November 12; Could The World’s Foremost Management Thinker Actually Work As A Manager?
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12 November

Then they asked him,
“What must we do
to do the works
God requires?”

John 6:28

Could The World’s Foremost Management Thinker Actually Work As A Manager?

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There are Nobel Prizes for economics, physics, chemistry, peace and literature. There is a Pulitzer Prize for journalism.

Is there a Nobel Prize for Management?

“Of course there isn’t any Nobel Prize in management thinking and writing…it’s probably just as well,” wrote Geoffrey Colvin of Fortune magazine, “because if there were, it would have been won every year by the same man,” that man Peter Drucker.

But could Drucker actually manage?

“No,” Drucker said. “I’m a writer. I could not or would not ever run a business. You know, I don’t even have a secretary…”

He taught and consulted. He didn’t manage.

But his wife did.

Doris married Peter Drucker in 1937. Mrs. Drucker had a Masters in Science in physics. She conducted scientific research for decades. She authored a book and started a company. She had four children.

Peter Drucker would support a woman’s right to manage. She waltzed through business as Peter lived the life of the mind. Just like Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, Doris did everything Peter did — except she did it pregnant, backwards and in high heels.

Mrs. Drucker started a small company to help speakers. She was annoyed by the lack of a speaker (her husband) not knowing how his voice was being heard in the back of the room.

Speakers will always test or at least wonder if the microphone is working and the level of voice projection. “Is this on?” a speaker would ask tapping or blowing into the mic. “And can you hear me?” looking at the back of the audience.

Her solution was simple. A sound sensitive receiver placed at the farthest point at the back of the room would light up.  It would let the speaker know if her voice coming through and if the amplifier volume was adequate.

So she found a need and filled it. She started RSQ, which manufactured and marketed the volume-monitoring device.

Drucker the man had the theory. Drucker the woman had the practice of management.

Thinking is necessary but not sufficient.  Someone has to start — and do — the work.

Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” John 6:28

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