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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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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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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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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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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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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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[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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The need to manage oneself is creating a revolution in human affairs. Peter Drucker
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Capital formation is shifting from the entrepreneur who invests in the future to the pension trustee who invests in the past. 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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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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It is more productive to convert an opportunity into results than to solve a problem - which only restores the equilibrium of yesterday. Peter Drucker
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Technology is not about tools, it deals with how Man works. 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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Knowledge applied is productivity. Peter Drucker
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The strength of the computer lies in its being a logic machine. It does precisely what it is programed to do. This makes it fast and precise. It also makes it a total moron; for logic is essentially stupid. 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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In the modern corporation the decisive power, that of the managers , is derived from no one but the managers themselves controlled by nobody and nothing and responsible to no one. It is in the most literal sense unfounded, unjustified, uncontrolled and irresponsible power. Peter Drucker
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The arts alone give direct access to experience. To eliminate them from education - or worse, to tolerate them as cultural ornaments - is antieducational obscurantism. It is foisted on us by the pedants and snobs of Hellenistic Greece who considered artistic performance fit only for slaves... Peter Drucker
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The fault is in the system and not in the men. Peter Drucker
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There is a point of complexity beyond which a business is no longer manageable. Peter Drucker
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The world political system is till based on the concept of the national sovereign state. For the first time therefore, in three hundred years economy and sovereignty are becoming divorced from each other. Peter Drucker
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The tool user, provided the tool is made well, need not, and indeed should not, know anything about the tool. Peter Drucker
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Once a year ask the boss, "What do I or my people do that helps you to do your job?" and "What do I or my people do that hampers you? Peter Drucker
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The individual needs the return to spiritual values, for he can survive in the present human situation only by reaffirming that man is not just a biological and psychological being but also a spiritual being, that is creature, and existing for the purposes of his Creator and subject to Him. Peter Drucker
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All economic activity is by definition "high risk." And defending yesterday-that is, not innovating-is far more risky than making tomorrow. Peter Drucker
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Value added" is a meaningless concept for a retail business , for a bank, for a life insurance company, and for any other business which is not primarily engaged in manufacturing. Peter Drucker
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The aim of marketing is to make selling superfluous. Peter Drucker
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Great wisdom not applied to action and behavior is meaningless data. Peter Drucker
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Quality in a product or service is not what the supplier puts in. It is what the customer gets out and is willing to pay for. A product is not quality because it is hard to make and costs a lot of money, as manufacturers typically believe. This is incompetence. Customers pay only for what is of use to them and gives them value. Nothing else constitutes quality. Peter Drucker
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A business exists because the consumer is willing to pay you his money. You run a business to satisfy the consumer. That isn't marketing. That goes way beyond marketing. Peter Drucker
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The most important, and indeed the truly unique, contribution of management in the 20th century was the fifty-fold increase in the productivity of the MANUAL WORKER in manufacturing. The most important contribution management needs to make in the 21st century is similarly to increase the productivity of KNOWLEDGE WORK and the KNOWLEDGE WORKER. Peter Drucker
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You can't manage knowledge.Knowledge is between two ears and only between two ears. 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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Leaders grow; they are not made. 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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