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“Management is about human beings. Its task is to make people capable of joint performance, to make their strengths effective and their weaknesses irrelevant.”
Peter F. Drucker, The Essential Drucker
“The problem in my life and other people's lives is not the absence of knowing what to do but the absence of doing it.”
Peter Drucker
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“A manager is responsible for the application and performance of knowledge. ”
Peter Drucker
“A person can perform only from strength. One cannot build performance on weakness, let alone on something one cannot do at all.”
Peter Drucker
“It is more productive to convert an opportunity into results than to solve a problem - which only restores the equilibrium of yesterday.”
Peter F. Drucker, The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done
“Entrepreneurship rests on a theory of economy and society. The theory sees change as normal and indeed as healthy. And it sees the major task in society - and especially in the economy - as doing something different rather than doing better what is already being done. That is basically what Say, two hundred years ago, meant when he coined the term entrepreneur. It was intended as a manifesto and as a declaration of dissent: the entrepreneur upsets and disorganizes. As Joseph Schumpeter formulated it, his task is "creative destruction.”
Peter F. Drucker, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Practice and Principles
“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”
Peter Drucker
“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.”
Peter Drucker
“Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.”
Peter F. Drucker
“There is only one valid definition of business purpose: to create a customer.”
Peter F. Drucker
“Success in the knowledge economy comes to those who know themselves - their strengths, their values, and how they best perform.”
Peter F. Drucker, Managing Oneself
“We all have a vast number of areas in which we have no talent or skill and little chance of becoming even mediocre. In those areas a knowledge workers should not take on work, jobs and assignments. It takes far more energy to improve from incompetence to mediocrity than it takes to improve from first-rate performance to excellence.”
Peter Drucker
“The "non-profit" institution neither supplies goods or services not controls. Its "product" is neither a pair of shoes nor an effective regulation. Its product is a changed human being. The non-profit institutions are human-change agents. Their "product" is a cured patient, a child that learns, a young man or woman grown into a self-respecting adult; a changed human life altogether.”
Peter F. Drucker, Managing the Non-Profit Organization: Principles and Practices
“Entrepreneurship is "risky" mainly because so few of the so-called entrepreneurs know what they are doing.”
Peter Drucker, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
“Every enterprise requires commitment to common goals and shared values. Without such commitment there is no enterprise; there is only a mob. The enterprise must have simple, clear, and unifying objectives. The mission of the organization has to be clear enough and big enough to provide common vision. The goals that embody it have to be clear, public, and constantly reaffirmed. Management’s first job is to think through, set, and exemplify those objectives, values, and goals. Management”
Peter F. Drucker, The Essential Drucker
“The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the
product or service fits him and sells itself.”
Peter F. Drucker
“Intelligence, imagination, and knowledge are essential resources, but only effectiveness converts them into results.”
Peter F. Drucker, The Effective Executive
“1. What is our mission? 2. Who is our customer? 3. What does the customer value? 4. What are our results? 5. What is our plan?2”
Peter F. Drucker, The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization
“There is surely nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency what should not be done at all.”
Peter Drucker
“We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.”
Peter Drucker
“Effectiveness must be learned.”
Peter F. Drucker, The Effective Executive
“Converting a decision into action requires answering several distinct questions: Who has to know of this decision? What action has to be taken? Who is to take it? And what does the action have to be so that the people who have to do it can do it? The first and the last of these are too often overlooked—with dire results.”
Peter F. Drucker, The Effective Executive
“Every enterprise is a learning and teaching institution. Training and development must be built into it on all levels—training and development that never stop.”
Peter F. Drucker, The Essential Drucker
“The computer is a moron. ”
Peter Drucker
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“A man should never be appointed to a managerial position if his vision focuses on people’s weaknesses rather than on their strengths. The man who always knows exactly what people cannot do, but never sees anything they can do, will undermine the spirit of his organization.”
Peter F. Drucker, Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices
“Like so many brilliant people, he believes that ideas move mountains. But bulldozers move mountains; ideas show where the bulldozers should go to work.”
Peter F. Drucker, Managing Oneself
“Effective executives know that their subordinates are paid to perform and not to please their superiors.”
Peter F. Drucker, The Effective Executive
“The companies that refused to make hard choices, or refused to admit that anything much was happening, fared badly. If they survive, it is only because their respective governments will not let them go under.”
Peter F. Drucker, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Practice and Principles
“Working on the right things is what makes knowledge work effective.”
Peter F. Drucker, The Effective Executive
“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”
Peter F. Drucker


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