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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: “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: “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: “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: “To satisfy the customer is the mission and purpose of every business.”

To satisfy the customer is the mission and purpose of every business.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “I’m better about things than about people. I’m more interested in people, but I’m better at ideas.”

I’m better about things than about people. I’m more interested in people, but I’m better at ideas.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “Shoes are real. Money is an end result.”

Shoes are real. Money is an end result.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “Adversarial power relationships only work if you never have to see or work with the bastards again.”

Adversarial power relationships only work if you never have to see or work with the bastards again.

— 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: “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: “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: “Free enterprise cannot be justified as being good for business. It can be justified only as being good for society.”

Free enterprise cannot be justified as being good for business. It can be justified only as being good for society.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Tomorrow always arrives. It is always different. And even the mightiest company is in trouble if it has not worked on the future. Being surprised by what happens is a risk that even the largest and richest company cannot afford, and even the smallest business need not run.”

Tomorrow always arrives. It is always different. And even the mightiest company is in trouble if it has not worked on the future. Being surprised by what happens is a risk that even the largest and richest company cannot afford, and even the smallest business need not run.

— 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: “It is better to pick the wrong priority than none at all.”

It is better to pick the wrong priority than none at all.

— 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: “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: “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: “Culture eats Christianity for breakfast.”

Culture eats Christianity for breakfast.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “An established company which, in an age demanding innovation, is not able to innovation, is doomed to decline and extinction.”

An established company which, in an age demanding innovation, is not able to innovation, is doomed to decline and extinction.

— 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: “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: “I have been saying for many years that we are using the word ‘guru’ only because ‘charlatan’ is too long to fit into a headline.”

I have been saying for many years that we are using the word ‘guru’ only because ‘charlatan’ is too long to fit into a headline.

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

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

— 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: “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: “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: “Management is not being brilliant. Management is being conscientious.”

Management is not being brilliant. Management is being conscientious.

— 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

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