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Peter Drucker
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Marketing is not a function, it is the whole business seen from the customer's point of view. 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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You cannot build performance on weaknesses. You can build only on strengths. Peter Drucker
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People in any organization are always attached to the obsolete - the things that should have worked but did not, the things that once were productive and no longer are. 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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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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The most efficient way to produce anything is to bring together under one management as many as possible of the activities needed to turn out the product. Peter Drucker
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Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility. Peter Drucker
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So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work. Peter Drucker
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My greatest strength as a consultant is to be ignorant and ask a few questions. Peter Drucker
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Understanding our strengths, articulating our values, knowing where we belong - these are also essential to addressing one of the great challenges of organizations: improving the abysmally low productivity of knowledge workers. 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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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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Entrepreneurship is "risky" mainly because so few of the so-called entrepreneurs know what they are doing. Peter Drucker
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Brilliant men are often strikingly ineffectual. They fail to realize that the brilliant insight is not by itself achievement. They never have learned that insights become effectiveness only through hard systematic work. 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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The world economy is not yet a community-not even an economic community...Yet the existence of the global shopping center is a fact that cannot be undone. The vision of an economy for all will not be forgotten again. Peter Drucker
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This is a political book... It has a political purpose: to strengthen the will to maintain freedom against the threat of its abandonment in favor of totalitarianism. Peter Drucker
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We do not need more laws. No country suffers from a shortage of laws. We need a new model. Peter Drucker
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There's nothing so useless than executing a task efficiently when it actually never should have been executed at all. Peter Drucker
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Change is the norm; unless an organization sees that its task is to lead change, that organization will not survive. Peter Drucker
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True marketing starts...with the customer, his demographics, his realities, his needs, his values. It does not ask, "What do we want to sell?" It asks, "What does the customer want to buy?" Peter Drucker
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What we are good at comes easy, and we believe that unless it comes hard, it can't be very good. Peter Drucker
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We have tried to substitute mass for purpose. We have tried to regain military potency of defense by making it gigantic, unwieldy, complex. It never works. Peter Drucker
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[Entrepreneurship] is by no means hunch or gamble. But it also is not precisely science. Rather, it is judgment. Peter Drucker
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What is the major problem? It is fundamentally the confusion between effectiveness and efficiency that stands between doing the right things and doing things right. There is surely nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency what should not be done at all. Peter Drucker
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Fortunately or unfortunately, the one predictable thing in any organization is the crisis. That always comes. That's when you do depend on the leader: The job of the leader is to build an organization that is battle-ready, that has high morale, that knows how to behave, that trusts itself, and where people trust one another. Peter Drucker
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An institution which is financed by a budget - or which enjoys a monopoly which the customer cannot escape - is rewarded for what it deserves rather than what it earns. It is paid for 'good intentions' and 'programs'. It is paid for not alienating important constituents rather than satisfying any one group. It is misdirected by the way it is being paid into defining performance and results as what will produce the budget rather than as what will produce contribution. Peter Drucker
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The best plan is only a plan... unless it degerates into work. Peter Drucker
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I no longer think that learning how to manage people, especially subordinates, is the most important for executives to learn. I am teaching above all else, how to manage oneself. Peter Drucker
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If you want to know what the future is, be part of its development. Peter Drucker
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In the next economic downturn there will be an outbreak of bitterness and contempt for the supercorporate chieftains who pay themselves millions. In every major economic downturn in US history the villains have been the heroes during the preceding boom. Peter Drucker
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The ultimate resource in economic development is people. It is people, not capital or raw materials that develop an economy. Peter Drucker
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One does not "manage" people. The task is to lead people. Peter Drucker
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The enterprise, by definition, must be capable of producing more or better than all the resources that comprise it. Peter Drucker
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Concentration is the key to economic results. No other principles of effectiveness is violated as constantly today as the basic principle of concentration. 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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Here I am, fifty-eight, and I still don't know what I'm going to be when I grow up. Peter Drucker
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Meetings are a symptom of bad organization. The fewer meetings the better. Peter Drucker
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The true business of every company is to make and keep customers. Peter Drucker
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You can either take action, or you can hang back and hope for a miracle. Miracles are great, but they are so unpredictable. Peter Drucker
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The enterprise that does not innovate ages and declines. And in a period of rapid change such as the present, the decline will be fast. Peter Drucker
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To make knowledge productive, we will have to learn to see both forest and tree. We will have to learn to connect. Peter Drucker
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The computer, being a mechanical moron, can handle only quantifiable data. Peter Drucker
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Our job in life is to make a positive difference, not prove we're right. Peter Drucker
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Success always obsoletes the very behavior that achieved it. Peter Drucker
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Absolute size by itself is no indicator of success and achievement, let alone of managerial competence. Being the right size is. Peter Drucker
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Political freedom is neither easy nor automatic, neither pleasant nor secure. It is the responsibility of the individual for the decisions of society as if they were his own decisions-as in moral truth and accountability they are. Peter Drucker
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We will have to learn to lead people rather then to contain them. 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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Economists think the poor need them to tell them that they are poor. Peter Drucker
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Strategy is a commodity, execution is an art. Peter Drucker
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No one has ever failed to find the facts they are looking for. Peter Drucker
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Too many leaders try to do a little bit of 25 things and get nothing done. They are very popular because they always say yes. But they get nothing done. Peter Drucker
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One either meets or one works. Peter Drucker
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Trees die from the top". No one should ever become a strategist unless he or she is willing to have his or her character serve as a model for subordinates Peter Drucker
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Production is not the application of tools to materials, but logic to work. Peter Drucker
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One cannot manage change. One can only be ahead of it. Peter Drucker
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In areas where they are simply incompetent, smart executives don't make decisions or take actions. They delegate. Peter Drucker
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One does not start with facts. One starts with opinions. Peter Drucker
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The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself. Peter Drucker
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