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The Definitive Drucker: Challenges For Tomorrow's Executives -- Final Advice From the Father of Modern Management Hardcover – January 4, 2007
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I once asked Peter how he would guard his intellectual legacy after his death. He confidently replied that he had a very good plan and that all would be well. Having seen that this book was published after his death under the title, The Definitive Drucker, I'm not so sure he was right about protecting his intellectual legacy.
For the record, this book is not the definitive book on Peter Drucker. Why?
1. The book is almost totally devoted to his ideas about for-profit management as pursued by very large companies.
2. There is virtually no mention of his ideas about society in general.
3. His work on how to be effective executive is incompletely shared.
4. Dr. Haas Edersheim deliberately ignores the roots of Drucker's concepts as described in Adventures of a Bystander, which I believe is essential context for appreciating his observations.
5. The manner by which his nonprofit consulting experiences helped him formulate his for-profit ideas is ignored.
6. Almost all of my favorite anecdotes based on what Peter said to me about the companies described in this book are left out.Read more ›
To her credit, Edersheim creates a context for Drucker's insights and presents them, then gets out of the way. Although these insights are carefully organized within seven chapters, I appreciate the fact that she permits a rambling, informal, but lively narrative that seems most appropriate to Drucker's own style of communication. Throughout the book, she captures and sustains a conversational tone for his remarks. Although Drucker is widely renowned - and properly so - as a visionary thinker, insights of greatest interest to me are those which suggest his pragmatism. For example, here is one of my personal favorites that first appears in an article (in 1963) in the Harvard Business Review: "There is surely nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency what should not be done at all."
True, Drucker served as an adviser to most of the world's largest corporations and, upon request, personally counseled their CEOs, other C-level executives, and board members.Read more ›
Peter Drucker invented much of modern business' language and, therefore, many of its core concepts. Where would business be, after all, if it weren't for knowledge workers meeting MBOs? Which of us would be customer driven and results oriented? Without Drucker, would we have struggled as mightily to tradeoff effectiveness and efficiency? Would we be systematically seeking new opportunities for innovation in realms of discontinuous change (presaging most strategy gurus by at least 15 years)?
If you are a fan of Drucker -- one of the clearest thinkers and writers of the 20th Century -- this exploration of many of his most important ideas is a wonderful complement to his own writing. It's certainly not a conventional biography but more like a musical discography that explores, riffs on, and and just plain enjoys his most interesting compositions.
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Peter Drucker is the Leonardo Da Vinci of management. He will be revered more 400 years from now. This book in my top ten management books of all time. Read morePublished 5 months ago by David Parmenter
I had to get this textbook for a college class. It is based on the conversations between the author and Peter Drucker before his passing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by sparky1
In this book review my focus is on some selected topics complementary to Drucker’s books and books about Peter Drucker published prior to the year 2007. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Peter de Toma sen.
My favorite Drucker book because of its future oriented perspective. Much for any business leader to chew on. This is my second time through it!Published 20 months ago by Lester Jacobs
Excellent. Elizabeth did a great job on the biography of Drucker's work. Most likely the greatest management mind of all time.Published 23 months ago by thomas j harrison
Kool! This is a great read for understanding management! Good for follow up and overall development of supervisors and staff members.Published on March 16, 2013 by Bernard Hamilton
I've read a few of Drucker's own books so I have had a taste of his style and skill. This book does a good job of systematizing his main points and accomplishments. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by Robert Kirk