"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
"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
"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
"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
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent
Stamping out bullying is an uphill battle for everyone involved.
Published on 16 May, 2018
"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
"Executive complexes regularly encountered in orgs"
This article explores the nature and origin of executive complexes and presents five complexes regularly encountered in organisational coaching and consulting work.
Published on 1 Dec, 2007
"Despotic regimes and dynamics of leadership by terror"
The objective of this article is to better understand the developmental history of despotic regimes and the existence of leadership by terror.
Published on 17 Nov, 2006
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