Every now and again I’ll go back and browse through a favorite business book from my stack, in part because their meaning to me changes with each new experience gained. The beauty of this blog is that I now get to share with the world, instead of just everyone here at work. Maybe that will make the process less painful for Kelly, Kirstin and Kristina!
So let me go back to one of my favorite quick business reads of all-time – “The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization,” by Peter Drucker with commentary from an all-star cast of business luminaries – Jim Collins, Philip Kotler, and others. It cuts through all the BS you usually find in ‘mass market’ business books and gets right to some basic, timeless key points.
What is most relevant here are not just the top five questions, but the process of asking and answering them, which is often the more useful part of the exercise. You gain more insight from asking others with different perspectives within your organization and outside of it the same questions to see how their answers compare, and by coming to a consensus on direction within your key management team.