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Top 10 Takeaways From Drucker Day 2019

The Drucker School, part of Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, honored its namesake, Peter Drucker, March 9 with Drucker Day 2019. The theme was “A Spotlight on Organizations – and Their Leaders – That Contribute to a Functioning Society.” The concept of (and aspiration for) a functioning society was a longtime touchstone for Drucker, and the focus of his 2003 book, A Functioning Society: Community, Society, and Polity in the Twentieth Century.

Photos courtesy of Claremont Graduate University

As I wrote in 2017, I’ve attended and sometimes participated in this event for more than a decade.

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19 Peter Drucker Quotes to Inspire You in 2019

The new year is already more than two weeks old. As I have done periodically, t’s time for another curation of Peter Drucker’s quotes to help you power through the work week, weekend, and return to throughout the year. Whether or not you’ve made new year’s resolutions, Drucker’s words of wisdom will help you get and stay on track in 2019:

1. “You have to make something different out of yourself, rather than just find a new supply of energy.” – Drucker on Asia, 1995
2. “It is futile to try to guess what products and processes the future will want.

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18 Curated Books of the Year Lists For 2018

At the beginning of the year, all things seem possible, especially for authors who will be publishing books during the next 12 months. The fortunate few will see their efforts rewarded by landing on various best-of-the-year lists.

As in several previous years, I have collected and curated some of the most interesting lists. Some, but not all, are focused on the best business/leadership/management books of the year. But even those lists, especially those that reached out to various leaders for their recommendations, were not strictly bound to those genres. In that spirit, enjoy these 18 lists for 2018:

800-CEO-READ: The 2018 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards

Bloomberg: The Best Books of 2018

BookBub: The Best Business Books of 2018

CNBC: Business books recommended by Bill Gates, Barack Obama and other successful people

Esquire: The Best Books of 2018

Financial Times: ‘Bad Blood’ wins the FT and McKinsey Business Book of 2018

Foreign Policy: The Books We Read in 2018

Fortune: The Best Books of 2018, According to CEOs

The Guardian: Best Books of The Year

Inc.com: The 10 Best Business Books of 2018

Kottke.org: The Best Books of 2018

The New York Times: The 10 Best Books of 2018

The New Yorker: The Best Books of 2018

NPR: NPR’s Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2018’s Great Reads

Publishers Weekly: Best Books of 2018

strategy+business: Best Business Books 2018

Thrillist: The 32 Best Books of 2018

Yahoo!

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Peter Drucker and Operationalizing Effectiveness

Last year, I wrote about the 50th anniversary edition of Peter Drucker’s classic The Effective Executive. While it is deservedly considered to be one of his greatest books, it does not always provide hands-on advice on what executives must do to become effective.

Many answers were later found in a book I mentioned in the post, The Effective Executive in Action: A Journal for Getting the Right Things Done. Written with his longtime friend and Drucker School teaching colleague Joseph A. Maciariello, the book appeared in early 2006, a couple of months after Drucker’s death at 95.

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16 Assorted Peter Drucker Quotes on Change, Decisions, and Marketing

Following up on my earlier posts about Peter Drucker quotes to energize your work week (and beyond), this new post concentrates on quotes covering a 50-year period on topics that will never lose their importance:

Change

“Business is society’s change agent.” – The Executive in Action, 1996

“An organization must be organized for constant change.” – The Daily Drucker, 2004

“It is therefore a central 21st- century challenge for management that its organization become a change leader.” – Management Challenges for the 21st Century, 1999

“The most effective way to manage change successfully is to create it.” – A Functioning Society, 2003

“To survive and succeed, every organization will have to turn itself into a change agent.” – A Functioning Society, 2003

“One cannot manage change.

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15 Powerful Peter Drucker Quotes on Achievement/Productivity, Teaching, and Time Management

As a follow-up to my January 30, 2018 post “28 Peter Drucker Quotes to Energize Your Work Week,” here are 15 curated Drucker quotes (and the books you can find them in) on topics that are vital to all knowledge workers:

Achievement/Productivity

“Achievement is addictive.” – Management: Revised Edition, 2008

“The beacons of productivity and innovation must be our guideposts.” – The Ecological Vision, 1993

“Finally there is one continuing theme, from my earliest to my latest book: the freedom, the dignity, the status of the person in modern society, the role and function of organization as instrument of human achievement, human growth and human fulfillment, and the need of the individual for both, society and community.” – The Ecological Vision, 1993

“Success always obsoletes the very behavior that achieved it.” – Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices, 1974

“To get at the new and better, you have to throw out the old, outworn, obsolete, no longer productive, as well as the mistakes, failure and misdirections of effort of the past.” – Managing for the Future, 1992

 

Teaching

“If you want to diagram my work, in the center is writing, then comes consulting, then comes teaching.

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How to Be an Employee the Peter Drucker Way

On May 31, 1964, fifty-four years ago tomorrow, Peter Drucker gave the commencement address at the University of Scranton, in my home town of Scranton, Pa. I was a young boy at the time and was not aware of who Drucker was. Many years later, I wrote about the address in the 2012 blog post “Peter Drucker’s 1964 Commencement Address: The Knowledge Revolution,” and the following year in my book Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way.

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I was pleasantly surprised to discover recently that the Drucker Archives has posted an online digital copy of the June 1, 1964 Scranton Times article about Drucker’s commencement address, “410 Given Degrees at U of S: Graduates Termed ‘True Capitalists’ by Professor at NYU.” I’ve long had a photocopy of that article, which includes the text of his address, as well as of how he was introduced.

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Tom Butler-Bowdon’s Latest Book: 50 Business Classics

One of the featured titles in 50 Business Classics, the newly-released, latest title in the 50 Classics series by Tom Butler-Bowdon, is The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business, by Josh Kaufman. Alternately, by carefully reading and absorbing the contents of 50 Business Classics (and perhaps some of the other books in the series, such as the recently-released 50 Economics Classics), you could build a different foundation for your own personal MBA.

Butler-Bowdon, whom I have written about often, was born to write these concise books, which succinctly distill the right amount of wisdom from key works in various disciplines.

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Max De Pree, Peter Drucker and the Art of Leadership

I was saddened recently to learn of the August 8th death, at 92, of Max De Pree, who had an illustrious career as CEO and Chairman of the innovative furniture/design company Herman Miller.

In 1989, after he retired as CEO but while remaining as Chairman, he also started a parallel career as a best-selling leadership author; particularly with his first book, Leadership is an Art; the follow-up Leadership Jazz, and in 1997, with Leading Without Power: Finding Hope in Serving Community. These slim volumes are eloquent, full of wisdom of various types, and spiritually reflective of De Pree’s deep Christian faith.

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15 Years After: Reflections on my 2002 Drucker USAT Los Angeles Interview

On July 5, 2002, USA TODAY published my interview/feature story on Peter Drucker, “Scandals Nothing New to Business Guru.” He and I were both in Los Angeles for the SLA/Special Libraries Association annual conference; I was an attendee and he was one of the keynote speakers. (Last week I wrote about the 2017 SLA annual conference in Phoenix.)  It was the first time I had interviewed him in person; I’d interviewed him on earlier occasions for USA TODAY, by trading faxes.

The success of that interview, conducted over four hours the night before his keynote, and the subsequent article, emboldened me a couple of months later to finally start on an idea I’d had for quite some time, to write a book about Drucker and the individual, as opposed to Drucker and the organization.

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