The most accessible guide to the essential ideas of the inventor of modern management”.
In late 2003, ninety-four-year-old Peter Drucker invited Jeffrey Krames to his home for an unprecedented day-long interview. He spoke candidly about his seminal management principles, his enormous body of work (thirty-eight books over six decades), and the leaders he had advised over the years (including Jack Welch).
Krames used the insights he gained that day to create Inside Drucker’s Brain--a compact guide to the great man’s wisdom. Krames had no intention of writing a biography, but rather a book that would showcase Drucker’s most important ideas and strategies, and explain why they are just as useful today as they were decades ago.
Drucker’s biggest contribution was a mind-set, not a methodology. He focused on prodding managers to ask the right questions, to look beyond what they thought they knew, and to focus on tomorrow rather than yesterday. If anything, this mind-set is more valuable in the digital age than it was in the industrial age.
This user-friendly book will help readers grasp all of Drucker’s key ideas on leadership, strategy, innovation, personal effectiveness, career development, and many other topics.
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Jeffrey A. Krames is the bestselling author of Jack Welch and the 4E's of Leadership, The Welch Way, What the Best CEO's Know, and The Rumsfeld Way, among other books. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Chicago Tribune, and other publications.From Booklist:
*Starred Review* Editor and publisher Krames parlays six hours spent with the late father of management, Peter Drucker, into a book worthy of reading and rereading. In December 2003, Krames flew to Southern California in anticipation of two full days of conversation with the 94-year-old guru—and dozens of questions then scaled back to a little more than a half day and six queries. Nonetheless, the result is masterful. Fifteen chapters distill the essence of Vienna-born Drucker, snippets of his life, and a 360-degree appreciation of his prescience. One example is called “Execution First and Always,” which anticipates by many decades the publication of a full range of theories and tactics on the importance of implementation in business, from Larry Bossidy to Ram Charan. Although the importance of people and employees has always been acknowledged but not necessarily trumpeted in U.S. corporations, Drucker, via Krames, delivers a hard-nosed warning about the mandate to treat workers as partners, keep them in the loop, and to remember that, above all, people decisions are the most important decisions. Drucker’s life comes alive in the insertions of information, including his escape from Nazi Germany and the extent of his worldwide audience. A must-read for anyone in business, beginner or wizened pro. --Barbara Jacobs
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