Peter Drucker on nonprofit strategy

There’s an old saying that good intentions don’t move mountains, bulldozers too. In nonprofit management, the mission and the plan – if that is all there is – are good intentions. Strategies are the bulldozers. They convert what you want…

Peter Drucker on free markets

I am for the free market. Even though it doesn’t work too well, nothing else works at all. But I have serious reservations about capitalism as a system because it idolizes economics as the be-all and end-all of life. It…

The Toolkit – Part 1: Foundations (8) – a shorter mission statement

This post is another go at mission statements – mixing Peter Drucker’s description of a mission statement as “a concise statement of purpose” (it should fit on a t-shirt!) with the idea that mission should have a bit more of…

The Toolkit – Part 1: Foundations (7) – mission statements revisited

In this post I explained the difference between vision and mission statements like this: If a vision statement is a statement about ends (the world you’re working to make a reality), a mission statement is about means: what are the…

Peter Drucker on balancing short and long term goals

If a manager does not take care of the next hundred days, there will be no next hundred years. Whatever the manager does should be sound in expediency as well as in basic long-range objective and principle. And where he…

Peter Drucker on metrics as misdirection

Business, like any other institution, has important results that are incapable of being measured. Any experienced executive will know companies or industries that are bound for extinction because they cannot attract or hold able people. This, every experienced executive also…

Peter Drucker on improving decision making with feedback analysis

I’ve read and appreciated this suggestion from Peter Drucker enough times that I’m finally going to apply it. Here’s the idea: You can learn to identify your strengths by using feedback analysis. This is a simple process in which you…

Questions of the day (leverage)

What is the biggest contribution that I can make to this team or organisation? What does it mean for me to be good at my job? What would be happening around me if I was good at my job? How…

Peter Drucker on pay and rewards for knowledge workers

Knowledge workers demand economic rewards… Their absence is a deterrent. But their presence is not enough… [Knowledge workers] need opportunity; they need achievement; they need fulfillment; they need values. Only by making themselves into effective executives can knowledge workers obtain…

Peter Drucker on performance appraisals

Effective executives usually work out their own unique form of performance appraisal. It starts out with a statement of the major contributions expected from a person in his past and present positions and a record of their performance against these…