The Essential Drucker
Routledge – 2007 – 276 pages
Peter Drucker's wide-ranging book, drawn from his best work, looks at management, the individual and society. He connects these themes of today's world with his usual clear-sighted and far-reaching style to create a work which encapsulates his essential and strongest writings in one volume.
Under the three headings, Drucker covers aspects such as what the non-profits are teaching business and the information that executives need today. In his section on the individual he gives advice on knowing your own strengths and values, your time and, intriguingly, the second half of your life. The third part on society encompasses the coming of the entrepreneurial society and citizenship through the social sector.
"…required reading for management students and practitioners alike … a highly readable single volume survey of concepts that would otherwise involve reading nearly 30 separate books …this is an extremely useful and thought-provoking compendium. Read 'The Essential Drucker' and become an instant expert on this most durable of management writers."
"This is effectively a whole business library and refresher MBA course in one readable volume that wears its enormous wisdom lightly enough to make good holiday reading. It is stuffed with practical & inspirational advice, as useful to owner-managers of small businesses as to blue-chip board directors or administrators of non-profitmaking organisations"
Carol Kennedy, Director
Part One - Management - Management as social function and liberal art; the dimensions of management; the purpose and objectives of a business; what the non-profits are teaching business; social impacts and social problems; management's new paradigm; information executives need today; management by objectives and self control; picking people - the basic rules; the entrepreneurial business; the new venture; entrepreneurial strategies. Part Two - the Individual - effectiveness must be learned; focus on contribution; know your strengths and values; know your time; effective decisions; functioning communication; leadership as a work; principles of innovation; the second half of your life; the educated person. Part Three - Society - a century of social transformation; the coming of entrepreneurial society; citizenship through the social sector; from analysis to perception.