Drucker backs up his main points with a wealth of knowledge of the history of the evolution of business. One page we are tracing the development of bank financing in Germany, on another how Watson's interest in astronomy was a catalyst for IBM's development of the first commercially successful business computer.
Fascinating book. No problem with the narration, either.
This is a great book about a unique time in history and a few high achievers who mostly came from blue-collar backgrounds who were in thick of it, making surprisingly seat-of-the-pants decisions.
What is interesting is many of the companies that made it through the bubble collapse are still around and even profitable, and have changed our lives. While most of us still go to the store to get grocieries, how we research purchases, buy books, music and many other items has changed.
It's worth adding that Eric Conger does a great job of narrating a very good book and bringing the entertaining dialog to life.
If this is at all an interesting subject to you, I recomend this book.
I was excited and quickly snapped up the title on the topic of on-time/on-target delivery by the famous Ken Blanchard. Chapter 1 intro-ed a fictional character, Bob the manager, as an example of procrastination. Then, as chapter after chapter rolled on I realized I?d be trapped in this trite format for the entire book. Worse, the narrator played Bob in an idiotic tone, which left me cringing. I didn?t admire the Bob character at any point, which was the only vehicle used to communicate the central points. If you like fictional characters as a way of getting a point across?like the ?who moved my cheese? concept, you might find this okay. The points weren?t bad---just diluted by a lot of fluff. If you prefer analytically-based, detailed action plan, testimonial-type information, you may not like this book.
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