The author of The Age of Unreason, The Empty Raincoat, and The Elephant and the Flea, shares more of his best-selling brand of wisdom concerning the big choices in life.
In Charles Handy's most ambitious book yet, the well-known business guru draws on the lessons of his own life to help us map out the main stages of our lives, and shows us how to navigate through the tough decisions we have to make at every phase. He gives us his personal thoughts on life's big questions and turning points, mining his own experience to tell us what he's learned along the way.
From lessons his father taught him at the Vicarage in Kildare where he grew up, to what he learned in Borneo in his days working for Royal Dutch Shell, and later, in America where corporate scandals have shaken our understanding of what is ethical and what is acceptable in business, and finally in Italy, where on a whim he decided to buy and fix up an old house in Tuscany.
Throughout the book, he asks us to look at what we value - is it money? Family? Time? What is the role of work in our life? What do we find fulfilling? As our working lives blend ever more into the rest of who we are, Charles Handy has emerged as an invaluable social thinker. It is hard to imagine a better or wiser guide to life's big questions.
"[Goes] deeper into the heart of business than almost any book that tackles the subject head on ... A compelling, touching and finally inspiring journey ... To paraphrase TS Eliot, his remarkable achievement is to bring us back to our starting point - but allow us to recognise the place for the first time" * Observer *
"Highly readable ... A wise work from which we will all learn" * Sunday Times *
"Handy at his best; humane, thoughtful and serious" * Financial Times *
"His writing is both spiritual ... and practical: he makes you want to do something about your life, and at the same time convinces that you can, and furnishes you with some good examples of how to go about it ... So much of it will strike home ... Real inspiration ... excellent advice" * Times Educational Supplement *
"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