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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (September 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071762205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071762205
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rick Wartzman is the executive director of Claremont Graduate University’s Drucker Institute, an organization that advances the teachings of Peter F. Drucker with the aim of bettering society by stimulating effective management and responsible leadership. A former reporter and editor at the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times, he is a columnist for Bloomberg Businessweek online and the editor of The Drucker Lectures: Essential Lessons on Management, Society, and Economy.


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Format: Hardcover
I recently read this book and What Would Steve Jobs Do?, written by Peter Sander and also published by McGraw-Hill. Initially, I suspected that both were (or will become) part of a "What Would X Do?" series that might also include Sun Tzu, Socrates, Machiavelli, and Von Clauswitz or, within the domain of business, Henry Ford, Albert Sloan, one or both of the Thomas Watsons, and Walt Disney. It turns out, the two "What Would" books share little in common, except for the quality of their content and of their authors' presentation of it.

Rick Wartzman is well-qualified (as is his Drucker Institute colleague, Joe Maciariello) to select, from Peter Drucker's 39 books and countless articles, "solutions to today's toughest challenges." When faced with a challenge, most business leaders attempt to respond to it guided by what they know and by what they have done. If their respond succeeds, fine. But if it doesn't, what to do? They usually seek a second opinion, perhaps from an associate. I agree with Wartzman that they would be well-advised to seek the assistance they need from Drucker and this book is designed to facilitate, indeed expedite that connection.

At this point, it should be noted that, if anything, Drucker was even more proficient at asking the right questions (usually in combination) than he was at providing the right answers. More to the point, he asked those questions before anyone else did. Many people have characterized Drucker "dated," "out of touch," "irrelevant," etc. This suggests to me that they have read few (if any) of his works. Because Drucker was so expert at asking the right questions, he could then focus on answering them and thereby reveal essential truths.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark P. McDonald VINE VOICE on August 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What would Drucker do now? This is an interesting question posed by Rick Wartzman in his book of the same name. Fans of Peter Drucker will appreciate Wartzman's efforts to recast Drucker's statements and ideas against a range of modern business challenges and failures including Toyota's quality problems, the Wall Street collapse, GM's bankruptcy and others.

The book mirrors much of Drucker's latter books. Those were anthologies of articles. This book is an anthology of blog posts written by Wartzman over the past two years organized into seven broad categories:

Management and a discipline
The practice of management
Management challenges of the twenty-first century
On Wall Street and finance
On values and responsibility
The public and social sectors
Art, music and sports

Within each category is about a dozen individual blog posts organized around an event that illustrates an organization that would benefit from or best illustrates one or more of Drucker's ideas. Each post is about 1,000 words long making for quick and condensed reading that propels the reader through the situation and then how Drucker might respond based on his past writings and ideas.

Publishing a collection of blog posts as a book is a fairly new genre that has few rules or guidelines. Wartzman has done a good job selecting individual posts for the topics involved. However, the posts do repeat themselves across the length of the book and in some cases two different posts on the same subject provide slightly conflicting advice. The book would be great if it was edited and rewritten to be better in tune with a book reader rather than a blog reader.
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Format: Hardcover
"If this century proves one thing, it is the futility of politics" Drucker, 1994

This is a very timely book, extracting and expanding on the writings of Peter Drucker, who died at age 95 in 2005 after a lifetime of writings that are considered essential reading in business. He described himself as "social ecologist" but in essence, he was THE business philosopher of our times, and his outlook did not always agree with current business practice and philosophy, but his advice and wisdom was sought by many CEO's and business leaders. Author Rick Wartzman is the director of the Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University and had worked for twenty years as a newspaper reporter, editor and business columnist. He is imminently qualified to take us through current situations such as the bailouts, political struggles, and even race relations through the lens of Drucker's work.

I can't think of an author I would want to read MORE right now, considering the turbulence of the current world situation. Every day, the headlines blare more disturbing news. Here are the words of one of the most revered writers on business and management, but using today's news as a background to the general principles of business that Drucker taught and wrote about.

In this book, one chapter I particularly like is the analysis of the UAW GM situation, which is chapter on management challenges of the 21st Century (the first chapter I turned to.) The book also talks about management as a discipline and as a practice, using recent situations such as the Nokia-Microsoft deal.
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