21 Letters on Life and Its Challenges
Charles Handy

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Narrated By: Scott Handy

Duration: 4 hours and 24 minutes

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Charles Handy is one of the giants of contemporary thought. His books on management – including Understanding Organizations and Gods of Management – have changed the way we view business. His work on broader issues and trends – such as Beyond Certainty and The Second Curve – has changed the way we view society.

In his new book, Handy builds on a life's work to glimpse into the future and see what challenges and opportunities the next generation faces. How will people cope with change in a world where the old certainties no longer apply? What goals will and should they set themselves? How will they find purpose and fulfilment in their lives? Clear-eyed and optimistic by turns, he sets out the questions that everyone needs to ask themselves, and points us in the direction of the answers.


Ethics & moral philosophy, Social & political philosophy, Business & Management, Management: leadership & motivation

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21 Letters details [Handy's] personal and professional experiences with simplicity and warmth

The Sunday Times

A real spikiness alongside his generosity of spirit and openness to new ideas. 21 Letters on Life and Its Challenges takes the form of lessons handed down to his grandchildren – interwoven with touching tributes to his wife. The great tactician is still thinking three hoops ahead.

Financial Times

Some of the octogenarian management thinker’s most thought-provoking ideas . . . about how to humanise business, soften capitalism, and live life better.