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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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “Leadership is all about getting results.”

Leadership is all about getting results.

— 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: “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: “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: “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


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “It is easier to raise the performance of one leader than it is to raise the performance of a whole mass.”

It is easier to raise the performance of one leader than it is to raise the performance of a whole mass.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “In all recorded history there has not been one economist who has had to worry about where the next meal would come from.”

In all recorded history there has not been one economist who has had to worry about where the next meal would come from.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement.”

Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement.

— Peter F. Drucker


Peter F. Drucker Quote: “Executives owe it to the organization and to their fellow workers not to tolerate nonperforming individuals in important jobs.”

Executives owe it to the organization and to their fellow workers not to tolerate nonperforming individuals in important jobs.

— 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: “Effective innovations start small. They are not grandiose. They try to do one specific thing.”

Effective innovations start small. They are not grandiose. They try to do one specific thing.

— 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: “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

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