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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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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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There is a great need for a new approach, new methods and new tools in teaching, man's oldest and most reactionary craft. There is great need for a rapid increase in the productivity of learning. There is, above all, great need for methods that will make the teacher effective and multiply his or her efforts and competence. Teaching is, in fact, the only traditional craft in which we have not yet fashioned the tools that make an ordinary person capable of superior performance. In this respect, teaching is far behind medicine, where the tools first became available a century or more ago. Peter Drucker
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Most executives have learned that what one postpones, one actually abandons ... timing is a most important element in the success of any effort. To do five years later what would have been smart to do five years earlier, is almost a sure recipe for frustration and failure. Peter Drucker
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You must accept that if the computer is a tool, it is the job of tool user to know what to use it for. Peter Drucker
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It is commonly believed that innovations create changes - but few ever do. Successful innovations exploit changes that have already happened. Peter Drucker
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Our most important education system is in the employees' own organization. Peter Drucker
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A fundamental responsibility of leadership is make sure that everybody knows the mission, understands it, lives it. Peter Drucker
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The single most important thing to remember about any enterprise is that results exist only on the outside.The result of a business is a satisfied customer. The result of a hospital is a satisfied patient. The result of a school is a student who has learned something and puts it to work ten years later. Inside an enterprise there are only costs. Peter Drucker
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The dilemma of modern society: the conflict between the need for capital formation at a high rate and the popular condemnation of interest and dividends as "unearned income" and "capitalist," if not as sinful and wicked. Peter Drucker
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The only real difference between one organization and another is the performance of its people. Peter Drucker
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There are just two questions to ask to attain success in business: First, "What business am I in?" Second, "How's business?" 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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...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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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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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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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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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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Decision making is the specific executive task. Peter Drucker
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Innovation is the specific tool of entrepreneurs, the means by which they exploit change as an opportunity for a different business or a different service. Peter Drucker
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Free enterprise cannot be justified as being good for business. It can be justified only as being good for society. Peter Drucker
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Only three things happen naturally in organizations: friction, confusion, and underperformance. Everything else requires leadership. Peter Drucker
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There is the risk you cannot afford to take, and there is the risk you cannot afford not to take. Peter Drucker
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If you have too many problems, maybe you should get out of business. There is no law that says a company must last forever. Peter Drucker
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No executive has ever suffered because his subordinates were strong and effective. Peter Drucker
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Everybody has accepted by now that change is unavoidable. But that still implies that change is like death and taxes - it should be postponed as long as possible and no change would be vastly preferable. But in a period of upheaval, such as the one we are living in, change is the norm. Peter Drucker
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The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday's logic. Peter Drucker
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The effective executive knows that it is easier to raise the performance of one leader than it is to raise the performance of a whole mass. She therefore makes sure she puts into the leadership position, into the standard-setting, the performance-making position the person who has the strength to do the outstanding pacesetting job. This always requires focus on the one strength of a person and dismissal of weaknesses as irrelevant unless they hamper the full deployment of the available strength. Peter Drucker
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Whenever anything is being accomplished, it is being done, I have learned, by a monomaniac with a mission. Peter Drucker
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One of the great movements in my lifetime among educated people is the need to commit themselves to action. Most people are not satisfied with giving money; we also feel we need to work. Peter Drucker
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The single most important thing to remember about any enterprise is that there are no results inside its walls. The result of a business is a satisfied customer. Peter Drucker
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Entrepreneurship is neither a science nor an art. It is a practice. Peter Drucker
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Do not measure your life by your goals but what you are doing to achieve them. Peter Drucker
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Leadership is defined by results not attributes. Peter Drucker
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The great challenge to management today is to make productive the tremendous new resource, the knowledge worker. This, rather than the productivity of the manual worker, is the key to economic growth and economic performance in today's society. Peter Drucker
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A primary task of management in the developed countries in the decades ahead will be to make knowledge productive. Peter Drucker
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Profit is not a cause but a result- Peter Drucker
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Shoes are real. Money is an end result. Peter Drucker
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There is a point at which a transformation has to take place. Peter Drucker
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Management means, in the last analysis, the substitution of thought for brawn and muscle, of knowledge for folkways and superstition, and of cooperation for force. It means the substitution of responsibility for obedience to rank, and of authority of performance for the authority of rank. Peter Drucker
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Plans are worthless, but planning is invaluable. Peter Drucker
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A man should never be appointed into a managerial position if his vision focuses on people's weaknesses rather than on their strengths. Peter Drucker
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Since we live in an age of innovation, a practical education must prepare a man for work that does not yet exist and cannot yet be clearly defined. Peter Drucker
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People learn the most when teaching others. Peter Drucker
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Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes. Peter Drucker
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Management by objective works - if you know the objectives. Ninety percent of the time you don't. Peter Drucker
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The productivity of work is not the responsibility of the worker but of the manager. Peter Drucker
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A manager is responsible for the application and performance of knowledge. Peter Drucker
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Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done. Peter Drucker
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Business, that's easily defined - it's other people's money. Peter Drucker
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Checking the results of a decision against its expectations shows executives what their strengths are, where they need to improve, and where they lack knowledge or information. Peter Drucker
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