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

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

By: William A. Cohen (author)Paperback

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Hailed as 'a warm and useful read', "A Class with Drucker" brings to life invaluable advice from the world's greatest thinker and writer on management. From 1975 to 1979, author William Cohen studied under the great Peter Drucker and became the first graduate of his doctoral program. What Drucker taught him literally changed his life. In a matter of a few years, he was recommissioned in the Air Force and rose to the rank of major general. Eventually, he became a full professor, management consultant, multibook author, and university president all the while maintaining a nearly lifelong friendship with the master. In "A Class with Drucker", Cohen shares many of Drucker's teachings that never made it into his countless books and articles, ideas that were offered to his students in classroom or informal settings. Cohen expands on Drucker's lessons with personal anecdotes about his teacher's personality, lack of pretension, and interactions with students and others. He also shows how Drucker's ideas can be applied to the real-world challenges managers face today. Enlightening and intriguing, this book will enable anyone to gain from the timeless wisdom of the inspiring man himself.

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William A. Cohen, PH.D. is an authority on leadership and strategy formulation and deployment. He is the author of many books including The New Art of the Leader, The Wisdom of the Generals, and How to Make It Big as a Consultant (978-0-8144-7073-2).


CONTENTS Acknowledgments and Dedication vii What Peter Drucker Wrote About Bill Cohen viii Foreword by Ira Jackson ix Introduction xiii 1 How I Became the Student of the Father of Modern Management 1 2 Drucker in the Classroom 11 3 What Everybody Knows Is Frequently Wrong 19 4 Self-Confidence Must Be Built Step-by-Step 30 5 If You Keep Doing What Worked in the Past You're Going to Fail 44 6 Approach Problems with Your Ignorance-Not Your Experience 57 7 Develop Expertise Outside Your Field to Be an Effective Manager 69 8 Outstanding Performance Is Inconsistent with Fear of Failure 82 9 The Objective of Marketing Is to Make Selling Unnecessary 96 10 Ethics, Honor, Integrity and the Law 108 11 You Can't Predict the Future, But You Can Create It 121 12 We're All Accountable 133 13 You Must Know Your People to Lead Them 147 14 People Have No Limits, Even After Failure 160 15 A Model Organization That Drucker Greatly Admired 173 16 The Management Control Panel 189 17 Base Your Strategy on the Situation, Not on a Formula 201 18 How to Motivate the Knowledge Worker 215 19 Drucker's Principles of Self-Development 231 Afterword 246 Notes 249 Books by and About Peter Drucker 252 Index 253

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/03/2009
  • ISBN13: 9780814414187
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9780814414187
  • weight: 394
  • ISBN10: 0814414184

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