I have had the great honor of working to protect and enlarge the legacy of Dallas Willard. Watch Dr. Gary Black, Jr. lay the foundation for what a Christian leader must be and do in order to serve the common good by way of the Kingdom. This video based on The Divine Conspiracy Continued is well worth watching.
Peter Drucker, “the father of modern management,” turned management theory into a serious discipline. In a legendary career that spanned almost 70 years, he revolutionized modern business practices, influencing such far-reaching developments as decentralization, privatization and empowerment.
Drucker was among the first to address the emergence of the information society and, in 1959, coined the now-defining term “knowledge worker.” His plain-spoken style and his use of simple language to express complex business strategies resonate with managers of business and social institutions the world over. As a result, his influence is felt every day in untold numbers of business and policy decisions around the globe.
A ship engine failed, no one could fix it.
Then they brought in a man with 40 yrs. on the job. He inspected the engine carefully, top to bottom. After looking things over, the guy reached into his bag and pulled out a small hammer. He gently tapped something. Instantly, the engine lurched into life. The engine was fixed!
7 Days later the owners got his bill for 10k. ‘What?!’ the owners said ‘You hardly did anything. Send us an itemized bill. ”
The reply simply said:
“Tapping with a hammer. $2”
“Knowing where to tap? $9,998”
Don’t Ever Underestimate Experience.
(source: Mark Varner of Belt Press and Dewatering Equipment Rentals)
Jim Collins relates a class discussion that went like this…”Leaders are inspired. Leaders are large. Leaders are the kids with the black leather jackets, sunglasses, and sheer unadulterated cool. Managers, well, they’re the somewhat nerdy kids, decidedly less interesting, lacking charisma. And of course, we all wanted to be leaders, and leave the drudgery of management to others…We could not have been more misguided and juvenile in our thinking. As Peter Drucker shows right here, in these pages (in the pages of Management, Revised Edition), the very best leaders are first and foremost effective managers. Those who seek to lead but fail to manage will become either irrelevant or dangerous, not only to their organizations, but to society.”
On multiple occasions, Peter Drucker articulated the difference between management and leadership. “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things” Drucker would say in his deep Austrian accent. We hear more and more about leadership today but not so much about management which should be a cause for concern. The two contributions to the accomplishment of objectives must compliment each other and move in the same direction.
- Is your leadership backed up by good management?
- Is your management spending time on the right things?
HOW ORGANIZATIONS DIE FROM WITHIN
An organization’s deadliest enemies are internal. How we treat each other while we face external challenges determines our ability to win.
Internal environments are more important than external issues.
Read Dan Rockwell’s post at Leadership Freak – a great blog