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Lin-sights From Peter Drucker

Lin-sights From Peter Drucker
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Peter Drucker was never much into sports (with the notable exception of baseball). But even Drucker would have been swept up by the phenomenon of New York Knicks bench-warmer-turned-global-sensation Jeremy Lin. That’s because “Linsanity” offers some valuable lessons on managing information, innovation (or should I say, “lin-formaton” and “lin-novation”?), and more.

1.  Question assumptions. That Lin was undrafted by any NBA team, presumably because the kid from Harvard wasn’t athletic enough to play at such an elite level, is a potent reminder of something Drucker used to say: “What everybody knows is frequently wrong.”