I used to read business stuff. Fortune, Harvard Business Review, BusinessWeek, management books. I gave up on that habit a few years back.
Last night, however, I saw a picture from by friend Shashi Bellamkonda. It showed several magazine covers, including the latest Harvard Business Review. On the cover, a picture of Peter Drucker.
I looked online for the issue.
In this post about the issue, Ellen Peebles reports on a conversation by business executives in celebration what would be Drucker’s 100th birthday. The leaders discussed four functions of a CEO. After discussing each function, the facilitator asked a Drucker-inspired question: “What will you differently on Monday?”
The question slapped me. I’ve taught a couple times this weekend. I’ve written. I’ve talked with Nancy. I’ve slept. I’ve seen a movie that made me cry and at least one TV show that did, too.
In this middle of all that direction and emotion and clarification and resolve, I desperately need that question. What will I do differently?
Notice, by the way, that this isn’t necessarily a question about my todo list. The question is not just about what I will do. There are many things that are on the list because they belong there. They are part of my responsibility, my calling, my life.
However, as I look at what I am doing, how will I do it differently?
How will I respond to challenges to love, care, balance, simplify, focus, listen, go, stay? How will I take the Monday that has been handed me this week and live it differently? What, exactly (precisely, intentionally, concretely, specifically), will I do differently today?
Or won’t anything I heard or said matter?
(It can, by the way. Matter, I mean. It’s up to me to remember (and you, too).)