Few managers today can have escaped exposure to the management industry. They have very likely been taught some aspect of management, been exposed to some new (or once new) management idea, worked alongside expensive management consultants, come across an interesting article in a management journal, even read a whole management book (even if it’s only The One-Minute Manager). All these now familiar exposures trace back to the same source: the Austrian-born writer, lecturer, consultant and management guru Peter Drucker.
In one way or another, armies of managers have sat at his feet, either literally or metaphorically. He died in 2005, at the great age of 95, but his legacy is certain to live on. Even if his books should lose currency (and this is a fickle market), the ideas contained within them cannot fade, for the simple reason that most are right.
Drucker specialised in the most powerful of all the management techniques – applied intelligence. Like the best of spies, he found out truths (including those which people wanted to conceal) and drew the right, commonsense conclusions from what he saw.