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Look upon every obstacle as part payment towards your success. 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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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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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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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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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 "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
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The most common source of mistakes in management decisions is the emphasis on finding the right answer rather than the right question. 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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The 1st question the effective decision-maker asks is: 'Is this a generic situation or an exception?' Peter Drucker
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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
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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
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If you can't measure it, you can't change it. 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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Profitability is the sovereign criterion of the enterprise. 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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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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Most innovators are successful to the extent to which they define risks and confine them. 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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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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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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Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. 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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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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Listening is not a skill; it is a discipline. 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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Results are obtained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems. 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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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
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Mission defines strategy, and strategy defines structure. Peter Drucker
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The enterprise can fulfill its human and social functions only if it prospers as a business. Peter Drucker
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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