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The Essential Drucker: The Best of Sixty Years of Peter Drucker's Essential Writings on Management

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  8,370 ratings  ·  121 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 237 pages
Published July 22nd 2008 by HarperBusiness (first published January 1st 2000)
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Aug 06, 2008 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 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 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 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.
Dec 26, 2014 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
Jan 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A-Z on Management, atleast for a beginner
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Max Nova
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Bob Wallner
Nov 28, 2016 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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: management
read this every year.
Charlane Brady
Apr 13, 2009 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
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: management
Peter Drucker has a certain reputation in the business of business philosophy, and The Essential Drucker (TED) doesn’t disappoint. These are the greatest hits from decades of writing: an eminently quotable collection of practical advice and abstract philosophy for the humans powering the knowledge economy.

The balance of the wisdom that Drucker dispenses is aimed at practical steps that managers–and in the knowledge economy, everyone is a manager–can employ to futher their work. Focus objectives,
Ahmad Abdelbari
May 22, 2015 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 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 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։
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Took 18 pages of notes on this highly readable book. Such brilliantly relevant insights on the fundamentals of management that every knowledge worker must know, whether in business, government, or non-profit. Drucker speaks to everyone - from the manager striving to create an environment that fuels innovation to the blue-collar worker contending with his/her sudden fall from prominence in the knowledge society. This book should be compulsory
Ning-Jia Ong
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book I read this year. Explains all the root ideas of today's management fads about Agile, Lean, etc. But what was most surprising was the section about the individual. Drucker has spent a great amount of effort in thinking from the perspective of an individual finding his/her place in society and has many relevant advice on how to be efficient as a knowledge worker.

Absolutely love it. Gives so much context to the other management, business, and entrepreneurial books I've read.
May 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty dull read. If you have taken a management course before you have probably covered many of the ideas discussed.
Also, I would not recommend simply reading this book independently. If I had read it for a class where my focus would have been on discussing how to practically apply concepts after reading the book, I probably would have given a more favorable review.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall very good. The last section and chapters on society however, are a sort of horrible time-capsule of the early 90s and I found them hugely problematic owing to the substantial world changes in the 24 years since the original publication.
Jonathan Gassman
the granddaddy of leadership and management covers it all. The book captures so much of his brilliance as well as tips and strategies. its a great resource and reference when questions pop up. almost ten years later and his thought are timeless. I love his books
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although he’s a bit racist and has a hard on for Alfred Sloan, Drucker is definitely the undisputed “father of management.” If you read business books, you’ll recognize that most people have stolen his ideas. He also may be spot on about the 2030s.
Jon Swanson
Dated but still good

A lot of the material seems common sense, but there’s a lot of wisdom in the way these practices and ways of thinking are codified that I hadn’t realized utile reading.
Barry Linetsky
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent collection of essays covering a wide scope of topics addressed by Drucker over his very productive career. Drucker is always well grounded in reality and reason, and understands sound economics and finance. He is the Father of business philosophy and management science.
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A bit of a let down. Very once over lightly. I think I expected more based on other things I've read of his. Think I'll stick to the full unabridged versions of him.
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic management and business advice from Drucker. A little drily written but still good. Definitely worth the read if you're interested in business and management.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
no real takeaways... could it be that a lot of his old ideas are now so widespread that the reader finds a lot of things evident.

Not much use to me.
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