The Elephant And The Flea: Looking Backwards to the Future


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The author examines his own experience and theories of life and work, using them to discuss the future of everything from education, work and marriage to capitalism, management, religion and society. His books, including The Empty Raincoat, have sold over one million copies around the world. 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.

He and his wife Elizabeth, a portrait photographer, live in London, Norfolk and Tuscany. Publication Data Place of Publication. Show more Show less. No ratings or reviews yet.

The Elephant and the Flea: Looking Backwards to the Future by Charles B. Handy (Hardback, 2001)

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One person found this helpful. Handy has expanded on some of his thoughts from his earlier books plus some updates. It is a good documentation of his life experience and in the process gave a roadmap for those who wants to have a portfolio life, entrepreneur or have to work as an independent as organisations downsize or go bust. As always, his thoughts are profound.

Some trends are some way yet and some among us may wish it does not happen. Only time will tell. What is instructive is that it gave us a peek and perhaps prepare and arm us for the eventuality.

The Elephant and the Flea Looking Backwards to the Future

A nice read over the weekend if you seek inspiration to become your own employer. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. February 14, - Published on Amazon. If you have made the leap from employee to independent contractor or entrepreneur, this is a must-read. Not only will you have a better sense of your decision in the context of a larger global trend toward "portfolio" careers, you will also get invaluable tips for managing your time, dealing with common prejudices about "working from home" and tips for a more fulfilling balance between your professional and personal lives.

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Charles Handy has been an oil company executive, a university lecturer, and a much sought after convention speaker. A 48 year old advertising executive was complaining to Handy that there were no longer any jobs in the ageist advertising world for people like him. While he was talking, the electrician repairing the wiring in Handy's home put his head round the door to say he would be back in a week.

The employee-oriented society of the twentieth century had delivered so much that was good. The new flea-oriented world that Charles Handy sees is "fraught with insecurity, uncertainty, and fear.

This is a book about how to survive as a flea and in world of few elephants and many fleas. It is written in typical Charles Handy humor and insight. It is also his most personal book to date. November 7, - Published on Amazon.

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