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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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The b??t w?? t? predict ??ur future ?? t? create it. 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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...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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Time is the scarcest resource.... 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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What we need is an entrepreneurial society in which innovation and entrepreneurship are normal, steady and continuous. Peter Drucker
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The really important things are said over cocktails and are never done. Peter Drucker
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There's an enormous number of managers who have retired on the job. 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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There are an enormous number of managers who have retired on the job. 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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We all have a vast number of areas in which we have no talent or skill and little chance of becoming even mediocre. In those areas a knowledge workers should not take on work, jobs and assignments. It takes far more energy to improve from incompetence to mediocrity than it takes to improve from first-rate performance to excellence. Peter Drucker
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Never mind your happiness; do your duty. 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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Customers pay only for what is of use to them and gives them value. Nothing else constitutes quality. 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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