23 October, 2020

St Peter's Inc

The profound simplicity of the management guru shook a world that capital ruled

St Peter's Inc
Peter Drucker has moved on. The father of modern management, the philosopher to the business world, the man who saw tomorrow and also the day after. He was the most prolific and impactful writer on management—spanning several decades. In all this, his greatness leaves behind a vacuum that will be difficult to fill up anytime soon.

We'll miss his simplicity. With all the wisdom of the world, it took this man to tell us for the first time that people are the most important resource of any corporation. Imagine, the world of business had not realised that simple fact! It was capital, not people, that was centrestage. It was capital, not thinking human beings, which determined productivity, differentiation, profits and all that the world of business is made of. The day Drucker said we've just missed the exit, the whole world changed. That simple sentence went on to define the basic tenet of enterprise. Where did this man get his simplicity from?

For this Austrian journalist-turned-business philosopher, it was something he came gifted with. All of us who have ever tried...


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