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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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Amazon.com: 2015 Best Books of the Year: Business & Investing

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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A Mini-Guide to Peter Drucker’s Writings on the Future

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:

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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.

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My 2015 Claremont Drucker Days

On November 14, the Drucker School’s Drucker Day returned to the Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California for the first time in two years. (In 2014, it was held in Tokyo.) The day honors Peter Drucker, the school’s founder, and is a magnet for alumni and friends of the school, and always great for networking. I’ve written about my experiences there often, including in 2013, when I did a book signing for Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way. The theme this year was “The Creative Organization: Preparing & Managing Top Talent,” an extension of the 2013 theme, “The Creative Economy: Where Managers and Creatives Collaborate to Foster Innovation and Economic Value.”

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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.

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Peter Drucker: Ten Years After

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.
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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.

 

Drucker’s work continues to be amplified by the Drucker Institute and the Drucker School, both in Claremont, California.

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Nurturing Social Capital For Career Success

These are perfect days for introspection and focused

career planning. We can take advantage of the brief lull before a busy autumn, inside or outside the classroom or workplace.

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In that spirit, librarians and other information professionals (current, in-transition and aspiring) will find the new book by Ulla de Stricker, Information Professionals’ Career Confidential: Straight Talk and Savvy Tips, to be particularly useful. The Toronto-based de Stricker is one of the best-known names in the information field, and has recently been in the limelight as one of two change agents tasked with helping SLA navigating its future. The book is also a terrific complement to Knowledge Management Practice in Organizations: The View from Inside; which I wrote about last year.

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Bitcoin Regulation and Enforcement: No Easy Answers

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).

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15 Eclectic Summer Reading Lists

Summer/beach reading lists are irresistible. I compiled some of the best in 2013, and earlier this month I tackled one specific topic in Bitcoin Beach Reading.

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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:

BloombergBusiness: These Are Wall Street’s Must-Read Books of the Summer
Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business: Faculty Summer Reading Recommendations 2015
EntrepreneurThe 7 Books Bill Gates Wants You to Read This Summer
Forbes: Profitable Summer Reads: 7 New Investment Classics
GOBankingRates: 25 Best Personal Finance Books for Your Summer Reading List
Informationweek.com: 10 Geekiest Beach Reads of 2015
Military Times: 10 new books: Something to read at the beach or on base
The New Yorker: What we’re reading this summer
Opensource.com: The 2015 open source summer reading list
Stanford Graduate School of Business: Seven Business Books for Your Summer Reading List: Top selections from alumni entrepreneurs around the world
TED: Your summer reading list: 70+ book picks from TED speakers and attendees
The University of Texas at Austin: Spend Your Summer Reading the Books UT Professors Love
USA TODAY: 25 hot books for summer
The Wall Street Journal: 10 Beach Books from J.P.

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Bitcoin Beach Reading

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.

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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.

The occasion for the April panel was the release earlier in the year of Vigna and Casey’s The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money are Challenging the Global Economic Order.

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