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Peter F. Drucker Quotes
1909 - 2005

"The Founding Father of the Study of Management"
Author and Business Management Theorist

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“Management by objective works - if you know the objectives. Ninety percent of the time you don't.”
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"Accept the fact that we have to treat almost anybody as a volunteer." - Peter Drucker

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

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

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

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

"Efficiency is doing better what is already being done." - Peter Drucker

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

"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 Drucker

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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"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 Drucker

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

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

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Peter Ferdinand Drucker
Peter Drucker was an influential business author, strategist, and consultant. His ideas on management, operating large corporations, and leadership have been published in more than thirty books. He was known throughout the business-world as the "father of modern management".

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Books About Peter Drucker

The Definitive Drucker by Edersheim, Elizabeth, (2007)

Drucker: The Man Who Invented the Corporate Society by Tarrant, John C., (1976)

The World According to Peter Drucker by Beatty, Jack, (1998)

Peter Drucker: Shaping the Managerial Mind by Flaherty, John E., (1999)

A Class with Drucker: The lost lessons of the World's greatest management teacher by Cohen, William A., (2008)

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