An analysis of the author's philosophy of organizations and the individual in a dramatically changing social, business and political environment. It shows how materialist capitalism is self-limiting, how efficiency may be the enemy of a cohesive society, and examines the false certainties of science and religion. The book also builds a different theory of meaning, based on the search for identity, the role of the arts and the idea of immortality. Unconventional organization is the author's model - for both business and the individual, requiring new learning systems for a better future.
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The Hungry Spirit, by esteemed British business guru Charles Handy, is an extraordinarily eloquent and original treatise on the discomfort that many feel as a result of the overriding quest for corporate profit and personal advancement. Offering a carefully considered and compelling alternative vision, the book challenges the status quo on everything from capitalism and organization to goal-setting and morality. With nods to Kant, Keynes, Sartre and Drucker, The Hungry Spirit is not your usual business tome, but that, of course, is part of Handy's plan.Review:
Praise for Charles Handy and "The Hungry Spirit:
""The Hungry Spirit is particularly timely."
"--Times Literary Supplement
"[Handy's] jargon-free observations pack more power because of their clarity and prescriptive nature...his writings don't just affect companies; they often hit individuals in a powerful way, like the advice of a trusted friend or relative."
"Handy excels at stirring controversy--and thought."
"Anyone exposed to long-term, pick-of-the-month guru rumblings or mind-boggling businessbabble will think they have wandered into a clear spot in the forest when they encounter Handy for the first time...His writing is crisp and lucid, and his grasp on the human dilemma is remarkably encompassing."
"Handy is...a stimulating thinker who offers a warm sense of hope for the future...He has the persuasiveness of a preacher and the literariness of the anecdotal Irish storyteller...The Hungry Spirit will...be an uplifting experience for anyone seeking a philosophy in a world short of well-expressed humanist creeds."
"Charles Handy [is] arguably Britain's most respected management writer."
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Book Description HUTCHINSON, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0091801680
Book Description HUTCHINSON, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0091801680