Peter Drucker Quotes

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There are no dumb customers.
— Peter Drucker

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The best way to predict your future is to create it.
— Peter Drucker

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The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer.
— Peter Drucker

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

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Business has only two functions - marketing and innovation.
— Peter Drucker

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Rank does not confer privileges; it entails responsibilities.

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

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Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
— Peter Drucker

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Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.

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We know nothing about motivation.  All we can do is write books about it.

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Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.
— Peter Drucker

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Absorption of overhead is one of the most obscene terms I have ever heard.
— Peter Drucker

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The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.

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Wherever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.
— Peter Drucker

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A superior who works on his own development sets an almost irresistible example.

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

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

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

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Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.
— Peter Drucker

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

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Management by objectives works if you first think through your objectives. Ninety percent of the time you haven't.
— Peter Drucker

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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

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Leadership is lifting a person's vision to higher sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.

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If a government commission had worked on the horse, you would have had the first horse that could operate its knee joint in both directions. The only trouble is it couldn't have stood up.
— Peter Drucker

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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

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