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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 the 25th Anniversary of The Ecological Vision

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.

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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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Rob Jolles on Why People Don’t Believe You…And What You Can Do About It

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.

Enter Rob Jolles, a master-communicator who builds on his lengthy career in sales, sales training, professional speaking, and coaching in his newly-published, sixth book, Why People Don’t Believe You…Building Credibility from the Inside Out. He honors the fact that for most readers, time is precious and limited.

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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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19 Eclectic Books for 119 Years of Borges

“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:

The Aleph and Other Stories, Introduction by Andrew Hurley, 2004
The Book of Imaginary Beings (Classics Deluxe Edition), illustrated by Peter Sis, 2006
The Book of Sand and Shakespeare’s Memory, 2007
Borges at Eighty: Conversations, 2013
Brodie’s Report, 2005
Collected Fictions, 1999
Everything and Nothing (New Directions Pearls series), 2010
Ficciones (Everyman’s Library Contemporary Classics Series), Introduction by John Sturrock, 1993
Jorge Luis Borges: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (The Last Interview Series), 2013
Labyrinths; With a new introduction by William Gibson, 2007
On Argentina, Introduction by Alfred MacAdam, 2010
On Writing, 2010
Professor Borges: A Course on English Literature, 2013
Selected Non-Fictions, 2000
Selected Poems, 2000
Seven Conversations with Jorge Luis Borges, 2010
Seven Nights (From lectures on Buddhism, The Kabbalah, blindness, and more; delivered in Buenos Aires in 1977), 2009
The Sonnets (Dual language edition with parallel texts), introduction by Stephen Kessler, 2010
This Craft of Verse (The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures), 2002

These books have much to offer to both dedicated Borges followers, and new fans of his incomparable work.

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Remembering John E. Flaherty and Tony Bonaparte, Friends and Associates of Peter Drucker

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.

Both men considered Drucker to be a mentor, but their roles in Drucker’s life, and their professional accomplishments, went well beyond that. Both had long and distinguished careers in academia, including, coincidentally, as Dean of the Lubin School of Business at Pace University in New York. Bonaparte also had a lengthy association with St. John’s University.

Flaherty and Bonaparte came into contact with Drucker in the midcentury years when he was a professor at New York University.

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Learn from the Michael Nesmith Curriculum

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.

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