Myself and Other More Important Matters

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AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 213 pages
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The book was selected as one of STRATEGY + BUSINESS Best Business Books of 2008. The book was also selected by Leadershipnow.com as one of The Best Leadership Books of 2008. One of the worlds 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 ones career goals in line with personal values and sense of ethics. Handy entertainingly recounts what hes 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 lifes big questions.
 

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An introspective and reflective Handy offers an analysis of his life and works, giving subtle pointers to where he thinks he might have been right and where he thinks perhaps he was less so ... Read full review

Contents

Are You Sure?
1
Irish Beginnings
12
Greek Wisdom
22
Borneo Lessons
32
The Golden Seeds
44
Schools for Business
57
The Antigone Challenge
69
My Fathers Death
80
A Portfolio Life
117
The Property Business
133
Kitchens and Studies
144
Kennels for Kids
155
Family Matters
168
Guru Times
179
Travels with a Microphone
194
A Seventieth Birthday
203

Home Is a Castle
89
St Michael and St George
102

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About the author (2006)

Charles Handy was born in Kildare, Ireland, in 1932, and was for many years a professor at the London Business School. From 1977 to 1981, Handy served as warden of the St. George's House in Windsor Castle, a private conference and study center concerned with ethics and values in society. He is now an independent writer and broadcaster who describes himself, these days, as a social philosopher. Other books by Handy include Waiting for the Mountain to Move, Beyond Certainty, and The Hungry Spirit.

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