Week 48 of 52. Welcome to Drucker Mondays, a 52-week journey through the book, A Year with Peter Drucker: 52 Weeks of Coaching for Leadership Effectiveness, by Joseph A. Maciariello. Each Monday, we feature a Drucker fan and his or her favorite snippet from the week's topic. (Subscribe on this page.) Jackie Tsujimoto is our guest writer today.
Week 48: What Do Leaders Stand For?
THE BIG IDEA FROM THE BOOK: According to Peter Drucker, “Integrity in leadership inspires trust and commits leaders to viewing the world as it is and not as they wish it to be.”
Strong, effective leaders go to work on the priorities of the organization, instilling a culture of continuous learning and surrounding themselves with experts in areas necessary to solve present and emerging problems. These are framed together by an established set of values that “give life.”
“It is not the business whose values are pure opportunism, pure greed, pure selfishness and self-aggrandizement that does best, not even in the very short run. It is the business that has a set of values that enables it and the people who work for it to respect themselves, to have pride, to grow, that is the winner in the marketplace.”
JACKIE TSUJIMOTO'S FAVORITE DRUCKER INSIGHTS from Week 48, pages 369-375:
• “It is in times of adversity, in times that try a man’s soul, that values are a necessity.” (p. 372)
• “Values, like nutrients that sustain an organism, also sustain an organization.” (p. 372)
• “In every organization—and not only in a business—the true and real values of its leaders are judged by who gets promoted, who gets fired, who gets rewarded and who gets punished. People decisions are highly visible. . .” (p. 373)
JACKIE TSUJIMOTO'S COLOR COMMENTARY:
Free Wheelchair Mission believes that “no one should be forced to crawl on the ground,” enduring the hopelessness and often devastating effects of disability in the developing world. In this heartbreak affecting an estimated 100 million people who lack mobility, or cannot afford a wheelchair, there is hope.
We value each life as precious in God’s sight, loved by God. We value mobility as an essential element to an empowered life. Free Wheelchair Mission exists for this reason, to provide the transforming gift of mobility to people with disabilities in developing nations, as motivated by Jesus Christ.
Personally, it has been a humbling experience and great privilege to serve with colleagues who share these values and work with all earnestness and dedication to give this gift of mobility to as many lives as possible.
THIS WEEK'S QUOTES & COMMENTARY BY JACKIE TSUJIMOTO:
Jackie Tsujimoto is the Development Officer for Church Relations with Free Wheelchair Mission. She joined their team in July, bringing over 20 years of experience in Christian non-profit work, including 12 years with World Vision.
Jackie is passionate about helping the “least of these,” the disabled poor, and inviting local churches and groups to be involved in restoring dignity and hope—transforming lives through the love of Christ and the gift of mobility—Wheelchairs!
Consider the following questions in evaluating your values:
• What are the espoused values in your organization?
• How do they match up with values in action?
• Are they life-sustaining or life-giving?
• Are they strong enough to weather adversity?
• Do they inspire confidence? If not, what can you and others do to change them?
Read Bob Buford's Halftime: Moving from Success to Significance (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition), with a foreword by Jim Collins (published this month with more than 750,000 previously sold).
On Dec. 7, 2015, watch for David Schmidt's color commentary on Week 49’s topic, “You Become a Person by Knowing Your Values,” the sixth chapter in the book’s final section, “Character and Legacy.”