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Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Everything must degenerate into work if anything is to happen.”

Everything must degenerate into work if anything is to happen.

— 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: “I no longer think that learning how to manage people, especially subordinates, is the most important for executives to learn. I am teaching above all else, how to manage oneself.”

I no longer think that learning how to manage people, especially subordinates, is the most important for executives to learn. I am teaching above all else, how to manage oneself.

— 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: “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: “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: “Customers pay only for what is of use to them and gives them value. Nothing else constitutes quality.”

Customers pay only for what is of use to them and gives them value. Nothing else constitutes quality.

— 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 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: “Capital formation is shifting from the entrepreneur who invests in the future to the pension trustee who invests in the past.”

Capital formation is shifting from the entrepreneur who invests in the future to the pension trustee who invests in the past.

— 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: “To be a manager requires more than a title, a big office, and other outward symbols of rank. It requires competence and performance of a high order.”

To be a manager requires more than a title, a big office, and other outward symbols of rank. It requires competence and performance of a high order.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “There is one qualification the manager cannot acquire but must bring to the task. It is not genius; it is character.”

There is one qualification the manager cannot acquire but must bring to the task. It is not genius; it is character.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course.”

When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The three most charismatic leaders in this century inflicted more suffering on the human race than almost any trio in history: Hitler, Stalin, and Mao. What matters is not the leader’s charisma. What matters is the leader’s mission.”

The three most charismatic leaders in this century inflicted more suffering on the human race than almost any trio in history: Hitler, Stalin, and Mao. What matters is not the leader’s charisma. What matters is the leader’s mission.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The Welfare State, which begun in Imperial Germany for the truly indigent and disabled, has now become “everybody’s entitlement” and an increasing burden on those who produce.”

The Welfare State, which begun in Imperial Germany for the truly indigent and disabled, has now become “everybody’s entitlement” and an increasing burden on those who produce.

— 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: “Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window.”

Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “No business can do everything. Even if it has the money, it will never have enough good people. It has to set priorities. The worst thing to do is a little bit of everything. This makes sure that nothing is being accomplished. It is better to pick the wrong priority than none at all.”

No business can do everything. Even if it has the money, it will never have enough good people. It has to set priorities. The worst thing to do is a little bit of everything. This makes sure that nothing is being accomplished. It is better to pick the wrong priority than none at all.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “A management decision is irresponsible if it risks disaster this year for the sake of a grandiose future.”

A management decision is irresponsible if it risks disaster this year for the sake of a grandiose future.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Any organisation develops people; it either forms them or deforms them.”

Any organisation develops people; it either forms them or deforms them.

— 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: “All companies are service companies; some also manufacture products.”

All companies are service companies; some also manufacture products.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Of all the decisions an executive makes, none is as important as the decisions about people, because they determine the performance capacity of the organization.”

Of all the decisions an executive makes, none is as important as the decisions about people, because they determine the performance capacity of the organization.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “History has been written not by the most talented but by the most motivated.”

History has been written not by the most talented but by the most motivated.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Important decisions are risky. They should be controversial. Acclamation means that nobody has done the homework.”

Important decisions are risky. They should be controversial. Acclamation means that nobody has done the homework.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “We no longer even understand the question whether change is by itself good or bad. We start out with the axiom that it is the norm. We do not see change as altering the order. We see change as being order itself-indeed the only order we can comprehend today is a dynamic, a moving, a changing one.”

We no longer even understand the question whether change is by itself good or bad. We start out with the axiom that it is the norm. We do not see change as altering the order. We see change as being order itself-indeed the only order we can comprehend today is a dynamic, a moving, a changing one.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Providing more desirable products, services, and customer experiences is vital to the continued existence of any business. And that is INNOVATION.”

Providing more desirable products, services, and customer experiences is vital to the continued existence of any business. And that is INNOVATION.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Work is a process, and any process needs to be controlled. To make work productive, therefore, requires building the appropriate controls into the process of work.”

Work is a process, and any process needs to be controlled. To make work productive, therefore, requires building the appropriate controls into the process of work.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “In the next economic downturn there will be an outbreak of bitterness and contempt for the supercorporate chieftains who pay themselves millions. In every major economic downturn in US history the villains have been the heroes during the preceding boom.”

In the next economic downturn there will be an outbreak of bitterness and contempt for the supercorporate chieftains who pay themselves millions. In every major economic downturn in US history the villains have been the heroes during the preceding boom.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The computer is a moron.”

The computer is a moron.

— 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: “The knowledge that we consider knowledge proves itself in action. What we now mean by knowledge is information in action, information focused on results.”

The knowledge that we consider knowledge proves itself in action. What we now mean by knowledge is information in action, information focused on results.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “If a government commission had worked on the horse, you would have the first horse that could operate its knee joint in both directions. The trouble is it couldn’t have stood up.”

If a government commission had worked on the horse, you would have the first horse that could operate its knee joint in both directions. The trouble is it couldn’t have stood up.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “We do not need more laws. No country suffers from a shortage of laws. We need a new model .”

We do not need more laws. No country suffers from a shortage of laws. We need a new model .

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The moment people talk of “implementing” instead of “doing,” and of “finalizing” instead of “finishing,” the organization is already running a fever.”

The moment people talk of “implementing” instead of “doing,” and of “finalizing” instead of “finishing,” the organization is already running a fever.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Effective organizations put people in jobs in which they can do the most good. They place people – and allow people to place themselves – according to their strengths.”

Effective organizations put people in jobs in which they can do the most good. They place people – and allow people to place themselves – according to their strengths.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Growth that adds volume without improving productivity is fat. Growth that diminishes productivity is cancer.”

Growth that adds volume without improving productivity is fat. Growth that diminishes productivity is cancer.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The honest work of yesterday has lost its social status, its social esteem.”

The honest work of yesterday has lost its social status, its social esteem.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Almost everybody today believes that nothing in economic history has ever moved as fast as, or had a greater impact than, the Information Revolution. But the Industrial Revolution moved at least as fast in the same time span, and had probably an equal impact if not a greater one.”

Almost everybody today believes that nothing in economic history has ever moved as fast as, or had a greater impact than, the Information Revolution. But the Industrial Revolution moved at least as fast in the same time span, and had probably an equal impact if not a greater one.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Look upon every obstacle as part payment towards your success.”

Look upon every obstacle as part payment towards your success.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The correct assumption is that what individuals have learned by age twenty-one will begin to become obsolete five to ten years later and will have to be replaced-or at least refurbished-by new learning, new skills, new knowledge.”

The correct assumption is that what individuals have learned by age twenty-one will begin to become obsolete five to ten years later and will have to be replaced-or at least refurbished-by new learning, new skills, new knowledge.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “With Christianity, freedom and equality became the two basic concepts of Europe; they are themselves Europe.”

With Christianity, freedom and equality became the two basic concepts of Europe; they are themselves Europe.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Management and entrepreneurship are only two different dimensions of the same task. An entrepreneur who does not learn how to manage will not last long. A management that does not learn to innovate will not last long.”

Management and entrepreneurship are only two different dimensions of the same task. An entrepreneur who does not learn how to manage will not last long. A management that does not learn to innovate will not last long.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The corporation is the “master”, the employee is the “servant”. Because the corporation owns the means of production without which the employee could not make a living, the employee needs the corporation more than vice versa.”

The corporation is the “master”, the employee is the “servant”. Because the corporation owns the means of production without which the employee could not make a living, the employee needs the corporation more than vice versa.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Of those things that would make a difference, which are right for me?”

Of those things that would make a difference, which are right for me?

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “All earlier pluralist societies destroyed themselves because no one took care of the common good. They abounded in communities but could not sustain community, let alone create it.”

All earlier pluralist societies destroyed themselves because no one took care of the common good. They abounded in communities but could not sustain community, let alone create it.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Management and union may be likened to that serpent of the fables who on one body had two heads that fighting each other with poisoned fangs, killed themselves.”

Management and union may be likened to that serpent of the fables who on one body had two heads that fighting each other with poisoned fangs, killed themselves.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The computer, being a mechanical moron, can handle only quantifiable data.”

The computer, being a mechanical moron, can handle only quantifiable data.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The healthier a new venture and the faster it grows, the more financial feeding it requires.”

The healthier a new venture and the faster it grows, the more financial feeding it requires.

— Peter F. Drucker

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