“Tomorrow everybody – or practically everybody – will have had the education of the upper class of yesterday, and will expect equivalent opportunities. That is why we face the problem of making every kind of job meaningful and capable of satisfying every educated man.”
— Peter F. Drucker
“What we are good at comes easy, and we believe that unless it comes hard, it can’t be very good.”
“Yet there is nothing more dangerous than to be premature in exploiting a change in perception.”
“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.”
“The basic definition of the business and of its purpose and mission have to be translated into objectives.”
“No society can function as a society, unless it gives the individual member social status and function, and unless the decisive social power is legitimate.”
“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.”
“Executives owe it to the organization and to their fellow workers not to tolerate nonperforming individuals in important jobs.”
“In a rural society communities are “given” for the individual. Community is a fact, whether family or religion, social class or caste.”
“The fundamental reality for every worker, from sweeper to executive vice-president, is the eight hours or so that he spends on the job. In our society of organizations, it is the job through which the great majority has access to achievement, to fulfillment, and to community.”
“The enterprise can fulfill its human and social functions only if it prospers as a business.”
“There is every indication that the period ahead will be an innovative one, one of rapid change in technology, society, economy, and institutions .”
“I find more and more executives less and less well informed about the outside world, if only because they believe that the data on the computer printouts are ipso facto information.”
“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.”
“Every time you do something that is important, write down what you expect will happen.”
“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.”
“Unless the power of the corporation can be organized on an accepted principle of legitimacy, it will be taken over by a Central government.”
“Never ask who’s right. Start out by asking what is right. And you find that out by listening to dissenting, disagreeing opinions.”
“Knowledge is being applied to knowledge itself. It is now fast becoming the one factor in production, sidelining both capital and labour.”
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