Chapter Eight. Outstanding Performance Is Inconsistent with Fear of Failure

Of all Peter’s lessons, this particular one had perhaps the most significant effects on my future professional life. That’s probably because the basic concept represented such a departure from the world I had known for so many years.

Most of my background previously had been in the military, except for three years working in the civilian aviation industry in Israel. My military background was probably one of the reasons I had been hired for my first job back in the U.S., as the company developed items partly for the military. Knowing this is important in understanding my interpretation and development of Drucker’s wisdom of this lesson and its impact on me. One aspect of ...

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