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The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask about Your Organization: An Inspiring Tool for Organizations and the People Who Lead Them

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With Peter Drucker's five essential questions and the help of five of today's thought leaders, this little book will challenge readers to take a close look at the very heart of their organizations and what drives them. A tool for self-assessment and transformation, answering these five questions will fundamentally change the way you work, helping you lead your organization ...more
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Published April 1st 2008 by Jossey-Bass (first published September 24th 1993)
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Ryan Rodriquez
This is a great little tool for any leader to take a step back and self-evaluate their organization and it's priorities. It's a REALLY quick read and a tool that leaders will have on their bookshelves to reference from time to time.
Don Weidinger
simple hardest to answer, what is mission inspires self-assessment what do well and not do ER does treatment, who is customer learn from them what do today and what plan for future encourage dissent with trust if you cannot smile do not open a shop, what is valued by customer not irrational, what are results, what is plan future few overarching flow to mission vision-mission-goals.
Adam
Feb 09, 2012 Adam rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Excerpts from a leadership workshop manual by Peter Drucker w/ notes from various mgmt guru/thought leader types. Sections via Drucker are clear and concise. The followups by the experts are muddled at best, not really adding anything and feeling quite weak in the face of the highly developed thoughts from Drucker. That being said, some of these folks did sound interesting enough to warrant further research. Jim Collins wrote a segment and is also the jacket's list of "experts who like this." I ...more
EB
Oct 04, 2014 EB rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: business
A concise read about establishing and maintaining a strong focused organization. Worth reading if you're leading any kind of organizational transformation or establishing a new organization. I found his questions and the text to help you think through the questions very helpful.
Marfita
This is $2 worth of information in a book that shouldn't have cost more than $7. Yes, all very helpful, but repetitive, derivative, larded with pointless footnotes, and repetitive. If you paid $16 for this, I cannot but shake my head at you.
The most important thing I learned was that it's not just important but vital to cut programs and services that are not producing results. Even if there is a need. Even if it's traditional and covered by your mission statement. Rewrite the mission statement.
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Dave Bolton
There's a reason Drucker is considered the best: his writing is just so clear and incisive. Quick read, won't be new ideas to modern readers, but the writing makes it worth it.
Matt
Truly an excellent book! a lot of the reviews said it was too short but it really is the best concise volume for such a selection. I believe it is meant to be a guide and quick reference for any organization in need of guidance for self-assessment and continued planning.
Maduck831
should buy and spend sometime answering/dissecting questions re: my professional life
Emily Fuentes
Good read, with great, easy to remember advice from top non-profit leaders and writers. Really practical and easy/quick read
Rob
Great summary of a great principle.
Brian
A worthwhile read even with the constant references to not for profit organizations throughout, the five questions from Drucker in an easily digestible format with follow up from authors (and students of Drucker). In the end, the for profit business isn't so different than the not for profit: both require passion.
Jim Roots
Drucker is so good. I'd give this more stars but it's not Drucker. It's an anthology of essays in tribute to his thoughts some stronger than others but bottom line the concepts are timeless. it's short and well worth using these concepts.
Eric
Great, really fast read that's educational for anyone in business for themselves, working at a non-profit organization or working at a large company.

You can read this in about three hours and you'll learn a lot from Peter Drucker.
Susan
While its 101 and a hour's read, still helpful simplicity for leaders thinking about planning
Kim
Very simple questions with complicated answers. Thought provoking for anyone who wants to lead and manage an effective organization. Helps you focus and have a clearer purpose on why you're doing what.
Lauren
Concise, practical, actionable.
Donny Joseph
Very informative and provide important guidance and tools to self-assess. 5 most important questions should be asked to any organization is a key to success in any business management.
Geoffrey
A simple summary of ideas these authors have expanded elsewhere. A mark of the influence that Druckers thought leadership still has is that these all contributed to revising this book...
Eric
May 28, 2013 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars
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very easy read. to get the most out of this book, you really need to have your organization really sit down and discuss the questions behind this book.
Jpramos
A simple tool but effective if well used. Enjoyed the book.
Rosie
Short enough to be a blog post. Good questions to ask.
Bob Wallner
Very simple straight forward book. Very relevant.
Victoria Brennan
Very helpful when writing for your business plan
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Peter Ferdinand Drucker was a writer, management consultant and university professor. His writing focused on management-related literature. Peter Drucker made famous the term knowledge worker and is thought to have unknowingly ushered in the knowledge economy, which effectively challenges Karl Marx's world-view of the political economy. George Orwell credits Peter Drucker as one of the only writer ...more
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