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Author Biography: Charles Handy is a London-based author and broadcaster whose books have sold more than a million copies worldwide. A Fellow at the London Business School, he has been an oil executive, business economist, professor, and Chairman of the Royal Society of Arts.
“We are faced with a tug-of-war between our desire for a separate identity and our need for combination. We want to be ourselves but to survive in a bigger world, we also need to be part of something bigger. Fleas need elephants, just as elephants need fleas to keep them alert and dancing.”
“This also applies to my own life story, as I found elephants too imprisoning to my eventual freedom as a flea. But the idea also applies to economies who need both, to business which has to structure itself to allow fleas to co-exist with the elephants, to society which needs to encourage individualism but needs the conformity of the elephant, to education, to religion, to marriage and other relationships, and to all people seeking to structure their lives.” –Charles Handy