Myself and Other More Important Matters by Charles Handy

September Book of the Month

Handy Gem” Worth Reading and Keeping

Charles Handy has had a most interesting professional life. His roles have included global executive with an oil company; academic administrator who developed a framework for business education for Britain; head of a think tank based in one of the Queen’s official residences, a commentator on life for the BBC Radio, and a best selling author. This is a man worth getting to know.

The book’s title is accurate. While the basic framework is Handy’s life story, it really is a platform for his much broader discussion about capitalism and where it is going.

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The form of leaf is only a tiny part of me. I am the whole tree

One autumn day, I was in a park, absorbed in the contemplation of a very small but beautiful leaf, in the shape of a heart. Its colour was almost red, and it was barely hanging on the branch, nearly ready to fall down. I spent a long time with it, and I asked the leaf a lot of questions …

I asked the leaf whether it was scared because it was autumn and the other leaves were falling.

I asked the leaf whether it was scared because it was autumn and the other leaves were falling. The leaf told me, “No. During the whole spring and summer I was very alive. I worked hard and helped nourish the tree, and much of me is in the tree. Please do not say that I am just this form, because the form of leaf is only a tiny part of me. I am the whole tree. I know that I am already inside the tree, and when I go back to the soil, I will continue to nourish the tree. That’s why I do not worry. As I leave this branch and float to the ground, I will wave to the tree and tell her, ‘I will see you again very soon.’”Suddenly I saw a kind of wisdom very much like the wisdom contained in the Heart Sutra.

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Book Recommendation: Leadership and the New Science by Margaret Wheatley

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IN HER PIONEERING BESTSELLER

Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World (Revised Edition)

Margaret Wheatley showed how the “New Science”—revolutionary discoveries in quantum physics, chaos theory, and biology that are overturning centuries-old images of the universe—provides powerful insights into the design, leadership, and management of organizations.

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