(from Church of the Customer) Of all those who have waded into the waters of understanding, theorizing and explaining the nature of business, Peter Drucker was the greatest. The Mt. Rushmore of management theory.
My two favorite Drucker aphorisms:
* "The purpose of a business is to create a customer."
* "Business has only two basic functions: marketing and innovation."
I've read a half dozen books by Drucker throughout my career. Usually fascinated by his assertive style of writing borne of a career as an executive in one difficult business after another. Drucker was an odd sort of humanist who believed that everyone needed a goal in life. His writings were maligned in the 70s, revered in the 80s, and forgotten in the 90s.
As so many of the great minds of the last century pass, you have to wonder who will take their places?