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Cohen (The New Art of the Leader), a graduate of Peter Drucker's executive Ph.D. program in management at Claremont Graduate University, offers Drucker's "lost" classroom lessons as remembered and used by Cohen throughout his career. Arguably one of the most influential management theorists ever, Drucker was also an unforgettable teacher. Cohen's early chapters on his own personal history and Drucker's teaching style get the book off to a slow start, but subsequent chapters provide solid lessons on building self-confidence, refusing to accept "accepted" knowledge, approaching problems with your ignorance (a particular Drucker favorite, employed when he famously asked General Electric CEO Jack Welch to analyze his own business), creating rather than predicting the future, and motivating knowledge workers. Each chapter recalls Drucker's lectures, business examples, insights from Drucker's life and work, and a "Drucker Lesson Summary." The result is a somewhat overlong but still useful volume, especially for Drucker fans. Recommended for academic libraries, particularly those supporting business and MBA programs, and for public libraries with a high population of business readers.
—Sarah Statz Cords