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Worthy Publishing / 2014 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Worthy Publishing
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781617953446
ISBN-13: 9781617953446

Publisher's Description

In 1982 a young, ambitious East Texas entrepreneur, whose business is growing at double-digit rates, decides there must be more the life. So, oddly enough, he writes a letter to the man whose books he most treasures—Peter R. Drucker, father of modern management theory and practice. As they met over the years, Buford sees that "Drucker is to management what Shakespeare is to literature." Their relationship progresses from paid consultant to mentor and close friend. Drucker & Me tells how two men discover a mutual passion and strategy that will literally change the world. Their disappointment with corporate America leads them to embrace the non-profit sector, including one of the most important developments in the last 30 years—the mega church movement. Believing non-profit organizations change lives, they begin work with Rick Warren, Bill Hybels and others to design a new management model for non-profits in the 20th century.

Author Bio

Bob Buford is a graduate of the University of Texas and the Owner Managed Program at the Harvard Business School. Until the sale of his company in July 1999, Bob Buford served as Chairman and CEO of Buford Television, Inc., which began with the single ABC affiliate in Tyler, Texas, and grew into a network of cable systems across the country. In 1995 Buford wrote the 500,000 copy bestseller Halftime, a book about how to deal with the second half of our lives. In 2004 he wrote Finishing Well, a compilation of inspiring interviews threaded with Buford's own experiences. In 1984 he founded Leadership Network to serve leaders of innovative churches as they enter the twenty-first century.


“I personally witnessed this fascinating backstory between two of my best friends, Peter Drucker and Bob Buford. Now everyone can benefit from the amazing conversations Bob had with one of the brightest minds of all time.”
Founding Pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life

“I loved Drucker & Me. I can’t think of two more influential people, not only in my life but in the lives of many others, than Peter Drucker and Bob Buford. Learning from their friendship and stimulating interactions is a gift you won’t want to miss!”
Coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and Leading at a Higher Level

"Being mentored by Peter Drucker was one of God's great gifts to my ministry. I remain indebted to Bob Buford for making that happen."
—BILL HYBELS, Founding Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church

“Only Bob Buford could capture the essence of Peter Drucker in such a moving and authentic way, for who was as close to Peter as Bob Buford? Bob’s book is pure Peter.”
President and CEO of the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute (Originally the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management)

“In addition to being a terrific read, Drucker & Me provides an intimate portrait of Peter Drucker as we’ve never seen him before: as a close friend and mentor. In this way, it reveals not only important organizational lessons but also wonderful life lessons. There are lots of Drucker books out there at this point, but this one is a true standout.”
Executive Director of the Drucker Institute and Columnist for Time.com

“A remarkable friendship is revealed in a compelling, inspirational, and challenging way, and the reader becomes part of this special relationship.”
Dean of Wake Forest School of Business and Retired Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo

“A mentor is a person who multiplies his or her impact by investing in the lives and work of others. Peter Drucker was such a mentor to Bob Buford and then Bob became a mentor to countless others. This is the heartwarming story of how two men changed each others’ lives and then leveraged that transformation to meet ‘human needs and alleviate suffering’ through a chain reaction that is still changing our world.”
President of World Vision US and Author of The Hole in Our Gospel and Unfinished

“Drucker & Me is absolutely outstanding. I read it once, took notes, and have returned twice again. I am delighted to be able to publicly recognize Bob and this fine work. This little book punches well above its weight! Imbued with wisdom, it is a powerful story of profound collaboration and inspired leadership, teaching us all how to lead more useful lives in service of others.”
Chairman and Cofounder of the Bridgespan Group

“I did not know Peter Drucker personally yet have admired his work from a distance since as far as I can remember. Drucker & Me provides a perspective on this important man that few would have of any man—one that even further enhances our collective view of his incredible contributions to our work here. I am grateful for Bob’s effort in sharing this with all of us.”
Executive Vice President and President of Herman Miller North America and Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Drucker Institute

“Drucker & Me is a wonderful example of what mentoring is supposed to be. The story is a warm relationship between mentor and his pupil. It is a model for anyone who is in a mentoring relationship and demonstrates how both people benefit from it. I felt I was part of the conversation. A bonus was the wisdom that Peter Drucker imparted that is valuable to all of us. It is worth rereading regularly. One of the best books I have read in recent years.”
Cofounder of InterWest Partners and Philanthropist

“This inspiring story of an entrepreneur’s collaboration with the legendary management thinker Peter Drucker shows that great ideas combined with passionate execution really can change the world.”
Chief Executive Officer and Director of J. C. Penney

“Bob Buford creates another great book—and as an extra benefit we get the perceptive wisdom of Peter Drucker added to the mix as well.”
CEO and Owner of The Anschutz Company and Philanthropist

“Peter Drucker rarely wrote forewords to books by other authors. Yet he did it twice for Bob Buford. That gives you an idea of the mutual respect Drucker and Buford had for each other. Their relationship comes alive in Drucker & Me, and in the process we learn much about the lives of both men that can be a beacon for our self-development.”
Managing Editor of Leader to Leader and author of Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way

“What an extraordinary story—the life partnership between Bob Buford, the world’s most brilliant entrepreneur for faith, and Peter Drucker, the leading management thinker of the last century—and how it has changed the world!”
CEO of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public

“I have been an admirer of Bob Buford’s life-changing books for many years. Drucker & Me is my new favorite. The book is very engaging and skillfully personalizes the relationship between Bob and Peter Drucker, providing unique and wonderful insights on Drucker as a man and a friend.”
CEO, Brand Velocity, Inc.

“Drucker & Me is about the power of partnership: Peter Drucker’s genius joined to Bob Buford’s receptive, entrepreneurial energy. Until now, few people have realized this synergistic relationship literally changed the face of today’s church. A book filled with great insights any spiritual leader can benefit from, this is a story that needs to be told.”
Pastor, Founder of Men’s Fraternity

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  1. Midwest
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting and well written...
    April 17, 2014
    Jen Pen
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4

    Drucker and Me is the story of Bob Buford being mentored by Peter Drucker (aka_Father of Management). Through wisdom, management principles, discipleship and compassion, the author describes his relationship with Peter, both in business and a lasting friendship. Full of ideas to change business, society and even quite possibly, the world.


    I found this book to have very interesting ideas for a business model yet it also could be applied to struggling churches. Along with Peter Drucker, Bob Buford also reached out and included church leaders such as Rick Warren, Bill Hybels and others, making it very relevant today. Well written, compelling and highly readable, Drucker & Me is absolutely though-provoking. Personally, it would be a great book to share with Pastors and others bringing people to God.


    4 (out of 5) pennies

    *I received a complimentary copy of Drucker & Me from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*
  2. Oak Harbor, WA
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    The human side of the management guru
    April 14, 2014
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Bob Buford was a student of and close friend to Peter Drucker, "the father of modern management." It began when Buford was 42 and managing the family enterprise. He was determined to become wealthy in the broadcasting business. He had resonated with Drucker's ideas about navigating the human side of enterprise so wrote him, asking for a consulting day. Drucker agreed and that was the beginning of a relationship that would last 23 years. Their discussions were not about the nuts and bolts of business but about character, vision, and responsibility.

    Buford attempts to reveal the man behind the legend, a man who lived a principled life, loving his wife, his family, and his work. He gives us a bit of a biography of Drucker, intertwining it with some of Buford's own story. When Drucker came to the U.S. in 1937 he studied General Motors. He realized that corporations had to be effective and responsible if we are to have a functioning society. Management was the discipline that would be the way to get the best out of people - both for themselves and for others.

    Buford tells of his own wake up call when he was confronted by his assistant. "My performance as president and CEO was becoming more important than my performance as a human being." Wanting to make a difference in Christianity, he formed Leadership Network. Pastors of mega-churches attended seminars with Drucker. Drucker felt that religion, properly lived, was an essential element for a fully functioning society. Buford was also instrumental in forming the Drucker Foundation, initially to help train managers of nonprofits and then expanded to other leaders.

    If you have not read Drucker at all, this book would be a good place to start. It really helps you understand the character of the man, giving the unique perspective of his role as a mentor.

    Drucker's vision was of a fully functioning society. Buford encourages us to be a part of it by committing to making our neighborhoods and communities better.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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