Who is responsible for your career?

I was reading an article that appeared in an online newspaper called Vox. The article, I spoke to hundreds of American men who still can’t find work, written by Andrew L. Yarrow, took the tack that many men are unemployed because of “society.” As I read the article example after example talked about men who …

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Why do people fail after a promotion?

There was a book written in 1969 called The Peter Principle. The authors claimed that people in a hierarchy rise until they finally reach their level of incompetence. In other words, people get promoted until they finally fail. According to Wikipedia, this is due to the fact that“.. skills in one job do not necessarily …

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Would you be better in HR if you held a job outside of HR?

In the certification classes, one of the key competencies that are considered necessary for someone to be a successful human resources professional is business acumen, that knowledge of how the business really operates. This business acumen can be learned in two ways, through study or through experience. Drucker’s advice Peter Drucker, management guru deluxe, advises …

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A dose of people wisdom from Peter Drucker

Often people are hired for the wrong reasons. Hiring managers seek to minimize weaknesses rather than maximizing strengths. That is not the formula for success in hiring, according to Peter Drucker. From his book The Effective Executive, as quoted in The Daily Drucker, “Effective executives make strength productive. They fill positions and promote based upon …

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What defines the task in knowledge work? Peter Drucker answers!

Peter Drucker was interested in knowledge worker productivity. He considered it a management challenge of the 21st century. In non-knowledge work, or manual work, the task is always given. What is made on the assembly line is not up to the choice of the assembly line worker. That is not the same issue that knowledge …

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From the Archive: A Dose of Drucker

I am away this week, so I pulled several posts from the Archive. I like this one in particular.  Peter Drucker was considered by many, and still is well after his death in 2005, the Dean of Management consulting. He is actually considered to be the inventor of the modern concept of management. I have …

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A Lesson from Drucker: Managing your boss

Everyone has a boss. Many of us have several. Often we would like to have better ones, but if you can’t trade in the boss you can attempt to make the ones you have better. How do you do that? Peter Drucker has some guidance for that process. The boss list He said the first …

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Four Fundamentals of Selecting the Right People

Many people think that the nature of recruiting (or as it is called today “talent acquisition”) has changed because of the use of modern tools such as social media. Nothing could be further from the truth. Just because you look for people by using a modern set of tools does not change the fundamental and …

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10 Reasons to Keep Your Older Workers

  The stereotype of someone that is getting older not only includes diminished physical abilities but also diminished mental abilities as well. And indeed there is some truth to the stereotype. As someone who, by many of you would be considered old, I can vouch about the diminished physical abilities. I am not as strong …

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HR as Knowledge Work

Yesterday I talked about knowledge workers and knowledge work. Today I want to to talk about defining the task and defining the results in knowledge work and how that applies to the field of human resources. According to Drucker the task is always a “given” in manual work. However, in knowledge work he says that …

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