Over the last few weeks, I have been trying to get caught up on my business book reading - I was SOOO behind. I will be out of the country for the next three weeks, so I have cued up several posts about several great books. These posts will be about books I recommend, because I don't have time to write about a book I would not recommend you buy.
This post is about a very cool book called Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker's Wisdom Can Inspire and Transform Your Life by Bruce Rosenstein. There have been many books written about Drucker's work and impact, but this is the first book that looks at an individual's life and work through the lens of Drucker's work. I love the title of the book and here is a snippet from the book that explains where it came from:
The book will guide you on a personal journey of considering life holistically, based on the teaching and personal example of Drucker, who lived a fulfilling and productive life until his death at ninety-five in 2005. When you live in a holistic manner, you take a broad, inclusive view of everything and everyone that is a part of your life. You literally, "live in more than one world," as Drucker told me during an interview before he died. That way, if you have setback in one area (particularly your work), you can bounce back more easily because you have other areas of strength and support.
Bruce had a unique perspective on Drucker's work because he wrote about him for decades for the USA Today. He interviewed Drucker - a man known for being media shy - many times. And Bruce is a great writer, so the book is a pleasure to read.
I think Living in More than One World is a great book for this time of year. Many of us are reflecting about 2009 and what we want to make of 2010 and beyond. This book will help you get focused and balanced. The book is filled with wonderful stories that make useful points. I recommend this book for managers and individual contributors.
I also think that this book reinforces the important practice of living fully - a message we cannot hear too often.