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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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What gets measured gets managed. 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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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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..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
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Management is not being brilliant. Management is being conscientious. Peter Drucker
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Don't try to innovate for the future. Innovate for the present! Peter Drucker
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Knowledge is being applied to knowledge itself. It is now fast becoming the one factor in production, sidelining both capital and labour. Peter Drucker
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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
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The individual is the central, rarest, most precious capital resource of our society. Peter Drucker
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All great change in business has come from outside the firm, not from inside. Peter Drucker
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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
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Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all. 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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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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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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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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Business has only two functions - marketing and innovation. 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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As a rule we perceive what we expect to perceive... The unexpected is usually not received at all. 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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Miracles are great, but they're so damn unpredictable. 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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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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Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. 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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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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The building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. 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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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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