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Peter Drucker, the "inventor of modern management," was fond of saying, "What everyone knows is usually wrong." What did he mean? That too often, we forget to think, to question the status quo, and to look at problems in a new way. As 2013 winds down, think about this: What current situation/challenge/problem can you look at in a new way in anticipation of the New Year? Read our interview with William A. Cohen, author of The Practical Drucker, for some inspiration.
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