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Chapter 5. Experience Doesn't Count > Ability Outweighs Experience

Ability Outweighs Experience

Peter Drucker observed that not very long ago people who were in higher positions in organizations knew what their subordinates were doing because they had done the subordinate's jobs themselves.[4] Until very recently, experience created authority—and authority and power were overwhelmingly based on one's position in the organization's hierarchy. Now, experience is giving way to the greater authority of knowledge because the present and the future are increasingly different from the past.

Experience increases one's right to make decisions to the extent the present and the future are like the past. Today, the present is increasingly different from the past and the future will be even more different. In fast-changing circumstances, past experience may not only be irrelevant, it may be misleading if that experience was based on conditions that no longer exist.


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