A year-long leadership development course, divided into short, weekly lessons, based on Peter Drucker's personal coaching program, previously unpublished material, and selected readings from the management guru's classic works, compiled by his longtime collaborator Joseph A. Maciariello.
A Year with Peter Drucker distills the essence of Peter Drucker's personal mentorship program into an easy-to-follow 52-week course, exploring the themes Drucker felt were most important to leadership development, including:
Leaders Must Set Sights on the Important and not the Urgent—a key differentiator between a subordinate and a chief. Management is a Human Activity—Process must serve people, in and out of the organization. The Roadmap to Personal Effectiveness—the importance of mission and doing the Right Things not just Getting Things Done. The critical importance of leadership succession especially at top ranks of the organization.
Each weekly management meditation includes a lesson and a message or anecdote taken from Drucker's extensive body of work, as well as suggestions for further reading, reflective questions, and quick, easy prompts to help readers incorporate the knowledge they've learned into their daily work.
A lifetime of wisdom brilliantly honed into a single essential volume by Drucker's collaborator Joseph A. Maciariello, A Year with Peter Drucker gives both lifelong Drucker fans and young executives now discovering his brilliance an invaluable opportunity to learn directly from the late master.
Any book with the late management guru Peter Drucker's name on it is likely to draw a crowd. However, this one, compiled by Maciariello, Drucker's onetime student and longtime colleague, may leave readers feeling that, although Drucker's insight still has merit, its value might be waning in today's changing landscape. The book, as the title indicates, is meant to be savored one week at a time; each chapter features reading material that supports that week's theme and ends with "practicum prompts" featuring thought-provoking questions. Although most of the lessons are still current "defining purpose and mission," "succession decision" some seem timeworn or odd. Occasional references are dated. E-commerce receives only a minor mention. And today, when so many individuals and companies are finding ways to build successful businesses and "do good," Drucker's chapter on how to "Move from Success to Significance" feels redundant. Drucker's views on religion's place in American culture, particularly, will leave many readers cold. Still, the book (especially its latter half) may prove the perfect holiday gift for an older and accomplished business professional, one in the waning years of his or her career and with the time and inclination to reflect.