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Bruce Rosenstein Foreword by Frances Hesselbein Living in More Than One World How Peter Drucker’s Wisdom Can Inspire and Transform Your Life
The keys to living a stimulating and rewarding life distilled from the thought of Peter Drucker—bestselling author, educator, consultant, art collector and the “father of modern management”
Based on Bruce Rosenstein's 20 years-plus study of Drucker’s life and thought
Helps you construct a complete life plan through exercises, questions, and illustrative anecdotes and quotes
How can we have a rich and fulfilling life? For Peter Drucker, one of the most influential thinkers of modern times, the secret was “living in more than one world” - enjoying a diverse set of interests, activities, acquaintances, and pursuits. Drucker, whose centenary is observed in 2009, was able to do this despite extraordinary demands on his time, and now Bruce Rosenstein shows how the man who transformed organizational management can transform the way you manage your personal and professional life.
An enormously influential business author and consultant, Drucker also wrote extensively on self-development and self-management, but these writings are scattered throughout dozens of books and articles. For the first time, Rosenstein brings these ideas together into a succinct framework that guides you in building a multifaceted life and career. It’s the next best thing to being mentored by Drucker himself.
Rosenstein shares Drucker’s advice for, first, honing in on your core competencies—developing your main talents, clarifying your values, and managing your time. With this firm foundation established, he uses Drucker as both source and example to show how to enrich your life by developing parallel and second careers, making a difference in the lives of others through volunteerism and service, and using teaching and lifelong learning as complementary ways of staying engaged and up to date.
By living in more than one world you gain new insights, see your world from fresh perspectives, access ever-changing sources of inspiration and stimulation. Peter Drucker managed a varied professional life as a writer, educator, and consultant, and was deeply immersed in literature, music, and art. But he wasn’t superhuman. This is a life that can be lived by anybody who has the tools and Bruce Rosenstein provides them in this thoughtful and inspiring book.
"Few people on earth know Peter Drucker and his work better than Bruce Rosenstein. This is a welcome, unique and very personal addition to Drucker's incomparable legacy.” --Bob Buford, Chairman, The Drucker Institute and author of Halftime and Finishing Well
Bruce Rosenstein has written about business and management books for USA Today’s Money section, and worked as a librarian and researcher there for 21 years. He has studied Peter Drucker extensively, conducting one of the last interviews Drucker gave, seven months before his death.
Publication date: August 2009, $19.95, hardcover, 144 pages, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, ISBN 978-1-57675-968-4 $13.97, PDF ebook, ISBN
Bruce's video interview with Peter Drucker On April 11, 2005, 7 months to the day before he died at age 95, I interviewed Peter Drucker in Claremont, California, on video. I will be screening the full 21-minute video during presentations and seminars this year. The interview demonstrates Drucker at his best, sharing a lifetime of wisdom in a clear, straightforward way, displaying a winning sense of humor. Keep watching this site to learn more about a presentation or seminar in your area. To arrange for a presentation or seminar, click here.
Rod Beckstrom: “Everyone is the CEO of their own life. We can all benefit from good life management tools. Rosenstein’s passionate application of Drucker’s powerful business ideas to managing our own lives is powerful and compelling. “ - Rod Beckstrom Co-author The Starfish and The Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations
Bob Buford: "Few people on earth know Peter Drucker and his work better than Bruce Rosenstein. Living in More Than One World will be on the top of my book stack. It is a welcome and very personal addition to Drucker's incomparable legacy. Unique among all Drucker books, this one tells you what to do with the rest of your life and how to go about it." - Bob Buford Chairman, The Drucker Institute Author, Halftime and Finishing Well
Tom Butler-Bowdon: "As 'the self-help book that Drucker never wrote', Living in More Than One World fills an important gap in the personal development literature, impressively showing how we do not change the world, or even our own organization, until we have first worked on ourselves. Insightful quotes gleaned from the author's exclusive interviews with the great man makes this a must-read for anyone who demands more of their personal and professional lives." - Tom Butler-Bowdon Author of 50 Self-Help Classics, 50 Success Classics, 50 Psychology Classics, 50 Prosperity Classics
Robert E. Gaylord: "An indispensible addition to any Drucker library, Bruce Rosenstein takes a refreshing and innovative approach to reviewing Drucker’s teachings and providing waypoints guiding the reader through their own personal multidimensional journey through life. Bruce’s personal journey through Drucker’s work, with Drucker’s inspiration, has application and insight for us all." - Robert E. Gaylord Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Retired) President and Chief Executive Officer IDEA
Kathleen Horsch: “In our world of economic turmoil, Bruce Rosenstein skillfully moves us toward a multi-dimensional life as exemplified by the great management philosopher, Peter Drucker, who lived what he preached. This journey will offer both personal transformation and a window through which to view one’s legacy.” - Kathleen Horsch, Chairman The Human Spirit Initiative
Thomas Koulopoulos: "I was lucky to have known Drucker and the experience changed my life in ways I can't begin to recount. Reading this book will do the same for you by offering a glimpse into the man who changed the way we think and talk about business!" - Thomas Koulopoulos Author, The Innovation Zone Founder, Delphi Group
Synthia Laura Molina: "Drucker approached his life and his life's work in a manner quite unlike anything I'd witnessed before I was his student in the 1980s and his co-worker in the 1990s...[Living in More Than One World] is an important piece of work, starting with our commitment to higher principles, extending into effective guardianship of scarce resources, and ultimately manifesting in the form of empowering service to others." - Synthia Laura Molina, Managing Partner, Central IQ, Inc.
James O'Toole: Drucker Lives! In these marvelous pages Bruce Rosenstein brings the wisdom and lessons of the master back to life and shows us how we can benefit from applying them in our personal activities and professional careers. -James O'Toole, author LEADING CHANGE and THE EXECUTIVE'S COMPASS
Jay Rao: “At a time when designing and shaping one’s career and work-life balance is becoming increasingly difficult to achieve, Bruce Rosenstein has gone back to the “Master” to look for answers. This book provides innumerable guidelines for all knowledge workers to organize their lives in an age of market, financial and personal uncertainty.” – Jay Rao, Professor, Babson
Richard F. Schubert: "Living in More Than One World succinctly captures Peter Drucker's timeless wisdom for a world that needs it more than ever. It is essential reading for leaders of today and tomorrow." -Richard F. Schubert, Former President, The American Red Cross
Geoff Smart: “Peter Drucker is the greatest management thought leader of all time. I had the good fortune to study with Drucker in graduate school. Rosenstein’s book shows how classic Drucker principles can improve any knowledge worker’s daily life.” -Geoff Smart, CEO of ghSMART and New York Times Bestselling co-author of Who: The A Method for Hiring.
Nova Spivack: "In this timely and important book, Bruce Rosenstein has synthesized some of my grandfather's most important messages for applying knowledge to the complex challenges we face today, and especially, in the future." - Nova Spivack CEO, Twine.com
Dr. Paul Wieand: "I’ve been fascinated with the human side of Peter Drucker’s work for over 30 years. In my communications with him he validated that leadership development, especially of knowledge workers, begins with personal development. Bruce captures Peter’s core and holistic belief that being authentic is the highest form of emotional intelligence." - Dr. Paul Wieand Chairman & Founder The Center for Advanced Emotional Intelligence