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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 first step toward making the worker achieving is to make work productive.”

The first step toward making the worker achieving is to make work productive.

— 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: “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 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Organizationally what is required – and evolving – is systems management.”

Organizationally what is required – and evolving – is systems management.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Look at government programs for the past fifty years. Every single one – except warfare – achieved the exact opposite of its announced goal.”

Look at government programs for the past fifty years. Every single one – except warfare – achieved the exact opposite of its announced goal.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “In business school classrooms they construct wonderful models of a non- world.”

In business school classrooms they construct wonderful models of a non- world.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “We always remember best the irrelevant.”

We always remember best the irrelevant.

— 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: “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: “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: “What we are good at comes easy, and we believe that unless it comes hard, it can’t be very good.”

What we are good at comes easy, and we believe that unless it comes hard, it can’t be very good.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Economists think the poor need them to tell them that they are poor.”

Economists think the poor need them to tell them that they are poor.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Tomorrow everybody – or practically everybody – will have had the education of the upper class of yesterday, and will expect equivalent opportunities. That is why we face the problem of making every kind of job meaningful and capable of satisfying every educated man.”

Tomorrow everybody – or practically everybody – will have had the education of the upper class of yesterday, and will expect equivalent opportunities. That is why we face the problem of making every kind of job meaningful and capable of satisfying every educated man.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Yet there is nothing more dangerous than to be premature in exploiting a change in perception.”

Yet there is nothing more dangerous than to be premature in exploiting a change in perception.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Most of what you hear about entrepreneurshi p is all wrong. It’s not magic; it’s not mysterious; and it has nothing to do with genes. It’s a discipline and, like any discipline, it can be learned.”

Most of what you hear about entrepreneurshi p is all wrong. It’s not magic; it’s not mysterious; and it has nothing to do with genes. It’s a discipline and, like any discipline, it can be learned.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The basic definition of the business and of its purpose and mission have to be translated into objectives.”

The basic definition of the business and of its purpose and mission have to be translated into objectives.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Teaching is the only major occupation of man for which we have not yet developed tools that make an average person capable of competence and performance. In teaching we rely on the ‘naturals,’ the ones who somehow know how to teach.”

Teaching is the only major occupation of man for which we have not yet developed tools that make an average person capable of competence and performance. In teaching we rely on the ‘naturals,’ the ones who somehow know how to teach.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “No society can function as a society, unless it gives the individual member social status and function, and unless the decisive social power is legitimate.”

No society can function as a society, unless it gives the individual member social status and function, and unless the decisive social power is legitimate.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “In a rural society communities are “given” for the individual. Community is a fact, whether family or religion, social class or caste.”

In a rural society communities are “given” for the individual. Community is a fact, whether family or religion, social class or caste.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “The fundamental reality for every worker, from sweeper to executive vice-president, is the eight hours or so that he spends on the job. In our society of organizations, it is the job through which the great majority has access to achievement, to fulfillment, and to community.”

The fundamental reality for every worker, from sweeper to executive vice-president, is the eight hours or so that he spends on the job. In our society of organizations, it is the job through which the great majority has access to achievement, to fulfillment, and to community.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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

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