The Hedgehog Effect
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In The Hedgehog Effect, Manfred Kets de Vries presents the case for leadership group coaching as an experiential training ground for learning to function as a high performance team. His group coaching model, incorporating living case studies, has been developed over more than 20 years of delivering programs to top-level executives and sets the standard in the field of leadership group coaching.

Written for coaches, consultants, leadership development directors, and anyone working in or with teams, The Hedgehog Effect begins with an in-depth analysis of what teams and groups are all about. The intricacies of leadership coaching are illustrated with an elaborate example of a team coaching intervention. In Part Two, the author applies a psychodynamic lens to the dynamics of teams and groups, taking a close look at relationship patterns, how groups evolve, and the phenomenon of the group-as-a-whole. Part Three takes a more systemic perspective, addressing the challenges that change processes pose for people in organizations, and how to create best places to work. Kets de Vries supports the whole with the story of an organizational change initiative accomplished through group coaching.


Manfred Kets de Vries is the Raoul de Vitry d'Avaucourt Chaired Clinical Professor of Leadership Development and Founder of the INSEAD Global Leadership Centre . He is a world-class authority on global leadership and executive teams. His Global Executive Leadership Inventory provides a tool and a process that has been widely recognised and used in the US and Europe.  Manfred Kets de Vries and his associates have a distinctive competence in the in-house assessment of the quality of organizational leadership.


Preface ix

About the Author xxiii

Part One: An Introduction to the Life of Groups and Teams 1

Chapter 1 How a Group Becomes a Team 3

Chapter 2 Swimming in the Relational "Soup" 25

Chapter 3 Leadership Coaching and High Performance Teams 55

Part Two: A Psychodynamic Perspective on Individuals and Groups 77

Chapter 4 Understanding Individuals in Groups 79

Chapter 5 The Secret Life of Groups 109

Chapter 6 Into the Cloud: The Phenomenon of the Group-as-a-Whole 133

Part Three: Creating Authentizotic Organizations 155

Chapter 7 Toward Systemic Change in Organizations 157

Chapter 8 Being an Effective Change Agent 179

Chapter 9 The Zen of Group Coaching 211

Chapter 10 A Holistic Design for Organizational Interventions 239

Conclusion 255

Appendix: Instruments 261

Index 279