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V The Educated Person
Notes from The Essential Drucker by Peter Drucker. See Knowledge system view for a foundational background.

From Post-Capitalist Society: "EVERY FEW HUNDRED YEARS in Western history there occurs a sharp transformation. We cross what in an earlier book (The New Realities—1989), I called a "divide."

Within a few short decades, society rearranges itself—its worldview; its basic values; its social and political structure; its arts; its key institutions. Fifty years later, there is a new world. And the people born then cannot even imagine the world in which their grandparents lived and into which their own parents were born.

We are currently living through just such a transformation. It is creating the post-capitalist society, which is the subject of this book. See Society :: events :: stuff happening for examples taken from the daily news.

Find “educat” in Drucker on Asia — A Dialogue Between Peter Drucker and Isao Nakauchi

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Post-Capitalist Society deals with the environment in which human beings live and work and learn.

It does not deal with the person.

But in the knowledge society into which—we are moving, individuals are central.

* This is a dynamic outline: click triangles at the left of a topic to expand or collapse the topic
V Knowledge
* is not impersonal, like money
* does not reside in a book, a databank, a software program; they contain only information
* is always embodied in a person; carried by a person; created, augmented, or improved by a person; applied by a person; taught and passed on by a person; used or misused by a person
V The shift to the knowledge society therefore puts the person in the center
* In so doing, it raises new challenges, new issues, new and quite unprecedented questions about the knowledge society's representative, the educated person
V In the knowledge society, the educated person is society's emblem; society's symbol; society's standard bearer
* The educated person is the social "archetype"—to use the sociologist's term
* He or she defines society's performance capacity
* But he or she also embodies society's values, beliefs, commitments
V This must change the very meaning of "educated person."
* It must change the very meaning of what it means to be educated
* It will thus predictably make the definition of an "educated person" a crucial issue
* With knowledge becoming the key resource, the educated person faces new demands, new challenges, new responsibilities
* The educated person now matters
V The knowledge society must have at its core the concept of the educated person
* It will have to be a universal concept, precisely because the knowledge society is a society of knowledges and because it is global—in its money, its economics, its careers, its technology, its central issues, and above all, in its information
V Post-capitalist society requires a unifying force
* It requires a leadership group, which can focus local, particular, separate traditions onto a common and shared commitment to values, a common concept of excellence, and on mutual respect
* Post-capitalist society is both a knowledge society and a society of organizations, each dependent on the other and yet each very different in its concepts, views, and values
V Elements of the educated person
* access to the great heritage of the past will have to be an essential element
* will have to be able to appreciate other cultures and traditions: for example, the great heritage of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean paintings and ceramics; the philosophers and religions of the Orient; and Islam, both as a religion and as a culture
* far less exclusively "bookish" than the product of the liberal education of the humanists
* will need to be trained in perception (see Edward de Bono) fully as much as analysis
> The Western tradition will, however, still have to be at the core, if only to enable the educated person to come to grips with the present, let alone the future
V prepared for life in a global world
* It will be a "Westernized" world, but also increasingly a tribalized world
* must become a "citizen of the world"—in vision, horizon, information
* will also have to draw nourishment from their local roots and, in turn, enrich and nourish their own local culture
V be prepared to live and work simultaneously in two cultures—that of the "intellectual," who focuses on words and ideas, and that of the "manager," who focuses on people and work
* Intellectuals see the organization as a tool; it enables them to practice their techné, their specialized knowledge (defined as a "useful knowledge" in his Innovation and Entrepreneruship)
* Managers see knowledge as a means to the end of organizational performances
V Both are right
* They are opposites; but they relate to each other as poles rather than as contradictions
* They surely need each other: the research scientist needs the research manager just as much as the research manager needs the research scientist
* If one overbalances the other, there is only nonperformance and all-around frustration
* The intellectual's world, unless counterbalanced by the manager, becomes one in which everybody "does his own thing" but nobody achieves anything
* The manager's world, unless counterbalanced by the intellectual, becomes the stultifying bureaucracy of the "organization man."
* But if the two balance each other, there can be creativity and order, fulfillment and mission.
* A good many people in the post-capitalist society will actually live and work in these two cultures at the same time
* And many more should be exposed to working experience in both cultures, by rotation early in their careers—from a specialist's job to a managerial one, for instance, rotating the young computer technician into project manager and team leader, or by asking the young college professor to work part-time for two years in university administration
* And again, working as "unpaid staff" in an agency of the social sector (see Managing the Non-Profit Organization and Citizenship through the Social Sector in The Essential Drucker) give the individual the perspective and the balance to respect both worlds, that of the intellectual and that of the manager.
* All educated persons in the post-capitalist society will have to be prepared to understand both cultures (see The Essential Drucker for an introduction to management)
V The technés have to become part of what it means to be an educated person
> See heading: Technés and the Educated Person
* We neither need nor will get "polymaths," who are at home in many knowledges; in fact, we will probably become even more specialized
> But what we do need—and what will define the educated person in the knowledge society—is the ability to understand the various knowledges
> Without such understanding, the knowledges themselves will become sterile, will indeed cease to be "knowledges."
> The specialists have to take responsibility for making both themselves and their specialty understood
V There is no "queen of the knowledges" in the knowledge society
* All knowledges are equally valuable; all knowledges, in the words of the great medieval philosopher Saint Bonaventura, lead equally to the truth
* But to make them paths to truth, paths to knowledge, has to be the responsibility of the men and women who own these knowledges
* Collectively, they hold knowledge in trust.
* One thing we can predict: the greatest change will be the change in knowledge—in its form and content; in its meaning; in its responsibility; and in what it means to be an educated person

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V Connections
* When Peter Drucker Speaks
In a review of Drucker's new book, "The World According to Peter Drucker," Speaker of the House Gingrich explains why Drucker is the most influential writer of the 20th century.
* Peter Drucker--My Life as a Knowledge Worker
The leading management thinker describes seven personal experiences that taught him how to grow, change, and age
* Peter's Principles
Book editor Rubin talks with Peter Drucker about how he built a long-standing brand around his own knowledge and how to prepare for a career as a solo act
* Managing Knowledge Means Managing Oneself
In a few hundred years, when the history of our time will be written from a long-term perspective, it is likely that the most important event historians will see is not technology, not the Internet, not e-commerce. It is an unprecedented change in the human condition. For the first time -- literally -- substantial and rapidly growing numbers of people have choices. For the first time, they will have to manage themselves. And society is totally unprepared for it.
* Peter F. Drucker on a Functioning Society
This article seeks to apply a systems perspective to the works of Peter F. Drucker, organizing his writings into a coherent whole, to help you navigate the enormous body of knowledge that this remarkable man has created during the past 65 years
* The X-economy
New Skills of the Executive
* The Next Society
Originally appeared on The Economist web site
V Tools for getting from concepts to daily action
Could be used on the material above
* Calendarization
* Thinking canvases
* Blue print for an time-investment exploration system
* Foundations for future directed decisions
* Innovation and Entrepreneurship
* The Essential Drucker

Post-Capitalist Society
Amazon link: Post-Capitalist Society

essential drucker

Amazon Link: The Essential Drucker

Management Revised Edition    Management Cases Revised Edition

Amazon Links: Management Rev Ed and Management Cases, Revised Edition



“The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic”. — Peter Drucker

The shift from manual workers who do as they are being told — either by the task or by the boss — to knowledge workers who have to manage themselves ↓ profoundly challenges social structure

Managing Oneself is a REVOLUTION in human affairs.” … “It also requires an almost 180-degree change in the knowledge workers’ thoughts and actions from what most of us—even of the younger generation—still take for granted as the way to think and the way to act.” …

… “Managing Oneself is based on the very opposite realities: Workers are likely to outlive organizations (and therefore, employers can’t be depended on for designing your life), and the knowledge worker has mobility.” ← in a context




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