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"Russian national character, leadership & practices"

A Journey into the Wild East: Leadership Style and Organizational Practices in Russia

This article explores the Russian national character, leadership style, and its organisational practices.

Organizational Dynamics, Apr 2000

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"A response to the clinical paradigm"

Manfred Kets de Vries Reflections on Organizational Theory: Interview by Erik van de Loo

This article was written in response to The Clinical Paradigm: Manfred Kets de Vries’ Reflections on Organizational Therapy.

European Management Journal, Feb 2000

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KDVI Psychodynamic-Systemic Group Coaching Practicum Brochure

KDVI Psychodynamic-Systemic Group Coaching Practicum Brochure

KDVI’s Psychodynamic-Systemic Group Coaching Practicum is a transformational and highly practical programme to develop confidence and skills in psychodynamic-systemic group coaching.

Group Coaching Practicum Brochure, Apr 2021

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Prisoners of Leadership

Prisoners of Leadership

Leaders can – at different times – be masters of disguise, seduction, and manipulation – but Kets de Vries explains cogently and convincingly why leaders who don’t first master themselves will never master their organizations effectively or humanely.
 

Wiley, Dec 1999

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The New Global Leaders: : Richard Branson, Percy Barnevik, David Simon and the Remaking of International Business

The New Global Leaders: : Richard Branson, Percy Barnevik, David Simon and the Remaking of International Business

This book takes readers into the private worlds of Virgin founder Richard Branson, ABB's Percy Barnevik and British Petroleum titan David Simon to provide candid accounts of how each has managed to redefine organizational growth and development in the late 20th century.

Jossey-Bass, Mar 1999

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"Two extreme styles of managerial personality"

Managing Puzzling Personalities: Navigating Between Live Volcanoes and Dead Fish

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.

European Management Journal, Feb 1999

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De Menselijke Kant Van Reorganiseren

De Menselijke Kant Van Reorganiseren

In this book, individual reaction patterns to downsizing operations are explored in the victims, the survivors (those staying with an organization after layoffs) and the “executioners” (those responsible for the implementation of downsizing) involved in the process.

Management Briefing, Dec 1997

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De Uitdaging van het Leiderschap

De Uitdaging van het Leiderschap

This book explores the way in which character traits and behavioral patterns affect leadership style.

Management Briefing, Dec 1996

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Family Business: Human Dilemmas in the Family Firm

Family Business: Human Dilemmas in the Family Firm

Manfred Kets de Vries opens the doors of the family business wide open to give us a detailed look at the extra-rational forces that can influence leadership and organizational strategy and structure.

International Thomson Business Press, Jun 1996

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Life and Death in the Executive Fast Lane: Essays on Irrational Organizations and Their Leaders

Life and Death in the Executive Fast Lane: Essays on Irrational Organizations and Their Leaders

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.

 

Jossey-Bass, Aug 1995

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"Transform creative, unorthodox methods into constructiive action'

Reaping the Whirlwind: Managing Creative People

This working paper addresses the challenge that lies in transforming creative but unorthodox methods into constructive organisational action.

INSEAD Working Paper, Sep 1994

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Organizations on the Couch, Perspectives on Organizational Behavior and Change

Organizations on the Couch, Perspectives on Organizational Behavior and Change

This book introduces the work of a number of leading scholars interested in the clinical approach to organisational analysis.

Jossey-Bass, Nov 1991

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Handbook of Character Studies: Psychoanalytic Explorations

Handbook of Character Studies: Psychoanalytic Explorations

This book provides a comprehensive review of the state of knowledge in the field of psychoanalytic character studies.

International Universities Press, Nov 1991

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Unstable at the Top

Unstable at the Top

Unstable at the Top shows just how certain aspects of a CEO’s personality can affect his managerial style and contribute to the decline – sometimes temporary, sometimes not – of his organization.

New American Library, Dec 1987

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The Irrational Executive: Psychoanalytic Explorations in Management

The Irrational Executive: Psychoanalytic Explorations in Management

The Irrational Executive is a compilation to counter this bias in management theory. Focusing on unconscious as well as conscious internal processes, and strongly influenced by contemporary psychoanalytic theory, the contributors argue persuasively against the rationalist model.

International Universities Press, Nov 1984

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The Neurotic Organization: Diagnosing and Changing Counterproductive Styles of Management

The Neurotic Organization: Diagnosing and Changing Counterproductive Styles of Management

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.

Jossey-Bass, Aug 1984

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"Eccentric organisational behaviour and folie à deux"

Managers Can Drive Their Subordinates Mad

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.

Harvard Business Review, Jul 1979

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Power and the Corporate Mind

Power and the Corporate Mind

This book explores the role of power in organisations.

Houghton Mifflin, Aug 1975

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Power and the Corporate Mind

Power and the Corporate Mind

This book explores the role of power in organisations.

Houghton Mifflin, Aug 1975

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Personal reflections and gratitude

Personal reflections and gratitude

All of us have experienced a wide range of challenges and emotions, changing over time. We may have questioned our purpose, fought for reflective space, struggled under the burden of relentless uncertainty and information overload, and we have developed new ways to work as a team. The boundaries between work and life have been blurred and tested. We have juggled teaching children with full time jobs and we have been challenged to find ways to renew our levels of energy. In dark moments, we may have been overcome by a sense of isolation and fear of the future. We are learning to be more empathetic and cognisant of those whose challenges differ from our own. Many of us have been scrambling to harness new opportunities that have arisen and to ride the wave of a fast approaching future of work. 

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