Michael Hudson, U of Missouri, on how we in the US lost our way. If this is true, we really have destroyed ourselves:
And the winners are:
– Michael Jeffries, Abercrombie & Fitch $71.8 million
– James W. Stewart, BJ Services Company $34.6 million
– Brian Roberts, Comcast Corp $40.8 million
– John Faraci, International Paper $38.2 million
– Eugene Isenberg, Nabors Industries $79.3 million
Roll over, Peter Drucker.
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I think he’d be very sympathetic. Drucker’s disillusionment with the level of executive greed he saw and we see today makes it very likely that he’d be a supportive fan.
And here’s an interesting quote from the man himself:
The leader cannot act in his own interests.It must be the in the interests of the customer and the worker. This is the great weakness of American management today.
[from A Class with Drucker: The Lost Lessons of the World’s Greatest Management Teacher, William A. Cohen, AMACOM 2008]
When results are poor, executives don’t deserve bonuses, right Peter?
Why do companies behave like Hyatt Hotels and Circuit City?
By treating employees as costs they minimize their investments in employee training. The result is poor employee morale, substandard performance, and customer dissatisfaction. [Once again, here’s Drucker >>]
I first met this idea in an article I read in the Bechtel library in Houston. I was new to the corporate world, and I was trying to figure out what companies should be doing to be the “employer of choice” in their particular industry.
Of course, now I know this as an example of a vicious circle. The opposite of this approach, a virtuous circle – seems far more rare – in business, non-profits, and learning institutions as well.
I now see this as Management 101. In fact, it seems so obvious, you wonder why anyone would choose to destroy their company this way.