Why we miss Peter Drucker today

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Why we miss Peter Drucker today

One of my rarest good fortune was that I had an opportunity to attend a premier B’ School for a short stint.

It was late in my career and I was  very reluctant, But today when I reflect on this, I realize how fortunate I was.  The experience transformed me into remaining forever a student with hunger for learning new things besides other virtues. But this is not the main story today.

My teacher/mentor there was a fanatical Peter Drucker devotee. From a dissection of Druckers famed  “Effective executive” to ‘The practice of management”  with his tireless evangelism he tried to drill the Thought leader, the Father of modern management – Druckers genius into us.

Today in the pandemic affected world, when the whole business management concepts are being reexamined, I feel Drucker could have made a lot of difference with his foresight and wisdom. And that is why I say I Miss you Peter. No the whole world business miss you. BTW Peter Drucker passed away in 2005.

Even after all these years, 10 of Peter Drucker quotes still bounce around in my head constantly.

  • “Doing the right thing is more important than doing the thing right.”
  • “If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.”
  • “There is nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency something that should not be done at all.”
  • “What gets measured gets improved.”
  • “Results are gained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems.”
  • “So much of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to work.”
  • “People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.”
  • “Long-range planning does not deal with the future decisions, but with the future of present decisions.”
  • “Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.”
  • “Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things”

My personal favorite is

The Greatest danger in times of turbulence is not turbulence; It is to act with yesterday’s logic.

How very true!

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