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.
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.
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.
While not meant to be exhaustive, here is a brief guide to Drucker’s writing with revolution in the title:
“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.
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?
Many of Peter Drucker’s books include references to future-oriented topics. There is a four-page selected reader’s guide to these writings in my book Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way. I’ve adapted that section for this streamlined guide to some of the books that will help you navigate the future most successfully:
The Age of Discontinuity: Guidelines to our Changing Society (1969): This is about the broad changes Drucker identified that were happening in society at the end of the turbulent decade of the 1960s, as exemplified by the title to Chapter 1: “The End of Continuity.”
The Drucker Lectures (2010): The final chapters are “The Future of the Corporation,” Parts 1-4, from lectures given in 2003 at the Claremont Graduate University.
There was a sense of new beginnings and reinventions at the latest event, partially through the re-energizing of the school’s alumni, but also through the promise of the new academic programs based around the creative economy/organizations, and the opening remarks of the new Dean of the school, Tom Horan.
November 11, 2015 marks the ten-year anniversary of Peter Drucker’s death. Yet the ideas and influence of Drucker, who lived to be 95, remain as strong and influential as ever.
The activity centered around and honoring Drucker’s life and work remains highly admirable and meaningful. Last week, November 5-6, was the 7th Global Drucker Forum, in Vienna, Austria; from the Drucker Society Europe. It has become a major event in the world of management, featuring top leaders/thought leaders from around the world.
A major theme running through the June 26 American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section National Institute on Bitcoin and Other Digital Currencies in Washington, D.C. was how to balance regulation compliance and law enforcement while allowing for innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit that has flourished around the bitcoin ecosystem in its short existence.
The ABA’s write-up of the event focuses mainly on the remarks of the two keynote speakers, U.S. Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell, who heads the criminal division; and Jamal El-Hindi, the recently named deputy director of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).
In the spirit of the great variety of summer reading guides of all types, here are some of the most eye-catching of the year so far, with special emphasis on business, leadership, technology, personal finance and self-improvement:
The technological/cultural revolutions behind bitcoin and related cryptocurrencies, and the online public ledger blockchain that bitcoin operates on, are steadily gaining more public awareness, both positive and negative.
In April, I attended a highly interesting bitcoin/blockchain panel discussion featuring Wall Street Journal reporters Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey, at the D.C. headquarters of Consumers’ Research, which has lately taken a keen interest and involvement in these subjects. Kyle Burgess, the organization’s director of operations, recently participated in the Block Chain Summit, hosted by Richard Branson on Necker Island. You can read her takeaways here.