Embracing abandonment

Management guru Peter Drucker could, by some, be considered the Leonardo da Vinci of management – I believe he will be better understood and respected 400 years after his life than now. He frequently said that abandonment is the key to innovation – I consider these pieces of advice to be one of his most important: “Don’t tell me what you’re doing, tell me what you’ve stopped doing.” He also passed on some meaningful advice: “If leaders are unable to abandon yesterday, they simply will not be able to create tomorrow.” “Without systematic and purposeful abandonment, an organisation will be overtaken by events. It will squander its best resources on things it should never have been doing or should no longer do. As a result, it will lack the resources needed to exploit the opportunities that arise.”

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Writer’s Biography

David Parmenter is an international presenter who is known for his thought provoking and lively sessions, which have led to substantial change in many organisations. He has spoken in 31 countries. John Wiley & Sons Inc have published his four books.

David has also worked for Ernst & Young, BP Oil Ltd, Arthur Andersen, and Price Waterhouse.  David is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.