The Definitive Drucker: Challenges For Tomorrow's Executives -- Final Advice From the Father of…

Hardcover | January 4, 2007

byElizabeth Edersheim

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“We need a new theory of management. The assumptions built into business today are not accurate.”-Peter Drucker

For sixteen months before his death, Elizabeth Haas Edersheim was given unprecedented access to Peter Drucker, widely regarded as the father of modern management. At Drucker's request, Edersheim, a respected management thinker in her own right, spoke with him about the development of modern business throughout his life-and how it continues to grow and change at an ever-increasing rate.

The Definitive Drucker captures his visionary management concepts, applies them to the key business risks and opportunities of the coming decades, and imparts Drucker's views on current business practices, economic changes, and trends-many of which he first predicted decades ago. It also sheds light onto issues such as why so many leaders fail, the fragility of our economic systems, and the new role of the CEO. Drucker's insights are divided into five main themes that the modern organization needs to, as Drucker would say, “create tomorrow” by

  • Connecting with customers
  • Innovating without abandoning what works
  • Developing lasting partnerships
  • Creating and retaining knowledge workers
  • Establishing disciplined decision making

    Drucker's penetrating questions, posed to those seeking his advice, helped business, corporate, and political leaders throughout the 20th century to see their work in a new perspective, and create phenomenal innovation. Edersheim's extensive interviews with some of these luminaries, including Warren Bennis, Ram Charan, Bill Gates, George Gallup, Jr. and A.G. Lafley offer compelling commentary on Drucker's vast influence.

    Delivering keen analysis and revealing insights into business, The Definitive Drucker is a celebration of this extraordinary man and his life's work, as well as a unique opportunity to learn from Drucker's final business lessons how to strategize, compete, and triumph in any market.

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“We need a new theory of management. The assumptions built into business today are not accurate.”-Peter DruckerFor sixteen months before his death, Elizabeth Haas Edersheim was given unprecedented access to Peter Drucker, widely regarded as the father of modern management. At Drucker's request, Edersheim, a respected management thinker...

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“An invaluable contribution, reminding us that Drucker's work is as pertinent in the 21st century as it was in the 20th.”-John. W. Bachmann, Senior Partner, Edward Jones“As close as you can get to the wisdom of Drucker and how his stunning intelligence can be applied to every modern organization.”-Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor...

Elizabeth Haas Edersheim is a strategic consultant who works both with Fortune 500 companies and private equity investors. Prior to founding her own firm, New York Consulting Partners, Edersheim was one of the first female partners at McKinsey & Company. Her previous book, McKinsey's Marvin Bower, illustrates the business life and ide...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:9.5 × 6.1 × 1 inPublished:January 4, 2007Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insights that apply today I have had Peter Drucker influence my attitudes and ideas about business right from my early years. I was inspired to write my first book, The Power of Strategy in Drucker's easy, humble style which made his concepts so accessible. I still use his quotes in my client work and in my latest book, Money Magnet.
Date published: 2009-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Drucker for Today I had the immense pleasure of spending time with Peter Drucker a few years back. The author has done a terrific job of capturing Drucker’s visionary management concepts and applying them to today’s key business and leadership challenges. This book has a wonderful foreword about Drucker written by my dear friend A.G. Lafley, Chairman and CEO, Procter & Gamble. I write extensively about how Lafley thinks in my latest book The Opposable Mind. In this foreword you learn a lot about how much Drucker influenced Lafley’s thinking.
Date published: 2008-01-09

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"Illuminating... Ms. Edersheim allows a bright light to shine out, even now, from the mind of Peter Drucker."