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No Simple Answers Ahead
No one can predict the future, yet all of us want to thrive in a changing world. “The task,” as Drucker put it, “is to manage what is there and to work to create what could and should be.” As to what that would look like, he asked a simple question: “What has already happened that will create the future?”
When we gather June 30 for our virtual Day of Drucker, we will find much common ground in the grand challenges we face — but no foolproof recipes or ready-made answers. The notion instead is to take a leaf from the book of other organizational leaders in the past: spend a day engaging with Peter Drucker’s way of thinking, to gain a clearer view of a complex, evolving situation and come away focused on the right questions to answer.
the new realities
Once again, we are at a “Druckerian moment” in history, dealing with a collision of social and economic disruptions, with effects greatly magnified by the Covid crisis. A new balance is being struck on a global scale between fiscal, economic, and technological shifts on the one hand and basic human and social realities on the other. At similar points in the past, Drucker underlined the fundamental social importance of managers’ job of allocating society’s resources and driving value creation. To step up to that responsibility, we need to dig deep to understand the wider context in which our actions can contribute to a world of greater human dignity and opportunity. It will not be enough to return to our starting point. The world needs a step-change in innovation and broad-based value creation from organizations with forward-looking mindsets and an eye on the wider consequences of their actions. “A time of turbulence is also one of great opportunity,” Drucker wrote. “It is above all a time of opportunity for leadership.”
on the Drucker journey
By spending a day in this way you’ll be investing in a Drucker Forum community that has expanded and deepened across 12 years of annual events. The content and conversations on June 30 – and optional workshops June 29 – will lay foundations for yet richer interactions going forward. Think of A Day of Drucker as a step on a shared journey toward the annual Global Peter Drucker Forum in November and beyond.
Our Day of Drucker features a rich program of content – see the sessions and their exceptional speakers and moderators. Note the long and flexible programming day, reflecting our desire to accommodate live interaction from participants all over the world. Free replays will remain accessible to all registered participants for three months.
The cost for interactive participation – including breakout sessions with selected speakers – is just 99 € for one day or 155 € to participate in both the June 29 workshops and the June 30 Day of Drucker (excluding VAT). To spread the event, and Peter Drucker’s ideas, to the widest possible audience, we also offer a free livestream option.
Finally, if you haven’t already done so, be sure to save the dates for this fall’s Drucker Forum 2021. We will soon announce options for participating in a digital program November 17–18 and a traditional in-person gathering in Vienna November 18–19.
Special invitation to the young:
join us on the Drucker journey
For young people, the impact of more than a year of pandemic-driven crisis on personal and professional development has been especially hard. So this year we aim to take the Drucker Forum’s long-standing commitment to the younger generation to a new level.
We hear it again and again: Drucker’s work is for many early-career professionals the first exposure to a meaningful narrative about the role of managers in society – one reason why since the beginning we have consistently worked to increase the numbers of younger participants at the annual Drucker Forum.
We expect this participation to reach a new high at A Day of Drucker, where we will proudly introduce his work to thousands via the free livestream. Leaders of your generation will leave their marks on the twenty-first century.
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