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Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Production is not the application of tools to materials, but logic to work.”

Production is not the application of tools to materials, but logic to work.

— Peter F. Drucker



Peter F. Drucker Quote: “There are just two questions to ask to attain success in business: First, “What business am I in?” Second, “How’s business?””

There are just two questions to ask to attain success in business: First, “What business am I in?” Second, “How’s business?”

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Every three or four years I pick a new subject. It may be Japanese art; it may be economics. Three years of study are by no means enough to master a subject but they are enough to understand it. SO for more than 60 years I have kept studying one subject at a time.”

Every three or four years I pick a new subject. It may be Japanese art; it may be economics. Three years of study are by no means enough to master a subject but they are enough to understand it. SO for more than 60 years I have kept studying one subject at a time.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “What can I contribute that will significantly affect the performance and the results of the institution I serve?”

What can I contribute that will significantly affect the performance and the results of the institution I serve?

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The only real difference between one organization and another is the performance of its people.”

The only real difference between one organization and another is the performance of its people.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “To improve communications, work not on the utter, but the recipient.”

To improve communications, work not on the utter, but the recipient.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Follow effective action with quiet reflection.”

Follow effective action with quiet reflection.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “To make the future demands courage. It demands work. But it also demands faith.”

To make the future demands courage. It demands work. But it also demands faith.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “One cannot hire a hand; the whole man always comes with it.”

One cannot hire a hand; the whole man always comes with it.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “A manager sets objectives – A manager organizes – A manager motivates and communicates – A manager, by establishing yardsticks, measures – A manager develops people .”

A manager sets objectives – A manager organizes – A manager motivates and communicates – A manager, by establishing yardsticks, measures – A manager develops people .

— Peter F. Drucker



Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Any time I have seen someone accomplishing something magnificent, they have been a monomaniac with a mission. A single-minded individual with a passion.”

Any time I have seen someone accomplishing something magnificent, they have been a monomaniac with a mission. A single-minded individual with a passion.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Successful people know they need to get many things done-and done effectively. Therefore, they concentrate their time and energy on doing one thing at a time-and on doing first things firs.”

Successful people know they need to get many things done-and done effectively. Therefore, they concentrate their time and energy on doing one thing at a time-and on doing first things firs.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “You must accept that if the computer is a tool, it is the job of tool user to know what to use it for.”

You must accept that if the computer is a tool, it is the job of tool user to know what to use it for.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “To make a living is no longer enough. Work also has to make a life.”

To make a living is no longer enough. Work also has to make a life.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “All good strategy eventually degenerates into work.”

All good strategy eventually degenerates into work.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The strength of the computer lies in its being a logic machine. It does precisely what it is programed to do. This makes it fast and precise. It also makes it a total moron; for logic is essentially stupid.”

The strength of the computer lies in its being a logic machine. It does precisely what it is programed to do. This makes it fast and precise. It also makes it a total moron; for logic is essentially stupid.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “An executive should be a realist; and no one is less realistic than the cynic.”

An executive should be a realist; and no one is less realistic than the cynic.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “It’s amazing how many things busy people are doing that never will be missed.”

It’s amazing how many things busy people are doing that never will be missed.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “It is more productive to convert an opportunity into results than to solve a problem – which only restores the equilibrium of yesterday.”

It is more productive to convert an opportunity into results than to solve a problem – which only restores the equilibrium of yesterday.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Management has authority only as long as it performs.”

Management has authority only as long as it performs.

— Peter F. Drucker



Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Technology is not about tools, it deals with how Man works.”

Technology is not about tools, it deals with how Man works.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “People are effective because they say ‘no,’ because they say, ‘this isn’t for me.’”

People are effective because they say ‘no,’ because they say, ‘this isn’t for me.’

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Management means, in the last analysis, the substitution of thought for brawn and muscle, of knowledge for folkways and superstition, and of cooperation for force. It means the substitution of responsibility for obedience to rank, and of authority of performance for the authority of rank.”

Management means, in the last analysis, the substitution of thought for brawn and muscle, of knowledge for folkways and superstition, and of cooperation for force. It means the substitution of responsibility for obedience to rank, and of authority of performance for the authority of rank.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Erroneous assumptions can be disastrous.”

Erroneous assumptions can be disastrous.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Succession planning often results in the selection of a weaker representation of yourself.”

Succession planning often results in the selection of a weaker representation of yourself.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “A person can perform only from strength. One cannot build performance on weakness, let alone on something one cannot do at all.”

A person can perform only from strength. One cannot build performance on weakness, let alone on something one cannot do at all.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Ideas are cheap and abundant; what is of value is the effective placement of those ideas into situations that develop into action.”

Ideas are cheap and abundant; what is of value is the effective placement of those ideas into situations that develop into action.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “If you have too many problems, maybe you should get out of business. There is no law that says a company must last forever.”

If you have too many problems, maybe you should get out of business. There is no law that says a company must last forever.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Decision making is the specific executive task.”

Decision making is the specific executive task.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “We know nothing about motivation. All we can do is write books about it.”

We know nothing about motivation. All we can do is write books about it.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The monomaniac is unlikely to succeed. Most leave only their bleached bones in the roadless desert. But the rest of us, with our multiple interests instead of a single mission, are certain to fail and have no impact at all.”

The monomaniac is unlikely to succeed. Most leave only their bleached bones in the roadless desert. But the rest of us, with our multiple interests instead of a single mission, are certain to fail and have no impact at all.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Knowledge is the source of Wealth. Applied to tasks we already know, it becomes Productivity. Applied to tasks that are new, it becomes Innovation...”

Knowledge is the source of Wealth. Applied to tasks we already know, it becomes Productivity. Applied to tasks that are new, it becomes Innovation...

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “No financial man will ever understand business because financial people think a company makes money. A company makes shoes, and no financial man understands that. They think money is real. Shoes are real.”

No financial man will ever understand business because financial people think a company makes money. A company makes shoes, and no financial man understands that. They think money is real. Shoes are real.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Defending yesterday is far more risky than making tomorrow.”

Defending yesterday is far more risky than making tomorrow.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The really important things are said over cocktails and are never done.”

The really important things are said over cocktails and are never done.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Objectives can be compared to a compass bearing by which a ship navigates. A compass bearing is firm, but in actual navigation, a ship may veer off its course for many miles. Without a compass bearing, a ship would neither find its port nor be able to estimate the time required to get there.”

Objectives can be compared to a compass bearing by which a ship navigates. A compass bearing is firm, but in actual navigation, a ship may veer off its course for many miles. Without a compass bearing, a ship would neither find its port nor be able to estimate the time required to get there.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Far too much reorganization goes on all the time. Organizitis is like a spastic colon.”

Far too much reorganization goes on all the time. Organizitis is like a spastic colon.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “As soon as you move one step up from the bottom, your effectiveness depends on your ability to reach others through the spoken and written word.”

As soon as you move one step up from the bottom, your effectiveness depends on your ability to reach others through the spoken and written word.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Innovation opportunities do not come with the tempest but with the rustling of the breeze.”

Innovation opportunities do not come with the tempest but with the rustling of the breeze.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Teamwork is neither “good” nor “desirable.” It is a fact. Wherever people work together or play together they do so as a team. Which team to use for what purpose is a crucial, difficult and risky decision that is even harder to unmake. Managements have yet to learn how to make it.”

Teamwork is neither “good” nor “desirable.” It is a fact. Wherever people work together or play together they do so as a team. Which team to use for what purpose is a crucial, difficult and risky decision that is even harder to unmake. Managements have yet to learn how to make it.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The individual needs the return to spiritual values, for he can survive in the present human situation only by reaffirming that man is not just a biological and psychological being but also a spiritual being, that is creature, and existing for the purposes of his Creator and subject to Him.”

The individual needs the return to spiritual values, for he can survive in the present human situation only by reaffirming that man is not just a biological and psychological being but also a spiritual being, that is creature, and existing for the purposes of his Creator and subject to Him.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “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.”

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 F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “They wrongly believe that good intentions move mountains. Bulldozers move mountains. But there are exceptions.”

They wrongly believe that good intentions move mountains. Bulldozers move mountains. But there are exceptions.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Never underrate the boss! The boss may look illiterate. He may look stupid. But there is no risk at all in overrating a boss. If you underrate him he will bitterly resent it or impute to you the deficiency in brains and knowledge you imputed to him.”

Never underrate the boss! The boss may look illiterate. He may look stupid. But there is no risk at all in overrating a boss. If you underrate him he will bitterly resent it or impute to you the deficiency in brains and knowledge you imputed to him.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “An employer has no business with a man’s personality. The task is not to change personality, but to enable a person to achieve and to perform.”

An employer has no business with a man’s personality. The task is not to change personality, but to enable a person to achieve and to perform.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Elephants have a hard time adapting. Cockroaches outlive everything.”

Elephants have a hard time adapting. Cockroaches outlive everything.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “A business exists because the consumer is willing to pay you his money. You run a business to satisfy the consumer. That isn’t marketing. That goes way beyond marketing.”

A business exists because the consumer is willing to pay you his money. You run a business to satisfy the consumer. That isn’t marketing. That goes way beyond marketing.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The experience of the human race indicates strongly that the only person in abundant supply is the universal incompetent.”

The experience of the human race indicates strongly that the only person in abundant supply is the universal incompetent.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The single minded ones, the monomaniacs, are the only true achievers.”

The single minded ones, the monomaniacs, are the only true achievers.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Successful leaders don’t start out asking, ‘What do I want to do?’ They ask, ‘What needs to be done?’ Then they ask, ‘Of those things that would make a difference, which are right for me?’”

Successful leaders don’t start out asking, ‘What do I want to do?’ They ask, ‘What needs to be done?’ Then they ask, ‘Of those things that would make a difference, which are right for me?’

— Peter F. Drucker

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