Monday, January 31, 2011

Turning Challenge Into Opportunity

The Drucker Exchange (the Dx), a platform for bettering society through effective management and responsible leadership, reports on the connection between Peter Ferdinand Drucker's management practice of "planned abandonment" and the Girl Scouts recent Super Six Pilot Program. Peter Ferdinand Drucker (November 19, 1909 – November 11, 2005) was a writer, management consultant, and self-described “social ecologist.” He is the man who invented management and was called "Father Of Modern Management".

The article pinpoints that Drucker would have liked best the practice “To teach girls confidence and business basics, the nonprofit is holding seminars and so-called cookie colleges to explain to schoolgirls why the changes make business sense.” In other words, the Girl Scouts have figured out how to turn an operational and marketing challenge into a teaching opportunity. “In a period of upheaval, such as the one we are living in, change is the norm,” Drucker wrote. “To be sure, it is painful and risky, and above all it requires a great deal of very hard work. But unless it is seen as the task of the organization to lead change, the organization - whether business, university, hospital and so on—will not survive."

The Drucker Exchange is now designed to stimulate a discussion of current events that is illuminated by Peter Drucker’s timely and timeless teachings. It is produced by the Drucker Institute, a think tank and action tank based at Claremont Graduate University that was established to advance the ideas and ideals of Peter F. Drucker.
What are creative ways that Girl Scouts in your community turn challenges into opportunities?