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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 204)
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Sep 02, 2008 Tanya rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 14, 2009 Craig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Никогда ни перестану удивляться, как можно столь сложную дисциплину, такую как менеджмент, сделать одновременно столь понятной и доступной и при этом углубиться до его основания, к самому его фундаменту. Питер Друкер на всю жизнь мне будет лучшим примером того как представить сложнейшие темы простыми и понятными словами.

Что касается глубины и качества самой книги, то это вообще отдельная тема. Такое впечатление что Друкер как рентген мог сканировать и видеть то, что другим не подвластно и делал
Gene Babon
Jun 22, 2014 Gene Babon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: leadership
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 -
Keith Kendall
Feb 15, 2012 Keith Kendall rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 25, 2011 Johann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
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
Jan 20, 2015 Duعaء rated it really liked it
'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
Max Nova
Mar 21, 2014 Max Nova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: management
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
Aug 04, 2009 Nicholas rated it it was ok
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Jul 21, 2016 Richp rated it liked it
As business books go, this should be a four star, but it does have its weaknesses. Some of these are minor; for example, there is repetition due to the fact the same material appears in multiple chapters. (These chapters were published separately, and presumably not edited for redundancy when put in one book.) Some are are more disturbing, such as his use of words in ways that do not fit normal definitions, and other unclear use of language. The worst parts were the chapters on social issues; wh ...more
Jan 31, 2016 Manu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a great collection of some of Drucker's best works on management. It has around 60 different chapters categorized into 4 themes - company, executive, individual & society. Each of these chapters is short and concisely compiled to coney the central message from the extensive work Drucker did on each of these topics.

Without a doubt, Drucker is known as the father of the modern management and he wrote extensively about management. His work is not only practical but has lots of phi
Michael Mena
Jul 01, 2016 Michael Mena rated it did not like it
I bought this book on recommendation by a business buddy as part of a larger research project into neoliberal ideology. This book is powerful. This book is no less than SCRIPTURE. It functions as an introductory business theory book, as management strategies, and even as personal philosophy and self-help. On one level this book should be given 5 stars because of its effectiveness. On a different level, as an object of ideological critique, this book is terrifying in the way it naturalizes an int ...more
Iang95ify .
Oct 08, 2015 Iang95ify . rated it really liked it
A great tome of wisdom. It explains management in a practical and philosophical way. Though I may not remember everything - which is a great breadth of topics, particular stand-out points include how to choose people - based on their strengths and competencies and leadership - that leaders need not be charismatic figures, they just need to be competent. There is no particular personality or image that makes a successful person. He reminds us that innovation starts small and is meant to solve pre ...more
Tyson Titensor
May 04, 2012 Tyson Titensor rated it liked it
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.
Aditia Dwiperdana
Apr 21, 2016 Aditia Dwiperdana rated it really liked it
A brief history of management and business. Good reading but if you want a more practical tips on management you need to read newer books. Stuffs that are discussed here are the fundamentals that we need to adapt to our current needs.
Sadiq sagheer
May 03, 2016 Sadiq sagheer rated it really liked it
I think Googling Peter Drucker quotes on Management is much better than reading this book (especially, for those people who have a background of management or marketing)..
I did not enjoy reading this book, because almost every story and example he used in this book I'm already familiar with(because of my management and marketing background).
But those people who don't know anything about management, he or she should read this book.
It's a very useful book for those people who do not have a backg
Charlane Brady
Apr 13, 2009 Charlane Brady rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 12, 2012 VENKATRAMAN C K rated it it was amazing
Shelves: management
read this every year.
Bryan Cook
Oct 01, 2015 Bryan Cook rated it liked it
Shelves: 10-for-2015
I read this because I wanted to learn more about business and management. While the actual act of reading this book was a bit of a chore (even listening to the audiobook was a bit rough at times), the concepts have stayed with me over the past few months.

Drucker is widely considered the godfather of management, and his fingerprints are seen all over business culture. As a result, some of the essays seem dry and jargon-y given how pervasive the ideas have become. It's kind of like listening to Th
Steve Gathje
Sep 25, 2015 Steve Gathje rated it it was amazing
The book is supposedly a business book. It is anything but. It is about how we are moving to a new era that will (as all new era's do) new ways of thinking and more importantly, acting. Drucker offers more insights into how people act to get things done (be it in business, government, community organizations, schools, or anyone group focused on accomplishing things) than any other author. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is involved in any activity that involves a community of people.
Ahmad Abdelbari
Aug 27, 2015 Ahmad Abdelbari rated it it was amazing
Quotes from the book:

-Not to innovate is the single largest reason for the decline of existing organizations. Not to know how to manage is the single largest reason for the failure of a new ventures.

-the most productive innovation is a different product or service creating a new potential satisfaction, rather than an improvement.

-innovation may be finding a new uses for old products. A sales man who succeeds in selling refrigerators to Eskimos to prevent food from freezing would be as much of an
Jan 04, 2012 Ben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: work-related, money
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
Jun 08, 2012 Quadradix rated it really liked it
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
May 03, 2015 Krishna Kumar rated it really liked it
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
Jan 30, 2014 Christina Luna rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
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.
Apr 05, 2011 Pwilczewski rated it really liked it
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
Jan 18, 2016 Groot rated it it was amazing
If you ever speak publicly, quotes by Drucker always work, whether an actual speech, a sales pitch, or a harangue of the UI guys in some conference room. When you read his books, make sure to underline or highlight the best parts. Before you speak, go over these, and have some of these bon mots ready to go. And say, "As Peter Drucker says..."
Feb 23, 2016 Daniel rated it it was amazing
Anything by Drucker is worth reading. Here is a summary of his best work (of course that is before his later work that I would say would have been added had this book been written later.
Josh Meares
Dec 23, 2015 Josh Meares rated it really liked it
A fabulous book on management thinking. I'll write a more in-depth review later, once I figure out how to actually apply all of the things that Drucker says.
Rahul Sinha
Jan 26, 2016 Rahul Sinha rated it really liked it
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.
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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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