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The Ugly Duckling Goes to Work

The Ugly Duckling Goes to Work

Wisdom for the Workplace from the Classic Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

Mette Norgaard - Collection Business/Self-Help

194 pages, parution le 10/05/2005


Publication to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Hans Christian Andersen's birth, April 2, 2005.

Foreword by Stephen R. Covey

Are outer demands for more success, more money, and more prestige overwhelming your inner longings? Is your work no longer energizing you? For many people in the work world, years of frenetic activity and blind ambition are actually killing them. They are enslaved to the opinions of othersÖto the financial burden of an extravagant lifestyleÖto a crushing fear of failure.

The great Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen succinctly illuminated foibles like these in his treasured fairy tales for children and adults. And now, in celebration of H. C. Andersen's 200th birthday, the powerful lessons of these classic folk tales have been ingeniously applied to the complexities of the modern workplace.

The Ugly Duckling Goes to Work probes H. C. Andersen's sharp and witty stories for lessons that will inspire you to bring more meaning, more energy, and more joy to your work-to create a meaningful work life. You'll read about:

  • The Emperor's New Clothes: This prickly story pokes fun at phoniness and snobbery and shows how fear and ego can drive you to foolishness. You'll learn to reclaim your own agenda by using two terrific fool-detectors: self-awareness and candid conversations.
  • The Ugly Duckling: This fierce tale of rejection, survival, longing, learning, and growing teaches you that success is not just having a great career, but finding out where you belong and becoming the person you were meant to be.
  • The Dung Beetle: The dung beetle, a self-absorbed and status-driven creature, provides a cautionary example of the need to get past illusions and face the reality of your strengths and weaknesses in order to succeed.
  • The Nightingale: This charming story looks at a plain little bird that sings the most enchanting songs, drawing its strength from nature, meaning, and freedom-in sharp contrast to the gold, titles, and applause that motivate the emperor's court. The tale teaches you to push beyond mere perfunctory performances and reach your full potential.

In addition to the concise summaries and probing analyses of H. C. Andersen's tales, The Ugly Duckling Goes to Work includes the author's new translations of the full texts, which restore the humor and rich detail often muted in previous English translations. Simple but never simplistic, these insightful interpretations and translations of some of the most cherished stories ever written will help you look deeply at your life, laugh lightly at your flaws, and make the changes needed to build a more meaningful, joyful work life.

L'auteur - Mette Norgaard

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.


  • Foreword by Dr. Stephen R. Covey
  • Introduction
  • The Emperor's New Clothes
  • The Ugly Duckling
  • The Dung Beetle
  • The Nisse At The Grocer's
  • The Fir Tree
  • The Nightingale
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
  • About the Author
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Caractéristiques techniques

Éditeur(s) Amacom
Auteur(s) Mette Norgaard
Collection Business/Self-Help
Parution 10/05/2005
Nb. de pages 194
Format 14,5 x 20
Couverture Relié
Poids 338g
Intérieur Noir et Blanc
EAN13 9780814408711
ISBN13 978-0-8144-0871-1

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