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Age of Unreason

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    Charles Handy(Author)

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A critical treatise which predicts life and business in the 1990s, this volume argues that in order to profit more from business in the late 20th century readers must overturn traditional ideas of education, career and management. It also conveys a vision of new discoveries and freedoms. Charles Handy also wrote "Gods of Management", "Taking Stock", "The Future of Work" and "Understanding Organisations".

Named one of "The 25 Most Influential Business Management Books" by "TIME Magazine" ( one of "The 25 Most Influential Business Management Books" by TIME Magazine ( --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • PDF | 216 pages
  • Charles Handy(Author)
  • Random House Business Books; Reprint edition (6 April 1989)
  • English
  • 2
  • Business, Finance & Law

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  • By Tim Scott on 3 August 2017

    I re-read this book every couple of years. The book does not change but the context does, and you get move from it each time. Visionary, prophetic it makes you wonder if you should have had an investment strategy based on it.

  • By Guest on 22 May 2015

    Do not buy this version - the typeface reproduction is very poor and makes it almost unreadable and certainly not enjoyable

  • By on 5 November 1999

    I found this amazingly farsighted, it would be of great interest to anybody involved in how work is evolving and the futures of individuals and their place in the work market. It gives plenty of food for thought on how not just employees but employers should view the work market in the years to come. Would be of interest to anybody involved in education, careers guidance, personnel and management, especially management!

  • By Michael G. Pagan on 3 March 2013

    As the author of Manage Your IT for Profit: Teach Yourself I was fortunate enough to meet Charles Handy and was struck by his wisdom and insight into how we manage our businesses. The key words that jump out at you from `The Age of Unreason' are `change,' `discontinuity', `upside down thinking' and `uncertainty'. The changes of the last twenty years have been immense and have challenged our comfortable perceptions of the world. Handy identifies how organisations and individuals must learn to cope with shifting work patterns. The book flows from argument to analysis and through theory to practical examples of how the future, as Handy sees it, might work. This book could have been written today and still have currency and relevance as a roadmap for an uncertain future.Hindsight is a wonderful thing and therefore reviewing this work twenty odd years after its publication, allows a privileged view. One thing impresses and must be emphasised. Handy's journey is one he has personally undertaken. Once you have finished `The Age of Unreason', reflect on the lessons learnt, then read `The Elephant and the Flea,' (2001), in which he describes how the independent life has worked for him. This is more of a reflective and philosophical work, than `The Age of Unreason' but the two can be seen as milestones in a rich and varied life.Handy succeeds in painting an appealing picture of a future where many of us could work from home using our talents to their full and diverse potential. Read `The Age of Unreason' and imagine how Handy's vision could work for you. Haven't we all dreamed of waking in the morning and commuting an undemanding few yards down the corridor to our home office? Now, where did I put my pinstriped dressing gown?

  • By Graham on 6 October 2007

    I have been a manager for around 10 years. I have done my fair share of management courses - nowadays they tend to be called leadership courses - and it was in one of these that I first came across Charles Handy.I heard the quote which was along the lines "I once facitiously described a typical british group as a rowing eight, a group of people going backwards, steered by the one person too small to see where they are going". This stuck with me and I have used it many times in coaching my own teams about leadership.I had high hopes for The Age of Unreason. The other reviews all speak highly of it and remark on the foresight. Well, I agree. The foresight is remarkable and Handy should be commended for it. But, the reviews are around 10 years old, as is the book. Foresight aside, the book is dreadfully dull and there is very little of the useable quotes and insights that I was hoping for. There is a wealth of more relevant and appropriate management models in other places.I like reading and read all sorts of things. Some for pleasure and some for background reading to support my own personal development. I hoped Handy would be the latter, perhaps I just picked the wrong book. Sue Knight's book on NLP was much better, Heinz Guderain's "Panzer Leader" was an interesting insight despite not being a text book.I am suggesting you look elsewhere. This was probably really good then, isn't very good now.

  • By Steve Preston on 26 December 2012

    This is a book I have been meaning to read for years and finally got round to getting a copy! Considering this book was written in the late 80's, Charles Handy's vision and foresight is truly remarkable. Much of what he predicts about the world of work and organisations has happened and is also getting more extreme. A most interesting book, which I now wished I had read in the 90's!

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