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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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Look upon every obstacle as part payment towards your success. 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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Business has only two functions - marketing and innovation. 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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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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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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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
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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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Listening is not a skill; it is a discipline. Peter Drucker
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Do not believe that it is very much of an advance to do the unnecessary three times as fast. Peter Drucker
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The customer rarely buys what the company thinks it's selling. Peter Drucker
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There are two types of people in the business community: those who produce results and those who give you reasons why they didn't. 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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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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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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As a rule we perceive what we expect to perceive... The unexpected is usually not received at all. 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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The building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. 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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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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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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Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. Peter Drucker
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Results are obtained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems. 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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To be a manager requires more than a title, a big office, and other outward symbols of rank. It requires competence and performance of a high order. Peter Drucker
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Top management as a function and as a structure was first developed by Georg Siemens (1839-1901) in Germany between 1870 and 1880, when he designed and built the Deutsche Bank and made it, within a very few years, into continental Europe's leading and most dynamic financial institution. Peter Drucker
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That knowledge has become the resource, rather than a resource, is what makes our society "post-capitalist. Peter Drucker
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[T]hroughout the ages to be educated meant to be unproductive.... our word "school" - and its equivalent in all European languages - derives from a Greek word meaning "leisure. Peter Drucker
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Soren Kierkegaard has another answer: human existence is possible as existence not in despair, as existence not in tragedy; it is possible as existence in faith... Faith is the belief that in God the impossible is possible, that in Him time and eternity are one, that both life and death are meaningful. 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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