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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Reprint edition (19 Feb. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787946591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787946593
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,397,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Charles Handy is a brave and passionate teacher willing to riskprophecy. He writes with the eloquence of simplicity and his giftto us is an enjoyable, profound and reliable guide toward meaningand direction." Max De Pree, author and chairman emeritus,Herman Miller Inc

"A book from Charles Handy can be compared to a fine wine:beautifully balanced, smooth yet provocative, and a topic ofconversation long after the final sip." ProfessionalMarketing

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Charles Handy′s reflections on work and life have earned him legions of fans throughout the world. His previous books have together sold over a million copies. And his "Thought for the Day" series on BBC radio is celebrated throughout the U.K.Now Handy′s fans in America–present and future–can sample what his BBC listeners have enjoyed for so long. Waiting for the Mountain to Move includes sixty–five of this gifted commentator′s best essays, culled from ten years of radio broadcasts. Often scripted to fill the three–minute slots allotted those broadcasts, each essay is a brief but brilliant flash of wisdom and inspiration that illuminates and explores questions we all grapple with (or ought to) every working day.With titles including "Life Is Not a Dress Rehearsal," "Trust and the Plumber," and "Learning from Misdoing," these writings wring poignant lessons from common occurrences and cause us to examine our lives, our institutions, and our society in a different and revealing light. The essays––sometimes sober, sometimes humorous––touch on a wide range of subjects, but Handy′s pervasive goal is to help others find meaning and purpose in life by bringing their selves and their work, their "being and doing," closer together.Through these essays, it′s easy to see why Charles Handy is often regarded as the most influential business author and social philosopher of our times.

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By Joseph McDonagh on 8 July 2014
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Interesting read, short articles from his Morning Reflections on Radio
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The Greatest Living "Social Philosopher" 2 Aug. 1999
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I can't say enough about Charles Handy's many books, and this little gem is absolutely thrilling. Comprised of 65 stories of about 500 words each, Handy's eloquent style and a non-proselytized collection of Christian anecdotes make each story a beautiful experience. Core values with a deep, profound essence of faith. I hope more Americans become familiar with his tremendous work.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Stop & ponder about some of the thoughts in the book! 3 July 2001
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An excellent book to make you stop and think about the realities of work and life. Prof. Handy has put some very valuable truths in the short essays in the book. Some of the essays touch on spiritual issues and I endorse the truths he mentions! The essays are short and you could read them at the start of a long commute and ponder over the thoughts during the journey. Or are we do too busy to do that even? For those you have read Prof. Handy's other books, don't miss this one!
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A Great Read 10 Jan. 2007
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'Waiting For The Mountain To Move' is full of interesting and thought provoking. It is written in an easy to read format.

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Author 'Where To Retire In Australia'
Just picked this up again 3 Jan. 2014
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Re-reading it after ten years. What a wise book! I love Charles Handy in any event - don't miss The Gods of Management! But this book covers much more than management at the office. It is about living a fulfilling life. I'm buying an extra copy for my sons.
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Edxcellent Book 8 Jan. 2002
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One of the easier to read books by Handy. Contains many interesting ideas presented in a easy to read and understand manner. Excellent.
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