Name Your Game: Drucker Apps Looks at Teamwork, in Sports and at Work

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The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University today added a new topic to Drucker Apps, an ongoing conversation about bettering society through effective management and responsible leadership.

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“The modern organization cannot be an organization of boss and subordinate. It must be organized as a team.”

This latest addition to Drucker Apps was inspired by the kick off of the 2010 FIFA World Cup just as the NBA finals head to a pivotal fifth game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics. Drucker Apps will be taking a look at the business lessons that sports can teach us about teamwork. Taking part in the running dialogue on this topic will be will be former UCLA basketball player and television executive Andy Hill; Portuguese management writer Jorge Vasconcellos e Sá, a professor at the University of Lisbon and a trained soccer coach; and others with insights into the art of coordination and collaboration.

As with every installment of Drucker Apps, this online dialogue is informed by the words of Peter F. Drucker, the father of modern management. In this way, Drucker Apps ties the timeless wisdom of one of the great thinkers and writers of the 20th century to the hottest issues of today, all delivered by the latest in 21st-century technology.

“There are only three kinds of teams,” Peter Drucker wrote. The first, he said, is the sort that plays doubles tennis—where “each member adapts to . . . the other member.” The second is more like soccer. “Each player has a fixed position; but the whole moves together,” Drucker explained. Finally, there is the baseball team “in which all the members have fixed positions.”

We invite you to join our Drucker Apps conversation about teamwork. We open things up with this question: What style of team do you have within your organization—tennis, soccer, baseball or some other model—and is it effective?

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About the Drucker Institute
The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University is a think tank and action tank whose purpose is to better society by stimulating effective management and responsible leadership. It does this, in large part, by advancing the ideas and ideals of Peter F. Drucker, the father of modern management.

The Institute acts as a hub for a worldwide network of Drucker Societies: volunteer-driven organizations that are using Drucker’s teachings to bring about positive change in their local communities.

In addition, the Institute maintains a digital archive of Drucker’s papers; undertakes research that builds on Drucker’s writings; offers an annual $100,000 prize for nonprofit innovation; produces curricular material that distills Drucker’s decades of leading-edge thinking, including a management training system called Drucker Unpacked; applies Drucker’s work to current events (through a regular online column in BloombergBusinessWeek by Institute Executive Director Rick Wartzman and through a social media tool called Drucker Apps); and hosts visiting fellows with Drucker-like insights and values.

The Institute is a close affiliate of the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, which is training the next generation of leaders and managers to do good while they do well.

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