Peter Drucker and Baseball in Japan

August 28, 2010

Peter Drucker and Baseball in Japan

  Who would believe that the late Peter Drucker, famed management guru, would be a hit among young business women in Japan? Well it is true. His reputation lives on. The hit comes in the guise of a book, “What if the Female Manager of a High School Baseball Team read Drucker’s Management”  and is a favorite among this generation in Japan. The book is based on a story about a girl who is the all around go-to member of a baseball team headed by a male coach. She decides to set some goals for the unambitious team after reading Drucker’s 1973 book, “Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices” and by focusing on discrete, measurable goals leads them towards a championship title.  Interestingly, only 61% of women in Japan work and less than 1% are on boards. The hope is that these young women with the noses in Drucker’s management theories might just change the world. [Read about this in The Economist and thought it was a cool way to teach the importance of good management.]

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Leslie Gaines-Ross
Leslie Gaines-Ross
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As Weber Shandwick’s Chief Reputation Strategist, I focus on the ever changing world of reputation. For the past 25 years, I have relentlessly observed, researched and commented on the rise and fall of reputations.

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