©2008 Peter F. Drucker Literary Estate; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers
No matter what you consider your role in the workplace to be, there will be something in this book to improve it. The personal insights and wisdom which come in the last few chapters are particularly enlightening, and are astoundingly good advice to anyone who will listen.
This audio book is very comprehensive and for my purpose, a bit too comprehensive. I listened to it once an I am only relistening certain chapters. There are a lot of topics around "management and the public institution" very philosophical management topics, details (e.g. John Smith, 1873-1935) etc.
But the chapters that I found useful, definitively have a lot of "beef" on it. Listening to the speaker for prolonged times can be strenuous (e.g. his voice is following me even after it's off...)
I would recommend the investment in time and money for this aufiobook. I bought the original edition of the book first and could not start it because it always seemed like a monumental task. The audiobook of the revised version helped me get over the hurdle. It is well read except for a few mispronunciations. The content is fantastic and condenses most of Druckers thought about the subject matter.
The length and details of the content, its practical examples from history and present. the narrator was the real joy and made the long journey of listening to the long hours of this book a pleasant journey. This book changed my life in many aspects, God bless the soles of everyone who put this book together.
All of it was a perfect, especially, the productivity and self development sections
best of the best in Management
many thanks for the narrator
I can't comment. I did not read the hard copy.
The ability to connect Drucker's findings and concepts to business reality.
Knowledge is power.
So many business gurus quote Drucker so it was nice to get the information from the horses mouth. Employees need to invest in their own human capital and businesses must embrace the knowledge worker.
Just about anything Peter Drucker ever wrote is worth reading and usually worth re-reading. However, there are two advisory notes about this audiobook. First, the text is not an update of Drucker's 1973 classic, "Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices," which is the closest thing to the one essential management book I know of. It's a compilation assembled from parts of that book and various articles he wrote in the 1980s and 1990s. Second, the narrator has a pompous, lecturing tone that quickly grows old. It's taken me months to finish this, because I can't stand listening to him for more than 30 minutes or so. What a pity they couldn't find a reader who understood that audiobooks are listened to by individuals, not by lecture halls.
Although I have really tried, I was not able to finish the entire book. Apart from the fact that the reader's voice is a bit annoying, the author likes to hammer every point thoroughly by repetition... over and over again. This book could potentially be 90% shorter by removing repetition. There are a few interesting points in this book to be honest, but it just doesn't justify the time spent reading it.
What a mistake! I found the narration on this to be simply horrible. I frequently listen to highly complex texts on audio, so the material was not challenging, but the voices were. Find something else to listen to. I really love the quality of audible's narrators, but this beyond the pale.
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