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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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Society, community, family are all conserving institutions. They try to maintain stability, and to prevent, or at least to slow down, change. But the organization of the post-capitalist society of organizations is a destabilizer. Because its function is to put knowledge to work - on tools, processes, and products; on work; on knowledge itself - it must be organized for constant change. Peter Drucker
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Most leaders don't need to learn what to do. They need to learn what to stop. Peter Drucker
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For the first four years, no new enterprise produces profits. Even Mozart didn't start writing music until he was four. Peter Drucker
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Leadership is all about getting results. Peter Drucker
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Listening (the first competence of leadership) is not a skill, it is a discipline. All you have to do is keep your mouth shut. Peter Drucker
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If something fails despite being carefully planned, carefully designed, and conscientiously executed, that failure often bespeaks underlying change and, with it, opportunity. Peter Drucker
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If you're not living life on the edge, you're taking up too much space. The best way to predict the future is to create it. Peter Drucker
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Above all, innovation is not invention. It is a term of economics rather than of technology. 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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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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Defending yesterday is far more risky than making tomorrow. Peter Drucker
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Teaching 23-year-olds in an MBA programme strikes me as largely a waste of time. They lack the background of experience. You can teach them skills - accounting and what have you - but you can't teach them management. Peter Drucker
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The most important decisions in organizations are people decisions, and yet only the military, and only recently, has begun to ask, "If we assign this general to lead this base, what do we expect him to accomplish?" Peter Drucker
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There is nothing worse than doing the wrong thing well. Peter Drucker
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The monomaniac is unlikely to succeed. Most leave only their bleached bones in the roadless desert. But the rest of us, with our multiple interests instead of a single mission, are certain to fail and have no impact at all. Peter Drucker
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In areas where they are simply incompetent, smart executives do' make decisions or take actions. They delegate. Peter Drucker
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Few relationships are as critical to the business enterprise itself as the relationship to government. The manager has responsibility for this relationship as part of his responsibility to the enterprise itself. To a large extent the relationship to government results from what businesses do or fail to do. 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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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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Everything must degenerate into work if anything is to happen. Peter Drucker
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Entrepreneurship rests on a theory of economy and society. The theory sees change as normal and indeed as healthy. And it sees the major task in society - and especially in the economy - as doing something different rather than doing better what is already being done. That is basically what Say, two hundred years ago, meant when he coined the term entrepreneur. It was intended as a manifesto and as a declaration of dissent: the entrepreneur upsets and disorganizes. As Joseph Schumpeter formulated it, his task is "creative destruction. Peter Drucker
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If there is any one secret of effectiveness, it is concentration. Effective executives do first things first and they do one thing at a time. 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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If the feudal knight was the clearest embodiment of society in the early Middle Ages, and the bourgeois under Capitalism, the educated person will represent society in the post-capitalist society in which knowledge has become the central resource. Peter Drucker
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Fascism is the result of the collapse of Europe's spiritual and social order....catastrophes broke through the everyday routine which makes men accept existing forms, institutions and tenets as unalterable natural laws. They suddenly exposed the vacuum behind the facade of society. Peter Drucker
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A tool is not necessarily better because it is bigger. A tool is best if it does the job required with a minimum of effort, with a minimum of complexity, and with a minimum of power. 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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Do the right things instead of trying to do everything right. Peter Drucker
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Every organization has to prepare for the abandonment of everything it does. 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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Systematic change requires a willingness to look on change as an opportunity. Peter Drucker
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Management must take the lead in making obsolete its own products and services rather than waiting for a competitor to do so. Peter Drucker
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The fruit of your work grows on other people's trees Peter Drucker
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History has been written not by the most talented but by the most motivated. Peter Drucker
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Efficiency, which is doing things right, is irrelevant until you work on the right things. Peter Drucker
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Long range planning does not deal with future decisions, but with the future of present decisions. Peter Drucker
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Every three or four years I pick a new subject. It may be Japanese art; it may be economics. Three years of study are by no means enough to master a subject but they are enough to understand it. SO for more than 60 years I have kept studying one subject at a time. Peter Drucker
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Institutions mistake good intentions for objectives. They say "health care"; that's an intention, not an objective. Peter Drucker
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The largest 100 corporations hold 25 percent of the worldwide productive assets, which in turn control 75 percent of international trade and 98 percent of all foreign direct investment.The multinational corporation...puts the economic decision beyond the effective reach of the political process and its decision-makers, national governments. Peter Drucker
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Innovation requires us to systematically identify changes that have already occurred in a business - in demographics, in values, in technology or science - and then to look at them as opportunities. It also requires something that is most difficult for existing companies to do: to abandon rather than defend yesterday. Peter Drucker
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A person can perform only from strength. One cannot build performance on weakness, let alone on something one cannot do at all. Peter Drucker
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There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. Peter Drucker
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Executives owe it to the organization and to their fellow workers not to tolerate nonperforming individuals in important jobs. Peter Drucker
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Accept the fact that we have to treat almost anybody as a volunteer. Peter Drucker
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The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said. Peter Drucker
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The purpose of a business is to create a customer. Peter Drucker
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The new information technology... Internet and e-mail... have practically eliminated the physical costs of communications. Peter Drucker
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Innovative efforts should never report to line managers charged with responsibility for ongoing operations. The new project is an infant and will remain one for the foreseeable future, and infants belong in the nursery. The 'adults', that is, the executives in charge of existing businesses or products will have neither the time nor understanding for the infant. Peter Drucker
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The success and ultimately the survival of every business, large or small, depends in the last analysis on its ability to develop people. This ability is not measured by any of our conventional yardsticks of economic success; yet, is the final measurement. Peter Drucker
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Ideas are cheap and abundant; what is of value is the effective placement of those ideas into situations that develop into action. Peter Drucker
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The better a man is, the more mistakes he will make, for the more new things he will try. Peter Drucker
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In book subjects a student can only do a student's work. All that can be measured is how well he learns, rather than how well he performs. All he can show is promise. Peter Drucker
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Decisions exist only in the present. Peter Drucker
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Financial " synergy " is a will-o'-the-wisp.It looks good on paper, but it fails to work out in practice. Peter Drucker
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Although he reputedly hated the label of 'guru', Peter Drucker was, by any standards, the greatest management guru the world has yet seen. In 1996, the McKinsey Quarterly journal described him as the 'the one guru to whom other gurus kowtow' and Robert Heller described him as 'the greatest man in the history of management', praise indeed for a man who described himself as 'just an old journalist'. Peter Drucker
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