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Peter Drucker
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Our society has become an employee society. Peter Drucker
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Nobody in the world is as good at making decisions as the Japanese. Peter Drucker
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Effective organizations put people in jobs in which they can do the most good. They place people - and allow people to place themselves - according to their strengths. Peter Drucker
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More business decisions occur over lunch and dinner than at any other time, yet no MBA courses are given on the subject. Peter Drucker
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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
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The purpose of information is not knowledge. It is being able to take the right action. Peter Drucker
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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
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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
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The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity. Peter Drucker
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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
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Balance Sheets are meaningless. Our accounting systems are still based on the assumption that 80% of costs are manual labor. Peter Drucker
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Leadership is all hype. We've had three great leaders in this century-Hitler, Stalin, and Mao. Peter Drucker
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When it rains manna from heaven, some people put up an umbrella. Others reach for a big spoon. Peter Drucker
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Providing more desirable products, services, and customer experiences is vital to the continued existence of any business. And that is INNOVATION. Peter Drucker
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What is the manager's job? It is to direct the resources and the efforts of the business toward opportunities for economically significant results. This sounds trite - and it is. But every analysis of actual allocation of resources and efforts in business that I have ever seen or made showed clearly that the bulk of time, work, attention, and money first goes to problems rather than to opportunities, and, secondly, to areas where even extraordinarily successful performance will have minimal impact on results. Peter Drucker
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Every success creates new opportunities. So does every failure. Peter Drucker
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...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
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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
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That knowledge has become the resource, rather than a resource, is what makes our society post-capitalist. Peter Drucker
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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
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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
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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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Loafing is easy, but leisure is difficult. Peter Drucker
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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
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By themselves, character and integrity do not accomplish anything. But their absence faults everything else. Peter Drucker
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Profit is not the explanation, cause, or rationale of business behavior and business decisions, but the test of their validity. Peter Drucker
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Far too much reorganization goes on all the time. Organizitis is like a spastic colon. Peter Drucker
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Leadership is more doing than dash. Peter Drucker
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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
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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
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The problem in my life and other people's lives is not the absence of knowing what to do but the absence of doing it. Peter Drucker
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Everything requires time. It is the only truly universal condition. All work takes place in time and uses up time. Yet most people take for granted this unique, irreplaceable, and necessary resource. Nothing else, perhaps, distinguishes effective executives as much as their tender loving care of time. 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
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The manager is a servant. His master is the institution he manages and his first responsibility must therefore be to it. Peter Drucker
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One has to make a decision when a condition is likely to degenerate if nothing is done. Peter Drucker
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(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
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Yet there is nothing more dangerous than to be premature in exploiting a change in perception. 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. 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
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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
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The b??t w?? t? predict ??ur future ?? t? create it. Peter Drucker
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The Pertinent Question is NOT how to do things right - but how to find the right things to do, and to concentrate resources and efforts on them. Peter Drucker
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The three most charismatic leaders in this century inflicted more suffering on the human race than almost any trio in history: Hitler, Stalin, and Mao. What matters is not the leader's charisma. What matters is the leader's mission. Peter Drucker
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People are effective because they say 'no,' because they say, 'this isn't for me.' Peter Drucker
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Nothing else, perhaps, distinguishes effective executives as much as their tender loving care of time. Peter Drucker
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There are an enormous number of managers who have retired on the job. Peter Drucker
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In business school classrooms they construct wonderful models of a non-world. Peter Drucker
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If a manager spends more than 10 percent of his time on human relations the group is probably too large. Peter Drucker
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Company cultures are like country cultures. Never try to change one. Try, instead, to work with what you've got. Peter Drucker
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Don't solve problems. Pursue opportunities. Peter Drucker
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Inside an organization there are only cost centers. The only profit center is a customer whose check has not bounced. Peter Drucker
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Conductors do not know how the oboe does its work, but they know what the oboe should contribute. Peter Drucker
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No other area offers richer opportunities for successful innovation than the unexpected success. Peter Drucker
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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
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The paradox of the prophet: his very success is his failure. The prophet whose time has come no longer shocks; he entertains. Peter Drucker
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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
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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
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It does not follow from the separation of planning and doing in the analysis of work that the planner and the doer should be two different people. It does not follow that the industrial world should be divided into two classes of people: a few who decide what is to be done, design the job, set the pace, rhythm and motions, and order others about; and the many who do what and as they are told. Peter Drucker
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It has been said, and only half in jest, that a tough, professionally led union is a great force for improving management performance. It forces the manager to think about what he is doing and to be able to explain his actions and behavior. Peter Drucker
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what's absolutely unforgivable is the financial benefit top management people get for laying off people. There is no excuse for it. No justification. This is morally and socially unforgivable, and we will pay a heavy price for it. Peter Drucker
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The first organization structure in the modern West was laid down in the canon law of the Catholic Church eight hundred years ago. Peter Drucker
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The days of the 'intuitive' manager are numbered. Peter Drucker
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The concept of profit maximization is, in fact, meaningless. Peter Drucker
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Ideas are somewhat like babies-they are born small, immature, and shapeless. They are promise rather than fulfillment. In the innovative company executives do not say, "This is a damn-fool idea." Instead they ask, "What would be needed to make this embryonic, half-baked, foolish idea into something that makes sense, that is an opportunity for us? Peter Drucker
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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
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That people even in well paid jobs choose ever earlier retirement is a severe indictment of our organizations - not just business , but government service, the universities. These people don't find their jobs interesting. Peter Drucker
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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
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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
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A superior who works on his own development sets an almost irresistible example. Peter Drucker
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Morale in an organization does not mean that "people get along together"; the test is performance not conformance. Peter Drucker
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Customers pay only for what is of use to them and gives them value. Nothing else constitutes quality. Peter Drucker
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