Another quote from Drucker that struck a chord:
The task of management is to make people capable of joint performance, to make their strengths effective and their weaknesses irrelevant. This is what organization is all about, and it is the reason that management is the critical, determining factor.
With all the emphasis that management gets on synergy, sums being greater than the parts, and so on, there’s very little on ameliorating weaknesses collectively. I suppose it follows directly from division of labour, but I have to wonder if it might provide better returns consciously applied.
(From The Daily Drucker, a neat few-paragraphs-a-day book full of excerpts from Drucker’s writing.)