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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: “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


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The dilemma of modern society: the conflict between the need for capital formation at a high rate and the popular condemnation of interest and dividends as “unearned income” and “capitalist,” if not as sinful and wicked.”

The dilemma of modern society: the conflict between the need for capital formation at a high rate and the popular condemnation of interest and dividends as “unearned income” and “capitalist,” if not as sinful and wicked.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The young knowledge worker whose job is too small to challenge and test his abilities either leaves or declines rapidly into premature middle age, soured, cynical, unproductive.”

The young knowledge worker whose job is too small to challenge and test his abilities either leaves or declines rapidly into premature middle age, soured, cynical, unproductive.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Do not measure your life by your goals but what you are doing to achieve them.”

Do not measure your life by your goals but what you are doing to achieve them.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Most Americans do not know what their strengths are. When you ask them, they look at you with a blank stare, or they respond in terms of subject knowledge, which is the wrong answer.”

Most Americans do not know what their strengths are. When you ask them, they look at you with a blank stare, or they respond in terms of subject knowledge, which is the wrong answer.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “For the social ecologist language is not “communication.” It is not just “message.” It is substance. It is the cement that holds humanity together. It creates community and communication. Social ecologists need not be “great” writers; but they have to be respectful writers, caring writers.”

For the social ecologist language is not “communication.” It is not just “message.” It is substance. It is the cement that holds humanity together. It creates community and communication. Social ecologists need not be “great” writers; but they have to be respectful writers, caring writers.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Ideas are like frog eggs: you’ve got to lay a thousand to hatch one.”

Ideas are like frog eggs: you’ve got to lay a thousand to hatch one.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “To be effective, every knowledge worker, and especially every executive, therefore needs to dispose of time in fairly large chunks. To have small dribs and drabs of time at his disposal will not be sufficient even if the total is an impressive number of hours.”

To be effective, every knowledge worker, and especially every executive, therefore needs to dispose of time in fairly large chunks. To have small dribs and drabs of time at his disposal will not be sufficient even if the total is an impressive number of hours.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Don’t try to innovate for the future. Innovate for the present!”

Don’t try to innovate for the future. Innovate for the present!

— Peter F. Drucker



Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The job of a professional manager is not to like people. It is not to change people. It is to put their strengths to work.”

The job of a professional manager is not to like people. It is not to change people. It is to put their strengths to work.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “We can’t make people better by trying to eliminate their weaknesses, but we can help then perform better by building on their strengths.”

We can’t make people better by trying to eliminate their weaknesses, but we can help then perform better by building on their strengths.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Teaching 23-year-olds in an MBA programme strikes me as largely a waste of time. They lack the background of experience. You can teach them skills – accounting and what have you – but you can’t teach them management.”

Teaching 23-year-olds in an MBA programme strikes me as largely a waste of time. They lack the background of experience. You can teach them skills – accounting and what have you – but you can’t teach them management.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The fruit of your work grows on other people’s trees.”

The fruit of your work grows on other people’s trees.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “During periods of discontinuous, abrupt change, the essence of adaptation involves a keen sensitivity to what should be abandoned – not what should be changed or introduced. A willingness to depart from the familiar has distinct survival value.”

During periods of discontinuous, abrupt change, the essence of adaptation involves a keen sensitivity to what should be abandoned – not what should be changed or introduced. A willingness to depart from the familiar has distinct survival value.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The problem in my life and other people’s lives is not the absence of knowing what to do but the absence of doing it.”

The problem in my life and other people’s lives is not the absence of knowing what to do but the absence of doing it.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The paradox of the prophet: his very success is his failure. The prophet whose time has come no longer shocks; he entertains.”

The paradox of the prophet: his very success is his failure. The prophet whose time has come no longer shocks; he entertains.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Businesses are not paid to reform customers. They are paid to satisfy customers.”

Businesses are not paid to reform customers. They are paid to satisfy customers.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The most probable assumption is that no currently working ‘business theory’ will be valid 10 years hence.”

The most probable assumption is that no currently working ‘business theory’ will be valid 10 years hence.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The final test of greatness in a CEO is how well he chooses a successor and whether he can step aside and let the successor run the company.”

The final test of greatness in a CEO is how well he chooses a successor and whether he can step aside and let the successor run the company.

— Peter F. Drucker



Peter F. Drucker Quote: “What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it is another matter.”

What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it is another matter.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Managers are the basic and scarcest resource of any business enterprise.”

Managers are the basic and scarcest resource of any business enterprise.

— 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: “Without institution there is no management. But without management there is no institution.”

Without institution there is no management. But without management there is no institution.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Culture eats Christianity for breakfast.”

Culture eats Christianity for breakfast.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Shoes are real. Money is an end result.”

Shoes are real. Money is an end result.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Mother Teresa’s numerical results were not her greatest contribution. Instead, she made the world-and especially India-conscious of compassion.”

Mother Teresa’s numerical results were not her greatest contribution. Instead, she made the world-and especially India-conscious of compassion.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “If general perception changes from seeing the glass as ‘half-full’ to seeing it as ‘half empty’ there are major innovative opportunities.”

If general perception changes from seeing the glass as ‘half-full’ to seeing it as ‘half empty’ there are major innovative opportunities.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “One does not start with facts. One starts with opinions.”

One does not start with facts. One starts with opinions.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The Pertinent Question is NOT how to do things right – but how to find the right things to do, and to concentrate resources and efforts on them.”

The Pertinent Question is NOT how to do things right – but how to find the right things to do, and to concentrate resources and efforts on them.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Once the facts are clear the decisions jump out at you.”

Once the facts are clear the decisions jump out at you.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Don’t take on things you don’t believe in and that you yourself are not good at. Learn to say no. Effective leaders match the objective needs of their company with the subjective competencies. As a result, they get an enormous amount of things done fast.”

Don’t take on things you don’t believe in and that you yourself are not good at. Learn to say no. Effective leaders match the objective needs of their company with the subjective competencies. As a result, they get an enormous amount of things done fast.

— 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: “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: “Institutions mistake good intentions for objectives. They say “health care”; that’s an intention, not an objective.”

Institutions mistake good intentions for objectives. They say “health care”; that’s an intention, not an objective.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “If a business is to be considered a continuous process, instead of a series of disjointed stop-and-go events, then the economic universe in which a business operates-and all the major events within it-must have rhyme, rhythm, or reason.”

If a business is to be considered a continuous process, instead of a series of disjointed stop-and-go events, then the economic universe in which a business operates-and all the major events within it-must have rhyme, rhythm, or reason.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Education gives you neither experience nor wisdom.”

Education gives you neither experience nor wisdom.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Suppliers and especially manufacturers have market power because they have information about a product or a service that the customer does not and cannot have, and does not need if he can trust the brand. This explains the profitability of brands.”

Suppliers and especially manufacturers have market power because they have information about a product or a service that the customer does not and cannot have, and does not need if he can trust the brand. This explains the profitability of brands.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Here I am, fifty-eight, and I still don’t know what I’m going to be when I grow up.”

Here I am, fifty-eight, and I still don’t know what I’m going to be when I grow up.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Communication always makes demands. It always demands that the recipient become somebody, do something, believe something. It always appeals to motivation.”

Communication always makes demands. It always demands that the recipient become somebody, do something, believe something. It always appeals to motivation.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Success always obsoletes the very behavior that achieved it.”

Success always obsoletes the very behavior that achieved it.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The manager is a servant. His master is the institution he manages and his first responsibility must therefore be to it.”

The manager is a servant. His master is the institution he manages and his first responsibility must therefore be to it.

— 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: “Not to innovate is the single largest reason for the decline of existing organizations. Not to know how to manage is the single largest reason for the failure of new ventures.”

Not to innovate is the single largest reason for the decline of existing organizations. Not to know how to manage is the single largest reason for the failure of new ventures.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Brilliant men are often strikingly ineffectual. They fail to realize that the brilliant insight is not by itself achievement. They never have learned that insights become effectiveness only through hard systematic work.”

Brilliant men are often strikingly ineffectual. They fail to realize that the brilliant insight is not by itself achievement. They never have learned that insights become effectiveness only through hard systematic work.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “In the Western tradition, we have focused on teaching as a skill and forgotten what Socrates knew: teaching is a gift, learning is a skill.”

In the Western tradition, we have focused on teaching as a skill and forgotten what Socrates knew: teaching is a gift, learning is a skill.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The large organization has to learn to innovate, or it won’t survive.”

The large organization has to learn to innovate, or it won’t survive.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The computer actually may have aggravated management’s degenerative tendency to focus inward on costs.”

The computer actually may have aggravated management’s degenerative tendency to focus inward on costs.

— 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: “Miracles are great, but they’re so damn unpredictable.”

Miracles are great, but they’re so damn unpredictable.

— Peter F. Drucker

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