In 2006, more than 100 leading Drucker-like thinkers and practitioners gathered on the campus of Claremont Graduate University to help answer one question: What is Peter Drucker’s legacy?
Attendees included Jim Collins, best-selling author of Good to Great and Built to Last; Paul H. O’Neill, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and former chairman of Alcoa; A.G. Lafley, then chairman and CEO of Procter Gamble; Nobuhiro Iijima, CEO of the multi-billion dollar Yamazaki Baking Co.; and Masatoshi Ito, the founder and honorary chairman of the Ito-Yokado Group, Asia’s largest retail chain.
This distinguished group’s answer to the question was that Drucker’s legacy amounts to much more than memories of the man or even his writing. Drucker’s legacy, they said, is a collection of ideas and ideals that should be acted upon by future generations of leaders responsible for the companies and communities in which we work and live.
In response, the Board of Advisors of the Peter F. Drucker Archives (founded in 1998) and the Drucker family took a crucial step in 2006: They decided the best way to keep Drucker’s legacy alive was not simply to look backward (through old manuscripts and other documents) but to look forward (by building on Drucker’s wisdom and applying it to important contemporary issues).
Their mandate, in other words, was to transform the archival repository into a social enterprise whose purpose is strengthening organizations to strengthening society. Out of the Drucker Archives thus grew the Drucker Institute.
Today, all of our work is built on a foundation of YESTERDAY/TODAY/MONDAY* “Yesterday” refers to the fact that our work is grounded in Peter Drucker’s timeless wisdom. “Today” speaks to the urgency that we know organizational leaders feel to successfully meet their greatest challenges and opportunities. And “Monday” points to our proven ability to help executives move quickly from ideas to action to results, just as Drucker urged his own consulting clients: “Don’t tell me you had a wonderful meeting with me. Tell me what you’re going to do on Monday that’s different.”
Mr. Bergstrand is the founder and CEO of the Atlanta-based business transformation consultancy Brand Velocity. The Drucker Institute has a special relationship with BV, which uses many of Peter Drucker’s knowledge-worker productivity principles in its practice. Prior to founding BV, Mr. Bergstrand was chief information officer of The Coca-Cola Company and chief financial officer of Coca-Cola Beverages Ltd. Author of the Peter Drucker-inspired book, Reinvent Your Enterprise. Mr. Bergstrand has three master’s degrees—in management from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, education and human development from The George Washington University and advertising from Michigan State University.
Mr. Flippen is the founder of the Flippen Group, one of the largest educator-training companies, and one of the fastest-growing leadership-development organizations, in North America. With an emphasis on changing behaviors and attitudes that stand in the way of success, he has helped organizations—from small rural school districts to Fortune 500 companies—achieve dramatic improvements in performance, leadership, trust and productivity. The Flippen Group has worked with the Drucker Institute to integrate the Drucker for Future Leaders curriculum into the Flippen Group’s highly successful Teen Leadership program. Mr. Flippen is a psychotherapist and a New York Times bestselling author of The Flip Side .
Ms. Miller is the founder and chief executive of Business Talent Group, an Inc. 5000 Los Angeles-based firm that provides consultants and interim executives through a model that grew, in part, out of Peter Drucker’s writings on the knowledge worker. Before launching BTG, Ms. Miller was a venture partner with Maveron, the Seattle-based venture capital firm founded by Howard Schultz, from 2000 to 2007. Before that, she served as executive vice president and later acting president and COO of Americast, the digital television partnership between Disney and the regional telephone companies. Ms. Miller also served in the White House as special assistant to President Bill Clinton, where she was deputy to David Gergen, counselor to the President. She currently serves on the board of directors of TRW and Capella Education Co. a leading accredited online university. She is also a co-founder and board member of the National Campaign to Prevent Teenage Pregnancy.
Ms. Darroch, an ex officio member, is the dean of the Drucker-Ito School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, and professor of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Marketing. Her research and teaching focuses on the intersection of marketing and innovation, and specifically macroeconomic policy that fosters innovation, and behaviors and practices within organizations that lead to more innovative outcomes. Ms. Darroch developed the first instrument to measure an organization’s knowledge management orientation. Two of her articles (“Developing a measure of knowledge management behaviours and practices” and “Knowledge management, innovation and firm performance”) were recognized as classics in the Knowledge Management field based on the high number of citations they received. Ms. Darroch s signature course, “Transforming and Creating Markets to Generate Growth,” informed her book Marketing Through Turbulent Times. Her latest book, Why Marketing to Women Doesn’t Work, is an exploration of market segmentation and was written in response to how poorly marketers seem to understand the role of women today.
Mr. Iwasaki is the author of the novel What If a Female Manager of a High School Baseball Team Read Drucker’s “Management,” which has sold more than 2 million copies and was the top-selling book in Japan in 2010. It tells the story of a student who unexpectedly becomes the manager of the baseball team at Tokyo’s Hodokubo High. She soon stumbles across a version of Peter Drucker’s 1973 classic Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices and uses its lessons to lift the team’s performance. Moshi-Dora. as Mr. Iwasaki’s book is called for short, has also been turned into an anime TV series and a movie version. In 2011, Fast Company magazine named Mr. Iwasaki one of the “100 most creative people in business.”
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JOHN W. BACHMANN Senior Partner, Edward Jones BOB BUFORD Chairman Emeritus, Drucker Institute DORIS DRUCKER NOBUHIRO IIJIMA D. Sc. President and Chief Executive Officer, Yamazaki Baking Co. MASATOSHI ITO NATSUMI IWASAKI DAVID AND BETTY JONES A.G. LAFLEY MARIO MORINO Chairman, Morino Institute C. WILLIAM POLLARD Chairman Emeritus, ServiceMaster Co. CURT AND YUKO PULLEN DOUG RAUCH [. ]