Peter Drucker Quotes & Wallpapers

Peter Drucker
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Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision. Peter Drucker

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

Erroneous assumptions can be disastrous. Peter Drucker

Marketing and innovation produce results; all the rest are costs. Peter Drucker

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

An executive should be a realist; and no one is less realistic than the cynic. Peter Drucker

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

To improve communications, work not on the utter, but the recipient. Peter Drucker

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

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

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

People who need certainty are unlikely to make good entrepreneurs. Peter Drucker

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

The critical question is not "How can I achieve?" but "What can I contribute?" Peter Drucker

Results is all that separates one company from another. Peter Drucker

All companies are service companies; some also manufacture products. Peter Drucker

The only thing we know about the future is that it is going to be different. Peter Drucker

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. Peter Drucker

Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things. Peter Drucker

Keep your eye on the task, not on yourself. The task matters, and you are a servant Peter Drucker

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

The moment people talk of "implementing" instead of "doing," and of "finalizing" instead of "finishing," the organization is already running a fever. Peter Drucker

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

Knowledge is the source of Wealth. Applied to tasks we already know, it becomes Productivity. Applied to tasks that are new, it becomes Innovation... Peter Drucker

The individual is the central, rarest, most precious capital resource of our society. Peter Drucker

All great change in business has come from outside the firm, not from inside. Peter Drucker

Teamwork is neither "good" nor "desirable." It is a fact. Wherever people work together or play together they do so as a team. Which team to use for what purpose is a crucial, difficult and risky decision that is even harder to unmake. Managements have yet to learn how to make it. Peter Drucker

Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all. Peter Drucker

What gets measured gets managed. Peter Drucker

Education can no longer be the sole property of the state. Peter Drucker

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

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

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

Nobody can predict the future; the idea is to have a firm grasp of the present. Peter Drucker

The computer actually may have aggravated management's degenerative tendency to focus inward on costs. Peter Drucker

Organizations are no longer built on force, but on trust. Peter Drucker

The task of leadership is to create an alignment of strengths so strong that it makes the system's weaknesses irrelevant. Peter Drucker

Follow effective action with quiet reflection. Peter Drucker

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

Business has only two functions - marketing and innovation. Peter Drucker

..there is need for a person to be generally educated. Otherwise you shrivel up much too soon. Whether this means reading the bible (I read the New Testament every few years) or reading the great 19th century novelists (the greatest and shrewdest judge of people and of society who ever lived), or classical philosophy (which I cannot read-it puts me to sleep immediately), or history (which is secondary). What matters is that the knowledge worker, by the time he or she reaches middle age, has developed and nourished a human being rather than a tax accountant or a hydraulic engineer. Peter Drucker

Management is not being brilliant. Management is being conscientious. Peter Drucker

The "non-profit" institution neither supplies goods or services not controls. Its "product" is neither a pair of shoes nor an effective regulation. Its product is a changed human being. The non-profit institutions are human-change agents. Their "product" is a cured patient, a child that learns, a young man or woman grown into a self-respecting adult; a changed human life altogether. Peter Drucker

The most common source of mistakes in management decisions is the emphasis on finding the right answer rather than the right question. Peter Drucker

Knowledge has become the key resource of the world economy. Peter Drucker

Leadership is an achievement of trust. Peter Drucker

Focus on opportunities, not problems. Peter Drucker

We live in an age of unprecedented opportunity: If you"ve got ambition and smarts, you can rise to the top of your chosen profession, regardless of where you started out. Peter Drucker

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

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

Universities won't survive. The future is outside the traditional campus, outside the traditional classroom. Distance learning is coming on fast. Peter Drucker

Success in the knowledge economy comes to those who know themselves - their strengths, their values, and how they best perform. Peter Drucker

It is easier to raise the performance of one leader than it is to raise the performance of a whole mass. Peter Drucker

Making changes to better appeal to customer is INNOVATION. Peter Drucker

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

We know nothing about motivation. All we can do is write books about it. Peter Drucker

Increasingly, politics is not about "who gets what, when, how" but about values, each of them considered to be absolute. Politics is about "the right to life." It is about the environment. It is about gaining equality for groups alleged to be oppressed. None of these issues is economic. All are fundamentally moral. Peter Drucker

Don't try to innovate for the future. Innovate for the present! Peter Drucker

Knowledge is being applied to knowledge itself. It is now fast becoming the one factor in production, sidelining both capital and labour. Peter Drucker

No business can do everything. Even if it has the money, it will never have enough good people. It has to set priorities. The worst thing to do is a little bit of everything. This makes sure that nothing is being accomplished. It is better to pick the wrong priority than none at all. Peter Drucker

The 1st question the effective decision-maker asks is: 'Is this a generic situation or an exception?' Peter Drucker

The new always looks so puny-so unpromising-next to the reality of the massive, ongoing business. Peter Drucker

The healthier a new venture and the faster it grows, the more financial feeding it requires. Peter Drucker

Any organisation develops people; it either forms them or deforms them. Peter Drucker

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

The most probable assumption is that no currently working 'business theory' will be valid 10 years hence. Peter Drucker

An organization which just perpetuates today's level of vision, excellence, and accomplishment has lost the capacity to adapt. Peter Drucker

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

The essence of management is to make knowledge productive. Peter Drucker

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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