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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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A must for any manager

The book review the main concepts that Drukker has been writing for the last decades.

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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.

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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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Useful reference but some suspect facts and dogma

Good to hear the original much quoted concepts.

I'd be curious to know if the printed edition cites any references for 'facts' like "inequality is decreasing".
The reasonable advice on management is undermined by rants on good and bad political or social structures and human nature.

The compilation led to some repeats.

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Very Hard to Listen too on Audible

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Content of the book was great, overall person reading on Audible not so much. Made me realize how much the "voice" really affected my desire to listen to this book. Other books I am banging away, this book I made it through 5 hrs of content and it was a snooze fest.

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