The Practical Drucker

The Practical Drucker

Applying the Wisdom of the World's Greatest Management Thinker

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American Management Association
Few thinkers have had a greater impact on business than Peter Drucker, the inventor of modern management, whose legacy continues to influence leaders around the globe. His keen observations about organizations took the form of deceptively simple truths and astute predictions. Concepts such as decentralization, outsourcing, the rise of the knowledge worker, the role of employees as assets, and a focus on the customer-it was Drucker who first expressed them, sometimes decades before they be came accepted wisdom. Although renowned as a thinker and idea generator, the "what" in his teachings was far more prevalent than the "how." Now, The Practical Drucker mines his vast body of work to pinpoint 40 applicable truths for solving real-world problems. Readers will find surprising insights and clear guidance on how to: * Engage employees and achieve outstanding performance * Remedy destructive office politics * Approach innovation * Ensure follow-through on good ideas by establishing controls * Handle a crisis * Become better decision makers by questioning assumptions * Determine which leadership style to use in which situation * Do more with less * Steer clear of the biggest traps that leaders fall into * Avoid the five deadly marketing sins * And much more In succinct, satisfying chapters, the book distills the practical wisdom from Drucker's myriad books, essays, articles and his decades of teaching and consulting into a set of fresh, vital lessons that will resonate today and for years to come.

Thomas Nelson
The Practical Drucker mines Peter Drucker’s vast body of work to pinpoint 40 applicable truths for solving real-world problems. In succinct, satisfying chapters, the book distills Drucker’s practical business wisdom into a set of fresh, vital lessons that will resonate today and for years to come.

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Author Cohen, who has written other books on Drucker, summarizes the ideas of pioneering management and leadership thinker Peter Drucker; Cohen is in a special position to do this because he was Drucker's first executive PhD graduate. While much of Drucker's writing concentrated on theory, the author draws on Drucker's books and articles to summarize Drucker's practical guidelines and problem-solving ideas. Material is grouped in sections on people, management, marketing and innovation, and the organization, offering advice on area such as business ethics, employee engagement, dealing with change, and crisis leadership. The author sprinkles in anecdotes on learning from and working with Drucker, and gives contemporary examples from business and the military. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : AMACOM, American Management Association, [2014]
ISBN: 9780814433492
Characteristics: ix, 277 pages ; 24 cm


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