What Peter Drucker Would Be Reading

Peter Drucker

Recent selections from around the web that, we think, would have caught Peter Drucker’s eye:

1.  Act Like a Leader Before You Are One: If you want to rise to a leadership position in the workplace, start leading. That is the advice of Amy Gallo, a contributing editor at Harvard Business Review. It’s not simply about holding a title or rank but about taking the initiative and being someone people can count on. “Even if you’re still several levels down and someone else is calling all the shots, there are numerous ways to demonstrate your potential and carve your path to the role you want,” she writes.

2.   François Hollande Pins Hopes of Fresh Start on Cabinet Reshuffle: If all else fails, boot everyone and start over.  That is the approach being considered by France’s president François Hollande. The Financial Times reports that Hollande is firing warning shots visible to all of his ministers. “At some point, choices and adjustments will have to be made,” Hollande said. “No one is protected in the government. No one has immunity.”

3.  Study: Higher Levels of Homeownership Can Kill Jobs: Homeownership is a worthy personal goal, but is increased homeownership a worthy policy goal? That is a question that arises in the wake of a new working paper released by British economist Andrew Oswald and Dartmouth’s David G. Blanchflower.  The paper finds that a “doubling of the rate of home-ownership in a U.S. state is followed in the long-run by more than a doubling of the later unemployment rate.” Brad Plumer at the Washington Post explains some of the reasons why this might be.

4.  Dx Comment of the Week: Last week, when we asked readers what they thought of a deal made by Congress to allow the Federal Aviation Administration to spend long-term airport improvement funds on short-term staffing needs, reader Tom wrote the following:

The decision made by Congress was predictable and self-serving. A more interesting question is why President Obama endorsed the decision.