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Father of modern management, social commentator, and preeminent business philosopher Peter F. Drucker analyzed economics and society for more than 60 years. Now, for listeners everywhere who are concerned with the ways that management practices and principles affect the performance of organizations, individuals, and society, there is The Essential Drucker - an invaluable compilation of essential materials from the works of a management legend.

Containing 26 core selections, The Essential Drucker covers the basic principles and concerns of management and its problems, challenges, and opportunities, giving managers, executives, and professionals the tools to perform the tasks that the economy and society of tomorrow will demand of them.

©2001 Peter F. Drucker (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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Listen again and again

This was my first introduction to Drucker. It was extremely enlightening, and I will definitely have to listen to this again as there were too many ideas to contemplate.

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A very good use of 11 hours of your life

There are many great points in The Essential Drucker but as indicated in the subtitle, some of the information is quite dated. The book was published in 2000, nearly 20 years ago by now and some of the articles were written 60 years before that. Some would argue that the test of time proves it's worth, to which I would agree. Peter Drucker's business sense has proven the test of time but Peter's crystal ball wasn't perfect. You won't find a better source for business knowledge but you'll have to overlook some of the dated examples.

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One of the best management books I've read

This book opened my eyes on what management really is, beyond just business management. We are thought that management is all about business process but listening to this book, I realised that there is more than that.

Narrator performance is amazing and the book is eye opening for everyone aspiring to be a good or great manager.

Strongly recommend it.

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Drucker is the GOAT

Drucker is a legend and a philosopher-king. No wonder he is rightly deemed the business philosopher – his work transcends everything else out there, and is on the level of a fine art masterpiece or comparable achievement of human thought.

Much of the book is a straight compilation from The Effective Executive, Managing Oneself, and Innovation and entrepreneurship – but there are still many hidden gems throughout that I’ve not yet read anywhere else.

Narration was way too fast for the amount of content and its high level nature. I listened on 0.8x speed to make palatable.

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A must book for entrepreneurs

I have listened to many of Petee Druckers books but this one made the most sence.

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The foundation of business

after listening to the essential trucker, it will be my goal to fully dive into all of his writings. it is obvious that his philosophies are the foundation for so many business leaders and educators who have been successful.

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Drucker ' s story

the narrator was a great pick to help tell this story. although a lengthy and robust book...it has some superb nuggets on the world of the knowledge worker.

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Classic content, boring narration

A lot of stuff is definitely classic in this book, some is already outdated but relatively small portion compared to the age of this writing.

Narration is super boring and not expressive, so easy to loose the track when listening.

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Management of the Future

Drucker using his Forsight and experience predicts what are future age will evolve into. The now emergent information age of the knowledge worker and the rapid societal changes we are facing. a
An excellent read since much of what Drucker envisioned has come to pass.

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A lot more material than I expected

In my MBA, more than 20 years ago, I had to read In search of f Excellence.” I thought this would be much like that- it was not. There was more liberal arts here, for better or worse.