After my brief comments about Peter Drucker, Laurence Haughton and I swapped a few emails wondering why Drucker’s ideas are so widely quoted and so rarely practiced. Laurence says:
I´m curious. Is it we can´t or won´t? Are we lazy or simply not disturbed by believing something but not living up to it in any way?
Are we simply confused by all the management bs in the world (look at the crap Trump is flinging)? After all the management sciences are only 100 years old. Think of the nonsense in medicine during its first century as a science. (Drucker made this point once).
I think this is a bad thing. Can you imagine what would happen if an engineer ignored the fundamental lessons of his or her education as he designed a new product?
Forget whether Drucker was right, maybe our ease at believing something but never practicing it keeps us in the dark. Certainly dysfunctional behavior is widespread. Maybe the reason is we don´t do anything but yack about it.
I wonder the same thing. I think that perhaps part of the issue is simple perception. Drucker wrote so much that we’re bound to find more violations than compliance when examining the actions and behavior of any single manager. Some are "more better" than others, but none are quite perfect. That said, it really does seem like we managers do a lot more talking than doing. Thoughts?