Containing twenty-six selections, The Essential Drucker covers the basic principles and concerns of management and its problems, challenges, and opportunities, giving managers, executives, and professionals the tools to perform the tasks that the economy and society of tomorrow will demand of them.
"The book was envisioned to be less of an explanation of Drucker’s work and more of a general introduction to management as a whole, which just happens to use Drucker’s texts as its source. Because of this, it reads very much like a shorter text book. It covers a lot of the topics I learned about in my MBA Management classes."CPA Talent
"The Essential Drucker, edited and introduced by the man himself, is still remarkably fresh. The essays, a series of incontrovertible meditations on the art of management, are shot through with humanism. Drucker was never a headbanger and rarely a bore." Financial Times
"Make no mistake about it, when readingThe Essential Druckerone is given a backstage pass into the mind of a genius."Student Leadership University
Gallup Co. assembled a selected group of its social scientists to examine the 1 million employee interviews in its database in order to find which survey questions were most powerful in explaining worker's productive motivations on the job. Ultimately, 12 elements of work life emerged as the core of the unwritten
Management guru Peter Drucker widely regarded as the father of modern management. During his remarkable life and career, he inspired countless business and political leaders. Drucker's key business tents include: Serve the customer: The purpose of a business is to create and serve a customer. Act, don't just talk: Management takes hard work,
A half century ago, Peter Drucker put management on the map. Leadership has since pushed it off the map. We are now inundated with stories about the grand successes and even grander failures of the great leaders. But we have yet to come to grips with the simple realities of being
Shifting sands do not make for a sustainable structure. If your organization is to be robust and strong enough to weather any storm, the strength must come from the very core; the ability for each member of your team to execute daily and effectively towards your organization's most compelling goals. This
The quantity of work to be done, or that the manager chooses to do, during the day is substantial and the pace is unrelenting. Why do managers adopt this pace and workload? One major reason is the inherently open-ended nature of the job. The manager must always keep going, never sure
Effective leaders should earn trust. Otherwise, there won’t be any followers – and the only definition of a leader is someone who has followers.
Effective leaders are rarely “permissive”. But when things go wrong – and they always do – they do not blame others.
Every decision is like a surgery. It is an intervention into a system and therefore carries with it the risk of shock. One does not make unnecessary decisions any more than any good surgeon does unnecessary surgery.
One cannot build performance on weaknesses, let alone on something one cannot do at all. People therefore have to know their strengths so that they can know where they belong.
There has to be a clear-cut goal and all efforts have to be focused on it. And when those efforts begin to produce results, the innovator has to be ready to mobilize resources massively.
Every knowledge worker in a modern organization is an “executive” if, by virtue of his position or knowledge, he or she is responsible for a contribution that materially affects the capacity of the organization to obtain results.
Benchmarking assumes correctly that what one organization does, any other organization can do as well.
The most recent of tools used to obtain productivity information is benchmarking – comparing one’s performance with the best performance in the industry or, better yet, with the best anywhere in business.
What matters in the marketplace is the economic reality, the costs of the entire process, regardless of who owns what.
To compete successfully in an increasingly competitive global market, a company has to know the costs of its entire economic chain and has to work with other members of the chain to manage costs and maximize yield.
“Hierarchy,” and the unquestioning acceptance of it by everyone in the organization, is the only hope in a crisis.
In a situation of common peril, survival of all depends on clear command. If the ship goes down, the captain does not call a meeting, the captain gives an order.
One hears a great deal today about “the end of hierarchy”. This is blatant nonsense. In any institution there has to be a final authority, that is, a “boss” – someone who can make the final decisions and who can expect to be obeyed.
The purpose of the hospital is not to employ nurses and cooks. It is patient care. But to accomplish this purpose, nurses and cooks are needed. And in no time at all they form a work community with its own community tasks and community problems.
Management exists for the sake of the institution’s results. It has to start with the intended results and has to organize the resources of the institution to attain these results.
Objectives must be operational. They must be capable of being converted into specific assignments, as well as becoming the basis and the motivation for work and achievement.
Objectives must be derived from “what our business is, what it will be, and what it should be.” These are the action commitments through which the mission of a business is to be carried out, and the standards against which performance is to be measured.
Defining the purpose and mission of a business is difficult, painful, and risky. But it alone enables a business to set objectives, to develop strategies, to concentrate its resources, and to go to work.
To discharge its job, to produce economic goods and services, the enterprise has to have an impact on people, on communities, and on society.
A business enterprise (or any other institution) has only one true resource: People. It succeeds by making human resources productive.
The emergence of management has converted knowledge from social ornament and luxury into the true capital of economy.
The single most important thing to remember about any enterprise is that results exist only on the outside: the result of a business is a satisfied customer.
Neither the quantity of output nor the “bottom line” is by itself an adequate measure of the performance of management and enterprise. Market standing, innovation, productivity, development of people, quality, and financial results – all are crucial to an organization’s performance and to its survival.
Every enterprise requires commitment to common goals and shared values. Without such commitment, there is no enterprise; there is only a mob.
The manual worker had only economic goals and was content with economic rewards. The knowledge worker demands economic rewards too. But their presence is not enough. They need opportunity, they need achievement, and they need fulfillment. Only by being an effective executive can the knowledge worker obtain these satisfactions. Only executive
Written by Peter F. Drucker, “the” best management guru, writer, speaker, and consultant to ever live, it lays all the basics of what management is, how it should be carried out, and in which direction should it be heading. This reference book is an excellent source for any aspiring manager, whether
We know that the ability of government to perform social tasks is very limited indeed. But we also know that the non-profit discharge is a much bigger job than taking care of specific needs. We have come to realize that all non-profit institutions, whatever their specific concern, have something in common.