“If you put a frog in water and slowly heat it, the frog will eventually let itself be boiled to death. We, too, will not survive unless we actively respond to the radical . In this book, Charles Handy shows why we need more unreasonable men and women today with the ability to break out of old ways of thinking in order to use. This article is about the science fiction series; The Age of Unreason (ISBN ) is also the title of a book by Charles Handy. The Age of Unreason is a .

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Age of Unreason by Charles B. In gandy era when change is constant, random, and, as Handy calls it, chrales, it is necessary to break out of old ways of thinking in order to use change to our advantage.

Handy examines how dramatic changes are transforming off, education, and the nature of work. We can see it in astounding new developments in technology, in the dharles in demand from manual to cer In an era when change is constant, random, and, as Handy calls it, discontinuous, it is necessary to unteason out of old ways of thinking in order to use change to our advantage.

We can see it in astounding new developments in technology, in the shift in demand unreaosn manual to cerebral skills, and in the virtual disappearance of lifelong, full-time jobs. Handy maintains that discontinuous change requires discontinuous, upside-down thinking, and discusses the need for new kinds of organizations, new approaches to work, new types of schools, and new ideas about the nature of our society. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about The Age of Unreasonplease sign up. Lists unrsason This Book. The Age of Unreason, Charles B. Handy George Bernard Shaw observed that the reasonable man adapts himself to the world while the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to hsndy. In this book, Charles Handy shows why we need more unreasonable men and women today with the ability to break out of old ways of thinking in order to use change to our advantage.

May 26, Omar Halabieh rated it really liked it. As best described by the author: Changes, after all, is only another word for growth, another synonym for learning. We can all do it, and enjoy it, if we want to. The story or argument of this book rests on three assumptions: The author’s main objective is: The breadth of areas covered in this book and ahndy completeness are to be commended.

Below are key excerpts from the book that I found particularly insightful: I describe it as a wheel to emphasize that it is meant to go round and round. One set of questions, duly answered and tested and reflected upon, leads on to another. It does not help you to change, or to grow, it does not move the wheel Learning is not the same as study, nor the same as training It is a cast of mind, agr habit of unreadon, a way of thinking about things, a way of growing Learning is not automatic, it requires energy, thought, courage and support Learning is not for the intellectuals, who often shine at the theorizing stage, but are incurious and unadventurous and therefore add little to their experience as they go through life.

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Learning is not finding out what other people already know, but is solving our own problems for our own purposes, by questioning, thinking and testing until the solution is part of our lives. The first leaf of the shamrock represents the core workers These are hanxy people who are essential to the organization.

Between them they own the organizational knowledge which distinguishes that organization from its counterparts If the core is smaller, who then does the work? Increasingly, it is contracted out to organizations I call the second leaf of the shamrock The third leaf of the shamrock is the flexible labor force, all those part-time workers and temporary workers who are the fastest growing part of the employment scene.

Federalism seeks to make it big by keeping it small, or at least independent, combining autonomy with cooperation. It is the method which businesses are slowly, and painfully, evolving for getting the best of both worlds – the size which gives them clout in the marketplace and in the financial centers, as well as some economies of scale, and the small unti size which unrezson them the hnady which they need, as well as the sense of community for which individuals increasingly hanker.

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They actually have a fast-track route for them, but instead of it being a vertical fast-track up though the organization, it is a horizontal fast-track, a succession of different jobs, real jobs with tough standards to be met, but all at the same level. The advantages are that handj only does the yound person get a wider view of the organization, he or she gets a chance to test our their talents and skills in a wide variety hcarles roles.

All patterns are possible. It seems essential to have a joint understanding of what od pattern is, how and when it might change, what the consequences are for living in a certain patterns and what are the costs and benefits. People clearly can change their pattern and what are the costs and benefits. People clearly can change their pattern if both parties want to.

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Separation and divorce often seem to occur because one partner wants to pf the pattern and the other does not. This is what I believe, and this is what gives me hope. Sep 15, TarasProkopyuk rated it it was amazing Shelves: I live life from the inside out though, which means that so long as I can keep my inner eye hanry on God, the world could go to hell in a double-decker bus and I’d feel fine.

Not that I particularly want to be tested on that you understand. Why just last week I changed to eating cheese made out of soya and coconuts it needs salt and pepper but aside from that is tastes fine and what could be more revolutionary to someone who has worshipped at the temple of dairy all his life than chatles

Work and education have been changing since forever and the more they change the more they seem to fall into the same routines. If someone had clued me in at school that I was allowed to read textbooks like I read novels and that I would have enjoyed them just as much, I would have been the person reading this review of my book instead of writing a review of someone else’s book.

I agd be astounded if there were not new developments! My wife say ‘hot! It would be much, much more surprising if applying heat to food makes it cold!!


It’s funny unreasln out of all the new things the author discussed the need for back in only one has come about: Aug 08, JoAnn chsrles it really liked it. The provocative ideas Sir Charles Handy puts forth in this modest book are taking shape all around us today. For those who are curious about the systems in which they find themselves, Handy offers some legitimate insight.

Conversationally-written, it is an engaging and thought-provoking book. Jan 06, Lamec Mariita rated it really liked it. Such an inspiring book. I liked the way the author was able to forecast the direction in which businesses are moving.

Handy makes it clear how the business and social trends of today are affecting each of us personally and professionally. His writing style is informative without being overbearing. Reading the book gives you a better understanding of the changes around us.

Any businessman will definitely enjoy reading this book. Jul 12, Rene Schlegel rated it liked it Shelves: What I found most useful is that within a large organisation, some subunits may adopt a totally different form of organisational forms and are better not pressed into the umbrella “way of doing things”. What Handy calls shamrock and Triple I have both high potential for this. Original, but of lesser practical use, seem Handy’s definitions of work. May 19, James Hiscock rated it it was amazing.

A genuine classic by a man who was the “creme de la creme” of management gurus, relevant and insightful, and all the more prophetic given it was written some 25 years ago. Jan 25, PeterBlackCoach rated it it was amazing Shelves: Excellent and very prescient book – particularly when you consider it has as much relevance today, if not more so, than when first written in Handy’s corporate and life experience, and his futuristic thinking, combine to provide a roadmap for a new way of thinking in society, in corporations and in work life.

His views on portfolio careers and retirement particularly resonated with me. Feb 28, Timothy Molina rated it liked it.

Handy was quite the visionary given this book was published in He had some great points that I will take with me and probably refer back to when the time calls for it. However, the language can be hard to follow. Very imitate thoughts in the written form. Even more remarkable considering this book was written in while it’s still very current. Nov 21, Brock Rhodes rated it liked it. First chapter is great.

Some of the organizational stuff and advice on adapting to the way technology will change our lives is both good advice for the general reader and prophetic for the time it was written. Parts of it are a little too convoluted and “self-helpy” for me to appreciate.

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Interesting book written a long time ago. Great to remind and see how the changes have played out. The internet wasn’t around back then and this book shows how the world changes quickly.

I like the idea of a life portfolio and the ideas about embracing upside thinking and change. May 08, Todd rated it it was amazing Chatles This book was included in my book: