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.
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:
As 2018 ends, let’s mark the 25th anniversary of one of Peter Drucker’s most significant (though lesser-known) books, The Ecological Vision: Reflections on the American Condition. Although it is in the category of his collections of (mostly) previously published articles and essays rather than all-new material, it is worth reading not only for the content, but also as a way of better getting to know Drucker as a human being and an author.
At 466 pages, it contains a wealth of material, divided into eight parts. And as Drucker provides a new introduction for each part, he opens valuable windows into his thinking and his craft, while placing each chapter in historical and intellectual context.
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.
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:
In a world where more people are or will be participating in some form of the Gig Economy, it can seem like everyone is spending more time selling and marketing to everyone else. However, few are prepared for how to build consistent credibility and confidence, confront fear and dread, and believably present our ideas to others, whether individuals, groups, or audiences.
“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
“If you want to diagram my work, in the center is writing, then comes consulting, then comes teaching.
“The fact is that each writer creates his precursors. His work modifies our conception of the past, as it will modify the future.” – Jorge Luis Borges, Kafka and His Precursors, 1951, in Selected Non-Fictions, page 365; 2000, translated by Eliot Weinberger
August 24 will mark the 119th anniversary of the birth of the Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges. As with last year and in some previous years, I like to honor his life with a post that ideally captures his spirit in some way. This year I call attention to 19 books, all published long after his 1986 death; many containing new translations, added introductions by important writers, or new artwork:
Two lesser-known, but important people associated with Peter Drucker, John E. Flaherty and Tony Bonaparte, passed away in recent years. Flaherty died in 2016, and like Drucker, lived to be 95. Bonaparte died in 2014 at the age of 76.
Everyone is looking for an edge in today’s uncertain economy. Perhaps a somewhat counterintuitive guide to thriving in this era is Michael Nesmith, who has been a part of pop culture for more than 50 years, since his mid-1960s days as a member of The Monkees. These thoughts are prompted by his book Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff, released last year in hardback and recently in paperback.
The book (only partly about his experience in The Monkees) is a candid look at a varied life, one in which he owns up to often being his own worst enemy. His honesty about his personal and professional shortcomings and what he has attempted to learn from them is admirable and not something many authors would easily admit.