2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 July 2010
De Vries has a lot of promise...he introduces new ideas to management thinking (albeit in this case ones that are fairly old for anyone with a decent knowledge of psychology) but he does have a habit of over simplifying and reducing these ideas to a basic and simplistic level. Not that there is anything wrong with simplifying...but at times I felt this text was aimed at A level students! It is a good read for MBA students and Managers with NO real understanding of psychology....but a bit of a waste of time if you have even a limited amount of expereience in this field. A disappointment which started well!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 July 2009
In this book, Manfred Kets de Vries, one of the leading management thinker and practicioner on leadership, attempted to do something very different from his many other books. This time, the author brings key learning points on «living». How can we deal with four of our life's major challenges: first, the sexual desire, which can often makes us do things we would never otherwise have done; second, the need for money, which can sometimes affect the lives of people that have too much in a much more dramatically way than the life of those who have too little; third, the quest for happinness, with the recurrent question on «how to be happy?»; and, last but not least, our relationship with death, not only our own but also, and probably much more impacting, the loss of a close person. The afterword section of the book deals with the search of meaning in life and other related themes like wisdom, altruism and authenticity.