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For teachers - The Handy Guide to the Gurus of Management
Respected business figure Charles Handy recorded a special series of programmes for us, in which he talks about modern day business 'gurus' - sharing his ideas on the world of business, the 'movers and shakers' in the world of business and making a few predictions too.

This is an invaluable series for anyone who is interested in business - whether at work or for study. It's also great for those studying general English at advanced level. We've created a bank of worksheets - vocabulary activities, listening and note-taking practice, as well as plenty of speaking and writing follow-up activities, to help your students process the information from the programmes as well as practice language. Download the worksheets for free on these pages!
Introduction

Charles Handy (Picture courtesy of Elizabeth Handy )
Charles Handy tells us what he thinks the qualities of a business 'guru' are, and sets out what he aims to do in this series.

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This section contains 5 worksheets:
Charles Handy

Abacus and banknotes
Charles Handy starts by telling us about himself: for many years he was a professor at the London Business School. He now describes himself as a social philosopher. Use these worksheets in class to get the most out of his talk.

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This section contains 6 worksheets:
  • Worksheet (47 K)
  • Vocabulary: Anagrams - key vocabulary (easier)
  • Worksheet (48 K)
  • Vocabulary: Anagrams - key vocabulary (more difficult)
  • Worksheet (50 K)
  • Listening / Reading: Comprehension - true / false questions
  • Worksheet (50 K)
  • Listening: Detailed listening - decoding practice
  • Worksheet (44 K)
  • Speaking: Discussion - 2 topics to encourage analysis of the key concepts of this programme
  • Worksheet (45 K)
  • Vocabulary & speaking: Students use key vocabulary to discuss the content of the programme
Peter Drucker

Bank
Peter Drucker was thought of around the world as the seminal thinker, writer, and lecturer on the contemporary organization. We regret that Peter Drucker has died - however, his work is still highly influential, and for that reason the webpage and the radio programme about him have been left in their original format, which is reflected in these worksheets.

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This section contains 4 worksheets:
Tom Peters

Business district
Tom Peters is not a philosopher or a social historian like Peter Drucker. He no longer has any all-embracing theories of the world of organisations nor any formulas for change but he gets under the skin of an organisation.

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This section contains 4 worksheets:
Warren Bennis

Office meeting
Warren Bennis has devoted most of his life to the study of leaders of every description. These worksheets will help your students understand his ideas, and the language Charles Handy uses to describe them.

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This section contains 7 worksheets:
  • Worksheet (46 K)
  • Speaking: Debate. Students pick up points for using key language from the programme
  • Worksheet (48 K)
  • Listening: Detailed listening (gapped transcript - easier)
  • Worksheet (48 K)
  • Listening: Detailed listening (gapped transcript - more difficult)
  • Worksheet (48 K)
  • Text organisation: Jumbled text - students rearrange the sentences into the most logical order
  • Worksheet (46 K)
  • Listening: Note-taking framework
  • Worksheet (53 K)
  • Listening: Detailed information framework - people and organisations
  • Worksheet (49 K)
  • Speaking: Pronunciation - syllable stress
Sumantra Ghoshal

Before a corporate dinner
For his popularity and influence among the leaders of business, The Economist magazine named Ghoshal as one of the Eurogurus. We regret that Sumantra Ghoshal has died - however, his books and theories are still highly influential, and for that reason this webpage and the radio programme about him have been left in their original format, which is reflected in these worksheets.

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This section contains 5 worksheets:
Kenichi Ohmae

High-speed train in Japan
Kenichi Ohmae's book was written more than 20 years ago, but is well regarded to this day.

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This section contains 6 worksheets:
Gary Hamel

Factory
Hamel and Prahalad argue that there are two ways to improve results: by cutting costs, or increasing outputs.

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This section contains 4 worksheets:
Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Going to work
Rosabeth goes into leading-edge corporations, learns from them and then serves up what she's learnt in nicely digestible messages for the rest of us.

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This section contains 4 worksheets:
Bill Gates

Computer keyboard and money
Bill Gates is an outstanding example of another sort of guru – the guru who leads by actions more than words.

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This section contains 5 worksheets:
Ricardo Semler

People's vote
Ricardo Semler is a Chief Executive who breaks all the traditional rules and still succeeds!

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This section contains 6 worksheets:
Michael Porter

Tanker
Porter suggested talks about how offering something special or different allows businesses to command a premium price for their products.

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This section contains 5 worksheets:
F. Trompenaars and
 C. Hampden-Turner

Coins in a wallet
For twenty years these two academics, have been interviewing managers around the world, conducting seminars and advising companies.

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This section contains 4 worksheets: