January 12, 2006

News & Opinion: Daily Drucker for January 12th - Practice Comes First

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 2:16 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Decision makes need to factor into their present decisions the "future has already happened."

Decision makers--in government, in universities, in business, in the labor unions, in churches--need to factor into their present decisions the future has already happened. For this they need to know what events have already occurred that do not fit into their present-day assumptions, and thereby create new realities.

Intellectuals and scholars tend to believe that ideas come first, which then lead to new political, social, economic, psychological realities. This does happen, but it is the exception. As the rule, theory does not precede practice. Its role is to structure and codify already proven practice. Its role is to convert the isolated and "atypical" from exception to "rule" and "system," and therefore into something that can be learned and taught and, above all into something that can be generally applied.

ACTION POINT: Are the premises that you base your decisions on obsolete? DO you need a new intellectual framework to win in the market, as it exists today?

From The Daily Drucker by Peter Drucker wth Joseph Maciariello

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.