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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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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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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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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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"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 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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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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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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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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In business school classrooms they construct wonderful models of a non- world. Peter Drucker
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We've spent the last 30 years focusing on the T in IT, and we'll spend the next 30 years focusing on the I. Peter Drucker
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Any time I have seen someone accomplishing something magnificent, they have been a monomaniac with a mission. A single-minded individual with a passion. Peter Drucker
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Effective people are not problem minded; they're opportunity-minded. They feed opportunities and starve problems. They think preventively. Peter Drucker
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Economists talk about profit motive, but nothing motivates modern man more than a chance to avoid taxes! Peter Drucker
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Managers are the basic and scarcest resource of any business enterprise. 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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Entrepreneurs believe that profit is what matters most in a new enterprise. But profit is secondary. Cash flow matters most. 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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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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The experience of the human race indicates strongly that the only person in abundant supply is the universal incompetent. Peter Drucker
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In the managerial organization, the top people sit in judgment; in the innovative organization it is their job to encourage ideas, no matter how unripe or crude. 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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