The new year is already more than two weeks old. As I have done periodically, t’s time for another curation of Peter Drucker’s quotes to help you power through the work week, weekend, and return to throughout the year. Whether or not you’ve made new year’s resolutions, Drucker’s words of wisdom will help you get and stay on track in 2019:
1. “You have to make something different out of yourself, rather than just find a new supply of energy.” – Drucker on Asia, 1995
2. “It is futile to try to guess what products and processes the future will want.
“Achievement is addictive.” – Management: Revised Edition, 2008
“The beacons of productivity and innovation must be our guideposts.” – The Ecological Vision, 1993
“Finally there is one continuing theme, from my earliest to my latest book: the freedom, the dignity, the status of the person in modern society, the role and function of organization as instrument of human achievement, human growth and human fulfillment, and the need of the individual for both, society and community.” – The Ecological Vision, 1993
“Success always obsoletes the very behavior that achieved it.” – Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices, 1974
“To get at the new and better, you have to throw out the old, outworn, obsolete, no longer productive, as well as the mistakes, failure and misdirections of effort of the past.” – Managing for the Future, 1992
“If you want to diagram my work, in the center is writing, then comes consulting, then comes teaching.
Almost exactly four years ago, on May 29, 2014, I wrote about Bob Buford’s then-new book, Drucker & Me. Bob died on April 18th, but as you’ll see in some of the tributes I link to below, he led an amazingly full, productive, meaningful, and impactful life. Although I initially knew him through his work and friendship with Peter Drucker, he was well-known and respected in the worlds of business, philanthropy, Christianity, personal development, and publishing.
I was saddened recently to learn of the August 8th death, at 92, of Max De Pree, who had an illustrious career as CEO and Chairman of the innovative furniture/design company Herman Miller.
In 1989, after he retired as CEO but while remaining as Chairman, he also started a parallel career as a best-selling leadership author; particularly with his first book, Leadership is an Art; the follow-up Leadership Jazz, and in 1997, with Leading Without Power: Finding Hope in Serving Community. These slim volumes are eloquent, full of wisdom of various types, and spiritually reflective of De Pree’s deep Christian faith.
Aileron is a testament to the value of maintaining focus. Its niche is to provide coaching to owners of small businesses. As it points out on its website, “Small business is the engine that drives economic growth.” Although it provides many online resources, Aileron has a striking, nature-based campus in Tipp City, Ohio; near Dayton, for onsite programs.
On September 30, The Drucker Institute announced the winner of the 2016 $100,000 Drucker Prize: ImproveCareNow Network. The Institute says that the winning organization has “transformed health and care by enabling patients, families, clinicians and researchers to collaboratively improve knowledge and outcomes related to Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. It engages these stakeholders in a learning health network that provides real-time quality improvement, research and community-building for children with these conditions.”
The prize, which has been given since 1991, reflects two particular areas of focus within the long career of Peter Drucker: innovation and the strength of nonprofit organizations, and what businesses can learn from them.
In my previous installment of posts about the new book Drucker: A Life in Pictures, I remarked on the tremendous variety of people who are represented in documents depicted from the Drucker Archives, including Cesar Chavez, Rick Warren and Frances Hesselbein. As the chapter “The Social-Sector Advisor” makes clear, Peter Drucker was a citizen of the highest order. Besides some of the organizations mentioned in my earlier posts, this also illustrates his involvement with CARE International (CARE Foundation International Humanitarian Award; May 24, 1995), the Salvation Army (Evangeline Booth Award, 2001) and Mutual of America (Distinguished Citizens Service Award; April 4, 1991).
Last week I wrote the first of several installments about the new book Drucker: A Life in Pictures, by Rick Wartzman, Executive Director of the Drucker Institute; with photos by Anne Fishbein (whose work has been displayed in many major museums and galleries), and curated by Drucker Institute archivist Bridget Lawlor. The content reveals a lot about Peter Drucker’s work processes, the thought that underpinned his work, and how varied that work was. In the previous post I mentioned the notes from leaders in business, politics and even baseball. But his involvement and influence extended beyond these worlds.