Thursday, 14 September 2017

30 Thought-Provoking Peter Drucker Quotes You Should Bookmark

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Peter Drucker Quotes
Peter Ferdinand Drucker is an Austrian-born American writer, management consultant and university professor whose writings contributed to the philosophical and practical foundations of the modern business corporation. He was also a leader in the development of management education, he invented the concept known as management by objectives and self-control, and he has been described as "the founder of modern management".

From self management to business management, you'll find at least one quote from these collection of Peter Drucker Quotes that will inspire and propel you to be far more effective than you've ever thought possible:

1. “There is nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency something that should not be done at all.”
Peter Drucker

2. “Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.”
Peter Drucker

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

4. “The best way to predict your future is to create it”
Peter Drucker

5. “Results are gained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems.”
Peter Drucker

6. “The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.”
Peter Drucker

7. “Strategy is a commodity, execution is an art.”
Peter Drucker

8. “Leadership is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not "making friends and influencing people", that is flattery. 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.”
Peter Drucker

9. "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

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

11. “It takes far more energy and work to improve from incompetence to mediocrity than it takes to improve from first-rate performance to excellence.”
Peter Drucker, Managing Oneself

12. “The most important thing about priorities and posteriorities is not intelligent analysis but courage.”
Peter Drucker

13. “Your first and foremost job as a leader is to take charge of your own energy and then help to orchestrate the energy of those around you.”
Peter Drucker

14. “The first rule in decision-making is that one does not make a decision unless there is disagreement.”
Peter Drucker, The Effective Executive

15. “Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.”
Peter Drucker

16. “The human being is a very poorly designed machine tool. The human being excels in coordination. He excels in relating perception to action. He works best if the entire human being, muscles, senses, and mind, is engaged in the work.”
Peter Drucker

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

18. "Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work."
Peter Drucker

19. “Only a clear, focused, and common mission can hold the organization together and enable it to produce results.”
Peter Drucker, Post-Capitalist Society

20. “All military services have long ago learned that the officer who has given an order goes out and sees for himself whether it has been carried out. At the least he sends one of his own aides—he never relies on what he is told by the subordinate to whom the order was given. Not that he distrusts the subordinate; he has learned from experience to distrust communications.”
Peter F. Drucker, The Effective Executive

21. “The one man to distrust, however, is the man who never makes a mistake, never commits a blunder, never fails in what he tries to do. He is either a phony, or he stays with the safe, the tried, and the trivial.”
Peter Drucker, Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices

22. “Efficiency is doing the thing right. Effectiveness is doing the right thing.”
Peter F. Drucker

23. “Successful careers are not planned. They develop when people are prepared for opportunities because they know their strengths, their method of work, and their values.”
Peter F. Drucker, Managing Oneself

24. "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 Drucker

25. “There is nothing quite so useless, as doing with great efficiency, something that should not be done at all.” Peter Drucker

26. “Today is always the result of actions and decisions taken yesterday. Man, however, whatever his title or rank, cannot foresee the future. Yesterday’s actions and decisions, no matter how courageous or wise they may have been, inevitably become today’s problems,”
Peter Drucker, The Effective Executive

27. “Entrepreneurs, by definition, shift resources from areas of low productivity and yield to areas of higher productivity and yield. Of course, there is a risk they may not succeed. But if they are even moderately successful, the returns should be more than adequate to offset whatever risk there might be.”
Peter Drucker, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

28. “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

29. “History has been written not by the most talented but by the most motivated.”
Peter Drucker

30. “Many brilliant people believe that ideas move mountains. But bulldozers move mountains; ideas show where the bulldozers should go to work.”
Peter Drucker

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