24 Sensational Charles B. Handy Quotes

Charles Handy is a writer, broadcaster, and lecturer. Finding himself regularly featured on different shows and conferences. With more than 20 books authored during his lifetime, Handy has been credited with many respectable accomplishments to include several Honorary Doctorates. Here is a look at some of the best Charles B. Handy quotes from his lifetime.

“A good team is a great place to be, exciting, stimulating, supportive, successful. A bad team is horrible, a sort of human prison.”

“A leader shapes and shares a vision, which gives point to the work of others.”

“Anything that takes us out of our comfort zones for a while can act as a reminder that the past we are used to may not be our best future.”

“Change is only another word for growth, another synonym for learning.”

“Citizenship is the chance to make a difference to the place where you.”

“Competition is healthy … but there is more to life than winning or we should nearly all be losers”


“Creativity needs a bit of untidiness. Make everything too neat and there is no room for experiment.”

“Democracy assumes that individuals must be allowed to be the best judge of their own interests, even if they often seem to be misguided. Governments are not there to tell us what to believe or think, they are there to represent our beliefs, and to translate them into laws or regulations.”

“If economic progress means that we become anonymous cogs in some great machine, then progress is an empty promise.”

“If there is one general law of communication it is that we never communicate as effectively as we think we do.”

“In a knowledge economy, a good business is a community with a purpose, not.”

“Instead of a national curriculum for education, what is really needed is an individual curriculum for every child.”

“Profit has to be a means to other ends rather than an end in itself.”

“Purpose, pattern, and people, the three P’s at the heart of life.”

“The best learning happens in real life with real problems and real people and not in classrooms.”

“The companies that survive longest are the one’s that work out what they uniquely can give to the world not just growth or money but their excellence, their respect for others, or their ability to make people happy. Some call those things a soul.”

“The first step is to measure whatever can easily be measured. This is OK as far as it goes. The second step is to disregard that which can’t be easily measured or to give it an arbitrary quantitative value. This is artificial and misleading. The third step is to presume that what can’t be measured easily really isn’t important. This is blindness. The fourth step is to say that what can’t be easily measured really doesn’t exist. This is suicide.”

“The future is not inevitable. We can influence it, if we know what we want it to be.”

“The moment will arrive when you are comfortable with who you are, and what you are– bald or old or fat or poor, successful or struggling- when you don’t feel the need to apologize for anything or to deny anything. To be comfortable in your own skin is the beginning of strength.”

“The world by and large has to be reinvented.”

“The world may admire the truth-tellers, but few will want to employ them.”

“To learn anything other than the stuff you find in books, you need to be able to experiment, to make mistakes, to accept feedback, and to try again. It doesn’t matter whether you are learning to ride a bike or starting a new career, the cycle of experiment, feedback, and new experiment is always there.”

“We cannot wait for great visions from great people, for they are in short supply. It is up to us to light our own small fires in the darkness.”

“You have to stand outside the box to see how the box can be re-designed.”

Charles Handy speaks at a conference on the topic of complexity and looking at the world through a different lens. This inspirational video is focused on his recent book and memoir, ‘Myself and Other Important Matters.’

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