Peter Drucker Quotes & Wallpapers

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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The new always looks so puny-so unpromising-next to the reality of the massive, ongoing business. Peter Drucker
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The healthier a new venture and the faster it grows, the more financial feeding it requires. 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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Quality of character doesn't make a leader, but the lack of it flaws the entire process. Peter Drucker
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Look upon every obstacle as part payment towards your success. Peter Drucker
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Long-range planning does not deal with future decisions, but with the future of present decisions. Peter Drucker
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We know nothing about motivation. All we can of is write books about it. 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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Morale in an organization does not mean that people get along together; the test is performance not conformance. Peter Drucker
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Value added is a meaningless concept for a retail business, for a bank, for a life insurance company, and for any other business which is not primarily engaged in manufacturing. Peter Drucker
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Growth as a goal, to repeat, is delusion. William James, the American philosopher, talked of the bitch goddess success. A philosopher of business today might well talk of the bitch goddess growth. 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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If you can't measure it, you can't change it. Peter Drucker
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People who don't take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. Peter Drucker
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When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course. Peter Drucker
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Few companies that installed computers to reduce the employment of clerks have realized their expectations... They now need more, and more expensive clerks even though they call them 'operators' or 'programmers.' Peter Drucker
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We can say with certainty - or 90% probability - that the new industries that are about to be born will have nothing to do with information. Peter Drucker
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Every organization must be prepared to abandon everything it does to survive in the future. Peter Drucker
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Efficiency is doing better what is already being done. 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 is another matter. Peter Drucker
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The knowledge that we consider knowledge proves itself in action. What we now mean by knowledge is information in action, information focused on results. Peter Drucker
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The great mystery isn't that people do things badly but that they occasionally do a few things well. The only thing that is universal is incompetence. Strength is always specific! Nobody ever commented, for example, that the great violinist Jascha Heifetz probably couldn't play the trumpet very well. Peter Drucker
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The most valuable assets of a 20th-century company were its production equipment. The most valuable assets of a 21st-century institution, whether business or nonbusiness, will be its knowledge, workers, and their productivity. Peter Drucker
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The more successful the unit, the more difficult it is to make sure that the large company doesn't put the same expectations on it as it does for the rest of the company. When it's a new venture, whether it's outside or inside the business, it's a child. And you don't put a 40-pound pack on a 6-year-old's back when you take her hiking. Peter Drucker
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Ideas are like frog eggs: you've got to lay a thousand to hatch one. Peter Drucker
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The most critical case in a corporation, especially a big one, is when everything goes well, when you have accomplished your objectives. When the temptation is to work twice as hard instead of saying, "We have accomplished our objectives, we have to think again." Peter Drucker
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A manager's task is to make the strengths of people effective and their weakness irrelevant - and that applies fully as much to the manager's boss as it applies to the manager's subordinates. Peter Drucker
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To be effective, every knowledge worker, and especially every executive, therefore needs to dispose of time in fairly large chunks. To have small dribs and drabs of time at his disposal will not be sufficient even if the total is an impressive number of hours. Peter Drucker
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The leader sees leadership as responsibility rather than as rank and privilege. Peter Drucker
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Now that knowledge is taking the place of capital as the driving force in organizations worldwide, it is all too easy to confuse data with knowledge and information technology with information. Peter Drucker
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Successful careers are not planned. They develop when people are prepared for opportunities because they know their strengths, their method of work, and their values. Knowing where one belongs can transform an ordinary person - hardworking and competent but otherwise mediocre - into an outstanding performer. Peter Drucker
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If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old Peter Drucker
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Every few hundred years in Western history there occurs a sharp transformation. Within a few short decades, society - its worldview, its basic values, its social and political structures, its art, its key institutions - rearranges itself. We are currently living through such a time. Peter Drucker
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It's up to you to carve out your place, to know when to change course, and to keep yourself engaged and productive during a work life that may span some 50 years. Peter Drucker
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It takes far less energy to move from first-rate performance to excellence than it does to move from incompetence to mediocrity. Peter Drucker
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Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. Peter Drucker
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Work is an extension of personality. It is achievement. It is one of the ways in which a person defines himself, measures his worth, and his humanity. Peter Drucker
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Results are obtained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems. Peter Drucker
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Listening is not a skill; it is a discipline. Peter Drucker
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That the government's power under the Taft-Hartley Act to stop a strike by injunction so clearly strengthens the hand of the employer-even though it is used only when a strike threatens the national health, welfare, or safety-is a grave blemish and explains much of union resistance to the Act. Peter Drucker
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The honest work of yesterday has lost its social status, its social esteem. Peter Drucker
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Most innovators are successful to the extent to which they define risks and confine them. Peter Drucker
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Miracles are great, but they're so damn unpredictable. Peter Drucker
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If general perception changes from seeing the glass as 'half-full' to seeing it as 'half empty' there are major innovative opportunities. Peter Drucker
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A business is not defined by its name, statutes, or articles of incorporation. It is defined by the business mission. Only a clear definition of the mission and purpose of the organization makes possible clear and realistic business objectives. Peter Drucker
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Leadership is not rank, privileges, title or money. It is responsibility. Peter Drucker
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Business purpose and business mission are so rarely given adequate thought is perhaps the most important cause of business frustration and failure. Peter Drucker
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Profitability is the sovereign criterion of the enterprise. Peter Drucker
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As a rule we perceive what we expect to perceive... The unexpected is usually not received at all. Peter Drucker
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Management and union may be likened to that serpent of the fables who on one body had two heads that fighting each other with poisoned fangs, killed themselves. Peter Drucker
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Management has authority only as long as it performs. Peter Drucker
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Executives do many things in addition to making decisions. But only executives make decisions. The first managerial skill is, therefore, the making of effective decisions. Peter Drucker
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human beings need community. If there are no communities available for constructive ends, there will be destructive, murderous communities... Only the social sector, that is, the nongovernmental, nonprofit organization, can create what we now need, communities for citizens... What the dawning 21st century needs above all is equally explosive growth of the nonprofit social sector in building communities in the newly dominant social environment, the city. Peter Drucker
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Through systematic terror, through indoctrination, through systematic manipulation of stimulus, reward, and punishment, we can today break man and convert him into brute animal ... The first step toward survival is therefore to make government legitimate again by attempting to deprive it of these powers... by international action to ban such powers. Peter Drucker
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We do not need more laws . No country suffers from a shortage of laws. We need a new model . Peter Drucker
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The subordinate's job is not to reform or reeducate the boss, not to make him conform to what the business schools or the management book say bosses should be like. It is to enable a particular boss to perform as a unique individual. Peter Drucker
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An organization belongs on a sick list when promotion becomes more important to its people than accomplishment of their job they are in. It is sick when it is more concerned with avoiding mistakes than with taking risks, with counteracting the weaknesses of its members than with building on their strength. But it is sick also when "good human relations" become more important than performance and achievement. Peter Drucker
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