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Sex, Money, Happiness, and Death

The Quest for Authenticity


Part of the INSEAD Business Press series book series (IBP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Meditations on Sexual Desire

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Manfred Kets De Vries
      Pages 3-14
    3. Manfred Kets De Vries
      Pages 15-29
    4. Manfred Kets De Vries
      Pages 30-38
    5. Manfred Kets De Vries
      Pages 39-53
    6. Manfred Kets De Vries
      Pages 54-62
    7. Manfred Kets De Vries
      Pages 63-69
  3. Meditations on Money

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Manfred Kets De Vries
      Pages 73-78
    3. Manfred Kets De Vries
      Pages 79-84
    4. Manfred Kets De Vries
      Pages 85-93
    5. Manfred Kets De Vries
      Pages 94-101
    6. Manfred Kets De Vries
      Pages 102-106
  4. Meditations on Happiness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Manfred Kets De Vries
      Pages 109-111
    3. Manfred Kets De Vries
      Pages 112-116
    4. Manfred Kets De Vries
      Pages 117-123
    5. Manfred Kets De Vries
      Pages 124-130
    6. Manfred Kets De Vries
      Pages 131-140

About this book


The four main tenets of life are explored in this unique new book that examines the issues that touch each executive, or for that matter, people in general. Based on his experiences as a psychoanalyst, professor and leadership coach, the author explores how 'Sex, Money, Happiness and Death' affect our work and our lives in general.


Executive Coaching leadership behavior happiness death coach Coach money

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.INSEAD Global Leadership CentreFrance

About the authors

MANFRED KETS DE VRIES is The Raoul de Vitry d'Avaucourt Chaired Professor of Leadership Development and the Clinical Professor of Leadership at INSEAD, France, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi. He is also the Distinguished Professor of Leadership at the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin (ESMT), Germany. He has also held professorships at McGill University, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Montreal and the Harvard Business School. Kets de Vries is a founding member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations. The Financial Times, Le Capital, Wirtschaftswoche, The Economist, and the New York Times have judged him one of the world's leading thinkers on leadership. He is the author, co-author or editor of 30 books and more than 300 articles. His books and articles have been translated into 29 languages. He is a member of seventeen editorial boards. Kets de Vries has been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Management. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to leadership research by the International Leadership Association.

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Chemical Manufacturing
Finance, Business & Banking
Consumer Packaged Goods


'This book is the distillation of the life experiences of an internationally renowned guru of management and leadership studies. Combining insight with his signature wit, Kets de Vries cuts to the bone as he reflects on and gently guides executives, and others, through some of the core issues that bedevil our lives. A book that will linger in memory, creating ever-widening ripples, long after the ephemeral offerings of the usual management literature have disappeared.' - Dr. Sudhir Kakar, Psychoanalyst, Anthropologist, Novelist and one of the major thinkers of the world

'The art of understanding oneself is crucial to understanding others. Professor Manfred Kets de Vries' insight into our motivations and levels of emotional intelligence exposes the hidden fact that lies at the heart of business behaviour; namely that we are all human.' - The Viscount Rothermere, Chairman DMGT

'This book made me laugh, it made me feel uncomfortable sometimes, but I learned a lot. It makes the reader think about how much s/he can do - good and bad - to her/himself and to others in family, business and social life. With his free and easy style Kets de Vries lines up the latest findings of human science and gives examples of the highs and lows of real human life reminding us that we are in the driving seat. Seize the opportunity.' - Janos Csak, Economist, Sociologist, Chairman, Constellation Energy Institute