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Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The single most important thing to remember about any enterprise is that there are no results inside its walls. The result of a business is a satisfied customer.”

The single most important thing to remember about any enterprise is that there are no results inside its walls. The result of a business is a satisfied customer.

— Peter F. Drucker



Peter F. Drucker Quote: “One cannot manage change. One can only be ahead of it.”

One cannot manage change. One can only be ahead of it.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The essence of management is to make knowledge productive.”

The essence of management is to make knowledge productive.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Making changes to better appeal to customer is INNOVATION.”

Making changes to better appeal to customer is INNOVATION.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “What is the major problem? It is fundamentally the confusion between effectiveness and efficiency that stands between doing the right things and doing things right. There is surely nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency what should not be done at all.”

What is the major problem? It is fundamentally the confusion between effectiveness and efficiency that stands between doing the right things and doing things right. There is surely nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency what should not be done at all.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The organization is, above all, social. It is people.”

The organization is, above all, social. It is people.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The true dangerous thing is asking the wrong question.”

The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The true dangerous thing is asking the wrong question.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Innovation is the specific tool of entrepreneurs, the means by which they exploit change as an opportunity for a different business or a different service.”

Innovation is the specific tool of entrepreneurs, the means by which they exploit change as an opportunity for a different business or a different service.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.”

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The most common source of mistakes in management decisions is the emphasis on finding the right answer rather than the right question.”

The most common source of mistakes in management decisions is the emphasis on finding the right answer rather than the right question.

— Peter F. Drucker



Peter F. Drucker Quote: “If you have more than five goals, you have none.”

If you have more than five goals, you have none.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The purpose of information is not knowledge. It is being able to take the right action.”

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

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Don’t solve problems. Pursue opportunities.”

Don’t solve problems. Pursue opportunities.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Marketing and innovation make money. Everything else is a cost.”

Marketing and innovation make money. Everything else is a cost.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Great wisdom not applied to action and behavior is meaningless data.”

Great wisdom not applied to action and behavior is meaningless data.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The relevant question is not simply what shall we do tomorrow, but rather what shall we do today in order to get ready for tomorrow.”

The relevant question is not simply what shall we do tomorrow, but rather what shall we do today in order to get ready for tomorrow.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “There are two types of people in the business community: those who produce results and those who give you reasons why they didn’t.”

There are two types of people in the business community: those who produce results and those who give you reasons why they didn’t.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Knowledge applied is productivity.”

Knowledge applied is productivity.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “One can either work or meet. One cannot do both at the same time.”

One can either work or meet. One cannot do both at the same time.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The most effective way to manage change is to create it.”

The most effective way to manage change is to create it.

— Peter F. Drucker



Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Adequacy is the enemy of excellence.”

Adequacy is the enemy of excellence.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Our job in life is to make a positive difference, not prove we’re right.”

Our job in life is to make a positive difference, not prove we’re right.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “What the customer buys and considers value is never a product. It is always utility, that is, what a product or a service does for the customer.”

What the customer buys and considers value is never a product. It is always utility, that is, what a product or a service does for the customer.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.”

People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Entrepreneurs believe that profit is what matters most in a new enterprise. But profit is secondary. Cash flow matters most.”

Entrepreneurs believe that profit is what matters most in a new enterprise. But profit is secondary. Cash flow matters most.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Knowledge has become the key economic resource and the dominant-and perhaps even the only-source of competitive advantage.”

Knowledge has become the key economic resource and the dominant-and perhaps even the only-source of competitive advantage.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “No executive has ever suffered because his subordinates were strong and effective.”

No executive has ever suffered because his subordinates were strong and effective.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “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.”

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 F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “We live in an age of unprecedented opportunity: If you’ve got ambition and smarts, you can rise to the top of your chosen profession, regardless of where you started out.”

We live in an age of unprecedented opportunity: If you’ve got ambition and smarts, you can rise to the top of your chosen profession, regardless of where you started out.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Leaders grow; they are not made.”

Leaders grow; they are not made.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The great challenge to management today is to make productive the tremendous new resource, the knowledge worker. This, rather than the productivity of the manual worker, is the key to economic growth and economic performance in today’s society.”

The great challenge to management today is to make productive the tremendous new resource, the knowledge worker. This, rather than the productivity of the manual worker, is the key to economic growth and economic performance in today’s society.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Managing innovation will increasingly become a challenge to management, and especially to top management, and a touchstone of its competence.”

Managing innovation will increasingly become a challenge to management, and especially to top management, and a touchstone of its competence.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “You can either take action, or you can hang back and hope for a miracle. Miracles are great, but they are so unpredictable.”

You can either take action, or you can hang back and hope for a miracle. Miracles are great, but they are so unpredictable.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “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.”

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 F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Meetings are a symptom of bad organization. The fewer meetings the better.”

Meetings are a symptom of bad organization. The fewer meetings the better.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “For new technology to replace old, it has to have at least ten times the benefit.”

For new technology to replace old, it has to have at least ten times the benefit.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.”

Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Organizations are no longer built on force, but on trust.”

Organizations are no longer built on force, but on trust.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “One does not “manage” people. The task is to lead people.”

One does not “manage” people. The task is to lead people.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “It takes far less energy to move from first-rate performance to excellence than it does to move from incompetence to mediocrity.”

It takes far less energy to move from first-rate performance to excellence than it does to move from incompetence to mediocrity.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “There is a point at which a transformation has to take place.”

There is a point at which a transformation has to take place.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Doing the right thing is more important than doing the thing right.”

Doing the right thing is more important than doing the thing right.

— Peter F. Drucker


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

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

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Business enterprise is an organ of society. There is only one valid definition of business purpose: to create a customer.”

Business enterprise is an organ of society. There is only one valid definition of business purpose: to create a customer.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Information is the manager’s main tool, indeed the manager’s capital, and it is he who must decide what information he needs and how to use it.”

Information is the manager’s main tool, indeed the manager’s capital, and it is he who must decide what information he needs and how to use it.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The productivity of people requires continuous learning, as the Japanese have taught us. It requires adoption in the West of the specific Japanese Zen concept where one learns to do better what one already does well.”

The productivity of people requires continuous learning, as the Japanese have taught us. It requires adoption in the West of the specific Japanese Zen concept where one learns to do better what one already does well.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “In the knowledge economy everyone is a volunteer, but we have trained our managers to manage conscripts.”

In the knowledge economy everyone is a volunteer, but we have trained our managers to manage conscripts.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The productivity of work is not the responsibility of the worker but of the manager.”

The productivity of work is not the responsibility of the worker but of the manager.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Nobody in the world is as good at making decisions as the Japanese.”

Nobody in the world is as good at making decisions as the Japanese.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The tool user, provided the tool is made well, need not, and indeed should not, know anything about the tool.”

The tool user, provided the tool is made well, need not, and indeed should not, know anything about the tool.

— Peter F. Drucker

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