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The Essential Drucker

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Father of modern management, social commentator, and preeminent business philosopher, Peter F. Drucker analyzed 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 organizations, individuals, and society, there is The Essential Drucker—an invaluable co

Kindle Edition, Reissue edition, 368 pages
Published October 14th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2000)
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Aug 06, 2008 Tanya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 07, 2013 Gene Babon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 --
Feb 08, 2011 Keith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 10, 2010 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
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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
Dec 26, 2014 Duaa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'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
Bob Wallner
Nov 28, 2016 Bob Wallner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leadership, strategy
I know that Drucker is one of the foremost authorities on 20th century Management.
I know that his contemporaries consider Drucker a genius.
I personally simply have a hard time following his writings, and this book was no exception.

The Essential Drucker compiles a "Reader's Digest Version" from his top works on management and leadership. Covering topics such as his famous predictions on knowledge work economy to the entrepreneurial spirit of the future employee. Drucker dives into managing and
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.
Dec 12, 2012 VENKATRAMAN C K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: management
read this every year.
Charlane Brady
Apr 13, 2009 Charlane Brady rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Okay breathe, whew Spring semester down and I can say goodbye to Perter F. Drucker, the man whose sixty years of management experience has dominated my life since January. I have read, cited, quoted and paraphrased this man so much I feel like I know him, or definitely how he feels about management from starting a business, hiring, planning, testing, implementing innovation, the manager as an individual and how they lead an organization. I can start and go through each chapter but I won’t—LOL I ...more
Ahmad Abdelbari
May 22, 2015 Ahmad Abdelbari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 17, 2017 Anthony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you have read other books be Peter Drucker, you would find the same central ideas:
Business doesn't exist for profit, profit is only a constraint. Any organization is a social organ.
Personal effectiveness principles: find your strength, concentrate on your strength, know how you learn and work the best, decide on your contribution.
The scarcest resource in any organization are performing people.
Give job to people depending on the task. Ask yourself, "What kind of abilities do I need here?"
Arthur Ghazaryan
Jan 27, 2017 Arthur Ghazaryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Դրաքերի աշխատանքների հավաքածու է։ Շատ հետաքրքիր է կազմակերպության դերի բացահայտումը պետության, մարդու և իրականության կոնտեքստում։ Նա ցույց է տալիս դրանց փոխազդեցությունը տարբեր ոլորտներում։ Հետաքրքիր է նաև բյուրոկրատիայի ստեղծման վտանգը և դրա վտանգավոր հետևանքները։
Ինովացիաների` գրքում նկարագրված հատկությունները ևս ուսուցողական են։ Ով է մտավոր աշխատակիցը, ինչպիսի ստրատեգիաներ կան բիզնեսում, ինչպիսին է լինելու ապագա աշխարհը։
Դրաքերի մյուս գրքերում այս բոլոր թեմաները ավելի մանրամասն են նկարագրվում։
Simon Hohenadl
May 13, 2017 Simon Hohenadl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
This book couldn't keep my attention. It seemed unstructured to me. I stopped listening to it after about a tenth of the length.
daniel dirnfeld
Dec 10, 2016 daniel dirnfeld rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anything written by drucker is very educational andyoy really learm.
Jim Jones
I'm normally a big fan of Drucker's work - but this collection was so dense and theoretical, I had a hard time getting through it. I usually find lots of practical lessons in his books that I can apply to real-world management. This book, not so much. I bailed out about 2/3rds of the way through - it was too difficult of a read for me.
Jun 08, 2012 Quadradix rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Bryan Cook
Jun 25, 2015 Bryan Cook rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 21, 2016 Richp rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 25, 2011 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
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
Iang95ify .
Oct 08, 2015 Iang95ify . rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Michael Mena
Jul 01, 2016 Michael Mena rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 05, 2011 Pwilczewski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sadiq sagheer
May 03, 2016 Sadiq sagheer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 11, 2016 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-again, business
Decent book, middle 3rd is the best third. I now know why he is called the father of management books. He lays the foundations for Covey's work on effective habits and Goldsmith's interpersonal flaws.

First third was decent practices of effective managers. How the manager of the knowledge worker needs to create fulfilling work for individuals. How K.W. need outside stimulus to make it through life. Last third was very 'legacy' minded and touted grand visions of social society that works with priv
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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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