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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: “All good strategy eventually degenerates into work.”

All good strategy eventually degenerates into work.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “People in any organization are always attached to the obsolete – the things that should have worked but did not, the things that once were productive and no longer are.”

People in any organization are always attached to the obsolete – the things that should have worked but did not, the things that once were productive and no longer are.

— 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: “No other area offers richer opportunities for successful innovation than the unexpected success.”

No other area offers richer opportunities for successful innovation than the unexpected success.

— 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: “Business purpose and business mission are so rarely given adequate thought is perhaps the most important cause of business frustration and failure.”

Business purpose and business mission are so rarely given adequate thought is perhaps the most important cause of business frustration and failure.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Whenever anything is being accomplished, it is being done, I have learned, by a monomaniac with a mission.”

Whenever anything is being accomplished, it is being done, I have learned, by a monomaniac with a mission.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Nothing else, perhaps, distinguishes effective executives as much as their tender loving care of time.”

Nothing else, perhaps, distinguishes effective executives as much as their tender loving care of time.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Quality of character doesn’t make a leader, but the lack of it flaws the entire process.”

Quality of character doesn’t make a leader, but the lack of it flaws the entire process.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Objectives are not fate; they are direction. They are not commands; they are commitments. They do not determine the future; they are a means to mobilize resources and energies of the business for the making of the future.”

Objectives are not fate; they are direction. They are not commands; they are commitments. They do not determine the future; they are a means to mobilize resources and energies of the business for the making of the future.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Objectives are not commands; they are commitments.”

Objectives are not commands; they are commitments.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “No one learns as much about a subject as one who is forced to teach it.”

No one learns as much about a subject as one who is forced to teach it.

— 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: “There is a point of complexity beyond which a business is no longer manageable.”

There is a point of complexity beyond which a business is no longer manageable.

— 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: “Morale in an organization does not mean that “people get along together”; the test is performance not conformance.”

Morale in an organization does not mean that “people get along together”; the test is performance not conformance.

— 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: “Large organizations cannot be versatile. A large organization is effective through its mass rather than through its agility. Fleas can jump many times their own height, but not an elephant.”

Large organizations cannot be versatile. A large organization is effective through its mass rather than through its agility. Fleas can jump many times their own height, but not an elephant.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Keep your eye on the task, not on yourself. The task matters, and you are a servant.”

Keep your eye on the task, not on yourself. The task matters, and you are a servant.

— 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: “The individual is the central, rarest, most precious capital resource of our society.”

The individual is the central, rarest, most precious capital resource of our society.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “A superior who works on his own development sets an almost irresistible example.”

A superior who works on his own development sets an almost irresistible example.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “Decision making is the specific executive task.”

Decision making is the specific executive task.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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

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