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The Practical Drucker by William A. Cohen

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CHAPTER  |  FORTY

Drucker's Most Valuable Lesson

Journalists who interview me about my books on Drucker frequently ask me: What was Drucker's most valuable lesson? With Drucker's so many insights, so many wonderful ideas, so much ethical and moral guidance that might have saved organizations or even countries from financial ruin, I find this an almost impossible question to answer. For several years, my response was something along the lines of, “It all depends.” I pointed out that Drucker's “most valuable lesson” was situational—that it depends primarily on what issue someone is considering. I avoided naming a single lesson that covers all instances because I couldn't think of one lesson that overshadowed all the others.

Recently, I rethought ...

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