Peter Drucker. Perhaps no one has had more influence on leadership and management than the late Peter Drucker. There is no doubt about why people continue to write about his work.
I just finished Gayle Beebe’s The Shaping of an Effective Leader. The Westmont College president had the privilege of studying under and being mentored by Drucker. The result is that he has gone on to write a helpful book on what he calls “the formative principles of leadership” which draws from Drucker’s wealth of insights.
During my 2016 Monday morning planning times I’ve added another Drucker interpretation to my reading – A Year with Peter Drucker: 52 Weeks of Coaching for Leadership Effectiveness by Joseph Maciariello. That’s 15-20 minutes of input and inspiration to begin my week. So far so good. It will be from his week #3 that I will draw thoughts in my next few weeks of blogs.
Oh, two more similar book sits on my shelf: The Practical Drucker by William Cohen, and The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization by Peter Drucker and a group of his colleagues.
Maciariello quotes Drucker from an NPR radio interview about his work with business, the academy, churches and nonprofits. Drucker said,
I always ask the same three questions whether I am meeting with a church or a business or a university, and whether it is American or Japanese makes no difference. The first question is: What is your business? What are you trying to accomplish? What makes you distinct? The second question is: What are results? This is much tougher for a nonbusiness than for a business. And the third question is: What are your own competencies? What do you have to do with excellence or great competence to have results? And that is really all. There are few differences between this century (the twenty-first) and the last century (the twentieth) – only there are so many more organizations. We have become a society of organizations in the last hundred years. We now need an enormous number of managers so we have to organize their development.
“Management Guru Peter Drucker,” WBUR for National Public Radio, December 8, 2004)
Over the next few weeks I will touch on these questions and more. In the meantime, you too might acquaint or reacquaint yourself with Peter Drucker.
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