many leaders face in letting go at the end of a full career, reviews a number of the barriers to exit and provides suggestions as to how individuals and organisations can develop more effective and humane disengagement strategies.
Published on 1 Dec, 2003
"The destabilizing effect of CEO retirement"
This blog entry with the Harvard Business Review he discusses the darker side of retirement.
Published on 28 Feb, 2014
"What are the underlying dynamics of succession?"
This article explores the underlying dynamics of succession.
Published on 1 Jan, 1988
In the previous book in this series, Manfred Kets de Vries observed the experiences of leaders on a rollercoaster ride through their professional and personal lives. Now, he follows them down the rabbit hole into the unknown, where, like Lewis Carroll’s Alice, they find a dystopian Wonderland in which everyone seems to have gone mad and life functions according to its own crazy logic, throwing up all kinds of obstacles in the search for truth.
Published on 6 Nov, 2018