Forbes contributor Steve Denning, author of The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management writes about a new book on Peter Drucker which is “a celebration of the life and work of the man who invented management.” It consists of photographs of manuscripts, honors, awards, and personal letters – even his doctoral dissertation. Also in this post are wonderful little gems about Drucker, including his views compared to other management gurus such as Milton Friedman, William Meckling, and Frederick Taylor. A few tidbits:

  • Two-thirds of his books were written after his mid-sixties.
  • Drucker was interested in management that centered on the behavior of people.
  • A quote made to Coca-Cola: “Don’t tell me that you had a wonderful meeting with me.  Tell me what you’re going to do on Monday that’s different.”
  • A quote on innovation: “A key to innovation is not to try to be brilliant, but to be simple….Sow small seeds and make them bear fruit.”