Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005) is known by many as the father of modern management. He was Clarke Professor of Social Science and Management at Claremont Graduate School in California and was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is the author of over thirty-five books, including The Ecological Vision, The Concept of the Corporation, and A Functioning Society.
When the book initially appeared, General Motors managers rejected it as unfairly critical and antibusiness. Yet, the GM concept of the corporation and its principles of organization later became models for organizations worldwide. Not only businesses, but also government agencies, research laboratories, hospitals, and universities have found in Concept of the Corporation a basis for effective organization and management.
Because it offers a fundamental theory of corporate goals, this book is a valuable resource for business professionals and organization analysts. It will also be of interest to students and professionals in economics, public administration, and political science. Professional and technical readers who admire Peter Drucker's work will want to be certain this volume is in their personal library. At a time when everything from the size to the structure of corporations is being questioned, this classic should prove a valuable guide.
Drucker identifies five practices essential to business effectiveness that can, and must, be learned:Management of time Choosing what to contribute to the practical organization Knowing where and how to mobilize strength for best effect Setting up the right priorities And Knitting all of them together with effective decision making
Ranging widely through the annals of business and government, Peter Drucker demonstrates the distinctive skill of the executive and offers fresh insights into old and seemingly obvious business situations.
--Edición en colaboración con Harvard Business Review--
La historia nos resulta familiar: una empresa que era una superestrella hasta ayer se halla en apuros o sumida en una crisis aparentemente ingobernable. El origen de casi todas esas crisis no es que las cosas se estén haciendo mal. De hecho, en la mayoría de los casos se está haciendo lo correcto, pero sin resultados. ¿Qué explica esta aparente paradoja? Las suposiciones sobre las cuales se ha construido y se gestiona la organización ya no funcionan. Esas suposiciones son lo que Drucker denomina «teoría del negocio», y explican tanto los éxitos de las empresas que han dominado la economía como los desafíos a los que hanhecho frente.
Y ¿qué te convierte en un líder eficaz? El liderazgo no es cuestión de personalidad o de talento. Los mejores líderes hacen gala de actitudes y valores dispares. Pero todos tienen en común que hacen las cosas correctas de la manera adecuada aplicando sencillas reglas que proporcionan el conocimiento necesario para tomar decisiones inteligentes, convertir ese conocimiento en acciones eficaces y fomentar la responsabilidad en toda la organización.
Los «Imprescindibles» de Conecta, en colaboración con Harvard Business Review, permiten acceder a las grandes ideas de los autores de referencia que inspiran a directivos y profesionales. Este volumen reúne los textos «Teoría del negocio» y «¿Qué te convierte en un líder eficaz?» de Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005), cuyas obras -como El ejecutivo eficaz o El management del futuro- y su pensamiento son referentes en la gestión empresarial.
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Containing twenty-six 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.
By leveraging these essential questions, the Participant Workbook challenges leaders to take a close look at the very heart of their organization and what drives it, giving them a means to assess: how to be and how to develop quality, character, mind-set, values, and courage. Drucker's The Five Most Important Questions lead to spirited discussions and action, inspiring positive change and renewed focus.
Designed for today's busy professionals, this concise, clear, and accessible workbook for social sector, nonprofit, and socially minded business and government leaders can be used as preparation for a workshop, organizational self-assessment, or as a stand-alone leadership development tool for individuals looking to develop themselves and their organizations.
Praise for the Participant Workbook Self-Assessment Tool
"Time and again Drucker's The Five Most Important Questions have proven to be the most effective way for nonprofit organizations to conduct self-assessment and develop plans that will help them achieve real and lasting results."
—Cathey Brown, founder and CEO, Rainbow Days, Inc., and 2001 Frances Hesselbein Community Innovation Fellow
"The Five Most Important Questions Self-Assessment Tool is a gift to the social leadership sector from the late management guru, Peter Drucker, and the Leader to Leader Institute. It makes incredible sense, it is easy to use, and lays the foundation for strategic planning."
—Irv Katz, president and CEO, National Human Services Assembly
"A must-read for social entrepreneurs who are seeking to dramatically grow their organization's impact without losing sight of the heart of their mission."
—Iris Y. Chen, president and CEO, "I Have A Dream" Foundation
"High-performing organizations and individuals know that self-assessment through Drucker's The Five Most Important Questions is the starting point for defining today and making tomorrow."
—Lee H. Igel, assistant professor, New York University, and president, Peter F. Drucker Society of New York City
"This nuts-and-bolts guide has become my compass for urging leaders and managers to ask the right questions, to look beyond what they thought they knew, and to focus on being relevant tomorrow rather than resting on yesterday's achievements."
—Lieutenant Commander Carla J. Grantham [U.S. Coast Guard, Retired], Congressional Liaison for Diversity Recruitment and Talent Management, U.S. Coast Guard