Peter Drucker: Ten Years After
November 9th, 2015
November 11, 2015 marks the ten-year anniversary of Peter Drucker’s death. Yet the ideas and influence of Drucker, who lived to be 95, remain as strong and influential as ever.
The activity centered around and honoring Drucker’s life and work remains highly admirable and meaningful. Last week, November 5-6, was the 7th Global Drucker Forum, in Vienna, Austria; from the Drucker Society Europe. It has become a major event in the world of management, featuring top leaders/thought leaders from around the world.
Drucker’s work continues to be amplified by the Drucker Institute and the Drucker School, both in Claremont, California. On November 14th, the latter will hold its annual Drucker Day. The Drucker Institute recently announced Kids v Cancer as the winner of the $100,000 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation.
The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute (formed 25 years ago as the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management) also continues to amplify Drucker’s ideas, and recently released the new edition of the best-seller Peter Drucker’s Five Most Important Questions: Enduring Wisdom for Today’s Leaders. (Since 2011, I have been managing editor of the quarterly journal Leader to Leader, a co-publication of the Hesselbein Institute and Wiley/Jossey-Bass. It continues to publish significant Drucker-related material, and Drucker wrote for the publication during his lifetime.)
In the ten years since Drucker’s death, many other Drucker-related books have been published, including two of my own: Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way (2013) and Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker’s Wisdom Can Inspire and Transform Your Life (2009).
Within the past year or so, we’ve seen A Year with Peter Drucker: 52 Weeks of Coaching for Leadership Effectiveness; by Joseph A. Maciariello, Drucker’s longtime friend, collaborator and fellow professor at the Drucker School; and Drucker & Me: What a Texas Entrepreneur Learned from the Father of Modern Management, by Bob Buford, another Drucker longtime friend and collaborator, who was also one of the co-founders of the Drucker Foundation in 1990. Before long there will be a new book on Drucker and consulting by William A. Cohen, Drucker’s first PhD student in the 1970s, who has written such Drucker-related titles as 2012’s Drucker on Marketing.
There are also countless articles and blog posts about or related to Drucker’s life and work published each week, not to mention a steady flow of social media material. Drucker led a productive, generative life that continues to inspire people and organizations worldwide. Wouldn’t we all like to live that way, and have impact and relevance during and beyond our own lifetime?