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The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different. 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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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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...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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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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A fundamental responsibility of leadership is make sure that everybody knows the mission, understands it, lives it. 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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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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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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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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If you want it, measure it. If you can't measure it, forget it. Peter Drucker
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Adequacy is the enemy of excellence. 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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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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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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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 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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Without institution there is no management. But without management there is no institution. Peter Drucker
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The fundamental reality for every worker, from sweeper to executive vice-president, is the eight hours or so that he spends on the job . In our society of organizations, it is the job through which the great majority has access to achievement, to fulfillment, and to community. Peter Drucker
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Tomorrow everybody - or practically everybody - will have had the education of the upper class of yesterday, and will expect equivalent opportunities. That is why we face the problem of making every kind of job meaningful and capable of satisfying every educated man. Peter Drucker
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A management decision is irresponsible if it risks disaster this year for the sake of a grandiose future. 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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Large organizations cannot be versatile. A large organization is effective through its mass rather than through its agility. Fleas can jump many times their own height, but not an elephant. Peter Drucker
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Loafing" is easy, but "leisure" is difficult. Peter Drucker
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Keep the boss aware. Bosses, after all, are held responsible by their own bosses for the performance of their subordinates. They must be able to say: "I know what Anne [or John] is trying to do. Peter Drucker
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The society of organizations is new-only seventy years ago employees were a small minority in every society. Peter Drucker
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Do the right things instead of trying to do everything right. 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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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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If a government commission had worked on the horse, you would have the first horse that could operate its knee joint in both directions. The trouble is it couldn't have stood up. Peter Drucker
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Growth that adds volume without improving productivity is fat. Growth that diminishes productivity is cancer. Peter Drucker
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If a manager spends more than 10 percent of his time on "human relations" the group is probably too large. Peter Drucker
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The job of a professional manager is not to like people. It is not to change people. It is to put their strengths to work. Peter Drucker
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Replace your pursuit of success with the pursuit of contribution. Peter Drucker
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To succeed in this new world, we will have to learn, first, who we are. Few people, even highly successful people, can answer the questions, Do you know what you're good at? Do you know what you need to learn so that you get the full benefit of your strengths? Few have even asked themselves these questions. Peter Drucker
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An employer has no business with a man's personality. Employment is a specific contract calling for a specific performance. Any attempt to go beyond that is usurpation. It is immoral as well as an illegal intrusion of privacy. It is abuse of power. An employee owes no "loyalty," he owes no "love" and no "attitudes"-he owes performance and nothing else. The task is not to change personality, but to enable a person to achieve and to perform. Peter Drucker
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Education gives you neither experience nor wisdom. Peter Drucker
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I'm a writer. I could not or would not ever run a business. I don't even have a secretary. And contrary to some of the stereotypes, entrepreneurs are not loners. I am. Peter Drucker
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