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Peter Drucker
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Spontaneity is an infinite number of rehearsed possibilities. Peter Drucker

In most organizations, the bottleneck is at the top of the bottle. Peter Drucker

"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

For new technology to replace old, it has to have at least ten times the benefit. Peter Drucker

If you have more than five goals, you have none. Peter Drucker

The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said. Peter Drucker

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

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

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

The major incentive to productivity and efficiency are social and moral rather than financial. Peter Drucker

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

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

Mother Teresa's numerical results were not her greatest contribution. Instead, she made the world-and especially India-conscious of compassion. Peter Drucker

Charisma becomes the undoing of leaders. It makes them inflexible, convinced of their own infallibility, unable to change. Peter Drucker

In all recorded history there has not been one economist who had to worry about where his next meal was coming from. Peter Drucker

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

The building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. Peter Drucker

Results are obtained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems. Peter Drucker

Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. Peter Drucker

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

As a rule we perceive what we expect to perceive... The unexpected is usually not received at all. Peter Drucker

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

When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course. Peter Drucker

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

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

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

Management has authority only as long as it performs. Peter Drucker

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

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

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

We do not need more laws . No country suffers from a shortage of laws. We need a new model . Peter Drucker

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

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

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

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

That knowledge has become the resource, rather than a resource, is what makes our society "post-capitalist. Peter Drucker

[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

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

Do what you do best, and outsource the rest. Peter Drucker

The successful person places more attention on doing the right thing rather than doing things right. Peter Drucker

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

No decision has been made unless carrying it out in specific steps has become someone's work assignment and responsibility. Peter Drucker

In business school classrooms they construct wonderful models of a non- world. Peter Drucker

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

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

Effective people are not problem minded; they're opportunity-minded. They feed opportunities and starve problems. They think preventively. Peter Drucker

Economists talk about profit motive, but nothing motivates modern man more than a chance to avoid taxes! Peter Drucker

Managers are the basic and scarcest resource of any business enterprise. Peter Drucker

Every single social and global issue of our day is a business opportunity in disguise Peter Drucker

There are only two things in a business that make money - innovation and marketing, everything else is cost. Peter Drucker

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

Profit is not the purpose of a business, but rather the test of its validity Peter Drucker

Entrepreneurs believe that profit is what matters most in a new enterprise. But profit is secondary. Cash flow matters most. Peter Drucker

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

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

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

If you want to improve how you manage time - stop doing what doesn't need to be done! Peter Drucker

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

To make a living is no longer enough. Work also has to make a life. Peter Drucker

Adequacy is the enemy of excellence. Peter Drucker

The experience of the human race indicates strongly that the only person in abundant supply is the universal incompetent. Peter Drucker

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

Doing the right thing is more important than doing the thing right. Peter Drucker

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

What can I contribute that will significantly affect the performance and the results of the institution I serve? Peter Drucker

The only things that evolve by themselves in an organization are disorder, friction and malperformance. Peter Drucker

The purpose of an organization is to enable ordinary humans beings to do extraordinary things. Peter Drucker

Leaders shouldn't attach moral significance to their ideas: Do that, and you can't compromise. Peter Drucker

Charisma becomes the undoing of leaders. It makes them inflexible, convinced of their own infallibility, unable to change Peter Drucker

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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