Sunday, September 26, 2010

"Don't Just Stand There, Do Something!"

Since sites and blogs are created faster than most super computers can track them, maybe you haven't yet found HumanResourcesiq.

Now, as soon as some see the words "Human Resources" in the context of most anything, they immediately tune out figuring that this is just another "feely touchy" place that produces platitudes covered with layers of wishful thinking the practicality of which is something slightly to the left of absolute zero.

I think not, or at least not when it comes to the postings featuring William Cohen.

Cohen has his own site called Heroic Leadership and given that among other things he was Drucker's first executive Ph.D. graduate as well as a Major General one would think it a subject about which he would know something.

He does.

Readers of this blog are also aware that leadership is a subject about which I have pondered and explored for a long time. Maybe because it is something about which we are all aware and yet none of us can really define. It is simply something that each of us in our own way "feels" and while there seem to be common elements of those feelings, it is nonetheless different for each of us.

In any case, over the years there seems to be a reasonable consensus that Peter Drucker probably has had as much to say on this subject as anyone, so when I came across a posting with the title Peter Drucker's Favorite Leadership Book, I definitely wanted to check it out.

As I read it, I was struck by many things, not the least of which was how it all seemed so relevant and current in terms of what executive leadership faces in today's environment, especially in terms of business leadership.

I don't want to spoil it for you, but as an added inducement, I can only tell you that it is not a book that you will find on this or last century's best seller lists and given when it was written there are few, if any, who would likely invest the time to read it in the original, but Cohen's post and his explanation of why this was Drucker's favorite should suffice for starters.

1 comment:

Allan Hoving said...

Thanks for the kind words about HRIQ and Bill Cohen's column, Dave. Best regards, Allan