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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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History has been written not by the most talented but by the most motivated. 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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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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The fruit of your work grows on other people's trees 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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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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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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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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...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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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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The real achiever do one thing at a time. 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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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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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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Institutions mistake good intentions for objectives. They say "health care"; that's an intention, not an objective. 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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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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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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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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One can either work or meet. One cannot do both at the same time. 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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Most organizations staff their problems & starve their opportunities. 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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When a resource is scarce, you increase its yield. 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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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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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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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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We have only one alternative: either to build a functioning industrial society or see freedom itself disappear in anarchy and tyranny. Peter Drucker
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And no matter how serious an environmental problem the automobile poses in today's big city, the horse was dirtier, smelled worse, killed and maimed more people, and congested the streets just as much. Peter Drucker
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The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The true dangerous thing is asking the wrong question. Peter Drucker
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No organization can depend on genius; the supply is always scarce and unreliable. It is the test of an organization to make ordinary human beings perform better than they seem capable of, to bring out whatever strength there is in its members, and to use each man's strength to help all the others perform. The purpose of an organization is to enable common men to do uncommon things. Peter Drucker
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If a business is to be considered a continuous process, instead of a series of disjointed stop-and-go events, then the economic universe in which a business operates-and all the major events within it-must have rhyme, rhythm, or reason. 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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As with every phenomenon of the objective universe, the first step toward understanding work is to analyze it. 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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Entrepreneurship is "risky" mainly because so few of the so-called entrepreneurs know what they are doing. Peter Drucker
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The manager who comes up with the right solution to the wrong problem is more dangerous than the manager who comes up with the wrong solution to the right problem. Peter Drucker
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The single minded ones, the monomaniacs, are the only true achievers Peter Drucker
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We no longer even understand the question whether change is by itself good or bad. We start out with the axiom that it is the norm. We do not see change as altering the order. We see change as being order itself-indeed the only order we can comprehend today is a dynamic, a moving, a changing one. Peter Drucker
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