Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Drucker Insight: The Purpose of Zion?

I was recently thinking about the following quote from psychologist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl (which I was made aware of by Nathaniel Givens):

The correlate to the singularity of human existence is the uniqueness of every human being...If all men were perfect, then every individual would be replaceable by anyone else. From the very imperfection of men follows the indispensability and inexchangeability of each individual; for each is imperfect in his own fashion. No man is universally gifted; but the bias of the individual makes for his uniqueness.[1]

And yet, moral perfection seems to be a goal in many religions, including Mormonism. Perhaps this is why Zion--a collective salvation--is so central to Mormon thought. An insight as to why this is can be gleaned from Peter Drucker, the Father of Management. He explained the purpose behind management and organization:

To be sure, the fundamental task of management remains the same: to make people capable of joint performance through common goals, common values, the right structure, and the training and development they need to perform and to respond to change.[2]

Elsewhere, he said, "Management is about human beings. Its task is to make people capable of joint performance, to make their strengths effective and their weaknesses irrelevant. This is what organization is about..."

Organizations are meant to make the weaknesses of individuals irrelevant. I might have to revisit this Drucker insight and its relation to Zion in the near future. Until then, enjoy the following video about Peter Drucker. 


1. From Frankl's The Doctor and the Soul: From Psychotherapy to Logotherapy (New York: Bantam Books, 1967), 56. 

2. Peter Drucker, The Essential Drucker (New York: HarperCollins, 2001), 4.

3. Ibid., 10 (italics mine). 

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