Printer Friendly

Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker's Wisdom Can Inspire and Transform Your Life.

Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker's Wisdom Can Inspire and

Transform Your Life


Author: Bruce Rosenstein

Publisher: Berrett-Kohler Publishers


Peter Drucker is famous as a scholar, teacher and consultant. Anyone who has read Drucker's work has no doubt noted the breadth of his perspective and insight. Bruce Rosenstein in Living in More Than One World, introduces the reader to Peter Drucker as a person, his philosophy of life and learning and suggests that Drucker's holistic approach to life might be a model for others to follow.

The book is neither biography nor compendium. Rather, drawing insights from interviews and association with this master teacher, Rosenstein takes the reader on a journey of thoughtful reflection regarding life and career.

The journey Rosenstein proposes challenges the reader to reflect on life in its fullest sense. Drawing artfully on Drucker's self-development and self-management advice for leaders and knowledge workers, Rosenstein amplifies the sage's call to knowledge workers to live in more than one world--to find passionate interests outside one's work and job; to open new avenues of growth, friendship and community; to find and develop one's core competence and apply it in multiple venues; to be self reflective and align one's values and place; to create the future through spreading out, defining interests and values, developing parallel careers and abandoning avenues that no longer hold promise for personal growth and development; and finally, to enhance generosity through volunteerism, social entrepreneurship, teaching and mentoring.

"One reason Drucker's ideas resonate so powerfully for knowledge workers," notes Rosenstein, "is that his is a perfect prototype of the species. For many years, he lived a complex life, juggling multiple careers as a successful teacher, writer and consultant and made it work. He thought through his own contributions and said it was important for his readers to be thoughtful about their own lives."

While one could peruse the book's 129 pages in a three-hour airplane ride, I am not sure that is the right venue for this volume. Far better would be to pack it along on your next fly-fishing trip in Montana or that ocean cruise you've been planning. Thoughtful reflection is essential to truly capture the classic Drucker insight contained in its pages. A careful read will leave you feeling you have spent the day with Professor Drucker, reflecting on purpose, self-leadership and life--certainly a day well spent.

**** A Must Read *** Worthwhile ** Skim It Over * Bottom of the Stack

Reviewer: Steven H. Hanks, Director of Graduate Studies in Human Resources, Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, Utah State University
COPYRIGHT 2009 Human Resource Planning Society
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2009 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Author:Hanks, Steven H.
Publication:People & Strategy
Article Type:Book review
Date:Dec 1, 2009
Previous Article:The Essential Drucker.
Next Article:A Class with Drucker: The Lost Lessons of the World's Greatest Management Teacher.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2018 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters