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Anthony Elliott’s Reinvention

John P. Hewitt

“O urs is the era of ‘reinvention.’” So announces the first sentence of this slim volume. Faced with the challenges of globalization, many people today take for granted the necessity and inevitability of change—personal, organizational, institutional—and are preoccupied with ways to achieve it. They feel they must be ready and willing to reinvent themselves—their bodies, their careers, and even their identities. Not only individuals, but governments, organizations, corporations, indeed whole cities, are likewise focused on reinventing themselves in order to be larger, more successful, more profitable, more competitive. To assist in these transformations, there is no shortage of tools, programs, organizations, websites, and proprietary knowledge systems. An army of specialists, consultants, and gurus stand ready to show the way.

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