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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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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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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 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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If you have more than five goals, you have none. 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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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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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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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 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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Objectives are not commands; they are commitments. Peter Drucker
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Do what you do best, and outsource the rest. 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Communication is always " propaganda ." The emitter always wants "to get something across. Peter Drucker
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Unless we realize that the essence of Nazism is also an attempt to solve a universal problem of Western civilization - that of the industrial society - and that the basic principles on which the Nazis base this attempt are also in no way confined to Germany, we do not know what we fight for or what we fight against... The war is being fought for the structure of industrial society-its basic principles, its purposes, and its institutions. Peter Drucker
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The company is not and must never claim to be home, family, religion, life or fate for the individual. It must never interfere in his private life or his citizenship. He is tied to the company through a voluntary and cancellable employment contract, not through some mystical or indissoluble bond. Peter Drucker
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Capitalism is being attacked not because it is inefficient or misgoverned but because it is cynical. And indeed a society based on the assertion that private vices become public benefits cannot endure, no matter how impeccable its logic, no matter how great its benefits. Peter Drucker
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No society can function as a society, unless it gives the individual member social status and function, and unless the decisive social power is legitimate. Peter Drucker
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...what's absolutely unforgivable is the financial benefit top management people get for laying off people. There is no excuse for it. No justification. This is morally and socially unforgivable, and we will pay a heavy price for it. Peter Drucker
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...the thought man...the action man...the people man...the front man...Yet those four temperaments are almost never found in one person....The one-man top management job is a major reason why business fail to grow. Peter Drucker
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It does not matter whether the worker wants responsibility or not,...The enterprise must demand it of him. Peter Drucker
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-A manager sets objectives-A manager organizes-A manager motivates and communicates-A manager, by establishing yardsticks, measures-A manager develops people. 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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In the modern corporation the decisive power, that of the managers, is derived from no one but the managers themselves controlled by nobody and nothing and responsible to no one. It is in the most literal sense unfounded, unjustified, uncontrolled and irresponsible power. 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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There is every indication that the period ahead will be an innovative one, one of rapid change in technology, society, economy, and institutions. Peter Drucker
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