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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: “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: “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: “The society of organizations is new-only seventy years ago employees were a small minority in every society.”

The society of organizations is new-only seventy years ago employees were a small minority in every society.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “I find more and more executives less and less well informed about the outside world, if only because they believe that the data on the computer printouts are ipso facto information.”

I find more and more executives less and less well informed about the outside world, if only because they believe that the data on the computer printouts are ipso facto information.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “We have tried to substitute mass for purpose. We have tried to regain military potency of defense by making it gigantic, unwieldy, complex. It never works.”

We have tried to substitute mass for purpose. We have tried to regain military potency of defense by making it gigantic, unwieldy, complex. It never works.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The enterprise can fulfill its human and social functions only if it prospers as a business.”

The enterprise can fulfill its human and social functions only if it prospers as a business.

— Peter F. Drucker



Peter F. Drucker Quote: “There is every indication that the period ahead will be an innovative one, one of rapid change in technology, society, economy, and institutions .”

There is every indication that the period ahead will be an innovative one, one of rapid change in technology, society, economy, and institutions .

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Never ask who’s right. Start out by asking what is right. And you find that out by listening to dissenting, disagreeing opinions.”

Never ask who’s right. Start out by asking what is right. And you find that out by listening to dissenting, disagreeing opinions.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The world political system is till based on the concept of the national sovereign state. For the first time therefore, in three hundred years economy and sovereignty are becoming divorced from each other.”

The world political system is till based on the concept of the national sovereign state. For the first time therefore, in three hundred years economy and sovereignty are becoming divorced from each other.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “No one has ever failed to find the facts they are looking for.”

No one has ever failed to find the facts they are looking for.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Every time you do something that is important, write down what you expect will happen.”

Every time you do something that is important, write down what you expect will happen.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “In the modern corporation the decisive power, that of the managers, is derived from no one but the managers themselves controlled by nobody and nothing and responsible to no one. It is in the most literal sense unfounded, unjustified, uncontrolled and irresponsible power.”

In the modern corporation the decisive power, that of the managers, is derived from no one but the managers themselves controlled by nobody and nothing and responsible to no one. It is in the most literal sense unfounded, unjustified, uncontrolled and irresponsible power.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Unless the power of the corporation can be organized on an accepted principle of legitimacy, it will be taken over by a Central government.”

Unless the power of the corporation can be organized on an accepted principle of legitimacy, it will be taken over by a Central government.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “I’m a writer. I could not or would not ever run a business. I don’t even have a secretary. And contrary to some of the stereotypes, entrepreneurs are not loners. I am.”

I’m a writer. I could not or would not ever run a business. I don’t even have a secretary. And contrary to some of the stereotypes, entrepreneurs are not loners. I am.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Management must take the lead in making obsolete its own products and services rather than waiting for a competitor to do so.”

Management must take the lead in making obsolete its own products and services rather than waiting for a competitor to do so.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “A success that has outlived its usefulness may, in the end, be more damaging than failure.”

A success that has outlived its usefulness may, in the end, be more damaging than failure.

— Peter F. Drucker



Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Knowledge has become the key resource of the world economy.”

Knowledge has become the key resource of the world economy.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The fault is in the system and not in the men.”

The fault is in the system and not in the men.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The most critical case in a corporation, especially a big one, is when everything goes well, when you have accomplished your objectives. When the temptation is to work twice as hard instead of saying, “We have accomplished our objectives, we have to think again.””

The most critical case in a corporation, especially a big one, is when everything goes well, when you have accomplished your objectives. When the temptation is to work twice as hard instead of saying, “We have accomplished our objectives, we have to think again.”

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “A business enterprise must continue beyond the lifetime of the individual or of the generation to be capable of producing its contributions to economy and to society.”

A business enterprise must continue beyond the lifetime of the individual or of the generation to be capable of producing its contributions to economy and to society.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “We will have to learn to lead people rather then to contain them.”

We will have to learn to lead people rather then to contain them.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “No single piece of macroeconomic advice given by the experts to their government has ever had the results predicted.”

No single piece of macroeconomic advice given by the experts to their government has ever had the results predicted.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Some of the best business and nonprofit CEOs I’ve worked with over a sixty-five-year consulting career were not stereotypical leaders. They were all over the map in terms of their personalities, attitudes, values, strengths, and weaknesses.”

Some of the best business and nonprofit CEOs I’ve worked with over a sixty-five-year consulting career were not stereotypical leaders. They were all over the map in terms of their personalities, attitudes, values, strengths, and weaknesses.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “A fundamental responsibility of leadership is make sure that everybody knows the mission, understands it, lives it.”

A fundamental responsibility of leadership is make sure that everybody knows the mission, understands it, lives it.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The rule should be to minimize the need for people to get together to accomplish anything.”

The rule should be to minimize the need for people to get together to accomplish anything.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Thus, for those who are willing to go out into the field, to look and to listen, changing demographics is both a highly productive and a highly dependable innovation opportunity.”

Thus, for those who are willing to go out into the field, to look and to listen, changing demographics is both a highly productive and a highly dependable innovation opportunity.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Too many leaders try to do a little bit of 25 things and get nothing done. They are very popular because they always say yes. But they get nothing done.”

Too many leaders try to do a little bit of 25 things and get nothing done. They are very popular because they always say yes. But they get nothing done.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “In book subjects a student can only do a student’s work. All that can be measured is how well he learns, rather than how well he performs. All he can show is promise.”

In book subjects a student can only do a student’s work. All that can be measured is how well he learns, rather than how well he performs. All he can show is promise.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The key to greatness is to look for people’s potential and spend time developing it.”

The key to greatness is to look for people’s potential and spend time developing it.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every level.”

Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every level.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “An organization which just perpetuates today’s level of vision, excellence, and accomplishment has lost the capacity to adapt.”

An organization which just perpetuates today’s level of vision, excellence, and accomplishment has lost the capacity to adapt.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “I would hope that American managers-indeed, managers worldwide-continue to appreciate what I have been saying almost from day one: that management is so much more than exercising rank and privilege, that it is much more than “making deals.” Management affects people and their lives.”

I would hope that American managers-indeed, managers worldwide-continue to appreciate what I have been saying almost from day one: that management is so much more than exercising rank and privilege, that it is much more than “making deals.” Management affects people and their lives.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “We always remember best the irrelevant.”

We always remember best the irrelevant.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “A manager is responsible for the application and performance of knowledge.”

A manager is responsible for the application and performance of knowledge.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Systematic change requires a willingness to look on change as an opportunity.”

Systematic change requires a willingness to look on change as an opportunity.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “I have no interest in celebrities. If all the superrich disappeared, the world economy would not even notice. The superrich are irrelevant to the economy.”

I have no interest in celebrities. If all the superrich disappeared, the world economy would not even notice. The superrich are irrelevant to the economy.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “One has to make a decision when a condition is likely to degenerate if nothing is done.”

One has to make a decision when a condition is likely to degenerate if nothing is done.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “If “socialism” is defined as “ownership of the means of production” – and this is both the orthodox and the only rigorous definition – then the United States is the first truly Socialist country.”

If “socialism” is defined as “ownership of the means of production” – and this is both the orthodox and the only rigorous definition – then the United States is the first truly Socialist country.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “No decision has been made unless carrying it out in specific steps has become someone’s work assignment and responsibility.”

No decision has been made unless carrying it out in specific steps has become someone’s work assignment and responsibility.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “It has been said, and only half in jest, that a tough, professionally led union is a great force for improving management performance. It forces the manager to think about what he is doing and to be able to explain his actions and behavior.”

It has been said, and only half in jest, that a tough, professionally led union is a great force for improving management performance. It forces the manager to think about what he is doing and to be able to explain his actions and behavior.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Profit is not the purpose of a business, but rather the test of its validity.”

Profit is not the purpose of a business, but rather the test of its validity.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “It does not matter whether the worker wants responsibility or not, The enterprise must demand it of him.”

It does not matter whether the worker wants responsibility or not, The enterprise must demand it of him.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “When a resource is scarce, you increase its yield.”

When a resource is scarce, you increase its yield.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “As with every phenomenon of the objective universe, the first step toward understanding work is to analyze it.”

As with every phenomenon of the objective universe, the first step toward understanding work is to analyze it.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “A manager’s task is to make the strengths of people effective and their weakness irrelevant – and that applies fully as much to the manager’s boss as it applies to the manager’s subordinates.”

A manager’s task is to make the strengths of people effective and their weakness irrelevant – and that applies fully as much to the manager’s boss as it applies to the manager’s subordinates.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “People alone of all the resources can grow and develop.”

People alone of all the resources can grow and develop.

— Peter F. Drucker

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