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“I personally witnessed this fascinating backstory between two of my best friends, Peter Drucker and Bob Buford. Now everyone can benefit from the amazing conversations Bob had with one of the brightest minds of all time.”
—DR. RICK WARREN
Founding Pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life
“I loved Drucker & Me. I can’t think of two more influential people, not only in my life but in the lives of many others, than Peter Drucker and Bob Buford. Learning from their friendship and stimulating interactions is a gift you won’t want to miss!”
Coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and Leading at a Higher Level
"Being mentored by Peter Drucker was one of God's great gifts to my ministry. I remain indebted to Bob Buford for making that happen."
—BILL HYBELS, Founding Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church
“Only Bob Buford could capture the essence of Peter Drucker in such a moving and authentic way, for who was as close to Peter as Bob Buford? Bob’s book is pure Peter.”
President and CEO of the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute (Originally the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management)
“In addition to being a terrific read, Drucker & Me provides an intimate portrait of Peter Drucker as we’ve never seen him before: as a close friend and mentor. In this way, it reveals not only important organizational lessons but also wonderful life lessons. There are lots of Drucker books out there at this point, but this one is a true standout.”
Executive Director of the Drucker Institute and Columnist for Time.com
“A remarkable friendship is revealed in a compelling, inspirational, and challenging way, and the reader becomes part of this special relationship.”
Dean of Wake Forest School of Business and Retired Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo
“A mentor is a person who multiplies his or her impact by investing in the lives and work of others. Peter Drucker was such a mentor to Bob Buford and then Bob became a mentor to countless others. This is the heartwarming story of how two men changed each others’ lives and then leveraged that transformation to meet ‘human needs and alleviate suffering’ through a chain reaction that is still changing our world.”
President of World Vision US and Author of The Hole in Our Gospel and Unfinished
“Drucker & Me is absolutely outstanding. I read it once, took notes, and have returned twice again. I am delighted to be able to publicly recognize Bob and this fine work. This little book punches well above its weight! Imbued with wisdom, it is a powerful story of profound collaboration and inspired leadership, teaching us all how to lead more useful lives in service of others.”
Chairman and Cofounder of the Bridgespan Group
“I did not know Peter Drucker personally yet have admired his work from a distance since as far as I can remember. Drucker & Me provides a perspective on this important man that few would have of any man—one that even further enhances our collective view of his incredible contributions to our work here. I am grateful for Bob’s effort in sharing this with all of us.”
Executive Vice President and President of Herman Miller North America and Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Drucker Institute
“Drucker & Me is a wonderful example of what mentoring is supposed to be. The story is a warm relationship between mentor and his pupil. It is a model for anyone who is in a mentoring relationship and demonstrates how both people benefit from it. I felt I was part of the conversation. A bonus was the wisdom that Peter Drucker imparted that is valuable to all of us. It is worth rereading regularly. One of the best books I have read in recent years.”
Cofounder of InterWest Partners and Philanthropist
“This inspiring story of an entrepreneur’s collaboration with the legendary management thinker Peter Drucker shows that great ideas combined with passionate execution really can change the world.”
Chief Executive Officer and Director of J. C. Penney
“Bob Buford creates another great book—and as an extra benefit we get the perceptive wisdom of Peter Drucker added to the mix as well.”
CEO and Owner of The Anschutz Company and Philanthropist
“Peter Drucker rarely wrote forewords to books by other authors. Yet he did it twice for Bob Buford. That gives you an idea of the mutual respect Drucker and Buford had for each other. Their relationship comes alive in Drucker & Me, and in the process we learn much about the lives of both men that can be a beacon for our self-development.”
Managing Editor of Leader to Leader and author of Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way
“What an extraordinary story—the life partnership between Bob Buford, the world’s most brilliant entrepreneur for faith, and Peter Drucker, the leading management thinker of the last century—and how it has changed the world!”
CEO of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
“I have been an admirer of Bob Buford’s life-changing books for many years. Drucker & Me is my new favorite. The book is very engaging and skillfully personalizes the relationship between Bob and Peter Drucker, providing unique and wonderful insights on Drucker as a man and a friend.”
CEO, Brand Velocity, Inc.
“Drucker & Me is about the power of partnership: Peter Drucker’s genius joined to Bob Buford’s receptive, entrepreneurial energy. Until now, few people have realized this synergistic relationship literally changed the face of today’s church. A book filled with great insights any spiritual leader can benefit from, this is a story that needs to be told.”
Pastor, Founder of Men’s Fraternity
About the Author
- ASIN : B07NVJ7NQW
- Publisher : Worthy Books (April 15, 2014)
- Publication date : April 15, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1101 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 225 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1617952761
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,216,091 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Both are humble, wise men. A rarity in our culture. Combining them is powerful, as Bob shares in the book.
Peter and Bob improved one another, as every mentoring relationship should work.
My favorite sentence in the book was authored by Peter as a mission statement for the Salvation Army: "The fruit of your work grows on other people's trees."
I passed the book on to my pastors--not because I think they should emulate mega-church pastors and Buford advocates, but because Drucker has always had some great ideas for nonprofits.
But first...a disclaimer: I'm a big Drucker fan (see the Drucker Bucket chapter in my book) and I'm indebted to Bob Buford and Fred Smith who invited me to a 1986 summit conference with Peter Drucker (33 of us in the Colorado mountains). That four-day marathon ranks as one of my Top-10 life experiences.
Bob also wrote the foreword to my book, "Mastering the Management Buckets."
So I'm a tad biased. Buford could have written his new book with Crayolas--and I'd still give it a thumbs-up. But, gratefully, he excelled again (as he did with Halftime 1st (first) edition Text Only ) and delivered an amazing, poignant and powerful account of his annual one-day meetings--and close friendship--with the father of modern management. Imagine!
In the foreword to this warm and meaty book, Jim Collins writes, "It is exceptionally well-written and provides a glimpse into the secret sauce of how a truly great teacher can have an impact on the world through a truly great student."
Secret sauce, indeed! If you're coaching and mentoring a young leader, this book will inspire you. If you're looking for a coach or mentor, this dynamic duo is your new benchmark.
So picture this: Bob Buford, the CEO of a network of cable TV systems, boldly seeks one-on-one management counsel from Peter Drucker, the father of modern management! Bob invites us into the meetings, often in Drucker's humble home, just walking distance from where the esteemed prof held court at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, Calif.
So listen in:
ELBOW BOOKS. Buford learned that Drucker's most famous book (he wrote 39), The Practice of Management (1954), "was not so much a strategic career move but was characteristically written to meet a need. There were plenty of books out there at the time on individual aspects of running a business--finance, for example, or human resources. Each of them `reminded me of a book on human anatomy that would discuss one joint in the body--the elbow, for instance--without even mentioning the arm, let alone the skeleton and musculature,' Drucker later recalled. The Practice of Management was the first that put it all together."
GOAL SETTING. "In one of our regular meetings, Peter suggested I spend some time thinking about my personal goals--not just for my business but for my life. So the next time we met, I had my list of six goals for my life all set. I was determined to show the professor that I had taken his assignment seriously..."
So Bob recited the list and when he read the fifth goal, "...to engender high self-esteem for our son, Ross," Peter interrupted Bob "rather abruptly."
"`You can't make goals for other people!' he stated with authority. `You can only set goals for yourself, which might include how you want to treat Ross. But only he can determine his goals--not you or anyone else.'"
PLANNED ABANDONMENT. Bob learned the concept of "planned abandonment" from Drucker. "It was not unusual for Peter to begin a meeting by saying, `Tell me what you're not doing.' In other words, not everything you try is going to work out, so what have you decided not to do? What have you quit doing so that you can focus more on those things that will produce results?"
AN OBOE PLAYER BECOMING A VIOLINIST? FORGET IT! Bob, with Drucker's encouragement, launched Leadership Network, a catalyst for the mega-church movement. So he fully understood management in both the marketplace and the nonprofit world. Buford notes, "Peter frequently used the metaphor of a symphony conductor when he talked about management."
"A conductor would never ask an oboe player to play the violin or vice versa. The role of the conductor is to make sure the right people are playing the right instruments so that when the baton comes down, the symphony made great music."
Then Bob confesses, "More than once I have employed a person who performed well in a maintenance role in a large, prestigious organization. It never seems to work out. It is the difference between Special Forces and holding down a Pentagon job."
INTERNAL FOCUS. You must read Bob's insights on "How Organizations Die." Here's a teaser: "One of the most important lessons Iearned from Peter inevitably, in my view, turned our client-consultant relationship into more of a partnership. That lesson was his conviction that an organization begins to die the day it begins to be run for the benefit of the insiders and not for the benefit of the customers."
Whew! Trust me--this 172-page book (plus an epilogue from Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research) is jammed--it's jammed--with wisdom and use-it-today leadership insights. Remarkably, it's packaged with an endearing warmth that is missing from business and leadership books. (Again, I'm biased. I really didn't want the book to end--so I delayed reading the last 40 pages to savor the experience, but ultimately succumbed. It was a joy to read.)
What will surprise you?
Even if you're already a Drucker zealot and deeply appreciate Buford--you'll be blessed by the deep well of wisdom:
* "...after I finished yet another iteration of what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, he sat silent for a moment and then spoke in a voice that to my ears sounded like the voice of God himself: `Your mission, Bob, is to transform the latent energy of American Christianity into active energy.'"
* "We would use their credibility, not ours--we were the platform, not the show. Or as Peter once told me, `The fruit of your work grows on other people's trees.'"
* Drucker: "Build on islands of strength."
* "I think he knew the tendency of people working with nonprofits to think of themselves as the minor league where good intentions are enough. So he stressed the need to raise the standard of performance in my work with churches and others."
* "Peter once called me a troublemaker, referring to the Parable of the Sower. `You are not satisfied that what you are doing is enough,' he told me. `The Parable of the Sower tells you that you have to produce results of at least four or five fold, if not a hundred fold. It's a very, very upsetting parable."
So out of Drucker's insight, Buford summarized his mission. "Upsetting, yes, but it has become the solution to another challenge Peter gave me when he said an individual's mission statement ought to fit on the front of a T-shirt. I have chosen 100x for my `shirt' because I believe it is my calling to become the `good soil' from which innovative, entrepreneurial church leaders can change the world."
Bob Buford tells an inspirational story. It is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in making a real difference in this world.