From the challenger's corner...
Enjoyable article - relevant and humorous - thank you. Do you think the issue is new? If so what caused it? If not - how long have we been dealing with it - and why have we been unable to fix it?
Old issue - I believe/speculate that it stems from a fundamental misunderstanding of the role of managers. Let's go back to your original post from the Daily Drucker:
"Drucker asserts that these are the roles of the manager:
Contrast these functions with the description from Ted Bauer. Is what he describes consistent with Drucker's definition?
Kouses and Posner in "The Leadership Challenge" describe leadership and management as two different concepts: Managers handle things. Leaders see the future and lead their teams to that future, hopefully, better, set of circumstances. In businesses, this future includes new capabilities or new capacities for existing capabilities.
Drucker's definition effectively combines both the leadership (future vision) and the managerial (organizing and following up and following through on past commitments).
Thanks Walt - terrific answer. It is critical to help ourselves and others apply what you have brought attention to.