Charles Handy

Born on 1932
Author on Organisational Behaviour and Management


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A society dedicated to the enrichment and enhancement of the self will only survive and certainly will only prosper if the dominant ethic is the support and encouragement of others.

The Age of Unreason (1991)
To hold people to the corporation, there has to be some kind of continuity and some sense of belonging... With the way corporations are evolving... unless we develop a more sophisticated model of the organization, the corporation will become just a box of contracts with no commitment on anyone's part.

Interview, Strategy + Business (1995)
Organisations need talented women in their core jobs...because many will have the kinds of attitudes and attributes that the new flexible organisation will need. If they screen out the women they will handicap their futures.

The Empty Raincoat: Making Sense of the Future (1994)
An economy that adds value through information, ideas, and intelligence � the Three I Economy � offers a way out of the apparent clash between material growth and environmemtal resources.

'Trust and the Virtual Organization,' Harvard Business Review (1991)
The market is a mechanism for sorting the efficient from the inefficient, it is not a substitute for responsibility.

The Empty Raincoat. Making Sense of the Future (1994)
In the past, business was the employer of all those who wanted to work. In the future, there will be lots of customers, but not lots of jobs.

The Empty Raincoat. Making Sense of the Future (1994)
A good team is a great place to be, exciting, stimulating, supportive, successful. A bad team is horrible, a sort of human prison.

Inside Organisations (1999)
Brains are becoming the core of organisations - other activities can be contracted out.

Interview (1994)
We have corporate CEOs who raise their pay 20 percent or more in years when they lay off thousands of people. It's obscene.

BusinessWeek (1994)
Management is more fun, more creative, more personal, more political and more intuitive than any textbook.

Gods of Management (1986)
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."