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Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision. Peter Drucker
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I would hope that American managers-indeed, managers worldwide-continue to appreciate what I have been saying almost from day one: that management is so much more than exercising rank and privilege, that it is much more than "making deals." Management affects people and their lives. Peter Drucker
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Keep your eye on the task, not on yourself. The task matters, and you are a servant Peter Drucker
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Erroneous assumptions can be disastrous. Peter Drucker
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To improve communications, work not on the utter, but the recipient. Peter Drucker
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Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. Peter Drucker
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Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things. Peter Drucker
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Capitalism as a social order and as a creed is the expression of the belief in economic progress as leading toward the freedom and equality of the individual in a free and open society. Marxism expects this society to result from the abolition of private profit. Capitalism expects the free and equal society to result from the enthronement of private profit as supreme ruler of social behavior... Peter Drucker
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The moment people talk of "implementing" instead of "doing," and of "finalizing" instead of "finishing," the organization is already running a fever. Peter Drucker
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The world economy is not yet a community-not even an economic community...Yet the existence of the "global shopping center" is a fact that cannot be undone. The vision of an economy for all will not be forgotten again. Peter Drucker
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Marketing and innovation produce results; all the rest are costs. Peter Drucker
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An executive should be a realist; and no one is less realistic than the cynic. Peter Drucker
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Information is the manager's main tool, indeed the manager's capital, and it is he who must decide what information he needs and how to use it. Peter Drucker
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People who need certainty are unlikely to make good entrepreneurs. Peter Drucker
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I find more and more executives less and less well informed about the outside world, if only because they believe that the data on the computer printouts are ipso facto information. Peter Drucker
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The critical question is not "How can I achieve?" but "What can I contribute?" Peter Drucker
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Results is all that separates one company from another. Peter Drucker
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Leadership is not magnetic personality-that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not making friends and influencing people -that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person's vision to higher sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. Peter Drucker
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The only thing we know about the future is that it is going to be different. Peter Drucker
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All earlier pluralist societies destroyed themselves because no one took care of the common good. They abounded in communities but could not sustain community, let alone create it. Peter Drucker
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For the social ecologist language is not "communication." It is not just "message." It is substance. It is the cement that holds humanity together. It creates community and communication. Social ecologists need not be "great" writers; but they have to be respectful writers, caring writers. Peter Drucker
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There's no such thing as knowledge management; there are only knowledgeable people. Information only becomes knowledge in the hands of someone who knows what to do with it. Peter Drucker
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All companies are service companies; some also manufacture products. Peter Drucker
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Making changes to better appeal to customer is INNOVATION. Peter Drucker
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The 1st question the effective decision-maker asks is: 'Is this a generic situation or an exception?' Peter Drucker
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Teaching is the only major occupation of man for which we have not yet developed tools that make an average person capable of competence and performance. In teaching we rely on the 'naturals', the ones who somehow know how to teach. Peter Drucker
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Education can no longer be the sole property of the state. Peter Drucker
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Objectives are not fate; they are direction. They are not commands; they are commitments. They do not determine the future; they are a means to mobilize resources and energies of the business for the making of the future. Peter Drucker
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The corporation is the "master", the employee is the "servant". Because the corporation owns the means of production without which the employee could not make a living, the employee needs the corporation more than vice versa. Peter Drucker
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In the Western tradition, we have focused on teaching as a skill and forgotten what Socrates knew: teaching is a gift, learning is a skill. Peter Drucker
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Some of the best business and nonprofit CEOs I've worked with over a sixty-five-year consulting career were not stereotypical leaders. They were all over the map in terms of their personalities, attitudes, values, strengths, and weaknesses. Peter Drucker
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The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say "I." And that's not because they have trained themselves not to say "I." They don't think "I." They think "we"; they think "team." They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don't sidestep it, but "we" gets the credit. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done. Peter Drucker
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What's measured improves Peter Drucker
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Most discussions of decision making assume that only senior executives make decisions or that only senior executives' decisions matter. This is a dangerous mistake. Peter Drucker
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The computer is a moron. Peter Drucker
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Suppliers and especially manufacturers have market power because they have information about a product or a service that the customer does not and cannot have, and does not need if he can trust the brand. This explains the profitability of brands. Peter Drucker
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The best way to predict the future is to create it. Peter Drucker
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We know nothing about motivation. All we can do is write books about it. Peter Drucker
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A manager sets objectives - A manager organizes - A manager motivates and communicates - A manager, by establishing yardsticks, measures - A manager develops people . Peter Drucker
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Wherever an impact can be eliminated by dropping the activity that causes it, this is therefore the best-indeed the only truly good-solution. Peter Drucker
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[The masses] ... must turn their hopes toward a miracle. In the depths of their despair reason cannot be believed, truth must be false, and lies must be truth. "Higher bread prices," "lower bread prices," "unchanged bread prices" have all failed. The only hope lies in a kind of bread price which is none of these, which nobody has ever seen before, and which belies the evidence of one's reason. Peter Drucker
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The worker's effectiveness is determined largely by the way he is being managed. Peter Drucker
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If you can't measure it, you can't change it. Peter Drucker
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Organizations are no longer built on force, but on trust. Peter Drucker
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The task of leadership is to create an alignment of strengths so strong that it makes the system's weaknesses irrelevant. Peter Drucker
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Use feedback analysis to identify your strengths. Then go to work on improving your strengths. Identify and eliminate bad habits that hinder the full development of your strengths. Figure out what you should do and do it. Finally, decide what you should not do. Peter Drucker
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Successful leaders don't start out asking, 'What do I want to do?' They ask, 'What needs to be done?' Then they ask, 'Of those things that would make a difference, which are right for me?' Peter Drucker
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Universities won't survive. The future is outside the traditional campus, outside the traditional classroom. Distance learning is coming on fast. Peter Drucker
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Success in the knowledge economy comes to those who know themselves - their strengths, their values, and how they best perform. Peter Drucker
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It is easier to raise the performance of one leader than it is to raise the performance of a whole mass. Peter Drucker
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Any organisation develops people; it either forms them or deforms them. Peter Drucker
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Of all the decisions an executive makes, none is as important as the decisions about people, because they determine the performance capacity of the organization. Peter Drucker
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The most probable assumption is that no currently working 'business theory' will be valid 10 years hence. Peter Drucker
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An organization which just perpetuates today's level of vision, excellence, and accomplishment has lost the capacity to adapt. Peter Drucker
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Not to innovate is the single largest reason for the decline of existing organizations. Not to know how to manage is the single largest reason for the failure of new ventures. Peter Drucker
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The essence of management is to make knowledge productive. Peter Drucker
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You cannot prevent a major catastrophe, but you can build an organization that is battle-ready, where people trust one another. In military training, the first rule is to instill soldiers with trust in their officers - because without trust, they won't fight. Peter Drucker
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No financial man will ever understand business because financial people think a company makes money. A company makes shoes, and no financial man understands that. They think money is real. Shoes are real. Peter Drucker
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Cultivate a deep understanding of yourself - not only what your strengths and weaknesses are but also how you learn, how you work with others, what your values are, and where you can make the greatest contribution. Because only when you operate from strengths can you achieve true excellence. Peter Drucker
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Salvation by society failed the most where it promised the most, in the communist countries. But it also failed in the West. Practically no government program enacted since the 1950s in the Western world - or in the communist countries - has been successful. Peter Drucker
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Nobody can predict the future; the idea is to have a firm grasp of the present. Peter Drucker
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The computer actually may have aggravated management's degenerative tendency to focus inward on costs. Peter Drucker
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Follow effective action with quiet reflection. Peter Drucker
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There are companies that are good at improving what they're already doing. There are companies that are good at extending what they're doing. And finally there are companies that are good at innovation. Every large company has to be able to do all three - improve, extend, and innovate - simultaneously. Peter Drucker
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A business exists to create a customer. Peter Drucker
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What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it, that's another matter. Peter Drucker
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To improve communications, work not on the utterer, but the recipient. Peter Drucker
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Knowledge has become the key resource of the world economy. Peter Drucker
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Leadership is an achievement of trust. Peter Drucker
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Focus on opportunities, not problems. Peter Drucker
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