Charles Handy Quotes

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Charles Handy Quotes

There is as far as I know, no example in history, of any state voluntarily ceding power from the centre to its constituent parts.
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The companies that survive longest are the one's that work out what they uniquely can give to the world not just growth or money but their excellence, their respect for others, or their ability to make people happy. Some call those things a soul.

— Charles Handy

A leader shapes and shares a vision, which gives point to the work of others.

— Charles Handy

Change is only another word for growth, another synonym for learning.

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In a knowledge economy, a good business is a community with a purpose, not a piece of property.

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The future is not inevitable. We can influence it, if we know what we want it to be.

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If economic progress means that we become anonymous cogs in some great machine, then progress is an empty promise.

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The first step is to measure whatever can easily be measured. This is OK as far as it goes. The second step is to disregard that which can't be easily measured or to give it an arbitrary quantitative value. This is artificial and misleading. The third step is to presume that what can't be measured easily really isn't important. This is blindness. The fourth step is to say that what can't be easily measured really doesn't exist. This is suicide.

— Charles Handy

Purpose, pattern, and people, the three P's at the heart of life.

— Charles Handy

Why don't we teach our children in school what they are? We should say to them, 'You are unique ... you have the capacity for anything. You are a marvel'.

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Competition is healthy ... but there is more to life than winning or we should nearly all be losers

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It is tempting to call for better leadership, but we probably expect too much from the leaders of the nations. Those nations are too big, the connections not strong enough, the commitment to the future not long enough. It is better to look smaller, to our now-smaller organisations, to local communities and cities, to families and clusters of friends, to small networks of portfolio people with time to give to something bigger than themselves. We have to fashion our own directions in our own places.

— Charles Handy

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