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Inside Organizations: 21 Ideas for Managers (BBC Business) [Paperback]

Charles B. Handy , Gray Joliffe
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24 May 1990
Using his personal experiences, the author offers advice to anyone working within an organization such as a business, school or even a family. He provides practical suggestions and simple exercises on, among other things, getting the best out of oneself and other people, recognizing individuals' varying personalities, needs and ambitions, controlling stress, identifying different types of organization, the pressures on people to conform and motivation. Also included is the author's theory on the "inside-out doughnut". The book is aimed at anyone involved in relationships with people, whether on a business or social basis, especially those who have formal responsibility for others at all levels of business.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; 1st edition (24 May 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563208309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563208303
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,341,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles Handy is now a writer and broadcaster, following careers as an economist, Professor at the London Business School and a consultant to a wide variety of organizations. He lives in Norfolk and London (Putney). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Accessible 9 April 2001
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Of all the books I have read by management guru Charles Handy, this has to be the most interesting and accessible. The book consists of twenty-one chapters, each illustrating a different management concept or idea. There are some old favourites like the 'Inside Out Doughnut' and the 'Johari Window' and some new ideas too (new to me anyway!) such as 'Marathons or Horse Races'. Each concept is simply and entertainingly explained but what I found really useful was the 'Questions for thinking and talking about' section at the end of each chapter. This section really encourages you to think about what you've read and picks out key points for discussion or simple exercises. I also liked the anecdotes in each chapter as relating a concept to a real-life situation makes it much easier to understand. This book is an ideal introduction to the work of Charles Handy and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the way that organisations work - it is certainly not just for managers. Just one criticism really - the book is not long enough!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inside Organisations Review 22 Oct 2002
By lompa
If you’re looking for a business book that shows you how to run your accounts and stuff, this is not for you. Instead this is a fantastic book about organizing you staff structure within businesses and within basic family life. The book goes into details about motivation and after reading this book it makes you understand what you really want out of your job and how to go about getting it.
Also this book goes into details about how people see you at work and how you see other people’s ways of thinking.
Overall this book is ideal for people wanting to understand how to get the best out of themselves and there jobs and also its ideal for employers to understand how to manage there staff and what motivates them in there jobs.
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Why do certain organisations like Google breed and nurture talent, while other supposedly more established ones seem to atrophy, and cannot respond to the challenges of the times? Do organisations have a distinct character and what - if anything - can be done to change the character of the organisation? These were some of the questions that I had in mind when I bought Charles Handy's Understanding Organisations. Luckily for me, Handy does not provide all the answers. Instead, he raises even more questions to challenge my concept of the organisations to which I belong and my place within them.

Understanding Organisations address 21 issues - in no discernible logical order - which are of pertinent to anyone who is actively involved in organisations of any type or size. I shall not rehash all the ideas, which Handy raised. However, a few of them are worthy of consideration in this review.

THE JOHARI WINDOW. Handy discusses the work of two American teachers, who came up with a really neat way of describing how others perceive us. Even when we do not speak, we still give off messages about who we are. The Johari window envisions this process as one in which we all live in houses with four different walls. The walls cordon off the different rooms, which in turn, represent areas of our lives, into which different people (including us) can see.

MARATHONS OR HORSE RACES. In today's increasingly competitive business environment, internal competition within organisations creates winners and losers. Drawing on research done in the US and his personal experience, Handy suggests that internal competition can be very harmful to the morale of the organisation if the process creates too many losers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simplifies and Applies the Concepts 5 July 2001
By Paul B. Thornton - Published on
I think Charles Handy does an excellent job of simplifying and applying many management concepts and models. It's an easy to read book. I'm confident people who reads this book will gain new insights about themselves and their organizations. I liked this book so much, I'm considering using it in a course I teach on Organizational Behavior.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not Great! 3 Jan 2001
By Donald H. Sabathier - Published on
I have read many of Charles Handy's books and have found them to be excellent. His ideas and ways of expression are superb. However, I am not as enamored with this current offering. The layout of the book is excellent. Each Chapter covers one of his 21 points. The points he covers are relevant to leadership at any level. However, I found the discussions a little tiring to read. They do not hold my attention as well as in past books. I guess I expected more. It is one of those things that is had to put your finger on.
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