Peter Drucker R.I.P.
Business and management guru Peter Drucker has passed away at the age of 95.
The business guru market is stuffed with bogus bloviators, but Drucker was the real thing, a true pioneers with innovative ideas and approaches. As a kid I read the Drucker books in my dad’s bookshelf and that experience helped form my strong belief in the value of market economy.
As I’ve told many people, I learned more about management from Peter Drucker than any other human. A supervisor gave me “The Effective Executive” early in my career, in 1979. Drucker’s writing resonated with me in an amazing way. I’ve read most of his books since. I have a copy of “The Daily Drucker” sitting on my desk, from which I start each work day with insight from this great thinker.
The Mt. Rushmore of management theory.
I had almost come to believe that Peter Drucker was immortal, but sadly it’s not so.
While I never studied his works in-depth, several people I met, worked with, and came to admire over the years swore by him.
While I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Drucker, I think it’s safe to say that his style had a huge impact on my life and the way I manage and lead.
It was just a few weeks ago that we commented on a famous quote by Mr. Drucker, “the aim of marketing is to make selling superflous.”