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A year with Peter Drucker : 52 weeks of coaching for leadership effectiveness
Maciariello, Joseph A., author.
First edition.
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New York : HarperBusiness, 2014.
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xix, 472 pages ; 24 cm
A year-long leadership development course, divided into short, weekly lessons, based on Peter Drucker's personal coaching program, previously unpublished material, and selected readings from the management guru's classic works, compiled by his longtime collaborator Joseph A. Maciariello.
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"Based on the work of Peter F. Drucker."
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A year-long leadership development course, divided into short, weekly lessons, based on Peter Drucker's personal coaching program, previously unpublished material, and selected readings from the management guru's classic works, compiled by his longtime collaborator Joseph A. Maciariello.

A Year with Peter Drucker distills the essence of Peter Drucker's personal mentorship program into an easy-to-follow 52-week course, exploring the themes Drucker felt were most important to leadership development, including:

Leaders Must Set Sights on the Important and not the Urgent--a key differentiator between a subordinate and a chief. Management is a Human Activity--Process must serve people, in and out of the organization. The Roadmap to Personal Effectiveness--the importance of mission and doing the Right Things not just Getting Things Done. The critical importance of leadership succession especially at top ranks of the organization.

Each weekly management meditation includes a lesson and a message or anecdote taken from Drucker's extensive body of work, as well as suggestions for further reading, reflective questions, and quick, easy prompts to help readers incorporate the knowledge they've learned into their daily work.

A lifetime of wisdom brilliantly honed into a single essential volume by Drucker's collaborator Joseph A. Maciariello, A Year with Peter Drucker gives both lifelong Drucker fans and young executives now discovering his brilliance an invaluable opportunity to learn directly from the late master.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Any book with the late management guru Peter Drucker's name on it is likely to draw a crowd. However, this one, compiled by Maciariello, Drucker's onetime student and longtime colleague, may leave readers feeling that, although Drucker's insight still has merit, its value might be waning in today's changing landscape. The book, as the title indicates, is meant to be savored one week at a time; each chapter features reading material that supports that week's theme and ends with "practicum prompts" featuring thought-provoking questions. Although most of the lessons are still current-"defining purpose and mission," "succession decision"-some seem timeworn or odd. Occasional references are dated. E-commerce receives only a minor mention. And today, when so many individuals and companies are finding ways to build successful businesses and "do good," Drucker's chapter on how to "Move from Success to Significance" feels redundant. Drucker's views on religion's place in American culture, particularly, will leave many readers cold. Still, the book (especially its latter half) may prove the perfect holiday gift for an older and accomplished business professional, one in the waning years of his or her career and with the time and inclination to reflect. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xvii
Effective Leaders
Week 1 Developing Leaders, Not Functionaries: Effective Leaders Get the Right Things Done and You Can Trust Themp. 3
Week 2 Questions to Ask Before Committing a Portion of Your Life to the Service of an Organizationp. 9
Management is a Human Activity
Week 3 Three Fundamental Questions for a Functioning Society of Organizationsp. 17
Week 4 Education and Management: Keys to Economic Developmentp. 25
Week 5 Management Rooted in the Nature of Realityp. 34
Setting Your Sights on the Important, Not the Urgent
Week 6 Make the Important Rather Than the Urgent Your Priority in Lifep. 45
Week 7 Manage in Two Time Dimensionsp. 51
The Road Map to Personal Effectiveness
Week 8 Concentrationp. 59
Week 9 Organize Work for Effectivenessp. 65
Week 10 Information Literacy for Executive Effectivenessp. 71
Week 11 Principles of Professional Leadership and Managementp. 78
Management in a Pluralistic Society of Organizations
Week 12 Management "The Governing Organ of All Institutions of Modern Society"p. 95
Week 13 The First Job in Any Organization Is to Make Top Management Effectivep. 104
Week 14 Control by Mission and Strategy, Not by Hierarchyp. 111
Week 15 Sustaining the Spirit of an Organizationp. 118
Navigating a Society in Transition
Week 16 Our Problems in the United States Are Social Problemsp. 127
Week 17 Rough Period of Transition Ahead for Americap. 133
Week 18 A Major Period of Transition for Society and Individualsp. 139
Week 19 Seeing the Future That Has Already Happened: Social and Demographic Changes Emerging in the United Statesp. 147
Week 20 Seeing the Future That Has Already Happened: Turmoil in Educationp. 155
Maintaining Your Organization through Change
Week 21 Continuity and Changep. 163
Week 22 Systematic Abandonment and Innovationp. 170
Week 23 Using the Mission Statement to Create Unity in the Organizationp. 177
Week 24 A Primer on Market Research of Noncustomersp. 184
Week 25 Phase Changes as Organizations Grow and Changep. 192
Structuring Your Organization
Week 26 Centralization, Confederation, and Decentralizationp. 203
Week 27 The Networked Organization: A Model for the Twenty-First Centuryp. 209
Managing Your Members
Week 28 Managing the Superstarp. 219
Week 29 A Second Chance for Failuresp. 225
Week 30 What Kind of Organizations Does America Need to Strengthen Societyp. 231
The Succession Decision
Week 31 The Succession Decision: Maintaining the Spirit of the Organizationp. 241
Week 32 Planning for Succession in Organizationsp. 249
Lessons from the Social Sector on the Power of Purpose
Week 33 Missionp. 265
Week 34 Accommodating Various Constituencies in a Missionp. 271
Week 35 The Salvation Armyp. 278
Week 36 Diffusion of Innovation-Public Schoolsp. 286
Week 37 Application of Peter Drucker's Methodology of Social Ecologyp. 294
Developing Oneself from Success to Significance
Week 38 Pursuing Significance After Successp. 307
Week 39 Work in an Area of Your Unique Contributionp. 312
Week 40 Individuals May Need a Process to Help Them Move from Success to Significancep. 318
Week 41 Where Do I Really Belong?p. 324
Week 42 Halftime Is an Entrepreneurial Enterprisep. 330
Week 43 A Catalyst to Help People Manage Themselves and Move to the Second Half of Their Livesp. 336
Character and Legacy
Week 44 Our Society in the United States Has Lost Its Sweetnessp. 343
Week 45 The Power of Purpose: Rick Warren on Peter Druckerp. 350
Week 46 The Stewardship of Affluence and the Stewardship of Influencep. 357
Week 47 Making Ourselves Useful to Others and to Ourselvesp. 364
Week 48 What Do Leaders Stand For?p. 369
Week 49 Yon Become a Person by Knowing Your Valuesp. 375
Week 50 What Do You Want to Be Remembered For?p. 381
Week 51 "We Mentor... Because We Can Envision What a Person Can Become"p. 388
Week 52 Peter Drucker's Ten Principles for Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life, As Reported by Bob Bufordp. 393
Lessons Learnedp. 401
Appendixp. 414
Notesp. 434
Bibliographyp. 445
Indexp. 451