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The Hungry Spirit

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From one of the world's most respected business and social philosophers, a groundbreaking book that challenges us to question our reliance on traditional definitions of "success" and inspires us to find meaning and fulfillment in our professional, personal and spiritual lives.

Many of us, Charles Handy asserts, are confused and frustrated by the fast-paced, prosperous world
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 5th 1999 by Broadway Books (first published October 21st 1997)
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Sambasivan
Sep 06, 2015 Sambasivan rated it really liked it
This books asks the basic questions on why we are here and what is the purpose of life. Capitalism if nourished with proper selfishness can help evolve a decent society where we can peacefully co exist with each other. There is a need to say 'enough' and start living in a world of Trust. Profound thoughts written by an erudite scholar in simple language. Crystal clear writing. Strong arguments and unquarrellable conclusions.
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The Hungry Spirit, which is a philosophical treatise on business, grew out of a personal realisation by Handy that, over the course of his life, he had placed too much signficance on job titles and and career success. Conversely, he felt he had not paid enough attention to the importance of family, friends and becom
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Mehul Raina
Apr 26, 2016 Mehul Raina rated it liked it
The book is inspiring in pieces. The first and second part are interesting reads wherein the author decries the institutions of relying entirely on market principles and also elucidates the concept of proper selfishness. Its, however, in the third part that I loose interest where the author talks about the role of corporation and governments. Overall a good read which I had to drag through on multiple occasions.
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Shelves: better-self
Not a book I would have picked up on my own, but I am very glad my summer roommate picked it up. I was curious after seeing on the coffee table and decided to give it a go. Had some great pointers on the business world and how to treat employees and business partners (and pretty much anyone you meet) that is necessary to become successful in any field.
Sam
Interesting ideas on a progression to and advanced capitalist society that brings a bit of humanist advancement from the economic advantages of capitalism. It would be an interesting topic to update the ideas given the economic changes of the last 15+ years since this came out.
Chris Gould
Apr 07, 2012 Chris Gould rated it really liked it
A good read. He espouses the Japanese company model just a couple of years before its limitations began to hopelessly undermine it.
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An Irish author/philosopher specialising in organisational behaviour and management. Among the ideas he has advanced are the "portfolio worker" and the "Shamrock Organization".

For many years he worked as a professor at London Business School.
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