GodsWill Dickson Wins 2020 Drucker Challenge Essay Award [Students Category]

GodsWill Dickson has emerged winner of the 2020 Drucker Challenge Essay Award in the students category.

GodsWill Dickson, a student of University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) won with his essay titled: “My journal of cognitive errors: Critical Thinking for the Individual”.

Letícia Tiemi Matsuoka, a Brazilian and student of Universidade Anhembi Morumbi emerged in second place with her essay titled: “The effectiveness of political leadership during the information”.

Daina Mandewo, a Zimbabwean and student of University of Zimbabwe emerged in third place with her essay titled: “The After”.

German Seyedebrahim Safavi of the University of Applied Sciences Landshut, emerged first position winner of the Drucker Challenge Essay Award 2020 (Managers/Entrepreneurs Category) with his essay titled: “The clock wasn’t showing 100 seconds to midnight any more”.

The theme of the 2020 Drucker Challenge Essay is ‘Leadership and Critical Thinking’.

The Challenge is aimed at keeping the human-oriented management philosophy of Peter Drucker alive in the minds of the young generation. It is open to students and young professionals from all around the world.

Peter Drucker Society Europe is the organizer – a non-political, independent, nonprofit association, established in Vienna in 2010.

Some of the recommendations of GodsWill Dickson in his essay:

“One, against the confirmation bias (the tendency to interpret new information so that it becomes compatible with our existing theories, beliefs and convictions) — which is popularly known as “the mother of all cognitive errors” and “the father of all fallacies”— no safer solace can we find than in the words of our management guru who said: “There is only one safeguard against becoming the prisoner of an incomplete definition: check it again and again against all the observable facts, and throw out a definition the moment it fails to encompass any of them. Effective decision makers always test for signs that something is atypical or something unusual is happening”

Second, although news stories have their resourcefulness, I recommend not looking to them to understand the world. Instead, read solid magazine articles that give fresh perspectives the goings-on in the world. Also read books — especially history and psychology. Interact with people, like wise. In Dobelli’s words, “better to deep than broad in keeping up with news events.” This will assist to build a better sense of judgement and filter truth from fables, in this information age of media, search engines, social media posts, influencers, websites, analytics, statistics, “knowledge experts”.”

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