Week 5 of 52. Welcome to Drucker Mondays, a 52-week journey through the new book, A Year with Peter Drucker: 52 Weeks of Coaching for Leadership Effectiveness, by Joseph A. Maciariello. Each Monday, we'll feature a Drucker fan and his or her favorite snippet from the week's topic. Click here to subscribe. Doug Martinez is our guest writer this week.
Week 5: Management Rooted in the Nature of Reality
THE BIG IDEA FROM THE BOOK: What we perceive is shaped by what we know and that can be aided by broadly educating ourselves.
DOUG MARTINEZ’S FAVORITE DRUCKER INSIGHTS from Week 5 pages 34-41:
• “The ability to quantify is very important in management, yet the unique event that can only be observed through human perception is often more important.”
• “But management also deals with people, their values, their growth and development—and this makes it a humanity.”
DOUG MARTINEZ’S COLOR COMMENTARY:
Too often management is linked only to measuring how individuals and organizations can achieve their desired plans. True management needs to be rooted in empathy and a deep desire to do what is right first—without any hidden goal of self-glorification.
Sadly, today we see self-promotion from leadership that spans from the White House to the local church. Self-absorbed leaders are often great communicators, thus convincing and intoxicating, but underneath the flash is usually an ill-equipped leader or manager. For sure—their behind-the-scene practices do not yield a management style rooted in humility or the nature of reality.
Doug Martinez is CEO of Temporary Holdings, LLC, San Clemente, Calif. He is also known to frequent golf courses.
Observe those in management or leadership wherever you might be. Remind them that they are leaders that have the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s day—today—not tomorrow. Today is the chance to show love and respect to a stranger, and if allowed, give them productive insight that will elevate the person without bringing glory to yourself.
Feb. 9, 2015 – Week 6: “Make the Important Rather Than the Urgent Your Priority in Life.” Watch for the color commentary by David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA, Santa Ana, Calif.