I've always had a thing for older, brilliant men, so when Peter Drucker entered my life fifteen years ago, I thought I died and went to heaven.
Drucker was a very low maintenance author, and, unlike other business gurus, shunned the spotlight. Peter would simply call me occasionally to check on reviews or request books. He would start every conversation by identifying himself. "This is Peter Drucker," he would say slowly and methodically, as if that distinctive Viennese accent could possibly belong to anyone else.
I had the privilege to work with Peter on The Effective Executive
, Post-Capitalist Society
, Managing In Turbulent Times
, Management Challenges in the 21st Century
and The Essential Drucker
. His authenticity and genius are breathtaking. I may not have an MBA from Harvard, but the experience gave me something much more precious, and something money can't buy. I truly found religion in business through my exposure to Drucker in print and in person. Now it's he who is in heaven with the other management gods.
Berkowitz & Associates
Former Associate Publishing Director and VP of Marketing and Communications for HarperBusiness
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.