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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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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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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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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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Every organization has to prepare for the abandonment of everything it does. Peter Drucker
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Everything must degenerate into work if anything is to happen. 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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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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Above all, innovation is not invention. It is a term of economics rather than of technology. 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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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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Systematic change requires a willingness to look on change as an opportunity. 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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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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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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The basic economic resource - the means of production - is no longer capital, nor natural resources, nor labor. It is and will be knowledge. Peter Drucker
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There are no creeds in mathematics. Peter Drucker
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Almost everybody today believes that nothing in economic history has ever moved as fast as, or had a greater impact than, the Information Revolution. But the Industrial Revolution moved at least as fast in the same time span, and had probably an equal impact if not a greater one. Peter Drucker
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Do first things first, and second things not at all. Peter Drucker
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Businesses once grew by one of two ways; grass roots up, or by acquisition... Today businesses grow through alliances - all kinds of dangerous alliances. Joint ventures and customer partnerings which, by the way, very few people understand. 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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Your first and foremost job as a leader is to take charge of your own energy and then help to orchestrate the energy of those around you. Peter Drucker
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Objectives can be compared to a compass bearing by which a ship navigates. A compass bearing is firm, but in actual navigation, a ship may veer off its course for many miles. Without a compass bearing, a ship would neither find its port nor be able to estimate the time required to get there. Peter Drucker
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Most organizations staff their problems & starve their opportunities. Peter Drucker
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The fruit of your work grows on other people's trees Peter Drucker
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Unless the power of the corporation can be organized on an accepted principle of legitimacy, it will be taken over by a Central government Peter Drucker
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With Christianity, freedom and equality became the two basic concepts of Europe; they are themselves Europe. 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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Thus, for those who are willing to go out into the field, to look and to listen, changing demographics is both a highly productive and a highly dependable innovation opportunity. Peter Drucker
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The key to greatness is to look for people's potential and spend time developing it. Peter Drucker
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