I’ve have just finished reading ‘The New Alchemists’ by Charles and Elizabeth Handy
I recently had the pleasure of seeing Professor Handy speak in Birmingham. I was impressed by his knowledge and experience as well as his relaxed style and delivery. His use of metaphor is wonderful. I was not surprised therefore to find this book very readable.
It describes the attributes of 29 Alchemists – innovative people that Mr and Mrs Handy interviewed.
The book reminds us that it is not always easy to understand and accommodate people who ‘rock the corporate boat.’
This book emhasised something I have always believed - that in order to survive and develop our businesses and organisations we must find ways of not only accepting and celebrating people who are ‘different’ - but as Professor Handy himself says we must ‘grow more alchemists.’
All the people interviewed have been successful in areas where they were in control and I have no doubt all of them would be desperately unhappy to work in an environment where their innovative ways are not welcome. They would leave very quickly methinks.
The book is written in engaging language and the photographs that were taken by Elizabeth Handy are wonderful. Mr and Mrs Handy obviously make an excellent team.
I highly recommended this book.