Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The legendary Drucker has Gone...

US management visionary Peter Drucker has died at the age of 95. Peter Drucker, revered as the father of modern management for numerous books and articles stressing innovation, entrepreneurship and strategies for dealing with a changing world, has died. He was 95.
The Vienna-born Drucker died on Friday of natural causes at his home in Claremont, east of Los Angeles, said Bryan Schneider, a spokesman for Claremont Graduate University, where Drucker taught.

"He is purely and simply the most important developer of effective management and of effective public policy in the 20th century," former US House speaker Newt Gingrich said on Friday. "In the more than 30 years that I've studied him, talked with him and learned from him, he has been invaluable and irreplaceable."

Drucker has been considered a management visionary for his recognition that dedicated employees are key to the success of any corporation, and that marketing and innovation should come before worries about finances. His ability to explain his principles in plain language helped them resonate with ordinary managers, former Intel Corp chairman Andy Grove said.

"Consequently, simple statements from him have influenced untold numbers of daily actions. They did mine over decades," Grove said. Drucker championed concepts such as management by objective and decentralization, and his motivational techniques have been used by some of the biggest firms in corporate America, including Intel and Sears, Roebuck & Co.
Business Week magazine hailed Drucker as "the most enduring management thinker of our time," and Forbes magazine featured him on a 1997 cover under the headline: "Still the Youngest Mind." US President George W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002.

In the early 1940s, Drucker was invited to study General Motors' inner workings, an experience that led to his 1946 management book, Concept of the Corporation. He went on to write more than 30 books and start a foundation for non-profit management.

"He's very much an intellectual leader, and that's not common," Harvard Business School professor Quinn Mills said. Drucker showed a knack for identifying sea changes in business and economics years in advance. He foresaw the emergence of a new type of worker whose occupation would be based on knowledge, not physical labor or management. After the big stock market decline of October 1987, Drucker said he had expected it, "and not for economic reasons, but for aesthetic and moral reasons."

"The last two years were just too disgusting a spectacle," Drucker said. "Pigs gorging themselves at the trough are always a disgusting spectacle, and you know it won't last long."
Drucker termed Wall Street brokers "a totally non-productive crowd which is out for a lot of easy money." "When you reach the point where the traders make more money than investors, you know it's not going to last," he said. "The average duration of a soap bubble is known. It's about 26 seconds," Drucker said.

"For speculative crazes, it's about 18 months," he said. Drucker was born in Vienna, and educated there and in the UK. He received a doctorate in international law while working as a reporter in Frankfurt, Germany. He remained in Germany until 1933, when one of his essays was banned by the Nazi regime. For a time, he worked as an economist for a bank in London, then moved to the US in 1937.

He taught politics and philosophy at Bennington College in Vermont and for more than 20 years was a professor of management at New York University's graduate business school. Beginning in 1971, he taught a course for mid-career executives at Claremont Graduate School in California, which has named its business school after him.

Drucker's management books included: The Effective Executive (1966); Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices (1974); and Managing in a Time of Great Change (1995). Last year, he put out The Daily Drucker: 366 Days of Insight and Motivation for Getting the Right Things Done.

He also wrote scores of articles for the academic and popular press, two novels and an autobiography, Adventures of a Bystander. While much of his career was spent studying employees in the workplace, Drucker also dedicated time to the service sector, founding the New York-based Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management, known since 2003 as the Leader to Leader Institute.

Jack Beatty, a senior editor at Atlantic Monthly magazine who wrote the book The World According to Peter Drucker, described the management guru as "uproariously funny [with] a great rapport. You ask him a question and it can go on for some time."
Drucker is survived by his wife, Doris, and four children.

Literraly the death of Peter Drucker will create a vaccum in the visionary business ideas. He is not only the founder of modern marketing but also kept close check on the current marketing practices and always blessed us with his carefully carved opinions.

It's really an irreparable loss. We, management professionals should now declare November 11 as the Drucker Day to pay an yearly tribute to this thinker of modern age.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Naheen koi tum jaisa!!

Happy Birthday dear Sharukh Khan.

Clap, clap, clap...
The mega-king of asian flicks in my eyes.

Here's a brief exerpt about this Bollywood idol from an Indian online tabloid:

"In an industry obsessed with good looks, it’s hard to imagine that a short man with a funny nose and clumsy hair would rise to heights of stardom. But then again, Shah Rukh Khan has always been unconventional. Unlike most Bollywood bigwigs, Shah Rukh’s academic career spans several years.

While his formative years were spent in St Columbus High School, he later went to study at St Stephen’s College and Hansraj College. He did his masters in Mass Communication from Jamiya Miliya Islamiya. He fell in love and married a girl from a conventional Hindu home, his college sweetheart Gauri after a Bollywood- style romance and courtship. With Gauri, Shah Rukh later had two children — a son, Aryan and a daughter Suhana.

In 1989, after the death of both his parents, Shah Rukh moved to Bombay where his acting career began. On hindsight, once again he defied convention by making his debut on a television serial Fauji.

After receiving a good response, he took up a role in another TV serial, Circus, produced by Aziz Mirza. His association with Mirza grew into a strong friendship as he began to act in Mirza’s films, Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman being one in many.

Forty-two films old, Shah Rukh rules Bollywood. Besides acting, he also produces films under his own production company, Dreamz Unlimited, along with actress Juhi Chawla."

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Pepsi versus Lal Sharbatt

Pepsi since last couple of years is leading a campaign that the drink offers much more than the traditional ‘Lal Sharbat offers’. Well, the idea definitely conveys the fact the biggest competition this cola company is facing from Lal drink manufacturers and that’s a reason in advertisements the firm tries to convince users that Pepsi is far better. –This Ramzan, the firm aired the third advertisement in row on this theme--

In my eyes the firm has no right to malign other products. Unfortunately in our country there are no advertising laws and there is no one to stop this multi-national.

The said ‘Lal Sharbat’ that includes brands like Rooh Afza or Jam-e-Shireen is a very nutritious drink as compare to Pepsi –a carbonated drink—which is not good for health and decreases body calcium and also create stomach and dental problems when taken frequently otherwise Lal Sharbat has no such side effects infact gives a soothing effect if taken at times of Low Blood Pressure and in summer.

In such circumstances the firm should be realistic and at once stop this black-mail/ mud-spilling campaign towards other traditional drinks.