Spreading Drucker's work
Difficulty of infecting (people who really “get it” and will do it openly)
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I'm a Peter Drucker enthusiast.
I first encountered Peter while living in Germany. I was in the Air Force and renting an apartment from a Ramstein local. One night while sharing some refreshments with my landlord my tongue got a little too loose and I asked how the Germans could have followed Hitler. Without pause or anger the older gentleman shot right back. We were starving to death. Also while in Germany I had the opportunity to travel around and at one point I visited Dachau, East Berlin (before the wall came down) and Austria. My visits to Dachau and East Germany left lasting impressions — like nothing else. Again in Germany I accidentally read a Fortune magazine review of The Age of Discontinuity. Something the reviewer wrote about Drucker also made a lasting impression. Something about the demystification of history. I wasn't in a mental place where I could do anything with these fragments, but they all made deeply lasting impressions.
Maybe five or six years after the USAF, the CEO of the company where I was working sent every division president — there were ninety of them — a copy of Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices along with a threat. This event made the front cover of Fortune magazine. There is not a shred of evidence that anyone paid any attention to the threat. Shortly thereafter I bought a copy of MTPR. When I read the preface: the alternative to tyranny, I made the connection to my experiences in Germany and I became a devout Drucker admirer.
Still not in a mental place for knowing what to do with this, it slipped off my radar.
A few years further down the road I became the general manager of discontinued operations for the corporation. During that time I started actively reading Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices. In parallel I started thinking about what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.
When I finished cleaning up the ill-considered corporate acquisitions, the corporation was finished with me — 1981. They were absolutely sure that I had removed all the bad apples and that it was going to be smooth sailing ahead. It didn't turn out that way because the remaining divisions had no management either. The fact that so many of these divisions had no management and had failed left me with the desire and commitment to travel a different road.
I never went looking for a job. I started reading everything I could get my hands on — from "thought leaders," stock-pickers, magazine/news columnists, Forbes statistics and company stories. During this time Peter continued his thinking and writing.
All of the experiences above are just blind luck that stem from the Vietnam war. Without it there would have been different events in my life and I may never have heard of Drucker or understood his importance. There are major implications here, but I've already written too much history.
About ten+ years ago the Internet entered my radar and I started working on a prototype web site while I continued reading and concept harvesting. The website is based on my grasp of Drucker's mental landscape and the situations I've observed. The overall concept of the website tries to connect initial exposure, conceptual resources (Drucker's and a few others), implementation of these, individual life phases and stories, organization life phases and stories, a changing world, a few connecting concepts and lots of cross-linking. The concept of the site is the opposite of floating along on the assumptions that what's already being done is adequate to the challenges ahead, nothing new needs doing or the right things to do are already on our mental radar. It is the opposite of inside out, product/service driven …
Peter Drucker: Conceptual Resources
“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.” …
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