IBM and Peter F. Drucker: On Authority and Power
Authority Requires Legitimate Power
In a functioning society, power is exercised as authority, and authority is the rule of right over might. But only a legitimate power can have authority and can expect and command that social self-discipline which alone makes organized institutional life possible.
Peter F. Drucker
The Future of Industrial Man
Eliminating Worries over Financial Problems
"When you give men authority it affects them differently. Some men think, ‘I have been given authority to tell these other men what to do.’ Consequently, they are not able to tell anybody what to do that will be of any value.
When a man is given a promotion, his responsibility has been extended and the first thing for him to do is to worry a little over it instead of taking a great deal of pride in his new power. His first duty is to sit down and to think seriously about his responsibility and how he can aid his coworkers”
Thomas. J. Watson Sr.
We Are All Assistants
Reading and studying the past to understand the present and spur a discussion about an unclear and uncertain American corporate future. How are we going to attain corporate social self-discipline if we have no corporate rule of right over might?
Peter E. Greulich Insight
Peter E. Greulich is an author, publisher and public speaker.
He has written three books on IBM and three essays on Thomas J. Watson Sr.’s leadership during the Great Depression. His latest book, Think Again!: IBM CAN Maximize Shareholder Value is a sweeping historical look at IBM and its nine chief executives. It puts a spotlight on IBM's current human resource practices in light of IBM’s time-tested, human-relationship achievements.
THINK Again! is a different perspective from Louis V. Gerstner’s Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance. Pete's thoughts are always a view from beneath—the perspective of an IBM employee-owner. IBMers with stories to share can reach Pete at IBMers @ mbiconcepts.com.