Elephant and the Flea by Charles B. Handy
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Elephant and the Flea
By Charles B. Handy

The Elephant and the Flea

Looking Backwards to the Future

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Elephant and the Flea by Charles B. Handy

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Bookseller Charles Handy's best-selling new book looks at how individuals (the fleas in his analogy) relate to multi-national conglomerates (the elephants). In addition to addressing how and why we work today, he covers a wide range of preoccupations and issues including the increasing fear of big business: 'it is easy to see why many observers think that the big corporations are now both richer and more powerful than many nation states. They worry that these new corporate states are accountable to no-one - that their financial clout makes governments beholden to them ...The elephants, people feel, are out of control.'

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099415657
ISBN-10: 0099415658
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 15mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publish Date: 7-Nov-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Differences That Make a Difference by Charles B. Handy Differences That Make a Difference, Paperback (December 2010)

Of interest to managers, employees, students, and academics alike, this title intends to dissolve some of the many disputes in professional and private life that revolve around meaning and (mis)understanding.

Gods of Management by Charles B. Handy Gods of Management, Paperback (January 2009)

Charles Handy has identified four management styles to be found in organisations, and using the allegory of Greek gods he explains the different values of each style, and how these create the culture of an organisation.

New Philanthropists by Charles B. Handy New Philanthropists, Paperback (October 2007)

Who are the new philanthropists? And how is their philanthropy 'new'? This book portrays a new generation of practical philanthropists, men and women who help actively, working on the spot with the very people who need their aid, ensuring that the initiatives are sustainable in the longer term.

Myself and Other More Important Matters by Charles B. Handy Myself and Other More Important Matters, Paperback (May 2007)

Charles Handy is perhaps best known outside the business world as a wise and warm presenter of Radio 4's "Thought for the Day". Here, he leaves the management territory he has so effectively and influentially mapped in the past to explore the issues and dilemmas - moral and creative - raised by the turning points of his long and successful life.

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Reviews

UK Kirkus Review » This book is hard to categorize, but that is to compliment not to criticize. Charles Handy was in industry before working as a professor at the London Business School and he then became well known as a writer and commentator. His books tend to have quirky titles (The Age of Unreason and The Empty Raincoat are earlier examples) and this is no exception: the elephant of this title is a metaphor for an organization and the flea for an individual. Business books can do many things: explore issues, set out guidelines, increase knowledge and change attitudes. Initially Handy's book sounds different. It is largely autobiographical, describing the author's career from 1981 onwards when he left the organizational world and 'became a flea'. Yet as he catalogues his life and work, in wonderfully readable and anecdotal style, he also explains and inspires. The book provides a powerful insight into the mind and philosophy of a seminal figure of the business world, and Handy's ideas and predictions about the world of work are both thoughtful and thought-provoking. This is an enjoyable, endearing and stimulating read. It will make you reflect, laugh and, above all, think. And you might just find Handy's thoughts and attitudes rubbing off on you and directly affecting your future actions. In a busy life reading such a book may not seem like a priority. But you should make it one. (Kirkus UK)


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Author Biography - Charles B. Handy

Charles Handy is a writer and broadcaster. His books, including The Empty Raincoat, have sold over one million copies around the world. He was named as Business Columnist of the Year in 1994. He has been, in his time, an oil executive, a business economist, a Professor at the London Business School, and Chairman of the Royal Society of Arts.

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