A New Center Of Gravity For Management?

Many of the world’s leading management thinkers converged on Vienna, Austria, last week for the Global Peter Drucker Forum 2013 to explore the managerial implications of complexity. The closing panel was asked to say what the man who virtually invented management—Peter Drucker—would have made of this two-day gathering. Here’s how I responded (lightly edited). 1. Management is exciting! The most important thing that would have struck Peter Drucker is the shared passion for the importance of management. Management is often seen as a boring dreary subject. What was striking was that everyone here shares a passion for the transformation of leadership and management in organizations and is working towards that goal. Everyone here cares about management. We believe that management matters. We know that management affects more lives more profoundly than anything else our species does. Peter Drucker would see the fact that only 11 percent of the workforce is passionate about their work as nothing less than a human tragedy. Is this the best the human race can do?

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