Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker's Wisdom Can Inspire and Transform Your Life
Working on something like this is extremely important to prepare you for an unfolding world that steam-rolls many people—think corporate crisis.
From the book … You may wonder: “Wasn’t Drucker known primarily as an author of books on management and as an adviser to Fortune 500 companies? Why is he relevant to my personal life?” Drucker also wrote about individual self-development and self-management. But these aspects of his thought are scattered across a number of his books and articles. In this book, I collect and synthesize his best lessons for knowledge workers into a logical structure. For you, the reader, this book is the self-help guide Drucker never wrote, and the next-best thing to being mentored by him.
Drucker’s life can be a guide and inspiration for all knowledge workers. For many years, he carried out an interrelated, multidimensional life. He taught at a school named for him, The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, in Claremont, California. He wrote bestselling books for nearly seventy years. He was a highly sought consultant both to corporations such as General Electric and Procter & Gamble, as well as to nonprofits such as The American Red Cross and the Girl Scouts of the USA.
Chapter 1, “Designing Your Total Life,” lays out the concept of living in more than one world, the idea of having a multidimensional life that is not overly dependent on any one component. You’ll begin work on your personal Total Life List, and continue throughout the book (and ideally after that!). We will also look more closely at the concept of the knowledge worker, and learn more about Drucker’s life.
Chapter 2, “Developing Your Core Competencies,” revolves around the idea of identifying and getting the most out of your personal areas of excellence. Although Drucker and others usually refer to this concept in the organizational sense, we will use it from the standpoint of the individual.
Chapter 3, “Creating Your Future,” looks at how parallel and second careers prepare you for further journeys in life. It begins with the following Drucker quotation: “The purpose of the work on making the future is not to decide what should be done tomorrow, but what should be done today to have a tomorrow.”
Chapter 4, “Exercising Your Generosity,” explores some specific ways that you can make a positive difference in the lives of other people, through a variety of activities. We’ll examine possibilities in volunteerism, mentorship, nonprofit organizations, and social entrepreneurship.
Chapter 5, “Teaching and Learning,” revolves around the twin concepts at the heart of Drucker’s success. He had a long-standing teaching career that was an integral part of his life. We’ll look at your opportunities to become involved as a teacher, at the idea of continuous, lifelong learning—including Drucker’s personal three-year self-study system—and also at the idea of learning how to learn.
The Conclusion, “Launching Your Journey,” wraps up your personal journey in reading the book and helps you consider the implications for your own life. You will have thought about what you want to add (and subtract) from your Total Life List, and you can think of as many ways as possible to use the list as a personal, ongoing guide for your own inspiration and transformation.
“Suggested Readings” is a brief section that guides you to some of Drucker’s most important books, with an emphasis on what you can learn from each about personal and professional development.
Living in more than one world; with diverse people, activities and pursuits
As I write this, the world is undergoing unprecedented social and economic upheavals.
So the timing of Bruce Rosenstein’s Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker’s Wisdom Can Inspire and Transform Your Life is fortuitous, and not just because it will be published in Drucker’s centenary year.
The Peter Drucker I encounter in these pages is the man I met in 1981 and worked with while I was with the Girl Scouts of the USA.
Readers who treat this book as an interactive experience will gain the most from it.
There are good reasons why a steady stream of articles, books, and Web sites continue to reference or quote from Drucker’s words and work.
In a way that few authors have accomplished, Rosenstein’s interviews draw out Drucker’s wisdom in this intense, ongoing study of Peter Drucker as a person.
The answer, Rosenstein discovered, is to diversify our daily existence, much as Drucker himself did.
A successful diversification also involves doing what needs to be done today so that your future will be bright—the kind of future that will not unfold just because we or someone else predicted it.
I have been deeply impressed since I first met Bruce Rosenstein by his rapport with Peter Drucker, which makes him as an author an especially companionable fellow traveler.
It is not necessary to have ever heard of Peter Drucker, much less to have read his books, to enjoy and find value in Living in More Than One World.
You will find it energizing to read and interact with the distilled, yet information-filled pages ahead.
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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.” …
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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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