Drucker’s Management Contradiction

Drucker’s Management Contradiction

So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.
Peter F. Drucker (1909 – 2005, American-Austrian management consultant)

The first myth of management is that it exists. The second myth of management is that success equals skill.Robert Heller (1932-, British business writer, founding editor of Management Today)

An overburdened, over-stretched executive is the best executive, because he or she doesn’t have the time to meddle, to deal in trivia, to bother people
Jack Welch (1935-, former CEO of General Electric)

It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
Bill Gates (1955-, American computer genius, businessman, co-founder of Microsoft)

(From http://www.extensor.co.uk/quotations.html with minor editing and updating by me.)

This is brought to you courtesy of an article in the Wall Street Journal (“The End of Management,” August 21, 2010, p. W3). This is entertaining because the article begins with this sentence: “Business guru Peter Drucker called management ‘the most important innovation of the 20th century.'”  See the first quotation at the top of this article.

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