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A Woman’s World

Dec 24, 2010

A Woman’s World

The basic task of management, Peter Drucker once wrote, is “to make people capable of joint performance.” Now, a report published in the journal Science has provided some interesting insights into how to do that more effectively. The study, titled “Evidence for a Collective Intelligence Factor in the Performance of Human Groups,” shows that teams of people display a collective intelligence that has surprisingly little…

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Of Pyramids and Pancakes

Nov 24, 2010

Of Pyramids and Pancakes

At last week’s Global Drucker Forum in Vienna, Josephine Green – formerly the senior director of Trends and Strategy at Philips Design and currently a consultant at Beyond 20– argued that we are witnessing the “death of hierarchy.” The worldview reflected by the classic, Industrial Age, hierarchical pyramid with power concentrated at the top, according to Green, is “bankrupt.” “It made sense in one era,”…

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North Korea: ‘A Transnational Task’

Nov 23, 2010

North Korea: ‘A Transnational Task’

Following North Korea’s artillery attack on South Korea, the United States quickly vowed a “measured and unified” response with major world powers, including China. The message from the U.S. was, perhaps, a sign of the times. “We live in a networked world,” Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote last year in Foreign Affairs. “War is networked,” she continued. “Diplomacy is networked: managing international crises … requires mobilizing international…

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Leading Without Walls

Nov 08, 2010

Leading Without Walls

The Drucker Institute recently underwent a renovation to improve storage for the archives and to create a more functional work space for our growing staff. A partnership with Herman Miller — built on the friendship between Peter Drucker and former Herman Miller CEO Max DePree — provided the Institute an opportunity to examine our individual work styles and needs, to maximize flexibility for a multi-use…

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Divided We Stand?

Nov 04, 2010

Divided We Stand?

With a divided government now in Washington, it is going to take a blending of ideas from the Left and the Right to move policy forward over the next two years. Whether this can happen politically remains to be seen, but from a management standpoint, opposing perspectives offer potential for progress. Peter Drucker found inspiration in the clash of ideas. He wrote that “in an…

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If the Shoe Doesn’t Fit . . .

Nov 02, 2010

If the Shoe Doesn’t Fit . . .

Sunday’s New York Times contained a profile of Twitter co-founder Evan Williams under the intriguing headline “Why Twitter’s C.E.O. Demoted Himself.” Peter Drucker, for one, would have understood exactly why. The piece sprang off last month’s news that Williams was stepping down as the company’s chief and would hand the reins to Dick Costolo, who had been Twitter’s chief operating officer. “Mr. Williams . ….

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“Chile! Chile! Chile!”

Oct 19, 2010

“Chile! Chile! Chile!”

Friends in Japan tell us that when the 33 Chilean miners were rescued last week, broadcaster NHK reported on its nighttime news that the foreman, Luis Urzúa, must have been a Peter Drucker fan because of the strength of his leadership during crisis. Actually, we aren’t really sure that Urzúa has read any Drucker. It seems that the NHK story may mostly be a reflection…

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