Conclusion: Toward Authentizotic Organizations

  • Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries
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All Dutch and Flemish people have heard of Luilekkerland (“the land of milk and honey”). This imaginary country is portrayed in many anecdotes and paintings. One of the most famous—The Land of Cockaigne (1567)—was executed by the Flemish artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Influenced by his illustrious compatriot Hieronymus Bosch, in this painting Bruegel achieved a creative synthesis of Bosch’s demonic symbolism with his own personal vision of human folly and depravity, providing a profound and elemental insight into humankind and its relationship to the world of nature. The painting shows a Renaissance notion of Utopia, in the form of three recumbent figures, seemingly exhausted after having stuffed themselves on a splendid meal. These figures—a knight, a peasant, and a burgher—whose forms radiate outward from the center of the picture—produce a sensation of dislocation in the spectator, suggesting that this painting may have been intended as a critical commentary on life in the real world at that time. Renowned through legend, oral history, and art, Cockaigne became the most pervasive collective dream of medieval times, an earthly paradise to counter the suffering and frustration of daily existence, allaying anxieties about an increasingly elusive heavenly paradise.


Emotional Intelligence Authentic Leader Personal Vision Daily Existence Lower Organizational Level 
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