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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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Profitability is the sovereign criterion of the enterprise. 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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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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Most people think they know what they are good at. They are usually wrong... And yet, a person can perform only from strength. Peter Drucker
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To make a living is no longer enough. Work also has to make a life. Peter Drucker
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Adequacy is the enemy of excellence. 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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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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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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There is the general belief that the corporation income tax is a tax on the "rich" and on the "fat cats." But with pension funds owning 30% of American large business-and soon to own 50%-the corporation income tax, in effect, eases the load on those in top income brackets and penalizes the beneficiaries of pension funds. 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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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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