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Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Effective people are not problem minded; they’re opportunity-minded. They feed opportunities and starve problems. They think preventively.”

Effective people are not problem minded; they’re opportunity-minded. They feed opportunities and starve problems. They think preventively.

— 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: “Conductors do not know how the oboe does its work, but they know what the oboe should contribute.”

Conductors do not know how the oboe does its work, but they know what the oboe should contribute.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The only definition of a leader is someone who has followers.”

The only definition of a leader is someone who has followers.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Do first things first, and second things not at all.”

Do first things first, and second things not at all.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “There’s nothing so useless than executing a task efficiently when it actually never should have been executed at all.”

There’s nothing so useless than executing a task efficiently when it actually never should have been executed at all.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Change is the norm; unless an organization sees that its task is to lead change, that organization will not survive.”

Change is the norm; unless an organization sees that its task is to lead change, that organization will not survive.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The days of the ‘intuitive’ manager are numbered.”

The days of the ‘intuitive’ manager are numbered.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Every single social and global issue of our day is a business opportunity in disguise.”

Every single social and global issue of our day is a business opportunity in disguise.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Inside an organization there are only cost centers. The only profit center is a customer whose check has not bounced.”

Inside an organization there are only cost centers. The only profit center is a customer whose check has not bounced.

— 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: “The need to manage oneself is creating a revolution in human affairs.”

The need to manage oneself is creating a revolution in human affairs.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “All economic activity is by definition “high risk.” And defending yesterday – that is, not innovating – is far more risky than making tomorrow.”

All economic activity is by definition “high risk.” And defending yesterday – that is, not innovating – is far more risky than making tomorrow.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Charisma becomes the undoing of leaders. It makes them inflexible, convinced of their own infallibility, unable to change.”

Charisma becomes the undoing of leaders. It makes them inflexible, convinced of their own infallibility, unable to change.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The better a man is, the more mistakes he will make, for the more new things he will try.”

The better a man is, the more mistakes he will make, for the more new things he will try.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Entrepreneurship is neither a science nor an art. It is a practice.”

Entrepreneurship is neither a science nor an art. It is a practice.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Your first and foremost job as a leader is to take charge of your own energy and then help to orchestrate the energy of those around you.”

Your first and foremost job as a leader is to take charge of your own energy and then help to orchestrate the energy of those around you.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “To survive and succeed, every organization will have to turn itself into a change agent.”

To survive and succeed, every organization will have to turn itself into a change agent.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Planning is actually incompatible with an entrepreneurial society and economy. Planning is the kiss of death of entrepreneurship.”

Planning is actually incompatible with an entrepreneurial society and economy. Planning is the kiss of death of entrepreneurship.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Profitability is the sovereign criterion of the enterprise.”

Profitability is the sovereign criterion of the enterprise.

— Peter F. Drucker



Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Profit is not a cause but a result-.”

Profit is not a cause but a result-.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different.”

The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Every enterprise is learning and teaching institution. Training and development must be built into it on all levels, training and development that never stop.”

Every enterprise is learning and teaching institution. Training and development must be built into it on all levels, training and development that never stop.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Business, that’s easily defined – it’s other people’s money.”

Business, that’s easily defined – it’s other people’s money.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “There’s an enormous number of managers who have retired on the job.”

There’s an enormous number of managers who have retired on the job.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The most valuable assets of a 20th-century company were its production equipment. The most valuable assets of a 21st-century institution, whether business or nonbusiness, will be its knowledge, workers, and their productivity.”

The most valuable assets of a 20th-century company were its production equipment. The most valuable assets of a 21st-century institution, whether business or nonbusiness, will be its knowledge, workers, and their productivity.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Company cultures are like country cultures. Never try to change one. Try, instead, to work with what you’ve got.”

Company cultures are like country cultures. Never try to change one. Try, instead, to work with what you’ve got.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Use feedback analysis to identify your strengths. Then go to work on improving your strengths. Identify and eliminate bad habits that hinder the full development of your strengths. Figure out what you should do and do it. Finally, decide what you should not do.”

Use feedback analysis to identify your strengths. Then go to work on improving your strengths. Identify and eliminate bad habits that hinder the full development of your strengths. Figure out what you should do and do it. Finally, decide what you should not do.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “What we need is an entrepreneurial society in which innovation and entrepreneurship are normal, steady and continuous.”

What we need is an entrepreneurial society in which innovation and entrepreneurship are normal, steady and continuous.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The concept of profit maximization is, in fact, meaningless.”

The concept of profit maximization is, in fact, meaningless.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Working with people is difficult, but not impossible.”

Working with people is difficult, but not impossible.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Success in the knowledge economy comes to those who know themselves – their strengths, their values, and how they best perform.”

Success in the knowledge economy comes to those who know themselves – their strengths, their values, and how they best perform.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “We spend a lot of time teaching leaders what to do. We don’t spend enough time teaching leaders what to stop. Half the leaders I have met don’t need to learn what to do. They need to learn what to stop.”

We spend a lot of time teaching leaders what to do. We don’t spend enough time teaching leaders what to stop. Half the leaders I have met don’t need to learn what to do. They need to learn what to stop.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Luck never built a business. Prosperity and growth come only to the business that systematically finds and exploits its potential.”

Luck never built a business. Prosperity and growth come only to the business that systematically finds and exploits its potential.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Since we live in an age of innovation, a practical education must prepare a man for work that does not yet exist and cannot yet be clearly defined.”

Since we live in an age of innovation, a practical education must prepare a man for work that does not yet exist and cannot yet be clearly defined.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.”

Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Spontaneity is an infinite number of rehearsed possibilities.”

Spontaneity is an infinite number of rehearsed possibilities.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “An effective executive builds on strengths – their own strengths, the strengths of superiors, colleagues, subordinates, and on the strength of the situation.”

An effective executive builds on strengths – their own strengths, the strengths of superiors, colleagues, subordinates, and on the strength of the situation.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Every few hundred years in Western history there occurs a sharp transformation. Within a few short decades, society – its worldview, its basic values, its social and political structures, its art, its key institutions – rearranges itself. We are currently living through such a time.”

Every few hundred years in Western history there occurs a sharp transformation. Within a few short decades, society – its worldview, its basic values, its social and political structures, its art, its key institutions – rearranges itself. We are currently living through such a time.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Replace your pursuit of success with the pursuit of contribution.”

Replace your pursuit of success with the pursuit of contribution.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done.”

Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Meetings are by definition a concession to a deficient organization. For one either meets or one works. One cannot do both at the same time.”

Meetings are by definition a concession to a deficient organization. For one either meets or one works. One cannot do both at the same time.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Cultivate a deep understanding of yourself – not only what your strengths and weaknesses are but also how you learn, how you work with others, what your values are, and where you can make the greatest contribution. Because only when you operate from strengths can you achieve true excellence.”

Cultivate a deep understanding of yourself – not only what your strengths and weaknesses are but also how you learn, how you work with others, what your values are, and where you can make the greatest contribution. Because only when you operate from strengths can you achieve true excellence.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The manager who comes up with the right solution to the wrong problem is more dangerous than the manager who comes up with the wrong solution to the right problem.”

The manager who comes up with the right solution to the wrong problem is more dangerous than the manager who comes up with the wrong solution to the right problem.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Everybody has accepted by now that change is unavoidable. But that still implies that change is like death and taxes – it should be postponed as long as possible and no change would be vastly preferable. But in a period of upheaval, such as the one we are living in, change is the norm.”

Everybody has accepted by now that change is unavoidable. But that still implies that change is like death and taxes – it should be postponed as long as possible and no change would be vastly preferable. But in a period of upheaval, such as the one we are living in, change is the norm.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Every organization must be prepared to abandon everything it does to survive in the future.”

Every organization must be prepared to abandon everything it does to survive in the future.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Trust is congruence between what you say and what you do.”

Trust is congruence between what you say and what you do.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Universities won’t survive. The future is outside the traditional campus, outside the traditional classroom. Distance learning is coming on fast.”

Universities won’t survive. The future is outside the traditional campus, outside the traditional classroom. Distance learning is coming on fast.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The only things that evolve by themselves in an organization are disorder, friction and malperformance.”

The only things that evolve by themselves in an organization are disorder, friction and malperformance.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Vision without execution is delusion. The joy is in the results.”

Vision without execution is delusion. The joy is in the results.

— Peter F. Drucker

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