Peter Drucker Quotes & Wallpapers

Peter Drucker
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The fewer data needed, the better the information. And an overload of information, that is, anything much beyond what is truly needed, leads to information blackout. It does not enrich, but impoverishes. Peter Drucker

The first step toward making the worker achieving is to make work productive. Peter Drucker

Our society has become an employee society. Peter Drucker

(Waste = Loss): The first rule of business is to survive and the guiding principle of business economics is not the maximisation of profit, it is the avoidance of loss Peter Drucker

The better a man is, the more mistakes he will make, for the more new things he will try. I would never promote to a top-level job a man who was not making mistakes...otherwise he is sure to be mediocre. Peter Drucker

The talk you hear about adapting to change is not only stupid, it's dangerous. The only way you can manage change is to create it. Peter Drucker

Yet there is nothing more dangerous than to be premature in exploiting a change in perception. Peter Drucker

The postwar WWII GI Bill of Rights-and the enthusiastic response to it on the part of America's veterans-signaled the shift to the knowledge society. Future historians may consider it the most important event of the twentieth century. We are clearly in the midst of this transformation; indeed, if history is any guide, it will not be completed until 2010 or 2020. But already it has changed the political, economic and moral landscape of the world. Peter Drucker

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

More business decisions occur over lunch and dinner than at any other time, yet no MBA courses are given on the subject. Peter Drucker

The only skill that will be important in the 21st century is the skill of learning new skills.Everythi ng else will become obsolete over time. Peter Drucker

Don't solve problems. Pursue opportunities. Peter Drucker

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

Knowledge is information that changes something or somebody - either by becoming grounds for actions, or by making an individual (or an institution) capable of different or more effective action. Peter Drucker

The purpose of information is not knowledge. It is being able to take the right action. Peter Drucker

People are effective because they say 'no,' because they say, 'this isn't for me.' Peter Drucker

Far too much reorganization goes on all the time. Organizitis is like a spastic colon. Peter Drucker

Leadership is more doing than dash. Peter Drucker

The only industries that function well are the industries that take responsibility for training. The Japanese, you know, assume that when you first come to work you know absolutely nothing. School isn't preparation for work and never was. Peter Drucker

What people in business think they know about the customer and market is likely to be more wrong than right...the customer rarely buys what the business thinks it sells him. Peter Drucker

By themselves, character and integrity do not accomplish anything. But their absence faults everything else. Peter Drucker

The correct assumption is that what individuals have learned by age twenty-one will begin to become obsolete five to ten years later and will have to be replaced-or at least refurbished-by new learning, new skills, new knowledge. Peter Drucker

Balance Sheets are meaningless. Our accounting systems are still based on the assumption that 80% of costs are manual labor. Peter Drucker

Leadership is all hype. We've had three great leaders in this century-Hitler, Stalin, and Mao. Peter Drucker

When it rains manna from heaven, some people put up an umbrella. Others reach for a big spoon. Peter Drucker

Providing more desirable products, services, and customer experiences is vital to the continued existence of any business. And that is INNOVATION. Peter Drucker

Profit is not the explanation, cause, or rationale of business behavior and business decisions, but the test of their validity. Peter Drucker

Inside an organization there are only cost centers. The only profit center is a customer whose check has not bounced. Peter Drucker

Conductors do not know how the oboe does its work, but they know what the oboe should contribute. Peter Drucker

There are an enormous number of managers who have retired on the job. Peter Drucker

...all earlier pluralist societies destroyed themselves because no one took care of the common good. They abounded in communities but could not sustain community, let alone create it. Peter Drucker

For the social ecologist language is not communication. It is not just message. It is substance. It is the cement that holds humanity together. It creates community and communication....Social ecologists need not be great writers; but they have to be respectful writers, caring writers. Peter Drucker

That knowledge has become the resource, rather than a resource, is what makes our society post-capitalist. Peter Drucker

A manager's task is to make the strengths of people effective and their weakness irrelevant-and that applies fully as much to the manager's boss as it applies to the manager's subordinates. Peter Drucker

If socialism is defined as ownership of the means of production-and this is both the orthodox and the only rigorous definition-then the United States is the first truly Socialist country. Peter Drucker

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

Loafing is easy, but leisure is difficult. Peter Drucker

In business school classrooms they construct wonderful models of a non-world. Peter Drucker

If a manager spends more than 10 percent of his time on human relations the group is probably too large. Peter Drucker

The b??t w?? t? predict ??ur future ?? t? create it. Peter Drucker

The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity. Peter Drucker

No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings. Peter Drucker

Strategic planning is the continuous process of making present entrepreneurial (risk-taking) decisions systematically and with the greatest knowledge of their futurity; organizing systematically the efforts needed to carry out these decisions; and measuring the results of these decisions against the expectations through organized, systematic feedback. Peter Drucker

Company cultures are like country cultures. Never try to change one. Try, instead, to work with what you've got. Peter Drucker

No matter how deeply wedded one may be to the free enterprise system (and I, for one, am wedded for life), one has to accept the need for positive government; one has to consider government action on a sizable scale as desirable rather than as a necessary evil. Peter Drucker

Organizationally what is required - and evolving - is systems management. Peter Drucker

The rule should be to minimize the need for people to get together to accomplish anything. Peter Drucker

This society in which knowledge workers dominate is in danger of a new "class conflict" between the large minority of knowledge workers and the majority of workers who will make their livings through traditional ways, either by manual work... or by service work. The productivity of knowledge work - still abysmally low - will predictably become the economic challenge of the knowledge society. On it will depend the ability of the knowledge society to give decent incomes, and with them dignity and status, to non knowledge people. Peter Drucker

In the political, the social, the economic, even the cultural sphere, the revolutions of our time have been revolutions "against" rather than revolutions "for"... On the whole throughout this period the man-or party-that stood for doing the positive has usually cut a pathetic figure; well meaning but ineffectual, civilized but unrealistic, he was suspect alike to [by both] the ultras of destruction and the ultras of preservation and restoration. Peter Drucker

The basic definition of the business and of its purpose and mission have to be translated into objectives. Peter Drucker

I think the growth industry of the future in this country and the world will soon be the continuing education of adults. ...I think the educated person of the future is somebody who realizes the need to continue to learn. That is the new definition and it is going to change the world we live in and work in. Peter Drucker

No other area offers richer opportunities for successful innovation than the unexpected success. Peter Drucker

I have no interest in celebrities. If all the superrich disappeared, the world economy would not even notice. The superrich are irrelevant to the economy. Peter Drucker

The paradox of the prophet: his very success is his failure. The prophet whose time has come no longer shocks; he entertains. Peter Drucker

The greatest change in corporate culture - and the way business is being conducted - may be the accelerated growth of relationships based... on partnership. Peter Drucker

During periods of discontinuous, abrupt change, the essence of adaptation involves a keen sensitivity to what should be abandoned - not what should be changed or introduced. A willingness to depart from the familiar has distinct survival value. Peter Drucker

But innovation is more than a new method. It is a new view of the universe, as one of risk rather than of chance or of certainty. It is a new view of man's role in the universe; he creates order by taking risks. And this means that innovation, rather than being an assertion of human power, is an acceptance of human responsibility. Peter Drucker

Elephants have a hard time adapting. Cockroaches outlive everything. Peter Drucker

We always remember best the irrelevant. Peter Drucker

Never ask who's right. Start out by asking what is right. And you find that out by listening to dissenting, disagreeing opinions. Peter Drucker

It is willingness of people to give of themselves over and above the demands of the job that distinguishes the great from the merely adequate. Peter Drucker

Profit for a company is like oxygen for a person. If you don't have enough of it, you're out of the game. But if you think your life is about breathing, you're really missing something. Peter Drucker

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

Once the facts are clear the decisions jump out at you. Peter Drucker

The task of management is to make people capable of joint performance, to make their strengths effective and their weaknesses irrelevant. Peter Drucker

No single piece of macroeconomic advice given by the experts to their government has ever had the results predicted. Peter Drucker

There is no reason to believe that the people who staff the managerial and professional positions in our service institutions are any less qualified, any less competent or honest, or any less hard-working than the men who manage businesses. Conversely, there is no reason to believe that business managers, put in control of service institutions, would do better than the 'bureaucrats'. Indeed, we know that they immediately become bureaucrats themselves. Peter Drucker

Culture eats strategy for breakfast, Peter Drucker

Most Americans do not know what their strengths are. When you ask them, they look at you with a blank stare, or they respond in terms of subject knowledge, which is the wrong answer. Peter Drucker

The one person to distrust is the one who never makes a mistake. Either he is a phony, or he stays with the safe, the tried, and the trivial. Peter Drucker



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