Peter Drucker Quotes

- Notable Peter Drucker Quotes Index -

Born: November 19, 1909, Vienna, Austria
Birth Country: Austria
Died: Claremont, California, USA, November 11, 2005
Occupation: Author

1.
A manager is responsible for the application and performance of knowledge.
- Peter Drucker

2.
Business, that's easily defined - it's other people's money.
- Peter Drucker

3.
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 Drucker

4.
Company cultures are like country cultures. Never try to change one. Try, instead, to work with what you've got.
- Peter Drucker

5.
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked leadership is defined by results not attributes.
- Peter Drucker

6.
Few companies that installed computers to reduce the employment of clerks have realized their expectations... They now need more, and more expensive clerks even though they call them 'operators' or 'programmers.'
- Peter Drucker

7.
Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.
- Peter Drucker

8.
Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every level.
- Peter Drucker

9.
Management by objective works - if you know the objectives. Ninety percent of the time you don't.
- Peter Drucker

10.
Management is doing things right leadership is doing the right things.
- Peter Drucker

11.
Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done.
- Peter Drucker

12.
My greatest strength as a consultant is to be ignorant and ask a few questions.
- Peter Drucker

13.
Never mind your happiness do your duty.
- Peter Drucker

14.
No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings.
- Peter Drucker

15.
People who don't take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.
- Peter Drucker

16.
Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.
- Peter Drucker

17.
Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.
- Peter Drucker

18.
So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.
- Peter Drucker

19.
Suppliers and especially manufacturers have market power because they have information about a product or a service that the customer does not and cannot have, and does not need if he can trust the brand. This explains the profitability of brands.
- Peter Drucker

20.
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 Drucker

21.
The best way to predict the future is to create it.
- Peter Drucker

22.
The computer is a moron.
- Peter Drucker

23.
The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.
- Peter Drucker

24.
The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.
- Peter Drucker

25.
The new information technology... Internet and e-mail... have practically eliminated the physical costs of communications.
- Peter Drucker

26.
The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different.
- Peter Drucker

27.
The productivity of work is not the responsibility of the worker but of the manager.
- Peter Drucker

28.
The purpose of a business is to create a customer.
- Peter Drucker

29.
Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed.
- Peter Drucker

30.
Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement.
- Peter Drucker

31.
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 Drucker

32.
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

33.
When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course.
- Peter Drucker

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