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Peter F. Drucker Quote: “For the first four years, no new enterprise produces profits. Even Mozart didn’t start writing music until he was four.”

For the first four years, no new enterprise produces profits. Even Mozart didn’t start writing music until he was four.

— Peter F. Drucker



Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Education can no longer be the sole property of the state.”

Education can no longer be the sole property of the state.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The most efficient way to produce anything is to bring together under one management as many as possible of the activities needed to turn out the product.”

The most efficient way to produce anything is to bring together under one management as many as possible of the activities needed to turn out the product.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “If a manager spends more than 10 percent of his time on “human relations” the group is probably too large.”

If a manager spends more than 10 percent of his time on “human relations” the group is probably too large.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “There are no creeds in mathematics.”

There are no creeds in mathematics.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “One of the great movements in my lifetime among educated people is the need to commit themselves to action. Most people are not satisfied with giving money; we also feel we need to work.”

One of the great movements in my lifetime among educated people is the need to commit themselves to action. Most people are not satisfied with giving money; we also feel we need to work.

— 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 success and ultimately the survival of every business, large or small, depends in the last analysis on its ability to develop people. This ability is not measured by any of our conventional yardsticks of economic success; yet, is the final measurement.”

The success and ultimately the survival of every business, large or small, depends in the last analysis on its ability to develop people. This ability is not measured by any of our conventional yardsticks of economic success; yet, is the final measurement.

— 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: “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: “When the business grows, the person who founded it is incredibly busy. Rapid growth puts an enormous strain on a business. You outgrow your production facilities. You outgrow your management capabilities.”

When the business grows, the person who founded it is incredibly busy. Rapid growth puts an enormous strain on a business. You outgrow your production facilities. You outgrow your management capabilities.

— 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: “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: “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: “As to the idea that advertising motivates people, remember the Edsel.”

As to the idea that advertising motivates people, remember the Edsel.

— 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 company is not and must never claim to be home, family, religion, life or fate for the individual. It must never interfere in his private life or his citizenship. He is tied to the company through a voluntary and cancellable employment contract, not through some mystical or indissoluble bond.”

The company is not and must never claim to be home, family, religion, life or fate for the individual. It must never interfere in his private life or his citizenship. He is tied to the company through a voluntary and cancellable employment contract, not through some mystical or indissoluble bond.

— 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: “People who need certainty are unlikely to make good entrepreneurs.”

People who need certainty are unlikely to make good entrepreneurs.

— Peter F. Drucker



Peter F. Drucker Quote: “One either meets or one works.”

One either meets or one works.

— 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: “When Henry Ford said, “The customer can have a car in any color as long as it’s black,” he was not joking.”

When Henry Ford said, “The customer can have a car in any color as long as it’s black,” he was not joking.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The critical factor of a problem is the element that has to be changed before anything else can be changed.”

The critical factor of a problem is the element that has to be changed before anything else can be changed.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Executives do many things in addition to making decisions. But only executives make decisions. The first managerial skill is, therefore, the making of effective decisions.”

Executives do many things in addition to making decisions. But only executives make decisions. The first managerial skill is, therefore, the making of effective decisions.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The only industries that function well are the industries that take responsibility for training. The Japanese, you know, assume that when you first come to work you know absolutely nothing. School isn’t preparation for work and never was.”

The only industries that function well are the industries that take responsibility for training. The Japanese, you know, assume that when you first come to work you know absolutely nothing. School isn’t preparation for work and never was.

— 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


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The new always looks so puny-so unpromising-next to the reality of the massive, ongoing business.”

The new always looks so puny-so unpromising-next to the reality of the massive, ongoing business.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Our society has become an employee society.”

Our society has become an employee society.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The enterprise, by definition, must be capable of producing more or better than all the resources that comprise it.”

The enterprise, by definition, must be capable of producing more or better than all the resources that comprise it.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “And no matter how serious an environmental problem the automobile poses in today’s big city, the horse was dirtier, smelled worse, killed and maimed more people, and congested the streets just as much.”

And no matter how serious an environmental problem the automobile poses in today’s big city, the horse was dirtier, smelled worse, killed and maimed more people, and congested the streets just as much.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The arts alone give direct access to experience. To eliminate them from education – or worse, to tolerate them as cultural ornaments – is antieducational obscurantism. It is foisted on us by the pedants and snobs of Hellenistic Greece who considered artistic performance fit only for slaves...”

The arts alone give direct access to experience. To eliminate them from education – or worse, to tolerate them as cultural ornaments – is antieducational obscurantism. It is foisted on us by the pedants and snobs of Hellenistic Greece who considered artistic performance fit only for slaves...

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Most innovators are successful to the extent to which they define risks and confine them.”

Most innovators are successful to the extent to which they define risks and confine them.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Capitalism is being attacked not because it is inefficient or misgoverned but because it is cynical. And indeed a society based on the assertion that private vices become public benefits cannot endure, no matter how impeccable its logic, no matter how great its benefits.”

Capitalism is being attacked not because it is inefficient or misgoverned but because it is cynical. And indeed a society based on the assertion that private vices become public benefits cannot endure, no matter how impeccable its logic, no matter how great its benefits.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Understanding our strengths, articulating our values, knowing where we belong – these are also essential to addressing one of the great challenges of organizations: improving the abysmally low productivity of knowledge workers.”

Understanding our strengths, articulating our values, knowing where we belong – these are also essential to addressing one of the great challenges of organizations: improving the abysmally low productivity of knowledge workers.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Checking the results of a decision against its expectations shows executives what their strengths are, where they need to improve, and where they lack knowledge or information.”

Checking the results of a decision against its expectations shows executives what their strengths are, where they need to improve, and where they lack knowledge or information.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The most important decisions in organizations are people decisions, and yet only the military, and only recently, has begun to ask, “If we assign this general to lead this base, what do we expect him to accomplish?””

The most important decisions in organizations are people decisions, and yet only the military, and only recently, has begun to ask, “If we assign this general to lead this base, what do we expect him to accomplish?”

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Decisions exist only in the present.”

Decisions exist only in the present.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The subordinate’s job is not to reform or reeducate the boss, not to make him conform to what the business schools or the management book say bosses should be like. It is to enable a particular boss to perform as a unique individual.”

The subordinate’s job is not to reform or reeducate the boss, not to make him conform to what the business schools or the management book say bosses should be like. It is to enable a particular boss to perform as a unique individual.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “We have only one alternative: either to build a functioning industrial society or see freedom itself disappear in anarchy and tyranny.”

We have only one alternative: either to build a functioning industrial society or see freedom itself disappear in anarchy and tyranny.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “It is willingness of people to give of themselves over and above the demands of the job that distinguishes the great from the merely adequate.”

It is willingness of people to give of themselves over and above the demands of the job that distinguishes the great from the merely adequate.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Wherever an impact can be eliminated by dropping the activity that causes it, this is therefore the best-indeed the only truly good-solution.”

Wherever an impact can be eliminated by dropping the activity that causes it, this is therefore the best-indeed the only truly good-solution.

— 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: “That people even in well paid jobs choose ever earlier retirement is a severe indictment of our organizations – not just business, but government service, the universities. These people don’t find their jobs interesting.”

That people even in well paid jobs choose ever earlier retirement is a severe indictment of our organizations – not just business, but government service, the universities. These people don’t find their jobs interesting.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The worker’s effectiveness is determined largely by the way he is being managed.”

The worker’s effectiveness is determined largely by the way he is being managed.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Managers are agents of transformation, converting the workforce in developed countries from one of manual workers to one of highly educated knowledge workers.”

Managers are agents of transformation, converting the workforce in developed countries from one of manual workers to one of highly educated knowledge workers.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “If something fails despite being carefully planned, carefully designed, and conscientiously executed, that failure often bespeaks underlying change and, with it, opportunity.”

If something fails despite being carefully planned, carefully designed, and conscientiously executed, that failure often bespeaks underlying change and, with it, opportunity.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Unless a decision has degenerated into work, it is not a decision; it is at best a good intention.”

Unless a decision has degenerated into work, it is not a decision; it is at best a good intention.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “A primary task of management in the developed countries in the decades ahead will be to make knowledge productive.”

A primary task of management in the developed countries in the decades ahead will be to make knowledge productive.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Business exists to supply goods and services to customers and economic surplus to society, rather than to supply jobs to workers and managers or even dividends to shareholders.”

Business exists to supply goods and services to customers and economic surplus to society, rather than to supply jobs to workers and managers or even dividends to shareholders.

— Peter F. Drucker

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