Thursday, January 20, 2011

The third and final book in the “On the Couch with Manfred Kets de Vries” series examines concepts of organizational 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 organizational stars, to the use of coaching interventions to improve personal and organizational 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 organizational transformation. The concept of the “authentizotic” organization – a pleasant, healthy, well-functioning workplace – is also introduced.