"Eccentric organisational behaviour and folie à deux"
Execessive dependency on another is a state one usually grows out of, but when the dependency is mutual and reality seems to support it, breaking away may be impossible. In some business organisations, the conditions for unhealthy dependency needs to be gratified also can occur with disastrous effects for the parties involved and for the organisations. This article describes the phenomenon called folie à deux—and how what we often term eccentric behaviour patterns of people in organisations might be better understood in that context.
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"Unhealthy dependencies prevent leaders from reaching their full potential"
In this article for Human Capital Review, Kets de Vries explores the Rescuer Syndrome—where the need to help becomes a self-serving addiction and—which creates an unhealthy state of dependency and prevents leaders from reaching their full potential.
Published on 6 Jun, 2014
"Managing those who won't see the middle ground"
This blog entry for the Harvard Business Review explores how one can manage leaders who see things in black and white, unable to accept a middle ground.
Published on 10 Mar, 2015
"When mentoring becomes an unhealthy dependency"
This article addresses how the desire to assist others can slide into a 'rescuer syndrome', in which the mentoring relationship becomes fraught with unhealthy dependency.
Published on 14 Nov, 2013
"Two extreme styles of managerial personality"
This article reviews the two extreme styles of managerial personality, which can be found in business life: hypomanic and alexithymic, and describes their effects on organisational performance.
Published on 1 Feb, 1999
"Differences between Russian and Western leadership practices"
In this article, a dialogue between East and West seeks to highlight and pinpoint some of the similarities and differences between leadership practices in Russia and Western countries.
Published on 17 Nov, 2004
"Leadership in hybrid firms in India"
This study identifies some of the ways in which the top leadership of hybrid Indian business organisations differs from that of Western business organisations.
Published on 17 Nov, 2002
This book offers an authoritative discussion of the irrational forces at work in organizations. It integrates psychiatric and psychology findings and insights with management and organizational behavior theory to reveal the underlying causes of many organizational problems.
Published on 1 Aug, 1984
"Turning high potentials to star performers"
This blog discusses the qualities that turn high potentials into top performers.
Published on 29 Dec, 2014
"Corporate genius and psychopaths"
This blog entry with the Harvard Business Review. discusses the thin line between corporate genius and psychopaths.
Published on 7 Jan, 2014
This blog entry with the Harvard Business Review explore the manic-depressive leaders, who are great in a crisis, but overestimating their capabilities can try to do more than they can handle.
Published on 20 Mar, 2014