Peter F. Drucker, the father of modern management, was welcomed into his heavenly home last Friday, Nov. 11, 2005, just a few days shy of his 96th birthday. According to Bob Buford (www.bobbuford.com), “his last days were consumed with repeating the Lord’s Prayer in German.”
Christian Management Association honored Peter Drucker with its highest honor, the Christian Management Award, in 1990. CMA honored Bob Buford with the same award in 2005.
I must mention Drucker and Buford in the same breath because it was Buford, and his Leadership Network (www.leadnet.org), that brought much of Drucker’s wisdom and management insight to the leading Christian leaders and senior pastors of our day.
Certainly one of my Top 10 Life Experiences was sitting at the feet of Peter Drucker for a week in Estes Park, Colo., with 30 other Christian leaders in the summer of 1986. Buford invited us. Drucker enthralled us. Several years later, I was privileged to be part of a reunion week with Drucker in Claremont, Calif.
My notes from those weeks would fill several books—but one Big Idea stands out:
LEAD FROM YOUR STRENGTHS.
It sounds simple, but it’s radical. Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. Figure out who you are, what you enjoy doing, what you’re good at—and then build a team around you to fill in the cracks. Don’t allow anyone else’s leadership theory to take your eye off the ball. Lead from your strengths.
In my Management Buckets workshop experience, I’ve dedicated one of my 20 Management Buckets to Peter Drucker. “The Drucker Bucket” really transcends all the buckets—but we talk about the Druckerisms and the wit and wisdom of this remarkable management guru. He was a gift from God to ministry leaders. He was a category of one.
For more on Peter Drucker, the five questions every nonprofit organization or church should answer (The Drucker Foundation Self-Assessment Tool), his books, and his legacy, check out these resources:
• The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done, by Peter F. Drucker
• The Daily Drucker: 366 Days of Insight and Motivation for Getting the Right Things Done, by Peter F. Drucker
Drucker said that “vision without execution is delusion.” For more help with execution or other management challenges, email JPA at info@JohnPearsonAssociates.com or go to www.JohnPearsonAssociates.com.