A Talk with a Wide-Ranging Mind

Q: The last book of yours was the one in which you wrote about the deliberateness of the innovation process. Has there been any deliberateness in your own life? Was there a plan for Peter Drucker?

A: In retrospect, my life makes sense, but not in prospect, no. I was probably thirty before I had the foggiest notion where I belonged. For ten or twelve years before that I had experimented, not by design but by accident. I knew, even as a little boy, that I didn’t want to stay in Austria, and I knew that I didn’t want to waste four years going to a university. So I had my father get me a job as far away as ...

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