“If you look at the successful companies,” Drucker added, “they are the ones who either learn management or they bring it in. In the really successful high-tech companies, usually the originator isn’t there five years later. He may be on the board; he may be honorary chairman. But he is out, and usually with bitterness. … Jobs lacked the discipline. I don’t mean the self-discipline. I mean the basic knowledges and the willingness to apply them.”Most management gurus agree that Drucker would have provided a much different analysis 25 years later. This blog post provides some insight on that front.
It’s well known that Peter Drucker was critical of Steve Job’s management talents when Steve left Apple in 1985: