Everyone needs a mentor: a grown-up and experienced voice who asks helpful questions, encourages, warns and explains. Even better is a guide who looks into the future and imagines what might be coming next.
For four decades, Charles Handy has been that kind of mentor, that kind of guide. His is a gentle but incisive voice, questioning, probing, wondering. In over a dozen books he has established a reputation as this country's leading observer of the world of work and organisational life. (It's a bit Anglocentric to say 'this country' - Handy was born in Ireland and remains, in tone and humour, Irish as well as British.)
Work for Handy, who is now 83, has long been a kind of irresistible habit, a duty; his writing a personal quest and an extended conversation with himself. Contemplating the world around him, with its dramatic social change, has spurred him into action.