What Makes Danaher Corp. Such a Star?

Two brothers and a philosophy borrowed from Japan.

Steven Rales with his favorite director, Wes Anderson.

Photographer: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI

Every once in a while a business journalist notices how well Danaher Corp. has performed during the past few decades, and feels compelled to remark upon it. Well, now I’ve noticed, and I guess the most appropriate remark is, “wow.” Or maybe “jeepers.”

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