Mgmt Challenges for the 21st C

Mgmt Challenges for the 21st C

by Peter F. Drucker
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Mgmt Challenges for the 21st C 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up ¿Management Challenges for the 21st Century¿ to get an understanding of what Peter Drucker, one of the foremost thinkers of management, projects the issues of management to be and what solutions he offers to those issues that may be faced by workers in an organization of the 21st century. This was one of the books recommended by my professor at MBA school to read as part of an eCommerce class. This book is being promoted (1999) as one of Drucker¿s first major releases since ¿Post-Capitalist Society¿ in 1993. In this book, Drucker dispenses advice that can be put to use. He has tested most of the concepts himself by pre-publishing them as articles in leading magazines like Forbes, California Management review and Harvard Business review and received excellent reviews. This makes it more interesting to the reader as he/she can be assured of the practical working of some of the management strategies put forth by Drucker. In a way, it is quite unique compared to other books where in the authors just preach. The issues he writes about ¿ management¿s old assumptions, new certainties, change leadership, information challenges, knowledge worker productivity and finally managing oneself- are thought provoking and truly practical. He has a narrative approach throughout the book. He gives examples of many companies, for e.g., GM, Sony, Caterpillar etc who have had tremendous success as organizations with respect to human resource and management challenges. This book is a welcome antidote to the widespread contagion of alarmist, brave-new-world, everything-you-believed-is-wrong assertions. He enjoys questioning assumptions, and begins by condemning some of the age-old beliefs, including 'management is business management' and 'management is internally focused'. He knows what's new, what's old, and where the true distinctions lie, and divorces business from management. The author takes a refreshingly balanced look at managing oneself, which is a fairly simple task to preach but not to practice. Styles, values, even manners have their place, and Drucker's invitation to capitalize on strengths and take responsibility for relationships will win the hearts of all the readers. The one drawback that I found in the book is at times, Drucker, re-looks and re-iterates concepts from some of his earlier works. It didn¿t appeal to me a lot as through 1993-1999, he has written quite a many books which were not too different from his earlier books on management and I guess, there is no need to do the same in this book, for it offers by far the best discussions that I¿ve seen in the last decade. Nevertheless, it is a must read for any executive, professional or a management grad. It is a better guide on management than any of the concepts found on the internet. The concepts in the book can give a head start to any worker to define and re-define his/her relationships with others and the organization he/she is part of for the betterment of both.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peter Drucker provides concise examples of what the manager of today can expect in the workforce of tomorrow. He redefines the relationships that affect the organization, the manager, and the worker. We need to be on the look-out for signs of change on the horizon, and this book is a good guideline for predicting, and reacting to, those changes. Drucker finishes with an excellent chapter on managing ourselves, with specific, introspective questions on how to find our inner strengths and build on them. I recommend this book to anyone who plans on being a leader in tomorrow's workforce.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading this concise, 200-page summary of what is happening now with challenges, what can be expected, and what are Mr. Drucker's solutions - I felt like there is hope! He brilliantly and matter-of-factly states the issues and proposes workable solutions. This is certainly a book to help you think outside the box.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again Peter Drucker re-affirms that he is the preeminent management thought leader of our time. This latest work is a must-read for anyone seriously interested in the field of management. I found the section on Managing Oneself to be particularly valuable, and strongly recommend another book entitled RESPONSIBLE MANAGERS GET RESULTS, by Faust, et.al., as a powerful companion book. Taken together, these two books provide a strong foundation for anyone striving for managererial excellence in the new millenium.