Sep 01, 2009
THE DRUCKER SCHOOL AND DRUCKER INSTITUTE ANNOUNCE THE GLOBAL CELEBRATION OF PETER DRUCKER’S 100TH BIRTHDAY
Jim Collins Drucker Day Keynote；Drucker 百歲紀念主題演講 (Jim Collins, 2009)
In his Keynote address, Jim Collins looks ahead at our changing world and through that lens, builds upon the timeless principles of Peter Drucker.
It has become fashionable in recent years to revere the idea of leadership, which I think is great, but to kind of implicitly denigrate the idea of management. And the idea behind‐‐you’ll have people who kind of think of it as the leaders are the ones who are cool, right. The
leaders are the ones who‐‐ We all want to be the leaders. We want to have the black leather jacket and the cool sunglasses. And, we want to lead. And, we want to be charismatic, and we want to be all these things, and kind of the manager, you know, “Well, that’s just management.”
And, management is sort of more mundane and pedestrian. And, nothing could be further
from the truth. Leadership without effective management, and especially, as Rick Warren mentioned last night, charismatic leadership without effective management, is not only ineffective, it is dangerous. But, of course, Drucker knew this and pointed it out more than 60 years ago. And, if we think that the world is permanently and irrevocably beyond the reach of
totalitarian dictators, that freedom will always triumph, and never will it step backward, I
would simply remind us of our history. It is not on our side. Most of the world’s most
dangerous and powerful totalitarian states came long after 500 BCE Greece, which was the
birthplace of the notion of the republic and the democracy. And, look what happened in between.
Number two. Please turn off your electronic gadgets. Not for others, but for yourself. Effective people take time to think. Begin the discipline of putting white space on your calendar, where there is no phone, no email. I was going to say no fax, but they don’t even have that any more. No Twitter, no emails, no connections, and engage in this glorious pockets of quietude. Do you know that Rick Warren reads a book every single day? A book a day. A book a day, 365 days a year. He read 1,000 books in three years.
Rick Warren, the pastor of Saddleback Church and the author of The Purpose Driven Life, the best-selling hardback book in American history.