May 3, 2006

Jack Covert Selects: Jack Covert Selects -- Classic Drucker

By: Jack @ 6:44 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Classic Drucker: Essential Wisdom of Peter Drucker from the Pages of Harvard Business Review
by Peter F. Drucker, Harvard Business School Press, 240 pages, $24.95 Hardcover, March 2006, ISBN 1422101681
In the 22 years that I have been selling business books, I never cease to be amazed by the number of people who have not read Peter Drucker. On the off chance you haven't read anything by the father of modern management, here's your opportunity. "Classic Drucker" is a collection of articles Drucker wrote for the "Harvard Business Review" over the course of almost 40 years.
It's divided into two parts: The Manager's Responsibilities and The Executive's World. These are not essays meant for C-Level folks. The first piece, titled "Managing Oneself", is about knowing who you are. Drucker tells people to discover their strengths and how they learn best (through reading or listening), while pushing readers to define their values. The second piece is no less heady -- "The Theory of Business".
Before you dive in, know that Drucker's writings are deceptively simple. He writes with a clarity not found elsewhere in business literature (though Collins comes close). His points are straight-forward and concise. He writes about tectonic shifts in businesses and industries--powerful movements that only someone with sixty years of hindsight can see.
You will not get a better chance to read the musings of Peter Drucker. Start with the article that interests you the most and you will soon find yourself reading the rest.
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