ESSAY CONTEST 2019

Since the late Middle Ages, the notion of the “Renaissance Man” has celebrated those people who are well-rounded, broadly knowledgeable and capable across the arts and the sciences, and able to approach problems holistically. This year marks the five hundredth year since the passing of the world’s most famous Renaissance Man: Leonardo da Vinci, the Italian polymath who simultaneously excelled as scientist, engineer, writer, artist, and musician.
 
Today, highly educated people tend more toward specialization, but in settings that still encourage cross-disciplinary thinking, people are more likely to …

 

  • Challenge outdated assumptions and conventions of thought and behavior,

  • Explore and discover new realms of artistic, physical, and intellectual achievement, and

  • Develop different and broader visions of themselves.

 
The renowned twentieth-century thinker Peter Drucker offers a modern exemplar of a Renaissance Man in the field of management—itself a multidisciplinary subject. In an age when the work of running organizations was typically approached as an engineering and optimization challenge, he described management as a “liberal art.” Its best practitioners, he insisted, have always drawn on the wisdom, self-knowledge, and enlightened understanding that comes with a liberal education and continually refined their “art” through practice and application.*
 
Drucker lived long after da Vinci, yet shared some of the Renaissance master’s fundamental traits. Both were unusual in their intellect and talents; each was driven by an insatiable curiosity about the world around him; neither conformed to the mainstream mind-set. Like da Vinci, Drucker was born in a period of great social change, when the need for continuity (and reverence of tradition) was challenged by the need for innovation (and radical thinking). Both adopted a whole-systems perspective as they looked for connections and patterns.** For leaders, organizations, governments, and individuals today, both offer inspiring examples of the power of breaking rigid thinking patterns.


* see Peter Drucker, Management, 2008
** see Michael Gelb, How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day, 2000

Winners of the Drucker Challenge Essay Award 2019

Students Category

1. Babajide Muritala  (ES)
"Da Vinci’s code for the Renaissance Manager"   

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2. James Guild  (ID)
"The Perils of Being Special"   
 

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3. Taylor Farr (NZ)
"Hedgehogs and Foxes"   
 

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Places 4th to 10th

4. Chibuzor Ndubisi (NG) *"The Vitruvian Drucker and his Camera: A Magnum Opus for Managers" Download Essay
5. Dorota Nowaczewska (PL)"Difficult Art of Managing Attention" Download Essay
6. Rui Alvites (PT)"Multipotentiality in a World of Multiple Challenges" Download Essay
7. Anika M. Kennaugh (DE)"A Trip down the Styx" Download Essay
8. Mariana Sierra (CO)"A Renaissance man in the 21st century business manager" Download Essay
9. Sirma Duman (TR)"MANAGING THE CHANGE: Perfectly Inscribed in a Circle and Square" Download Essay
10. Karolien Koolhof (NL)"When will we finally understand we need both techies and fuzzies as leaders of our companies?" Download Essay

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Places 11th to 15th (no ranking)

Dana Kanafina (KZ)"Management in Kazakhstan - Something Nobody Expects" Download Essay
Qing Ze Hum (SG)"Let the Renaissance flourish anew"                                                                                   Download Essay
Fabian Höll (DE)"A correspondence with Peter Drucker" Download Essay
Atul Mishra (US)"Avatar: The search of next leader" Download Essay
Thanh Hai Tran (US)"Renovation of Management" Download Essay

Winners of the Drucker Challenge Essay Award 2019

Managers/Entrepreneurs Category

1. Tetiana Orlyk  (UA)
"Adventures of a Renaissance Manager"

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3. John Benjamin  (US)
"Leonardo in the Boardroom: On the Need for Renaissance Managers"

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Places 4th to 10th

4. Kaidi Ru (CN)"Nature and Nurture - The Making of a Renaissance Manager" Download Essay
5. Shubhadeep Basak (IN)"How can the ideal manager of today be re-imagined?" Download Essay
6. Meg Seitz (US)"Look for Lapis Lazuli: Our Futures As Renaissance Managers Depends On It" Download Essay
7. Andrew Want (AU)"The Renaissance Decision Owner" Download Essay
8. Leda Cecilia Samin (JP)"No Roads Not Taken" Download Essay
9. Daniel Adeyemi (NG)"Everyone is Invited" Download Essay
10. Segun Ogunwale (NG)"7 Lessons for the 21st Century; A Keynote Address to Today’s Students as Managers of Tomorrow" Download Essay

Places 11th to 15th (no ranking)

Neha Agarwal (IN)"Dot To Dot: The biography of an ordinary Renaissance Man" Download Essay
Ngarka Lizette Beri Makwa (GH)"Collective Brain Analysis: A Polymath Manager's Ability to Make Sense of the Little Bits in Making Strategic Decisions" Download Essay
Nishiggandha Kerure (IN)"The Art of Doing It All" Download Essay
Mirjana Lakovic (RS)"5 C’s Of a Renaissance (Wo)Manager" Download Essay
Amrutha Das (IN)"Contemplations of a Millennial on developing a Renaissance Manager" Download Essay