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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

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.

dick axelrod meetings cover image 2014

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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Peter Drucker and National Nurses Week

It is National Nurses Week; a time to honor a profession that has become increasingly crucial in a world focused on wellness. This celebration begins each year on May 6, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. Peter Drucker occasionally wrote about nursing in his books, and his influence on the profession is reflected in the 2012 blog post “5 Strategies for Managing Yourself,” by Rose Sherman; professor and  director of the Nursing Leadership Institute at Florida Atlantic University Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing.


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I included a section in chapter five of my book Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way on healing and our sense of the spiritual, featuring Dr.

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William A. Cohen and The Practical Drucker

One of the most admirable aspects of the work of Peter Drucker is its timeless quality. It will be endlessly applied now and in the future to projects, issues and strategies inside and outside the business world. This role-up-your-sleeves component is the focus of a terrific book published late last year, The Practical Drucker: Applying the Wisdom of the World’s Greatest Management Thinker, by William A. Cohen. I wrote about Cohen and his previous Drucker-related book, Drucker on Marketing: Lessons from the World’s Most Influential Business Thinker, in 2012.

Cohen has now written four books based on Drucker, based on both his intense, decades-long study and application of  the master’s thought, and on a long personal friendship, going back to his days as Drucker’s first executive PhD student in the 1970s.

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New Book Demystifies Knowledge Management

Perhaps because it is a relatively young discipline, the concept of knowledge management has seemed somewhat hazy, confusing and ill-defined. Depending on who is talking about it, the term can take on multiple meanings, not all of them helpful or accurate.

That’s why we should welcome the new book Knowledge Management Practice in Organizations: The View from Inside, by Ulla de Stricker, and six co-authors, published by IGI Global. Ulla, president of Canada-based de Stricker Associates, is one of the best-known and most visible people in the knowledge/information world, particularly within special libraries. She wrote two chapters and the preface, and co-authored another chapter with Constance Ard, who also wrote about the book in a recent blog post.

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Mindfulness Marches On

Can mindfulness get any hotter? The mainstream spotlight continues to grow on this subject, which I have blogged about several times. In particular, see Time magazine’s seven page February 3, 2014 cover story, “The Art of Being Mindful.” And Mindful magazine continues to do interesting work. The cover story of the February 2014 issue, “No Blueprint, Just Love,” is an eight page interview with one of the best-known figures in the field, Jon Kabat-Zinn, who is also a major presence in the Time article.


Kabat-Zinn, founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, began his Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as a small project in 1979, and it has grown to worldwide prominence.

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