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Sustaining Executive Performance: How the New Self-Management Drives Innovation, Leadership, and a More Resilient World by Steven MacGregor

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5. The New Self-Management

The unexamined life is not worth living.

—Socrates

In the 1950s, when multinational corporations were experiencing rapid growth and becoming huge profit-making machines, Peter Drucker reminded everyone that, in fact, they were human communities—built on trust and respect for the worker. “The man who invented management”1 took a meandering role to his eventual U.S. home and work as a writer, teacher, and consultant. From his upbringing in Vienna (where at an early age he met Sigmund Freud) to Hamburg and London, where he worked as a journalist and trader, he was later influenced by Joseph Schumpeter, who said, “it is not enough to be remembered for books and theories. One does not make a difference unless it is a difference ...

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