Peter Drucker Quotes & Wallpapers

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

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

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

Quality of character doesn't make a leader, but the lack of it flaws the entire process. Peter Drucker

Look upon every obstacle as part payment towards your success. Peter Drucker

Long-range planning does not deal with future decisions, but with the future of present decisions. Peter Drucker

We know nothing about motivation. All we can of is write books about it. 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

Morale in an organization does not mean that people get along together; the test is performance not conformance. Peter Drucker

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

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

A business exists to create a customer. Peter Drucker

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

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

If you can't measure it, you can't change it. Peter Drucker

The best way to predict the future is to create it. Peter Drucker

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

What's measured improves Peter Drucker

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

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

The computer is a moron. Peter Drucker

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

A manager sets objectives - A manager organizes - A manager motivates and communicates - A manager, by establishing yardsticks, measures - A manager develops people . Peter Drucker

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

[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

The worker's effectiveness is determined largely by the way he is being managed. Peter Drucker

Every organization must be prepared to abandon everything it does to survive in the future. Peter Drucker

Efficiency is doing better what is already being done. Peter Drucker

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

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

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

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

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

Ideas are like frog eggs: you've got to lay a thousand to hatch one. Peter Drucker

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

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

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

The leader sees leadership as responsibility rather than as rank and privilege. Peter Drucker

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

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

If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old Peter Drucker

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

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

It takes far less energy to move from first-rate performance to excellence than it does to move from incompetence to mediocrity. Peter Drucker

Listening is not a skill; it is a discipline. Peter Drucker

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

The honest work of yesterday has lost its social status, its social esteem. Peter Drucker

Most innovators are successful to the extent to which they define risks and confine them. Peter Drucker

Miracles are great, but they're so damn unpredictable. Peter Drucker

If general perception changes from seeing the glass as 'half-full' to seeing it as 'half empty' there are major innovative opportunities. Peter Drucker

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

Leadership is not rank, privileges, title or money. It is responsibility. Peter Drucker

Business purpose and business mission are so rarely given adequate thought is perhaps the most important cause of business frustration and failure. Peter Drucker

Profitability is the sovereign criterion of the enterprise. Peter Drucker

Do not believe that it is very much of an advance to do the unnecessary three times as fast. Peter Drucker

The customer rarely buys what the company thinks it's selling. Peter Drucker

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

The most important work of the executive is to identify the changes that have already happened. The important thing . . . is to exploit the changes that have already occurred and to use them as opportunities. Peter Drucker

Decisions of the kind the executive has to make are not made well by acclamation. They are made well only if based on the clash of conflicting views...The first rule in decision-making is that one does not make a decision unless there is disagreement. Peter Drucker

The Welfare State, which begun in Imperial Germany for the truly indigent and disabled, has now become "everybody's entitlement" and an increasing burden on those who produce. Peter Drucker

The relevant question is not simply what shall we do tomorrow, but rather what shall we do today in order to get ready for tomorrow. Peter Drucker

Mission defines strategy, and strategy defines structure. Peter Drucker

The enterprise can fulfill its human and social functions only if it prospers as a business. Peter Drucker

Every enterprise is learning and teaching institution. Training and development must be built into it on all levels, training and development that never stop. Peter Drucker

An employer has no business with a man's personality. The task is not to change personality, but to enable a person to achieve and to perform. Peter Drucker

Work is a process, and any process needs to be controlled. To make work productive, therefore, requires building the appropriate controls into the process of work. Peter Drucker

Unless strategy evaluation is performed seriously and systematically, and unless strategists are willing to act on the results, energy will be used up defending yesterday. Peter Drucker

The young knowledge worker whose job is too small to challenge and test his abilities either leaves or declines rapidly into premature middle age, soured, cynical, unproductive. Peter Drucker

As a manager you're paid to be uncomfortable. If you're comfortable, it's a sure sign you're doing things wrong. Peter Drucker

Business is society's change agent. Peter Drucker

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