Peter F Drucker Quotes (39 quotations)

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

2. Accept the fact that we have to treat almost anybody as a volunteer... - Peter F Drucker

3. An important antidote to American democracy is American gerontocracy. The positions of eminence and authority in Congress are allotted in accordance with length of service, regardless of quality. Superficial observers have long criticized the United States for making a fetish of youth. This is unfair. Uniquely among modern organs of public and private administration, its national legislature rewards senility. - Peter F Drucker

4. Borrowers of books - those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes. - Peter F Drucker

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

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

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

8. Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things. - Peter F Drucker

9. Everybody has accepted by now that change is unavoidable. But that still implies that change is like death and taxes it should be postponed as long as possible and no change would be vastly preferable. But in a period of upheaval, such as the one we are living in, change is the norm. - Peter F Drucker

10. Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. - Peter F Drucker

11. 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

12. Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth. - Peter F Drucker

13. Leadership is lifting a person's vision to higher sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard. - Peter F Drucker

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

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

16. Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. - Peter F Drucker

17. Management means, in the last analysis, the substitution of thought for brawn and muscle, of knowledge for folkways and superstition, and of cooperation for force. It means the substitution of responsibility for obedience to rank, and of authority of performance for the authority of rank. - Peter F Drucker

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

19. Never mind your happiness; do your duty. - Peter F Drucker

20. 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 F Drucker

21. 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 F Drucker

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

23. Quality in a product or service is not what the supplier puts in. It is what the customer gets out and is willing to pay for. A product is not quality because it is hard to make and costs a lot of money, as manufacturers typically believe. This is incompetence. Customers pay only for what is of use to them and gives them value. Nothing else constitutes quality. - Peter F Drucker

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

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

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