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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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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 greatest challenge to organizations is the balance between continuity and change. You need both. At different times, the balance is slightly more over here, or slightly more over there, but you need both. And balance is basically the greatest task in leadership. Organizations have to have continuity, and yet if there is not enough new challenge, not enough change, they become empty bureaucracies, awfully fast. Peter Drucker
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Of those things that would make a difference, which are right for me? Peter Drucker
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You cannot predict the future, but you can create it. Peter Drucker
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Communication always makes demands. It always demands that the recipient become somebody, do something, believe something. It always appeals to motivation. Peter Drucker
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In todays economy, the most important resource is no longer labor, capital or land; it is knowledge Peter Drucker
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The most effective way to manage change is to create it. Peter Drucker
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Business has only two basic functions - marketing and innovation. 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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History has been written not by the most talented but by the most motivated. 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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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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There is an unbroken chain of opposition to the introduction of economic freedom and to the capitalist autonomy of the economic sphere... In every case the opposition could only be overcome - peacefully or by force - because of the promise of capitalism to establish equality... That this promise was an illusion we all know. Peter Drucker
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A success that has outlived its usefulness may, in the end, be more damaging than failure. Peter Drucker
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One reason for the tremendous increase in health-care costs in the U.S. is managerial neglect of the "hotel services" by the people who dominate the hospital, such as doctors and nurses. Peter Drucker
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When Henry Ford said, "The customer can have a car in any color as long as it's black," he was not joking. 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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It's amazing how many things busy people are doing that never will be missed. Peter Drucker
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When the business grows, the person who founded it is incredibly busy. Rapid growth puts an enormous strain on a business. You outgrow your production facilities. You outgrow your management capabilities. Peter Drucker
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Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable. Peter Drucker
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In the knowledge economy everyone is a volunteer, but we have trained our managers to manage conscripts. Peter Drucker
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When a resource is scarce, you increase its yield. Peter Drucker
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The most important contribution management needs to make in the 21st century is ... to increase the productivity of knowledge work and the knowledge worker Peter Drucker
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Look at government programs for the past fifty years. Every single one - except warfare - achieved the exact opposite of its announced goal. Peter Drucker
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...throughout 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
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The better a man is, the more mistakes will he make-for the more new things he will try. I would never promote a man into a top level job who had not made mistakes, and big ones at that. Otherwise he is sure to be mediocre. Peter Drucker
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One reason for the tremendous increase in health-care costs in the U.S. is managerial neglect of the hotel services by the people who dominate the hospital, such as doctors and nurses. 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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We can't make people better by trying to eliminate their weaknesses, but we can help then perform better by building on their strengths. 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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The real achiever do one thing at a time. Peter Drucker
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The race for Quality has no finish line - so technically, it's more like a death march. Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things. Peter Drucker
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Effective innovations start small. They are not grandiose. They try to do one specific thing. Peter Drucker
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We can ill afford to have activities conducted as "non-profit," that is, as activities that devour capital rather than form it, if they can be organized as activities that form capital, as activities that make a profit. Peter Drucker
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Every first-rate editor I have ever heard of reads, edits and rewrites every word that goes into his publication.... Good editors are not 'permissive'; they do not let their colleagues do 'their thing'; they make sure that everybody does the 'paper's thing.' A good, let alone a great editor is an obsessive autocrat with a whim of iron, who rewrites and rewrites, cuts and slashes, until every piece is exactly the way he thinks it should have been done. Peter Drucker
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If you want to predict the future create it. Peter Drucker
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Management and entrepreneurship are only two different dimensions of the same task. An entrepreneur who does not learn how to manage will not last long. A management that does not learn to innovate will not last long. Peter Drucker
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A business enterprise must continue beyond the lifetime of the individual or of the generation to be capable of producing its contributions to economy and to society. Peter Drucker
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Managers are agents of transformation, converting the workforce in developed countries from one of manual workers to one of highly educated knowledge workers. Peter Drucker
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"The area in which the executive first encounters the challenge of strength is in staffing. The effective executive fills positions and promotes on the basis of what a man can do. He does not make staffing decisions to minimize weaknesses but to maximize strength." Peter Drucker
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The question that faces the strategic decision maker is not what his organisation should do tomorrow. It is, what do we have to do today to be ready for an uncertain tomorrow? Peter Drucker
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Objectives are not fate; they are direction. They are not commands; they are commitments. They do not determine the future; they are means to mobilize the resources and energies of the business for the making of the future. Peter Drucker
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It's more important to do the right thing than to do things right. Peter Drucker
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In all recorded history there has not been one economist who has had to worry about where the next meal would come from. Peter Drucker
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Because its purpose is to create a customer, the business has two and only two functions: Marketing and Innovation. Marketing and Innovation produce results. All the rest are costs. 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. It is capable of being presented as a discipline, capable of being learned, capable of being practiced. Entrepreneurs need to search purposefully for the sources of innovation, the changes and their symptoms that indicate opportunities for successful innovation. And they need to know and to apply the principles of successful innovation. Peter Drucker
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Knowledge is power. In post-capitalism, power comes from transmitting information to make it productive, not hiding it. Peter Drucker
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Teaching is the only major occupation of man for which we have not yet developed tools that make an average person capable of competence and performance. In teaching we rely on the 'naturals,' the ones who somehow know how to teach. Peter Drucker
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We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn. Peter Drucker
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Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes... but no plans. Peter Drucker
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Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. Peter Drucker
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Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth. Peter Drucker
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Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every level. Peter Drucker
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Businesses are not paid to reform customers. They are paid to satisfy customers. Peter Drucker
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You can't manage what you don't measure. Peter Drucker
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We live in an age of unprecedented opportunity: If you've got ambition and smarts, you can rise to the top of your chosen profession, regardless of where you started out. Peter Drucker
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Knowledge applied is productivity. Peter Drucker
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