Gardeners call it pruning: Forced abandonment for 2010

In Living in More than One World, Bruce Rosenstein captures the essence of Peter Drucker's lifelong quest to teach managers that "living in more than one world," means letting go often and with mindfulness.

Gardeners call the letting go process "pruning."  Parents call it "grounding." Peter Drucker upped the ante and called it "forced abandonment."  

But there is a difference between me pruning a tree and me force abandoning my long held plan to accomplish X or Y in my lifetime. The latter takes a lot more chutzpah. 

The season between Thanksgiving and New Year's is a wonderful time for reflection and rebalancing. Perhaps instead of a New Year's resolution this year, we should think about our possible forced abandonments. Could be just the trick.


“The educated person will…have to be prepared to live and work simultaneously in two cultures— that of the ‘intellectual’ who focuses on words and ideas, and that of the ‘manager’ who focuses on people and work.”
Peter F. Drucker, Post-Capitalist Society

The Drucker Institute


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