Charles Handy on Eudaemonia and Other Important Matters

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. In his latest book, Myself and Other More Important Matters (AMACOM), Handy 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.

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.

Myself and Other More Important Matters is AMACOM’s featured book for February. In this week’s You’ve Been Spotted, Kevin Lee talks with AMACOM editors Ellen Kadin and Barry Richardson about two other noteworthy titles:

No Limit: The Texas Hold ‘em Guide to Winning in Business by Donald G. Krause and Jeff Carter, and Speak to Win: How to Present With Power in Any Situation by Brian Tracy

For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:

* Advanced Leadership Communication Strategy
* Preparing for Leadership: What It Takes to Take the Lead
* AMA’s Advanced Executive Leadership Program
* Effective Internal Auditing
* The Voice of Leadership

To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:

* Myself and Other More Important Matters, by Charles Handy
* A Class with Drucker, by William A. Cohen
* No Limit: The Texas Hold ‘em Guide to Winning in Business by Donald G. Krause and Jeff Carter
* Speak to Win: How to Present With Power in Any Situation by Brian Tracy

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