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“Drucker...is the original management guru. Many still consider him the best...The short, snappy format will be appreciated by today’s time-challenged business readers: one page with an idea for every day of the year...Overall, it is accomplished admirably.” (USA Today)

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Peter F. Drucker is considered the most influential management thinker ever. The author of more than twenty-five books, his ideas have had an enormous impact on shaping the modern corporation. Drucker passed away in 2005.

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness; First Edition edition (October 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060742445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060742447
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 19, 2004
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In the Foreword, Jim Collins recalls a day spent with Peter Drucker in December, 1994. It is important to keep in mind that when he met with Drucker, Collins was only 36 years of age and "with no significant reputation." Nonetheless, Drucker treated him with kindness as well as respect. "His generosity of spirit [then and now] explains much of Drucker's immense influence." Collins reflected on Drucker's admonition to replace the quest for success with the quest for contribution. "The critical question is not `How can I achieve?' but `What can I contribute?'" Before parting, in fact, Drucker told Collins, "I have learned much from our conversation today" and he obviously meant it. Although widely referred to as a "guru," Drucker has always viewed himself as a student. His intellectual curiosity is apparently insatiable. Also his desire to continue to be of service, to add to his contributions as the leading founder of the field of management, as the most influential management thinker in the second half of the twentieth century, and as the founding father of the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management.

What we have here is an anthology of 366 brief excerpts from Drucker's 35 books and countless articles. In the Preface, Drucker explains that "the most important part of this book is the blank spaces at the bottom of its pages. They are what the readers will contribute, their actions, decisions and the results of these decisions. [Drucker then adds the following assertion, italicized to indicate the importance he attaches to it.] For this is an action book." He then acknowledges a debt of gratitude to his longtime friend and colleague, professor Joseph A. Maciariello, who assisted with the selection and organization of the material.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 1, 2004
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I admit upfront to having been prejudiced in favor of "The Daily Drucker" even before I got this book. Peter Drucker is, to me, the American Business Philosopher--a guru and teacher who writes about the business of business in a fundamental and memorable way. I've been reading his writings for years and I have to say they have shaped my own ideas on business in a profound way.

This hardbound book looks rather like a smallish Bible and even has a ribbon to mark your page. It's a book that can fit on anyone's desk (or nightstand) for a quick refreshing read. Best of all, the content is not just random quotes and rehashing of previously published articles. Drucker adds an Action Point to the bottom of each day's reading and italicized points of importance.

Here's an example from September 12-- Managing Oneself: Identify Strengths. Drucker advises you to use feedback analysis to really understand your strengths and bolster your weak areas. You write down key decisions and key actions. Nine months later, review the results. After a couple of years of this discipline, you will have a deeper understanding of yourself and how you behave. If you decisions that led to less than optimal results, instead of rationalizing or blaming others, you can adjust your own behavior to improve your outcome. And if you have a particular area in which you shine, you will know it and can take full advantage of your new-found strength. Just reading this makes you wonder; where will you be in three years and how will you have grown if you take up his suggestion of feedback analysis?

This type of exercise, and much more in Drucker's book make this a useful book for students of nearly any discipline, for business associates, friends, you name it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ServantofGod on August 8, 2005
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It's definitely impossible to summarize teachings of the most original management guru and author of over 35 books in 366 excerpts. However, I think the editor or co-author of the book had done a great job. The "Stream of the Desert" diary format, with a headline/key point at the top, 150-200 words of elaboration in the middle, and an action point at the bottom of each page/day really serves the purpose of providing readers with insight and motivation for getting things done in an effective and efficient manner. In short, an invaluable asset to be placed near any manager's working desk.

Below please find some of the sayings I like the most:-

- Above all management is about producing results.
- Only a society in dynamic disequilibrium has stability and cohesion
- The most effective way to manage change successfully is to create it
- Decision makers need to factor into their present decisions the future that has already happened.
- It can be said that there are no underdeveloped countries. There are only undermanaged ones.
- In an ecology, the whole has to be seen and understood and the parts exist only in contemplation of the whole.
- No organization can do better than the people it has.
- The management of people is a marketing job
- The challenge to executives is to coordinate efforts of all categories of workers.
- Make systematic improvement a priority.
- In cost control an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
- Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.
- By far the most common mistake is to treat a generic situation as if it were a series of unique events.
- The right answer to the wrong problem is very difficult to fix.
- The problem is not with technology. It is with mentality.
- The executive and the knowledge worker have only one tool - information.
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