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From his childhood in an Irish vicarage, to Oxford University, to his first job as an oil executive with Royal Dutch/Shell in the Far East, to a professorship at the London Business School, to chairmanship of the Royal Society of Arts, and finally to his current status as an eminent social philosopher and international business guru, Charles Handy has viewed the business and economic workings of the twentieth century inside and out. Now, in the twenty-first century, Handy provides a firsthand account of how we got here and where we are headed. The Elephant and the Flea is a fitting capstone to Handy's brilliant career and colorful life. In a tone that is at once learned, genial, witty, and wise, Handy takes us on his life's journey, lo... Rest of this review on the detail page
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The message of The Hydrogen Economy is resoundingly simple: The earth is depleting its oil reserves and even the most generous estimates show oil reserves peaking in about forty years. The specter of global warming and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in the oil-rich regions of the earth worsen the problem considerably. The answer, asserts Rifkin, is to embrace a new energy source that is just now gaining public attention: hydrogen. This abundant element, found everywhere on earth including in air and water, can be transformed, using sustainable methods, into a potentially limitless form of clean-burning fuel. But this potential will founder unless we act now to create the necessary global infrastructure before the factors above over... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Scott Adams, Dilbert, and the whole gang are back with an outrageous look at the Weasel Zone - where most of life happens. In his #1 bestseller, The Dilbert Principle, Scott Adams explored the theory that "all people are idiots."Now, he takes this theory one step further by revealing that "they are also weasels." In this hilarious new book, Scott introduces the Weasel Zone -- the giant gray area between good moral behavior and outright criminality.It's where your co-workers, bosses, salespeople, ceos, human resource executives, hotel clerks, home repair people, family, and loved ones reside. In 27 compelling, illustrated chapters, Scott Adams reveals the secrets of these slippery characters:how to recognize them, how they operat... Rest of this review on the detail page
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In 1990, IBM had its most profitable year ever. By 1993, the computer industry had changed so rapidly the company was on its way to losing $16 billion and IBM was on a watch list for extinction -- victimized by its own lumbering size, an insular corporate culture, and the PC era IBM had itself helped invent. Then Lou Gerstner was brought in to run IBM. Almost everyone watching the rapid demise of this American icon presumed Gerstner had joined IBM to preside over its continued dissolution into a confederation of autonomous business units. This strategy, well underway when he arrived, would have effectively eliminated the corporation that had invented many of the industry's most important technologies. Instead, Gerstner took hold of ... Rest of this review on the detail page
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