Peter Drucker Quotes & Wallpapers

Peter Drucker
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One cannot buy, rent or hire more time. The supply of time is totally inelastic. No matter how high the demand, the supply will not go up. There is no price for it. Time is totally perishable and cannot be stored. Yesterday's time is gone forever, and will never come back. Time is always in short supply. There is no substitute for time. Everything requires time. All work takes place in, and uses up time. Yet most people take for granted this unique, irreplaceable and necessary 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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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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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
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Organizationally what is required - and evolving - is systems management. Peter Drucker
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The rule should be to minimize the need for people to get together to accomplish anything. Peter Drucker
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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
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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
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The basic definition of the business and of its purpose and mission have to be translated into objectives. Peter Drucker
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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
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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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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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...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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Nobody in the world is as good at making decisions as the Japanese. Peter Drucker
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Most of what you hear about entrepreneurshi p is all wrong. It's not magic; it's not mysterious; and it has nothing to do with genes. It's a discipline and, like any discipline, it can be learned. Peter Drucker
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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
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The first step toward making the worker achieving is to make work productive. Peter Drucker
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Our society has become an employee society. 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 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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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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Nothing else, perhaps, distinguishes effective executives as much as their tender loving care of time. 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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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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Unless a decision has degenerated into work, it is not a decision; it is at best a good intention. Peter Drucker
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The critical factor of a problem is the element that has to be changed before anything else can be changed. 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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Concentration is the key to economic results. No other principle of effectiveness is violated as constantly today as the basic principle of concentration.... Our motto seems to be, "Let's do a little bit of everything." 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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The leader of the past was a person who knew how to tell. The leader of the future will be a person who knows how to ask. Peter Drucker
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To make the future demands courage. It demands work. But it also demands faith. Peter Drucker
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Strategic management is not a box of tricks or a bundle of techniques. It is analytical thinking and commitment of resources to action. But quantification alone is not planning. Some of the most important issues in strategic management cannot be quantified at all. Peter Drucker
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In a rural society communities are "given" for the individual. Community is a fact, whether family or religion, social class or caste. Peter Drucker
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Once the facts are clear the decisions jump out at you. Peter Drucker
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The task of management is to make people capable of joint performance, to make their strengths effective and their weaknesses irrelevant. 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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No one learns as much about a subject as one who is forced to teach it. Peter Drucker
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...because knowledge rapidly deteriorates unless it is used constantly, maintaining within an organization an activity that is used only intermittently guarantees incompetence. Peter Drucker
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Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed. Peter Drucker
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Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window. Peter Drucker
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