Inside Drucker's Brain

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Penguin, Oct 16, 2008 - Business & Economics - 224 pages
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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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I highly recommend this book for anyone that has any aspect with running a company, business, or has aspirations to be a leader. There are many other books about Drucker and written by Drucker, but this is by far one of the best.


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Beyond the Information Revolution
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Jeffrey A. Krames is the bestselling author of Jack Welch and the 4E's of LeadershipThe Welch WayWhat the Best CEO's Know, and The Rumsfeld Way, among other books. He has written for The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalBarron'sChicago Tribune, and other publications.

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