The Kindly Crone, or How to Get the Best out of People

  • Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries
Part of the INSEAD Business Press book series (IBP)


Once upon a time, there was a woman who had two daughters. One daughter was very beautiful and industrious, but the other was ugly and very lazy. Yet of the two, the woman loved the ugly, lazy girl best, because she was her own daughter. The ugly, lazy daughter was treated like a princess, but the stepdaughter was made to work as a drudge in the house. No household task, big or small, that the stepdaughter completed was ever good enough. Her stepmother scolded and criticized. “Don’t do it like that!” she would say. “Do it again, and this time do it properly!” Yet she never explained what the girl had done wrong or how she could do it better.


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© Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries
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  1. 1.INSEADFrance
  2. 2.INSEADSingapore
  3. 3.INSEADAbu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates

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