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Charles B. Handy



9780814401736
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Format: Hardcover, 320pp.
ISBN: 9780814401736
Publisher: AMACOM
Pub. Date: February 28, 2008

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One of the world's most influential living management thinkers, Charles Handy has year-after-year been listed alongside business gurus including Peter Drucker and Tom Peters in the prestigious Thinkers 50 list. His views on management -- and life -- have inspired and enlightened others for decades. Now, in Myself and Other More Important Matters, the bestselling author of books including The Age of Unreason shares his special brand of wisdom, giving readers uncommon insight into business and careers...as well as the choices we all have to make in our lives.

Handy draws on the lessons of his own experience to help readers move beyond the facts they learned in business school and reflect on their own individual management style. With the "philosophical elegance and eloquence" Warren Bennis has described as his trademark, Handy discusses how one should develop one’s career goals in line with personal values and sense of ethics. Handy entertainingly recounts what he’s discovered along his own international journey: from lessons his father taught him growing up in Ireland…to what he learned in Borneo in his days working for Royal Dutch Shell… to Italy, where he bought and fixed up an old house in Tuscany…all the way to America, where recent corporate scandals have shaken our understanding of what is ethical and acceptable.

Throughout the book, Handy asks us to look at the role of work in our life, and what we truly find fulfilling. It is hard to imagine a better or wiser guide to work -- and life’s -- big questions.


 
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Charles Handy is often referred to as Britain’s greatest management thinker. He has written some of the most influential management articles and books of the past 30 years, including The Age of Unreason, The Elephant and the Flea, The Future or Work, and The Age of Paradox. Mr. Handy worked for Royal Dutch Shell International in South-East Asia and London and then entered the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He then helped to start the London Business School and later became warden of St. George’s House at Windsor Castle, managing a program bringing together captains of industry, trade union leaders, civil servants, politicians, bishops and chaplains to discuss issues in society and to trade ideas. Today, Mr. Handy works on writing projects while moving between bases in England and Italy.



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Contents
To My American Readersvi
Acknowledgementsix
List of Platesx
 
1Are You Sure?1
2Irish Beginnings12
3Greek Wisdom22
4Borneo Lessons32
5The Golden Seeds44
6Schools for Business57
7The Antigone Challenge69
8My Father’s Death80
9Home Is a Castle89
10St Michael and St George102
11A Portfolio Life117
12The Property Business133
13Kitchens and Studies144
14Kennels for Kids155
15Family Matters168
16Guru Times179
17Travels with a Microphone194
18A Seventieth Birthday203



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