Thursday, July 5, 2012

KETS de VRIES Manfred F. R.
Star Performers: Paradoxes Wrapped up in Enigmas Organizational Dynamics 41, 3 (2012) 173-182

Over the years I have observed that organizational stars are often a study in paradox. They display many contradictory behavior patterns without consciously realizing it, as their demeanor is always more complex and nuanced than what is perceived at first glance. But their paradoxical behavior is what makes them so successful. Their apparent contradictory behavior can be seen as the royal road to a deep understanding of what these stars are all about. However, it’s not so easy to spot nascent stars, not least because we can’t always be sure what we’re looking for. Some may first impress us as ‘‘golden larvae,’’ but never turn into butterflies.