The management techniques of Peter Drucker and Warren Bennis may differ; however, the basis premise is still the same. Both Drucker and Bennis are well-known experts in the field of management. In fact, both of these men have formed great alliances in their careers. Let's take a brief look into the lives of Drucker and Bennis.
Peter Drucker was born in Vienna in the early 1900's. Today, Drucker is perhaps the most influential writer in the field of management. He is the author of twenty-nine books, which have been translated into twenty languages (cgu.edu).
In 1925 Drucker assisted Claremont Graduate University in spinning off of the University and establishing The Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management. The school is comprised of many well-known Universities throughout the country (cgu.edu/faculty).
Even though Bennis is only a fraction of the age of Drucker, he too is a well-known expert in the field of management. Bennis is the author of twenty-seven books, which have also been translated into twenty languages.
Bennis is currently a Professor at Marshall School. It is with pride, Bennis lists his accomplishments on his personal web-site. Some of the more interesting accomplishments to make note of are: founding Chairman of the Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California and Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (UK) (MOR faculty). Bennis began using his leadership skills at the young age of twenty when he served as the youngest infantry commander that fought in Germany (MOR faculty).
We will take a look at the theories of Drucker and Bennis, as well as their views on teamwork. Both have different approaches but both have profound insight on both topics.
THEORY: DRUCKER VS BENNIS
Drucker is widely credited for inventing modern management and for being the most influential management consultant (Gorr). The most notable characteristics regarding Drucker's views are that he makes one think about what they do or what they are trying to accomplish and why. Innovation is something that he tries to instill in each company he is consulting with. As reported in "The Practice of Innovation" by Peter Senge, Drucker has three ingredients that make up the discipline of innovation. First, focusing on the mission, he believes that one must have a definitive goal or purpose in which they are trying to pursue in order to be successful. Second, defining significant results, or otherwise expressing what is believed to be the anticipated end result. Third, performing rigorous assessments based on the tasks that are being performed while trying to adhere to the mission. This step includes the willingness of all involved to throw out any tasks, thoughts, or processes that are not contributing to the overall objective. A feeling of mutual trust must be established between management and lower level associates in order for non-management personnel to come forward with what they believe is not working during the assessment phase. Even though Drucker is known for helping fix a company's management problems, his "fix" goes deeper than strictly the management occurring within that company. This thought is due to the fact that no company is immune to uncontrollable external factors. He uses what is going on externally from the company, such as the marketplace, historical happenings, and current political conditions in order to assess how the company should adjust (Senge). In his opinion, his suggestions to a company are not focused on the bottom line, but rather on the employees and how to guide them toward achieving their highest potential. Once this is achieved is when the company has succeeded and is meeting its objective all around, because then in turn, the employees are striving to do their best in meeting the mission in the most effective and efficient manner. Bennis is yet another well-respected authority on management. Bennis' main theory is that of leadership. His claim to fame...
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