"Back in 1981, I had decided that it was not enough to prophesy. I ought to try and practise some of what I had been preaching, to find out for myself what it felt like to leave the shelter of organisations and fend for myself - to be what I have come to call a flea, outside the world of big organisations that had been the pillars of the employee society of the twentieth century . . .
What is the world going to look like in the e-age, with its mixture of fleas and elephants? What is the future of capitalism and how will it change given that value is now vested in knowledge and know-how rather than land and things you can see and count?"
This book analyses how new dotcom companies are excellent at start-up, but have no clue about how to sustain or manage their business. Drawing on his own very personal experience, Charles Handy explores the future of everything - from education, work and marriage to capitalism, management, religion and society.