Peter Drucker, 1909-2005

By November 13, 2005General

We wanted to note the passing — and celebrate the life — of Peter Drucker, who died Friday at the ripe old age of 95. To call him a “management guru”, his common appellation, falls far short of describing his wonderful career and the enormous impact he had on US and global business. The author of some three dozen books, he believed in streamlined management and the empowerment of workers, trends that have been embraced by business large and small around the globe. He once called big government, “obese, muscle-bound and senile.” He was as pithy as he was insightful.

Here’s a link to his obituary in the Washington Post. In it, they quote the McKinsey Quarterly as saying, “Peter Drucker is the one guru to whom other gurus kowtow.” He was the visionaries’ visionary. His work will live on to benefit and inspire generations of managers and workers yet to be born. We mourn his passing while we salute him and his tremendous career.