9780814408711

The Ugly Duckling Goes to Work: Wisdom for the Workplace from the Classic Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

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  • ISBN13:

    9780814408711

  • ISBN10:

    0814408710

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-04-01
  • Publisher: Amacom Books

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Summary

Most professionals push themselves relentlessly to become more successful. But rarely do they find the time to slow down, reflect, and connect to what it is that makes work exciting and meaningful for them. The Ugly Duckling Goes to Work draws on Hans Christian Andersen's classic stories to help people become more authentic and alive in their work-in short, to have a genuine work life. Timed to coincide with the global celebration of Andersen's 200th birthday, this charming and incisive book presents new translations of classic fairy tales, and examines the themes and folk wisdom that can be applied to today's workplace. "The Emperor's New Clothes" cautions what can happen when fitting in is taken too far; while "The Ugly Duckling" describes the beauty of finding the company of "fellow swans" and working with people who bring out the best in ourselves. Lighthearted yet practical, The Ugly Duckling Goes to Work helps readers think about their professional lives in a way that will bring greater purpose to their busy work lives. Publication to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Hans Christian Andersen's birth, April 2, 2005

Author Biography

Mette Norgaard, M.B.A., Ph.D., is a frequent speaker on personal leadership and an executive coach and strategy consultant who has worked with senior leaders from organizations such as Microsoft, Intel, Coca Cola, General Electric, and Daimler Chrysler. Prior to starting her consulting company, she was a senior consultant at the FranklinCovey Company. Born and raised in Demark, she now lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Dr. Stephen R. Covey xi
Introduction 1(8)
1. THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES 9(28)
2. THE UGLY DUCKLING 37(32)
3. THE DUNG BEETLE 69(30)
4. THE NISSE AT THE GROCER'S 99(22)
5. THE FIR TREE 121(30)
6. THE NIGHTINGALE 151(34)
Notes 185(2)
Acknowledgments 187(2)
Index 189(4)
About the Author 193

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