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16 Eclectic Reading Lists for Summer 2016

One of my favorite activities of the year is reading summer book lists. As I did last year and earlier, this year I have compiled some of the best reading lists of the summer, from a wide variety of sources:


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American Express Open Forum: Top 10 Business Books for Summer Reading

CBC Books Summer 2016 reading list

Chicago Tribune: 30 Books You Should Read This Summer

CNBC: Wall Street’s summer reading list—and what it says about the market

Forbes: The Ultimate Summer Reading List For Entrepreneurs

Inc.: 15 Business Books Worth Reading This Summer

Information Management: 18 Books IT Leaders Should Read This Summer

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: How executives can make the most of their summer vacation

Newsweek: Here’s What J.P.

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30 Years of Drucker

At this time 30 years ago, during my first summer semester as an MLS student at the Catholic University of America, I received my first formal introduction to the work of Peter Drucker. I wrote about this in more detail in two guest posts for LexisNexis Government Info Pro, “25 Years of Drucker” in 2011, and “How a New Business/Self-Development Book Had Its Genesis in a Library School Class,” in 2009.

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Drucker’s 1974 magnum opus, Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices, was the textbook assigned by my professor, Duane Webster, the longtime executive director of the Association of Research Libraries.

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Radio in the Relay Shack with Ben Vaughn

It’s doubtful you’ll hear a more eclectic set of songs within an hour than in the weekly radio program The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn, featuring the singer/songwriter/composer/producer/radio host-curator. Now, along with its original stations, WXPN in Philadelphia, and WEVL in Memphis, the show is in wider syndication and also available via podcast.

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In 2013, I interviewed Ben, whom I have known for many years, for my blog, in which he discusses, among other things, how he constructs the Many Moods. I’ve had great enjoyment recently catching up on some of the shows, which he informs his listeners emanate from the “relay shack,” in “Parts Unknown, USA”.

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The Drucker Prize, and More Innovations from the Drucker Institute

The Drucker Institute recently gave a new name for, and a new twist to the nonprofit innovation award it gives annually. What’s now called the Drucker Prize will still award $100,000 to the winning nonprofit organization, and the 2016 prize applications are now open. The new twist is a special learning platform that will be available to applicants. According to the Institute’s website, it “blends the timeless wisdom of Peter Drucker with the thinking of some of today’s brightest management minds.” The 2015 prize winner was Kids v Cancer.

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The Institute remains a rich source of knowledge about Peter Drucker, especially through the extensive holdings of the Drucker Archives.

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My 2016 Pittsburgh AIIP Roger Summit Award Days

On April 8th, I had the honor of receiving the Roger Summit Award, from the Association of Independent Information Professionals/AIIP, at its 30th Annual Conference, in Pittsburgh. Roger is a pioneer of the online information world, as founder of Dialog, the world’s first online search service. (It is now a platform within the global information company ProQuest, and called ProQuest Dialog.) As part of the award, I delivered the Roger Summit Lecture that morning, “Creating a Compelling Future: Business and Beyond.”

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Roger, who has long been based in Silicon Valley, participated in this year’s conference, including introducing me for the lecture and then in a nice surprise, announcing after I finished that for the first time, the award winner would also receive a one year’s membership in AIIP.

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Peter Drucker: Freelance Writer

Placing freelance articles in high-quality, selective publications is difficult. That makes Peter Drucker’s status as a freelance writer particularly impressive. Although he wrote a number of books that sold millions of copies worldwide, for many years he kept up a demanding regimen of writing a column for the Wall Street Journal, many articles for the Harvard Business Review, and major pieces for such publications as the Atlantic, Forbes, Harper’s and others. And as I wrote about in 2013, he did some fascinating foreign correspondent work for The Washington Post in 1938.

Courtesy of the Drucker Institute

Courtesy of the Drucker Institute

Perhaps the best way to get a sense of the breadth of these contributions is to look at the sources for some of his book collections:

Classic Drucker: Essential Wisdom of Peter Drucker from the Pages of Harvard Business Review

The Ecological Vision: Reflections on the American Condition: articles from Public Interest, Perspectives, Harper’s, The Review of Politics, Esquire, Forbes, Virginia Quarterly Review, Sewanee Review, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal and other publications

The Frontiers of Management: Where Tomorrow’s Decisions Are Being Shaped Today: articles from Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Esquire, Forbes, Foreign Affairs, The Public Interest, Chronicle of Higher Education and other publications

Managing for the Future: the 1990s and Beyond: articles from The Economist, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Industry Week and other publications

Managing in a Time of Great Change: articles (or interviews) from Atlantic Monthly, Foreign Affairs, Industry Week, Wall Street Journal and other publications

Managing in the Next Society: articles from The Economist, Forbes ASAP, Foreign Affairs, Atlantic Monthly, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Leader to Leader, New Perspectives and other publications

Men, Ideas & Politics: Essays by Peter F.

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New Developments at The Drucker School

These are exciting times at The Drucker School, of the Claremont Graduate University; with new initiatives, online rebranding and a physical expansion. I wrote about some of these changes, including the appointment of new Dean Thomas Horan, when I was in Claremont, California for Drucker Day last November.

Jenkins Courtyard outside of the Burkle building, at The Drucker School; Courtesy of Claremont Graduate University

Jenkins Courtyard outside of the Burkle building, at The Drucker School; Courtesy of Claremont Graduate University

While the school continues to honor and extend the legacy of its founder and namesake Peter Drucker, it is growing by meeting and anticipating the needs of current and future MBA students worldwide.

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A Mini-Guide to Peter Drucker and Religion/Spirituality

Peter Drucker often referenced religion and spiritual matters in his writing, and both were important parts of his life and the way he looked at the world. He taught religion during the 1940s at Bennington College in Vermont, and set one of his two novels, 1984’s The Temptation to Do Good, in a fictional Catholic University.

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In chapter 5 of Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way, I write more extensively about the Drucker religion/spirituality connection. There are a number of scholarly articles on the topic (several of which I reference in the book), and the role of religion and the spiritual are covered in depth in two books by Drucker’s longtime collaborator, friend and fellow Drucker School professor, Joseph A.

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Peter Drucker and Revolution: A Mini-Guide

Although Peter Drucker only used the word revolution once in a book title (The Unseen Revolution; 1976; reissued as The Pension Fund Revolution in 1996); he often used the term, especially in essays and article titles.


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While not meant to be exhaustive, here is a brief guide to Drucker’s writing with revolution in the title:


Beyond the Information Revolution”: The Atlantic 1999

“The Conservative Counter-Revolution of 1776”: chapter in The Future of Industrial Man, 1942; and the collection A Functioning Society: Selections from Sixty-five Years of Writing on Community, Society, and Polity, 2003.

“The Educational Revolution”: subsection 1 of the chapter “The Educated Society”; Landmarks of Tomorrow: A Report on the New “Post-modern” World, 1959; revised edition, 1996.

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10 Great 2015 Business Books of the Year Lists

It’s always fun writing about end-of-year best business books lists. These ten showcase a number of terrific books, although it’s sobering to think about the many other worthy titles published this year that did not get year-end recognition. How many of the listed books have you read, and how many do you plan to read in the coming year?


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Business Insider: The 20 Best Business Books of 2015

CBC News: 9 notable business books for your Christmas gift list

800 ceoread: The 2015 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards Shortlist

Fast Company: The 10 Best Business and Productivity Books of 2015

Forbes: 15 Best Business Books of 2015

The Globe and Mail: Top 10 leadership and management books of 2015

Holy Kaw!/Alltop: Top 100 Business Books of 2015


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