DruckersmallI’m sure by now you’ve heard that Peter Drucker passed away on Friday.  He was 95. 

Peter Drucker had such a profound influence on so many.  And his work no doubt will continue to influence for a long time.  There have been a number of very good posts over the last few days, on a variety of blogs.  Here are a couple that you ought to take a look at:  Tom Peters, 800-CEO-READ.

In November of 2004 Forbes published an article by Rich Karlgaard on one of the last interviews that Drucker gave.  It was given at the urging of Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life.  The article is full of great insights.  Here is one that I really love, on the subject of being purpose-driven:

"Leaders communicate in the sense that people around them know what they are trying to do. They are purpose driven–yes, mission driven. They know how to establish a mission. And another thing, they know how to say no. The pressure on leaders to do 984 different things is unbearable, so the effective ones learn how to say no and stick with it. They don’t suffocate themselves as a result. Too many leaders try to do a little bit of 25 things and get nothing done. They are very popular because they always say yes. But they get nothing done."

Well said.


Peter Drucker 1909 – 2005