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Frances Hesselbein on Peter Drucker’s Five Most Important Questions

I’m honored that Frances Hesselbein, president and CEO of the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute; and co-author of the terrific new book Peter Drucker’s Five Most Important Questions: Enduring Wisdom for Today’s Leaders, has provided answers to my interview questions  about the book for today’s blog post.


1.  What would you recommend for leaders/aspiring leaders who are now in college or graduate school to read first in this new edition?

Read the section titled “About Peter Drucker.” Knowing his background, learning what the critics at the time said about Peter — Forbes magazine, “Still the Youngest Mind,” Business Week, “the most enduring management thinker of our time,” — will deepen your understanding of The Five Questions.

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How to Love Your Job in 8 (Relatively) Easy Lessons

Workers of the world, meet Kerry Hannon, from now on known as your new best friend. Her latest book, Love Your Job: The New Rules for Career Happiness, (Wiley/AARP, 183 pages, $19.95) takes a solid and realistic approach to getting the most out of  your current job, rather than complaining, quitting (though she acknowledges that sometimes this is an appropriate option) or quietly dying a thousand deaths. Your dream job could be, with the right thought and effort, the one you already have.


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Each of the eight chapters deals with a particular aspect of learning to love your job, which she emphasizes is a systemic, holistic and ongoing process.

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Think, Learn, Do: A Year With Peter Drucker

There is an emphasis on the concept of a “calling” in the new book A Year With Peter Drucker: 52 Weeks of Coaching for Leadership Effectiveness. It’s clear that Joseph A. Maciariello was called to write it. The title is apt; reading the book really is like a virtual personal coaching experience (with both Drucker and Maciariello) and is meant to be taken seriously. It is rigorous and thorough.

Drucker School professor Maciariello was a longtime collaborator and friend of Drucker’s. Like the earlier book Drucker’s Lost Art of Management: Peter Drucker’s Timeless Vision For Building Effective Organizations, written with Karen E.

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Peter Drucker and the Power of 4

As 2014 slowly ends, I’ve been reflecting on a small but interesting fact: some of Peter Drucker’s most significant books were published in years ending in 4. They are:

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The Practice of Management  (1954).  Jack Beatty, author of The World According to Peter Drucker, considers this to mark the invention of modern management.

Managing for Results  (1964).  This has some of Drucker’s best and most extensive work on the future, which I elaborated on in Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way.

Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices  (1974).  An 839 page compendium of Drucker’s management wisdom up to that point.  In 2008, three years after Drucker’s death, Management: Revised Edition was published.

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Doris Drucker: A Remarkable Life

The remarkable life, personally and professionally, of Doris Drucker, who died on October 1 at 103; represents an inspiration for healthy, productive aging. She and Peter Drucker were married for 68 years, until his death at 95 in 2005. They had four children and six grandchildren. Many of the details of her life (including writing, editing, work as a registered patent agent, and as an entrepreneur) are captured in some of the terrific tributes now online, which also describe her devotion to exercise and competitive sports:

The Drucker Institute: In Memoriam: Doris Drucker
Drucker School of Management/Claremont Graduate University: The Drucker School mourns the passing of Doris Drucker
Forbes/Steve Denning: How the Drucker Forum Was Born: A Tribute to Doris Drucker
Los Angeles TimesDoris Drucker dies at 103; memoirist and wife of Peter Drucker
Claremont Courier: Doris Drucker: Author, inventor, wife of Peter Drucker

Photo by Claremont Graduate University

Photo by Claremont Graduate University

In 2004, I interviewed her and wrote a USA TODAY review of her wonderful memoir, Invent Radium or I’ll Pull Your Hair.

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My 2014 Drucker Landmark College Day

On September 16th, I spent a tremendously meaningful day at Landmark College, in Putney, Vermont.  I wrote about the school in Chapter 4 of Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way. Its specialization is educating students with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, and some students may have ADHD or an ASD-Autism Spectrum Disorder. There is now a greater national awareness of the challenges and possibilities of teaching the growing number of students with learning difficulties.  For instance, two days after my talk, Dr. Peter Eden, the school’s President, was in Washington speaking at a U.S. House of Representatives hearing about dyslexia in higher education.

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Autumn Equinox and the Berrett-Koehler D.C. Writers Group

Last night we had another terrific session of the Washington, D.C. area Berrett-Koehler writers group. We get together four times a year or so for an improvisational writing activity, and to share a meal. The format of the exercises is simple: any member of the group can propose a topic, while specifying a brief time limit for everyone to write whatever comes into their head, without editing.

You can share it aloud with the others, or not. During the meal, several of us talked about the confusion surrounding the autumn equinox (which is celebrated today). “Autumn equinox” duly became a theme topic.

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My 2014 Scranton Drucker Days

Two weeks ago, on September 4th, I returned to my hometown of Scranton, Pa., for an author talk about my 2nd book, Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way, at Library Express, an innovative combination store and library in The Mall at Steamtown.

In 2010, I wrote about my previous author talk in Scranton; and in 2012 (as well as in Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way), I wrote about Drucker’s connection to the city, the commencement address he gave 50 years ago, on May 31, 1964, at the University of Scranton, a short distance from the mall.

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Three Questions for Dick Axelrod on Let’s Stop Meeting Like This

Now that summer is over, meeting-season is in full swing. And that’s not good news to most people. Given how much time most people spend in meetings, how can they be made more productive and useful? That’s the subject of a terrific new book, Let’s Stop Meeting Like This, by Dick and Emily Axelrod of The Axelrod Group.

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I’ve gotten to know Dick and Emily during the past five years through the Berrett-Koehler Authors Cooperative, and my conversations with them are always personal highlight at the annual authors retreat. I asked Dick to elaborate on some of the book’s major points:

1.    Can you briefly outline the concept of The Meeting Canoe™, and why it is relevant for all types of organizations?

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Bob Buford’s Drucker & Me

Peter Drucker was notable for drawing high achievers into his orbit; people he could both teach and learn from. High on that list is Bob Buford, who tells both his own fascinating life story and how it intersected over many years with that of Drucker, in his compelling new book Drucker & Me. It’s a tricky balance to get right, but Buford accomplishes it with grace and quiet strength. The relationship between  these two men was one of friendship, mentoring, mutual respect and business.

Hand holding a piece of paper with the word Mentoring on it.

Drucker considered Buford to be a role model for how to lead a meaningful second half of life, given his transition from a successful career leading a Texas-based cable television company to an equally successful second career as a social entrepreneur, forming both the Leadership Network and Halftime.

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