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The Daily Drucker: 366 Days of Insight and Motivation for Getting the Right Things Done

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Revered management thinker Peter F. Drucker is our trusted guide in this thoughtful, day-by-day companion that offers his penetrating and practical wisdom. Amid the multiple pressures of our daily work lives, The Daily Drucker provides the inspiration and advice to meet the many challenges we face. With his trademark clarity, vision, and humanity, Drucker sets out his ideas on a broad swath of key topics, from time management, to innovation, to outsourcing, providing useful insights for each day of the year.

These 366 daily readings have been harvested from Drucker's lifetime of work. At the bottom of each page, the reader will find an action point that spells out exactly how to put Drucker's ideas into practice. It is as if the wisest and most action-oriented management consultant in the world is in the room, offering his timeless gems of advice. The Daily Drucker is for anyone who seeks to understand and put to use Drucker's powerful words and ideas.

448 pages, Hardcover

First published January 1, 2000

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Peter F. Drucker

345 books1,706 followers
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 writers to predict the German-Soviet Pact of 1939.

The son of a high level civil servant in the Habsburg empire, Drucker was born in the chocolate capital of Austria, in a small village named Kaasgraben (now a suburb of Vienna, part of the 19th district, Döbling). Following the defeat of Austria-Hungary in World War I, there were few opportunities for employment in Vienna so after finishing school he went to Germany, first working in banking and then in journalism. While in Germany, he earned a doctorate in International Law. The rise of Nazism forced him to leave Germany in 1933. After spending four years in London, in 1937 he moved permanently to the United States, where he became a university professor as well as a freelance writer and business guru. In 1943 he became a naturalized citizen of the United States. He taught at New York University as a Professor of Management from 1950 to 1971. From 1971 to his death he was the Clarke Professor of Social Science and Management at Claremont Graduate University.

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Profile Image for Ray Evangelista.
55 reviews11 followers
July 22, 2012
supposedly bought for my Ate Milady, but I instead owned for myself, since it will be of far use to my needs now
August 12, 2022
Easy to read as each day of the year is for a story of a specified topic, and a question at the end of the page for you to relate this topic to your life. Gives insights on how to manage intellect personnel and get the best performance. Also gives remarkable examples of employees experience and solutions of issues that you might have faced or might face during your career.
44 reviews2 followers
August 6, 2009
A great breakfast table or late night read. Each passage is a short one minute read. Allow plenty of time for reflection and a couple re-reads. Drucker's insights are great for 5-10 minute brainstorming, discussion, and inspiration sessions.
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394 reviews106 followers
December 31, 2020
Ключевые мысли от главного мирового теоретика менеджмента. Читал в течении года по одной странице каждый день, чтобы было о чем подумать с утра. Технологии меняются, а ключевые подходы в управлении остаются такими же.
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167 reviews13 followers
August 19, 2017
Wonderful daily reference, bite-sized inspiration, with action points to follow up on. Originally borrowed from local library, loved it so much I bought my own copy.
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207 reviews24 followers
October 2, 2020
ปีเตอร์ ดรักเกอร์ ปรมาจารย์แห่งการบริหารจัดการสมัยใหม่ เขียนหนังสือเยอะมาก เท่าที่เจ้าตัวบอกก็ 34 เล่ม หรือมากกว่าหนึ่งหมื่นหน้า


ถ้าไม่ไหว อ่านเล่มนี้ก่อน

เล่มนี้สกัดเอาเนื้อหาสำคัญจากงานเขียนของดรักเกอร์ มารวมเล่มโดยแยกเป็นหมวดหมู่จำนวน 365 เรื่อง ล้อตามจำนวนวันในรอบปี

ตื่นเช้ามาทำงาน เปิดอ่านหน้าตามวันที่ในเล่ม ก็เหมือนมีที่ปรึกษาด้านการบริหารอยู่ใกล้ ๆ ก็เป็นสิริมงคลไปอีกแบบหนึ่งนะ
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259 reviews10 followers
February 28, 2021
Snippets from the wisdom of Peter Drucker

This is the thinking of management guru Peter Drucker summarised into one book. It is great for an introduction but lacking the flows and wider contexts that we would normally get from his books and articles.

The content also do not age that well. For instance, when he is talking about the progress of technology he uses e-mail as the innovative example. He also mentions outsourcing as the increasing trend among organisations, while I forgot how distant early 2000s was when Drucker uses IBM vs Apple as an example for innovation (with IBM as the innovative one and Apple as the loser). This lack of edginess or fresh perspectives are pretty much reflected throughout the book.

This, of course, is probably a bit unfair since Drucker sadly passed away in 2005 and a lot of changes have occurred since then. Nevertheless, this respectfully explains why reading this book sometimes feels like reading an academic textbook back from my business school days.
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664 reviews60 followers
December 13, 2014
This is a good combination of Drucker's best books, but they are just snippets. It takes a page from one of his books and puts it in a sound bite. That seems fine if you need an introduction, but not as useful. I read the Effective Executive before this and found it much more useful. Many of the passages from that book go into Daily Drucker. It was a bit redundant for me as a result.
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4 reviews
February 28, 2014
Simply not for anyone to read only for those who are business oriented. It is highly recommended for managers, CEOs, and people who have a managerial position or waiting and preparing for a managerial position. I believe it will be on my to read list after 5 or 10 years from now so I can be fully interested and enjoy it more.
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8 reviews2 followers
March 17, 2014
There are many inspiring ideas.. Strictly recommended
Profile Image for Sergei Zotov.
6 reviews4 followers
January 15, 2019
Must have been a 20-tips-article on Medium not a 366-tips-book. It gets really repetitive and some of those advices should have stayed in the 70s.
April 23, 2020
"The Daily Druker is a collection of excerpts from Drucker’s books and articles spreading over a 366-day diary. The reader can read each day and possibly reflect on his/her life.

The excerpts cover many topics in the life of any professional. The book discusses economics, politics, leadership and management, innovation, motivation, entrepreneurship, lean, quality, etc. from which the reader can pick and choose then use.

As any other reader I favored some topics over others. I found days talking about leadership and management, knowledge workers, and quality very interesting and insightful.

Although the book gives great advice on many topics, its writing is not very enjoyable, and it sometimes is confusing. It is difficult to get thru the entire book at once, although I did that. It’s better to read it in chunks per topic. It can be used as a reference rather than a one unit to read and reflect from."
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Author 1 book17 followers
January 1, 2020
Peter Drucker is a management guru from the prior millennium that has written some very classic works on leadership and management. In my new role in state government I found his insights very helpful. He is both thoughtful and analytical, and dissects common leadership situations to provide insight and new ideas.

This is a great daily reading book for leaders. Strongly recommend it.

One small irritation: There is a strict copy limit. I like to cut and paste the best quotes from my daily reading books into my journal, and this book limits copying to the point that I had to type the quotes into the journal myself. Apparently I feel the need to whine about this but it was not a huge deal. There was NO ability to copy any quotes. However, when I loaded the book onto another computer I was able to copy some passages.
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50 reviews2 followers
January 15, 2021
In the previous 3 attempts, I've only read about 40 pages or so before becoming bored. The times weren't right, this book was sitting on my bookshelf for the last 3 years. Finally finished it today, and the insights are more relevant than before. With the advance of knowledge workers and society, Drucker does an excellent job explaining how we can excel in this new regime with our knowledge and what we can do to benefit the company and society.

If you have not worked for a couple of years, the information may be a bit harder to digest as it's hard for me to figure out how it could be relevant to me (aka 3 years ago).
Profile Image for Luke.
238 reviews
December 30, 2022
I know Drucker is brilliant, but his writing doesn't translate well to this format. The way he defines concepts and entities isn't always intuitive and sometimes needs a chapter or two in order to flesh out.

Also, each day has an "action point" at the bottom of the reading, which I found to be terribly unhelpful. They were often things like "speak to leaders of other companies in your industry to find out how they address X.." Obviously not a task which can be accomplished in a day. IMO the daily readings would've been fine without a prescribed "action point".
53 reviews
December 31, 2022
The best of Drucker

366 days of bite-sized snippets into the profound business and management insight in Drucker’s works.

An excellent book for getting exposed to the work of Drucker, some of which has become slightly dated since the growth of remote working and task automation.
13 reviews1 follower
November 2, 2020
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. Much of it was useful, but many parts were a slog to get through, and a few parts were too “out there” for my liking. Finally gave up around early October. Might go back and selectively read some entries for the remainder of the year.
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Author 1 book1 follower
December 31, 2020
I'm a huge fan of Peter Drucker and this book did not disappoint. I chose it as my "daily" read this year and found myself looking forward to each morning with his words of wisdom on business and leadership. I highly recommend for anyone looking for a daily read in the year ahead.
308 reviews1 follower
December 29, 2022
Mostly forgettable for me, but there were a few days that were excellent. Would start with his other books, not sure the daily read is the best format for his work. His take on capitalism and on family business was especially good.
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Author 1 book7 followers
July 24, 2019
This is a daily read for a year, so I’m moving through it slowly. Well written, easy to quickly read each day. Good, practical advise from a business sage.
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31 reviews4 followers
July 12, 2020
เลิฟ เป็นหนังสือที่เซฟเอาไว้อ่านอีกครั้ง เมื่อมีประสบการณ์ทำงานมากขึ้น อ่านครั้งนี้ได้ทบทวน 30% ได้เห็นอนาคตลางๆ 70%
73 reviews1 follower
March 8, 2021
Great daily dose of business common sense which includes practical action steps like this: ask yourself “what better business performance is needed” and “what does this require of what activities.”
28 reviews
May 10, 2022
Some parts are very interesting, others I found very unrelatable or useful for me personally.
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72 reviews
February 7, 2023
ใช้เวลาอ่านมาก ไม่ใช่เพราะไม่ดีนะ แต่เพราะเราไม่ตั้งใจต่างหาก
เราไม่ชนะตัวเองเพียงแค่อ่านตามวันที่ของจำนวนวัน 366 วันต่อปี และก็แค่วันละหนึ่งหน้าเท่านั้นเอง

เนื้อหาในหนังสือสำหรับการจัดการที่อาจจะตรงกับเราหรืองานในขณะนั้น มีแนวทางปฏิบัติอยู่ท้ายบทให้เก็บไปดำเนินการต่อได้ บางรายการก็ข้ามไปไม่เอามาคิด ผม list ไว้ประมาณ 10% ที่จะนำไปทำ Output ต่อ และเป็นการนำไปลับคมคิดต่อ

ถ้าไม่มีคนรุ่นเก่า ก็ไม่มีคนรุ่นใหม่ หนังสือเก่าใช่ว่าล้าสมัยแต่กลับเป็นรากฐานที่สำคัญของวันนี้ต่างหาก

หนังสือจะดีมากถ้ามีดัชนีท้ายเล่มที่สามารถใช้ค้นหาได้เป็นหมวดหมู่ เพราะเนื้อหาเรียงตามวันที่ของปี ซึ่งทำให้หมวดหมู่คละกันเกินไป
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47 reviews
December 5, 2021
A book that I'll probably read every year. Peter Drucker is the absolute master of management science. I only wish I could apply even a few aspects of what he brings together in this compellingly concise take on all topics business and management.
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