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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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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 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: “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: “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: “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: “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 computer is a moron.”

The computer is a moron.

— 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: “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: “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: “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 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: “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


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “We can say with certainty – or 90% probability – that the new industries that are about to be born will have nothing to do with information.”

We can say with certainty – or 90% probability – that the new industries that are about to be born will have nothing to do with information.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Absolute size by itself is no indicator of success and achievement, let alone of managerial competence. Being the right size is.”

Absolute size by itself is no indicator of success and achievement, let alone of managerial competence. Being the right size is.

— 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: “The building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.”

The building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Now that knowledge is taking the place of capital as the driving force in organizations worldwide, it is all too easy to confuse data with knowledge and information technology with information.”

Now that knowledge is taking the place of capital as the driving force in organizations worldwide, it is all too easy to confuse data with knowledge and information technology with information.

— 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: “In areas where they are simply incompetent, smart executives don’t make decisions or take actions. They delegate.”

In areas where they are simply incompetent, smart executives don’t make decisions or take actions. They delegate.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “It is commonly believed that innovations create changes – but few ever do. Successful innovations exploit changes that have already happened.”

It is commonly believed that innovations create changes – but few ever do. Successful innovations exploit changes that have already happened.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Economists talk about profit motive, but nothing motivates modern man more than a chance to avoid taxes!”

Economists talk about profit motive, but nothing motivates modern man more than a chance to avoid taxes!

— 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: “Do not believe that it is very much of an advance to do the unnecessary three times as fast.”

Do not believe that it is very much of an advance to do the unnecessary three times as fast.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The person who will make the greatest contribution to a company is the mature person-and you cannot have maturity if you have no life or interest outside the job.”

The person who will make the greatest contribution to a company is the mature person-and you cannot have maturity if you have no life or interest outside the job.

— Peter F. Drucker

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