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Peter Drucker: Conceptual Resources

about Peter Drucker — a political - social ecologist

The Über Mentor

Remembering Peter Drucker
from the November 2009 issue of The Economist

Top of the “food chain”

drucker business week

A social ecologist
(a different way of thinking
— lead to his top-of-the-food-chain reputation)

“To know something,
to really understand something important,
one must look at it from sixteen different angles.

People are perceptually slow,
and there is no shortcut to understanding;
it takes a great deal of time.” read more

Drucker is the antidote to the flood of bad advice
spewed from tunnel vision experts lacking an awareness of “world dynamics.”
Have they actually tested their advice in a changing world?

Why Peter Drucker Distrusted Facts (HBR blog)

“He had an unparalleled grasp of the big picture”
Bob Buford

“The more we dug into the formative stages and inflection points of companies like
General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Hewlett-Packard,
Merck and Motorola, the more we saw Drucker’s intellectual fingerprints.

David Packard’s notes and speeches from the foundation years at HP
so mirrored Drucker’s writings that I conjured an image of Packard
giving management sermons with a classic Drucker text in hand … ”
— Jim Collins author of Built to Last, Good to Great, and How the Mighty Fall

No human being has built a better brand
by just managing himself

Harvard Business Review

Google web search Peter Drucker

Google site search Peter Drucker




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“I am not a ‘theoretician’; through my consulting practice I am in daily touch with the concrete opportunities and problems of a fairly large number of institutions, foremost among them businesses but also hospitals, government agencies and public-service institutions such as museums and universities.

And I am working with such institutions on several continents: North America, including Canada and Mexico; Latin America; Europe; Japan and South East Asia.” — PFD



Drucker wrote several kinds of books that together create a more complete worldview. They are valuable attention directing tools. How else could your brain explore?

bbx The comprehensive management books provide a structural and conceptual framework.

bbx The time related management books add dimensions, depth, and details.

bbx The toward tomorrows and essay collections provide a backdrop of insight into situations, backgrounds, and settings in which management has an opportunity to go after results and performance.

Even the older brainscapes are useful for figuring out how he saw these things and where he looked.

Dense reading and Dense listening and Thinking broad and Thinking detailed

The human the brain has no natural way to bring itself to focus on the real tomorrows. His work may help.

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Topic areas



topic and time

Combined outline of Drucker's books — useful for topic searching.

Process: find topic; get Kindle version; word search; dictate notes to voice recognition software (Dragon NS or smart phone); calendarize — work something out in time.


Drucker’s Career Timeline And Bibliography


Invent Radium or I'll Pull Your Hair by Doris Drucker


Most of the following contain interesting introductions and prefaces with key strategic concepts. Reading through a book's index is a valuable use of time.





Toward tomorrows (just below)

Comprehensive Management Books

Time Related Management Books

For individuals

Books about Drucker and his ideas

Drucker Essay Collections

Drucker Foundation




Toward tomorrows

from pyramids to dna

pyramid to dna

Toward unimagined futures

bbx The End of Economic Man: The Origins of Totalitarianism (1939) There’s still lots to learn here!!!!

The Future of Industrial Man (1943)

The New Society: The Anatomy of Industrial Order (1950)

bbx Landmarks of Tomorrow (1957)

bbx The Age of Discontinuity (1968)

bbx The New Realities (1988)

bbx Post-Capitalist Society (1993)

bbx Managing in the Next Society (2002); Last section originally published earlier in The Economist (




Comprehensive Management Books

About management

bbx Concept of the Corporation

bbx Practice of Management

bbx Managing for Results

bbx Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices

bbx Innovation and Entrepreneurship

bbx The Essential Drucker — An “introduction” to management for …

… But he—rightly—saw that the U.S. and U.K. (and probably altogether the Western) audience for such a work would be both broader and narrower than the audience for the Japanese venture.

It would be broader because there is in the West a growing number of people who, while not themselves executives, have come to see management as an area of public interest; there are also an increasing number of students in colleges and universities who, while not necessarily management students, see an understanding of management as part of a general education; and, finally, there are a large and rapidly growing number of mid-career managers and professionals who are flocking to advanced-executive programs, both in universities and in their employing organizations.

The focus would, however, also be narrower because these additional audiences need and want less an introduction to, and overview of, Drucker's work than they want a concise, comprehensive, and sharply focused Introduction to Management, and to management alone. …

bbx Peter Drucker on the Profession of Management (a collection of articles published in HBR)

bbx The future that has already happened

bbx Managing the Non-Profit Organization

bbx Management, Revised Edition

bbx Management Cases (Revised Edition)

bbx The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization




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“Time Related” Management Books

Important ways to “see” otherwise invisible aspects of reality and to relocate one's brain to unfamiliar territory.

Some of the chapter topics have made their way into The Daily Drucker

The subtopics below selected book titles are not the entire contents that book.

bbx Managing in Turbulent Times

bbx Toward the Next Economics and Other Essays


bbx The Changing World of The Executive

bbx A Scorecard for Management

… “bottom line” is not even an appropriate measure of management performance

bbx Performance in Appropriating Capital

bbx Performance on People Decisions

bbx Innovation Performance

bbx Planning Performance (reality vs. expectations)

bbx Learning From Foreign Management

bbx Demand responsibility from their employees

bbx Thought through their benefits policies more carefully

bbx Take marketing seriously — knowing what is value for the customer

bbx Base their marketing and innovation strategies on the systematic and purposeful abandonment

bbx Longer-term investment or opportunities budgets

bbx Leaders responsible for the development of proper policies in the national interest

bbx Aftermath of a Go-Go Decade

bbx Managing Capital Productivity

bbx Measuring Business Performance

Performance in a business means applying capital productively and there is only one appropriate yardstick of business performance: return on all assets employed or on all capital invested

bbx Good Growth and Bad Growth

bbx Managing the Knowledge Worker

bbx Frontiers of Management

bbx Measuring White Collar Productivity

bbx Getting Control of Staff Work

bbx Slimming Management’s Midriff

bbx The No-Growth Enterprise

bbx Why Automation Pays Off

bbx Managing for the Future

bbx The New Productivity Challenge

bbx Manage by walking around — Outside!

bbx Permanent cost cutting: permanent policy

bbx Four marketing lessons for the future

bbx Company performance: five telltale tests

bbx Market standing

bbx Innovative performance

bbx Productivity

bbx Liquidity and Cash Flows

bbx Profitability

bbx No Precise Readings

bbx The trend toward alliances for progress

bbx The emerging theory of manufacturing

bbx Sell the Mailroom. Unbundling in the ‘90s

bbx Managing in a Time of Great Change

bbx The theory of the business

bbx Planning for uncertainty

bbx The five deadly business sins

bbx Management Challenges for the 21st Century

bbx Managing in the Next Society




Landscape intel updates

How have things changed since the original was written?

And who will work on each of these — now and tomorrow?

What’s the information?

bbx What New Institutions Can be Seen?

The topics below are chapter title examples extracted from Drucker’s work. Additional topics can unearthed by more detailed analysis

bbx Trade Lessons from the World Economy

bbx Where the New Markets Are

bbx The Pacific Rim and the World Economy

bbx China’s Growth Markets

bbx The New Superpower. The Overseas Chinese

bbx Can the Democracies Win the Peace?

bbx The Transnational Economy

bbx The Futures Already Around Us

bbx From World Trade to World Investment

bbx The Lessons of the US Export Boom

bbx Low Wages. No Longer a Competitive Edge

bbx Help Latin America and Help Ourselves

bbx Mexico’s Ace in the Hole. The Maquiladora




Individually Aimed Books by Drucker

bbx Managing Oneself

bbx The Effective Executive

bbx The Effective Executive in Action

bbx The Executive in Action: Three Drucker Management Books on What to Do and Why and How to Do It

Managing for Results, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and The Effective Executive with a new preface by the author

bbx What Executives Should Remember (a valuable summary of several core concepts)

bbx The Daily Drucker (an introduction to broad range of his thoughts)

The Daily Drucker table of contents worksheet

bbx Drucker on Asia — A Dialogue Between Peter Drucker and Isao Nakauchi

bbx Adventures of a Bystander

Books about Drucker and his ideas

bbx Drucker and Me by Bob Buford

bbx The Definitive Drucker

Inside Drucker's Brain

bbx A Class With Drucker: The Lost Lessons of the World's Greatest Management Teacher

bbx Drucker on Leadership: New Lessons from the Father of Modern Management

bbx The Drucker Lectures: Essential Lessons on Management, Society, and Economy

bbx The Drucker Difference

bbx Drucker's Lost Art of Management: Peter Drucker’s Timeless Vision for Building Effective Organizations

bbx Drucker: A Life in Pictures




Drucker Essay Collections

Although written years ago, these essays can be valuable attention directing tools. They can take your brain to places (brain addresses and brain roads) it wouldn't naturally go. What has changed and what is likely to change?

bbx Technology, Management and Society

bbx Men, Ideas & Politics

bbx Toward the Next Economics and Other Essays

bbx The Ecological Vision: Reflections on the American Condition

bbx A Functioning Society: Selections from Sixty-Five Years of Writing on Community, Society, and Polity

The Drucker Foundation — aka Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute

bbx The Leader of the Future

bbx The Leader of the Future 2

bbx The Organization of the Future

bbx The Community of the Future




“Rarely in human history has any institution emerged as quickly
as management or had as great an impact so fast.

In less than 150 years, management has transformed
the social and economic fabric of the world’s developed countries.

It has created a global economy and set new rules for countries
that would participate in that economy as equals.

And it has itself been transformed.

Few executives are aware of the tremendous impact
management has had” … more



High tech is living in the nineteenth century, the pre-management world. They believe that people pay for technology. They have a romance with technology. But people don't pay for technology: they pay for what they get out of technology.” — The Frontiers of Management



“Management, that is, the “useful knowledge” that enables man for the first time to render productive people of different skills and knowledge working together in an “organization,” is an innovation of this century. It has converted modern society into something brand new, something, by the way, for which we have neither political nor social theory: a society of organizations.” — Innovation and Entrepreneurship



There is no point in asking which came first: the educational explosion of the last hundred years or the management that put this knowledge to productive use.

Modern management and modern enterprise could not exist without the knowledge base that developed societies have built.

But equally it is management, and management alone, that makes effective all this knowledge and these knowledgeable people.

The emergence of management has converted knowledge from social ornament and luxury into the true capital of any economy.

The function of organizations is to make knowledges productive.

Organizations have become central to society in all developed countries because of the shift from knowledge to knowledges.

He’s not talking about your job today



“That knowledge has become the resource,
rather than a resource,
is what makes our society “post-capitalist.”
This fact changes—fundamentally—the structure of society.
It creates new social and economic dynamics.
It creates new politics.

The post-capitalist society
is both a knowledge society and a society of organizations,
each dependent on the other and yet
each very different in its concepts, views, and values.

It is the very nature of knowledge
that it changes fast
and that today’s certainties
will be tomorrow’s absurdities.” — PFD



“AS WE ADVANCE deeper into the knowledge economy, the basic assumptions underlying much of what is taught and practiced in the name of management are hopelessly out of date.

They no longer fit reality.” — Management’s New Paradigms



The productivity of knowledge is going to be the determining factor
in the competitive position of a company, an industry, an entire country.

No country, industry, or company has any “natural” advantage or disadvantage.

The only advantage it can possess is the ability to exploit universally available knowledge.

The only thing that increasingly will matter
in national as in international economics
is management’s performance in making knowledge productive.”
Knowledge: Its Economics and Productivity



Managing Oneself contains the following:

Successful careers are not planned.

They develop when people are prepared for opportunities because they know their strengths, their method of work, and their values.

Knowing where one belongs can transform an ordinary person—hardworking and competent but otherwise mediocre—into an outstanding performer.

… And we will have to stay mentally alert and engaged during a 50-year working life, which means knowing how and when to change the work we do.

More here

Managing Oneself is a REVOLUTION in human affairs.

It requires new and unprecedented things from the individual, and especially from the knowledge worker.

For in effect it demands that each knowledge worker THINK and BEHAVE as a Chief Executive Officer.

It also requires an almost 180-degree change in the knowledge workers’ thoughts and actions from what most of us—even of the younger generation—still take for granted as the way to think and the way to act.




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Drucker books Dense reading and listening challenge questions Thinking broad and detail

What do these … mean? An opportunity




Following illustrations suggest a conceptual processing system

Managing Oneself

Your place to stand in an unpredictable world.

Your foundation.

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Apply Dense Reading and Dense Listening and
Thinking Broad and Thinking Detailed by Edward de Bono
to the topics below

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Adding layers and dimensions to your foundation



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Challenge thinking and an alternativeoperacy


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Dense reading and Dense listening and Thinking broad and Thinking detailed

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harvested outline and notes

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Harvest appropriate wisdom from
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Managing Oneself, again.
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“The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic”. — Peter Drucker

The shift from manual workers who do as they are being told — either by the task or by the boss — to knowledge workers who have to manage themselves ↓ profoundly challenges social structure

Managing Oneself is a REVOLUTION in human affairs.” … “It also requires an almost 180-degree change in the knowledge workers’ thoughts and actions from what most of us—even of the younger generation—still take for granted as the way to think and the way to act.” …

… “Managing Oneself is based on the very opposite realities: Workers are likely to outlive organizations (and therefore, employers can’t be depended on for designing your life), and the knowledge worker has mobility.” ← in a context




These pages are attention directing tools for navigating a world moving toward unimagined futures.

It’s up to you to figure out what to harvest and calendarize
working something out in time (1915, 1940, 1970 … 2040 … the outer limit of your concern)nobody is going to do it for you.

It may be a step forward to actively reject something (rather than just passively ignoring) and then figure out a coping plan for what you’ve rejected.

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