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The Essential Drucker

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Father of modern management, social commentator, and preeminent business philosopher, Peter F. Drucker has been analyzing economics and society for more than sixty years. Now for readers everywhere who are concerned with the ways that management practices and principles affect the performance of the organization, the individual, and society, there is The Essential Drucker ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 29th 2003 by ReganBooks (first published January 1st 2001)
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Craig
The plain-spoken stark insights in this book made me feel like I was reading philosophy although the subject matter is management. He really has pioneered a theoretical discipline of "management" and I found his thinking to be both pragmatically informative AND intellectually stimulating. Anyone interested in Organizational Behaviour or Management, or perhaps even economic organizational thought, should get a good dose of Peter Drucker--and I felt like I got that in this excellent compilation. H ...more
Tanya
I'm a total business book nerd- but I really enjoyed this one. Some of my favorite quotes:

If communication fits in with the aspirations, the values, the purposes of the recipient, it is powerful. If it goes against his aspirations, his values, his motivations, it is likely to be received at all or at best to be resisted.

Waste as little effort as possible on improving areas of low competence"

"commitment to contribution is commitment to responsible effectiveness"
Most suppliers don't think of pric
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Duعaء
'كتاب لكل من يريد البدء في فهم مفهوم وفلسفة الإدارة الحديثة' هذا ما يمكنك أن تختصر به هذا الكتاب
فعند قراءتي له استطعت الحصول على خلاصة أعمال دراكر خلال مايزيد عن ستين عاماً من الجهد حول علم الإدارة الواسع بطريقة سهلة قريبة وواضحة ومختصرة للمبتدئين في هذا العلم في مايقارب ال 400 صفحة فقط
حيث تدرج دراكر بإيصال أهم أساسياته وأفكاره في ثلاثة أجزاء ابتدأ الجزء الأول بحديثه عن الإدارة كمفهوم عام وأحدث أساليبها واستكمل الجزء الثاني بحديثة عن المدراء الأفراد وأهم ما يجب أن يتمتع ويقوم به المدير وأنهى ال
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Gene Babon
Reading The Essential Drucker is like listening to a boxed set from your favorite recording artist in vinyl format. The music is timeless and so is the business advice of Peter Drucker.

Here are a hand-selected dozen of The Greatest Hits you will experience during this journey through six decades of mastering the art and science of management:
There is only one valid definition of business purpose: to create a customer.
Because its purpose it to create a customer, the business enterprise has two -
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Nicholas
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Keith Kendall
Feb 15, 2012 Keith Kendall rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Seekers of understanding
Recommended to Keith by: My reading of articles by him.
Shelves: business
The chapters in this book come from books and essays that were previously published. The preface identifies where the chapters came from.

I finished reading "The Essential Drucker" today. I started reading it over a year ago and my reading in it languished. During that period of not reading it, I managed to pick up a second copy at a used book store. Even though I wasn't currently reading it, I have found his writings to be solid. Then, a few weeks ago I picked it up and began reading in earnest.
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Johann
What to say about a book trying to summarize the essentials of Peter Drucker's thinking and writing? Maybe this: if you read only one book about business in your whole life, read this one.

It's not written in the typical, upbeat and hands-on style one expects from business books these days; it is, quite the contrary, a very dense, thoughtful and hard-to-digest glimpse into many areas of business, starting with management within an enterprise, switching over to the role of the individual in the en
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Max Nova
The Essential Drucker" is one of those books that is tough to review because it covers so much great content with such a deep level of insight. What's most remarkable is that he covers the huge subject of management in a 350 page book but it's so packed full of information that it seems like the book should have been more like 1,000 pages. He covers subjects such as "Dimensions of Management" (Mission, Worker Achievement, and Social Responsibilities), transparency and responsibility in organizat ...more
Tyson Titensor
The person who recommended this book gave me a list of chapters he found worthwhile. I decided to ignore his advice and just read the whole thing. I probably should have just read the recommended chapters as some sections were much better than others. Fortunately, it's easy to skim through the slow parts. Worthwhile for sure.
Charlane Brady
Full of experience about people in business, in managing a business... he is right, one leads people as a manager! A must read if you are in any business.
VENKATRAMAN C K
read this every year.
Ben
I'm not a business major, but in the course of my work, I frequently need to consult with managers. I heard that Drucker was the guru of Management, so I picked up this volume. Frankly, I haven’t found a whole lot that’s relevant to my work, but I am very much captivated by his out-of-the-box view of business, and the tight logic he uses to back it up. For example, he points out that it is better for an industry innovator to encourage competition, as the industry will grow much faster if there a ...more
Quadradix
I haven’t paid much attention to Peter Drucker previously, but I must say that I was impressed by his thinking in this book. Since it is a compilation of his writings, the excerpts span the years 1966 – 2001 and yet I didn’t find anything that I thought was out of date. Most of it seemed remarkably current, such as the focus on strengths, the identification of knowledge organisations with biological rather than mechanical systems (complexity theory), the role of social entrepreneurship and multi ...more
Krishna Kumar
Reading Drucker never stops to amaze me. This book by the Father of Management contains several of his articles from various books and writings. It is incredible how the thoughts in these essays, written long ago, continue to be relevant in today's information age. Drucker's analysis of the roles and activities of the "knowledge worker" is spot on.
Christina Luna
If you haven't read any books by Peter Drucker yet, this is a good book to start with. You will quickly see why Mr. Drucker is called the Father of Modern Management. It is great that he has been talking about social enterprise and social responsibility before it even begun to emerge in mainstream. His thoughts on the knowledge society written 14 years ago will amaze you as his theories and predictions are happening today.
Pwilczewski
Most of the essays were great and full of valuable insights, only a few were too fuzzy for my tastes. Overall a solid read, I really liked the essays about the nature of knowledge workers (and knowledge work). Today's managers need a very different mentality than earlier generations, as knowledge becomes more specialized, workers become more like consultants than employees. And the great thing about consultants is that they can very easily take their work elsewhere. I see this every day in my jo ...more
William
Drucker is just fine, but I listened to the audio version, and wow, that guy was terrible! He talked like an old robot.
Stephen Wesley
Drucker was a visionary whose ideas laid the foundation to modern businesses in Japan and the US.
Maura
I would have given this book more stars except I had already read the best parts in "The Effective Executive" and, to a much lesser degree, "Innovation and Entrepreneurship".

Lots of good suggestions on communications, reports and their need for existence, reminders on the theoretical reasons for existence of businesses and managers. There were also a couple basics on market cap/size/competition that I had never fully appreciated before reading this book. There are also some good ideas for knowi
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JP
This most consolidated version of Drucker's collected writings casts a bright light of effectiveness across every type of management: business, non-profit, and government. Drucker's insight is elegant. He observes, sees the pattern and simplifies, repeatedly applying his genius to topics ranging from the purpose of a company, to communication, to effective communication. As further proof of his skills, his points seem timeless, with supporting examples ranging from his personal experiences with ...more
Jacob
What amazed me about this work is how applicable the majority of this book is, despite the age of many of the essays. To me, this signifies that Drucker has an excellent grasp of the universal qualities of leadership that transcend social eras and management fads. Some of the strategies he lays out are glaringly simple, yet amazingly beneficial. I constantly took notes while reading this to highlight things I wanted to incorporate into my own management style. Would recommend this one to any lev ...more
DANIEL GHANIME
My all times mentor
Mark Sinnott
While a little dry and outdated, this collection of Mr. Drucker's management philosophies do make sound sense. Even though many of these essays cover decades of business advice, they rarely contradict each other and most are still relevant in some capacity today. I agree that objective-based management works and that sales numbers are not the final word in business...especially for business growth. I will continue to use this heavily bookmarked anthology as a reference.
Miles Wen
A masterpiece in management. The first two sections are amazingly interesting while the last one failed to attract me. Overall, this was a dry reading and took a while before I really started enjoying it. Last but not least, the writing style is too philosophical for my taste.
Spiri En
A great compilation of Drucker's writings, organized logically (management, individual, society). Loads of great insights - I was concerned I was highlighting the whole text in an effort to note the best pieces of advice.

In comparison to other business writers, I always find Drucker to be time-tested and anything but gimmicky in his approach to management issues. He takes a broad enough approach that lessons can be learned for non-profit management.
H.L. Balcomb
A good book to read about leadership excellence; however, after a while the writing becomes interwoven. My favorite aspect of this book is the term: knowledge worker. It's a great reminder of the evolution of employee worth / capital intelligence since the nineteenth century's context.
Ben Z.
This book is a collection of Peter's Drucker's most influential writings on business, management and innovation. Even though most of these essays were written over 40 years ago, the principles are timeless and I found the unequivocal style refreshing in comparison to "self-helpy" contemporary business books. Highly recommended for anyone looking to sharpen their business skills.
Matt
Oct 20, 2007 Matt rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: product/project managers
I've never read a business book that made sense to me. For that matter I've never finished reading a business book. This one changed everything. Drucker has a no nonsense, keep it simple approach that doesn't demand an MBA or acronym translator to read and understand his concepts. A very beneficial read, only wish I had found it earlier in my career.
Rob
Drucker has what seems like hundreds of books, so I recommend this collection of thoughts and experience from the ultimate guru. Drucker is not too deep, but more of a step above common sense. While he might be geared for business and management, his style and themes can be applied to everyday life as well. Good reads from a great mind!
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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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