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Myself and Other More Important Matters [Format Kindle]

Charles Handy

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"Charles Handy is a true statesman in the field... a wizened dean of faculty for the world of independent thinkers." (Jim Collins, Author Of Good To Great)

"If Peter Drucker is responsible for legitimising the field of management and Tom Peters for popularising it, then Charles Handy should be known as the person who gave it a philosophical elegance and eloquence that was missing from the field.'" (Warren Bennis Author Of On Becoming A Leader)

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Charles Handy is perhaps best known outside the business world as a wise and warm presenter of Radio 4's 'Thought for the Day'. Long recognised as one of the world's leading business thinkers (over a million copies of his books have been sold around the world), in Myself and Other More Important Matters he leaves the management territory he has so effectively and influentially mapped in the past to explore the wider issues and dilemmas - both moral and creative - raised by the turning points of his long and successful life.Here he investigates the big issues of how life can best be lived as they have emerged from the unfolding of his life and his unique and influential understanding of what really matters.



From supplying oil by boat to an area larger than England as a bullish young Shell executive in Borneo to realising that there was a big difference between describing the development of a 'portfolio' life (made up of a variety of activities for a range of purposes and pay) in theory and actually himself leaving behind full-time employment, from helping to start up the London and Open business schools to listening and talking to people all over the world about how they want to manage their lives, Handy's telling of his experiences proves both revealing and significant.


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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 224 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0814401732
  • Editeur : Cornerstone Digital (31 mai 2011)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004VS85W2
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Creating more human organizations. Handy tells us how. 12 juin 2008
Par P. A. Dourado - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Where other gurus offer glib answers and seem overly ego-driven, Handy has always specialised in helping us question what our organizations are for; how best to structure them; how work fits into life and what our driving purpose is.

Handy is the author of The Empty Raincoat, The Elephant and The Flea, The Age of Paradox, 21 Ideas For Managers, and other books that help us stop, think and analyze exactly what it is we are doing at work and what we are for.

Myself and Other Important Matters is Handy's autobiography so far. It is a pleasure to read, and you learn about leadership, work, management, life, parenting, yourself, while you are enjoying reading it.

There is a growing consensus now that, after decades of process improvements, what people are looking for in the organizations they work for, invest in, lead and buy from is organizations that act more like people and less like machines. It is time for the more human organization to emerge. Handy has been teaching us this for years.

My own area of interest is business leadership. This book is full of insights into organizations, their culture and how to lead, such as "Great leaders seem to live with a mix of humility and confidence, which includes the ability to admit on occasion they were wrong."

From McGregor's Theory X and Theory Y to Aristotle's definition of happiness or 'eudaimonia' meaning to flourish and be fulfilled - challenging the prevailing assumption in the west that hedonism is happiness - to how Johari windows work, the learning you pick up almost in passing from Handy is rich and deep and enjoyable.
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Brilliant, thought provoking retrospective 20 avril 2008
Par W. O'Day - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Charles Handy's autobiography is a beautifully written retrospective on a fascinating life. By sharing some of his experiences you get a wonderful perspective on what he thinks is important in life; family, friends and doing things you are passionate about. It was a thoroughly engaging read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Charles Handy, Guru 1 septembre 2009
Par John W. Pearson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Absolutely fascinating. Charles Handy, often called the "Peter Drucker of the United Kingdom," (though he's much more than that) has penned a page-turner autobiography. If you're over 50, it's must-reading. In between his short, crisp management meanderings, he dispenses wisdom on the "portfolio" life--why your middle and later years might be better invested on your own versus at the whims of an organization. (Attention all wanna-be consultants!)

Under 50? Then I'd suggest it's required reading. You'll be shocked--and educated--when you discover that Britain had no books on management in the 1950s (none). And no business schools until he co-founded the London Business School in 1967 (after a year at MIT's Sloan). "Business...was long seen by the British as a lower status occupation, definitely inferior to the armed services." His thoughts about America, flavored with his peculiar "cultural Christian" insights (his father was a Church of Ireland minister) will intrigue you.

While paradigm-changing concepts like the shamrock organization, the sigmoid curve, "doughnuts," and the "portfolio worker" elevated him to management guru status, his humility is remarkable. He said that Drucker "once quipped that journalists only came up with the word [guru] because `charlatan' was too long for a headline."

Handy's written 14 books, including his classics Understanding Organizations, The Future of Work, Gods of Management, and The Age of Unreason. While this book is autobiographical, his professor/consultant bent pops out on every page. His early employer, Shell, became big fans of Douglas McGregor's 1960 book, The Human Side of Enterprise. Of McGregor's two styles of leadership, Theory X (people need to be told what to do) and Theory Y (people can act responsibly on their own initiative), Shell decreed that "they would be a Theory Y organization, unaware, presumably, of the confusion they caused by using Theory X to implement Theory Y. Old habits die hard." That's just one anecdote in a feast of memorable management stories, with wisdom and dry wit thrown in at no extra charge.

I can't resist adding one more. Later in life, he limited his speaking engagements to five per year for fees and five for expenses only (never in the summer). Handy's wife, Elizabeth, handled his bookings. When asked to speak in Calcutta for the British Council, the proposed fee was minimal. "Pay him nothing," Elizabeth suggested. "But you must have all the right connections, so could you arrange for us to have an hour alone with each of the four most interesting people in Calcutta?" The result?

"So it was that we met privately and personally with the chief minister, who turned out to be a jovial Marxist, with Mother Teresa, surrounded by her nuns, the vice-chancellor of the university and a prominent local artist. Money can't buy that kind of experience."
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Creating more human organizations 12 juin 2008
Par P. A. Dourado - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Where other business gurus offer glib answers and seem overly ego-driven, Handy has always specialized in helping us question what our organizations are for; how best to structure them; how work fits into life and what our driving purpose is.

Handy is the author of The Empty Raincoat, The Elephant and The Flea, The Age of Paradox, 21 Ideas For Managers, and other books that help us stop, think and analyze exactly what it is we are doing at work and what we are for.

Myself and Other More Important Matters is Handy's autobiography so far. It is a pleasure to read, and you learn about leadership, work, management, life, parenting, yourself, while you are enjoying reading it.

There is a growing consensus now that, after decades of process improvements, what people are looking for in the organizations they work for, invest in, lead and buy from is organizations that act more like people and less like machines. It is time for the more human organization to emerge. Handy has been teaching us this for years.

My own area of interest is business leadership. This book is full of insights into organizations, their culture and how to lead, such as "Great leaders seem to live with a mix of humility and confidence, which includes the ability to admit on occasion they were wrong."

From McGregor's Theory X and Theory Y to Aristotle's definition of happiness or 'eudaimonia' meaning to flourish and be fulfilled - challenging the prevailing assumption in the west that hedonism is happiness - to how JoHari windows work, the learning you pick up almost in passing from reading this book is rich and deep and enjoyable.
1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Myself and Other More Important Matters by Charles Handy 13 mars 2009
Par Michael - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Not the depth of previous works (Age of Paradox and Age of Unreason) but has a number of wonderful gems and stories that caused personal reflection. Have given this as a gift to my "Golden Seeds".....as Handy writes --- those individuals that had a significant impact on my direction and development.
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