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Peter Drucker
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Business is society's change agent. Peter Drucker
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Spontaneity is an infinite number of rehearsed possibilities. Peter Drucker
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In most organizations, the bottleneck is at the top of the bottle. Peter Drucker
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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
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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
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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
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"Plastic moments" are those periods that overlap when the old has gone but the new has not yet arrived and when the course of history is more open to being shaped and steered than any other time. Peter Drucker
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For new technology to replace old, it has to have at least ten times the benefit. Peter Drucker
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If you have more than five goals, you have none. Peter Drucker
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Charisma becomes the undoing of leaders. It makes them inflexible, convinced of their own infallibility, unable to change. Peter Drucker
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In all recorded history there has not been one economist who had to worry about where his next meal was coming from. Peter Drucker
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Because its purpose is to create a customer, the business has two - and only two - basic functions: marketing and innovation. Marketing and innovation produce results; all the rest are costs. 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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Mother Teresa's numerical results were not her greatest contribution. Instead, she made the world-and especially India-conscious of compassion. Peter Drucker
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That people even in well paid jobs choose ever earlier retirement is a severe indictment of our organizations - not just business, but government service, the universities. These people don't find their jobs interesting. Peter Drucker
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Once a year ask the boss, What do I or my people do that helps you to do your job? and What do I or my people do that hampers you? Peter Drucker
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The major incentive to productivity and efficiency are social and moral rather than financial. Peter Drucker
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If war production should remain the only way out of a long-term depression, industrial society would be reduced to the choice between suicide through total war or suicide through total depression. Peter Drucker
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Political freedom is neither easy nor automatic, neither pleasant nor secure. It is the responsibility of the individual for the decisions of society as if they were his own decisions-as in moral truth and accountability they are. Peter Drucker
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The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said. Peter Drucker
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Management means, in the last analysis, the substitution of thought for brawn and muscle, of knowledge for folklore and superstition, and of cooperation for force... 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 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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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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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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Miracles are great, but they're so damn unpredictable. 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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The building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. Peter Drucker
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Every single social and global issue of our day is a business opportunity in disguise Peter Drucker
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There are only two things in a business that make money - innovation and marketing, everything else is cost. Peter Drucker
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As soon as you move one step up from the bottom, your effectiveness depends on your ability to reach others through the spoken and written word. Peter Drucker
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Profit is not the purpose of a business, but rather the test of its validity Peter Drucker
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Doing the right thing is more important than doing the thing right. Peter Drucker
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Meetings are by definition a concession to a deficient organization. For one either meets or one works. One cannot do both at the same time. Peter Drucker
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What can I contribute that will significantly affect the performance and the results of the institution I serve? Peter Drucker
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The only things that evolve by themselves in an organization are disorder, friction and malperformance. Peter Drucker
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The purpose of an organization is to enable ordinary humans beings to do extraordinary things. Peter Drucker
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Leaders shouldn?t attach moral significance to their ideas: Do that, and you can?t compromise. Peter Drucker
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Charisma becomes the undoing of leaders. It makes them inflexible, convinced of their own infallibility, unable to change Peter Drucker
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Leadership is lifting a person's vision to high sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. Peter Drucker
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Do what you do best, and outsource the rest. Peter Drucker
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The successful person places more attention on doing the right thing rather than doing things right. Peter Drucker
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In a few hundred years, when the history of our time will be written from a long-term perspective, it is likely that the most important event historians will see is not technology, not the Internet, not e-commerce. It is an unprecedented change in the human condition. For the first time - literally - substantial and rapidly growing numbers of people have choices. For the first time, they will have to manage themselves. And society is totally unprepared for it. Peter Drucker
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No decision has been made unless carrying it out in specific steps has become someone's work assignment and responsibility. Peter Drucker
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Time is totally perishable and cannot be stored. Yesterday's time is gone forever, and will never come back. Time is always in short supply. There is no substitute for time. Everything requires time. Peter Drucker
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Objectives are not commands; they are commitments. Peter Drucker
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An effective executive builds on strengths - their own strengths, the strengths of superiors, colleagues, subordinates, and on the strength of the situation. Peter Drucker
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Marketing is the distinguishing, unique function of the business. Peter Drucker
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Planning is actually incompatible with an entrepreneurial society and economy. Planning is the kiss of death of entrepreneurship. Peter Drucker
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Communism is evil. Its driving forces are the deadly sins of envy and hatred. Peter Drucker
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If war production should remain the only way out of a long-term depression, industrial society would be reduced to the choice between suicide through total war or suicide through total depression. Peter Drucker
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It is better to pick the wrong priority than none at all. Peter Drucker
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If you want it, measure it. If you can't measure it, forget it. Peter Drucker
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An established company which, in an age demanding innovation, is not able to innovation, is doomed to decline and extinction. Peter Drucker
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Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement. Peter Drucker
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The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different. Peter Drucker
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The person who will make the greatest contribution to a company is the mature person-and you cannot have maturity if you have no life or interest outside the job. Peter Drucker
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The real development I've seen of people in organizations, especially in big ones, comes from their being volunteers in a nonprofit organization - where you have responsibility, you see results, and you quickly learn what your values are. There is no better way to understand your strengths and discover where you belong than to volunteer in a nonprofit. That is probably the great opportunity for the social sector - and especially in its relationship to business. Peter Drucker
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I have been saying for many years that we are using the word 'guru' only because 'charlatan' is too long to fit into a headline. Peter Drucker
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If you want to improve how you manage time - stop doing what doesn't need to be done! Peter Drucker
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Managing innovation will increasingly become a challenge to management, and especially to top management, and a touchstone of its competence. Peter Drucker
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