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Friday, November 25, 2005

Jim Collins On Peter Drucker

Jim Collins has written a very small but sweet piece on Peter Drucker. Excerpts from the article:
Peter F. Drucker was driven not by the desire to say something but by the desire to learn something from every student he met - and that is why he became one of the most influential teachers most of us have ever known. Drucker never forgot his own teaching: Ask not what you can achieve but what you can contribute. Jim thinks that If he had been granted another 95 years, he would have continued to produce. At age 85, when asked which of his 26 books he was most proud of, he responded: "The next one." In intervening years he published at least eight more volumes, and at age 95, shortly before his death, he released yet another. He had a remarkable ability not just to give the right answers, but more important, to ask the right questions - questions that would shift our entire frame of reference. Throughout his work runs a theme that highlights a fundamental shift, away from achievement - jettisoning with the flick of his hand, as if he were waving away an irritating gnat, any consideration of the question of what you can "get" in this world - to the question of contribution Undoubtedly an inspiring personality!!

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