Week 21 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. (Subscribe on this page.) Constantino (Connie) Salios is our guest writer today.
THE BIG IDEA FROM THE BOOK: “The future will not just happen if one wishes hard enough. It requires decision—now. It imposes risk—now. It requires action—now. It demands allocation of resources, and above all, human resources—now.” (Peter Drucker)
CONNIE SALIOS’ FAVORITE DRUCKER INSIGHTS from Week 21, pages 163-169:
• Continuity is the foundation for innovation and change—the mission, core values, and its definition of performance and results must be clear.
• “Precisely because change is a constant, the foundations have to be extra strong.”
• Continuity and change are not opposites—they are a continuum and need balance.
• “A constant stream of incremental improvements will lead to substantial change over time.”
CONNIE SALIOS’ COLOR COMMENTARY:
Drucker defines change as 1) creating new through innovation, and 2) creating new by moving resources from low to high productivity. I agree. Change is inevitable although direction may be difficult to predict. Our task then is not to predict the future but to go to work to create new products, processes, and services that will serve customers in the future.
THIS WEEK'S QUOTES & COMMENTARY BY CONSTANTINO (CONNIE) SALIOS:
Constantino (Connie) Salios is the Organizational Leadership Advisor at CLD Consulting. After 30 years in the marketplace, Connie now serves as a coach, mentor, and advisor to ministry, non-profit, academic, and for-profit organizations.
Greater change requires stronger values. Balancing change and continuity requires continuous work on information so begin to ask:
• “Are our values strong and clear?”
• “Who needs to be informed of this in our organization today?”
On June 1, 2015, Mark Matlock, Executive Director of Youth Specialties, will share his color commentary on Week 22’s topic, “Strategic Abandonment and Innovation,” the second of five weeks on “Maintaining Your Organization Through Change.”