110+ Peter Drucker Quotes On Business, Change And Strategy

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  1. The best way to predict the future is to create it.
  2. The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.
  3. Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
  4. Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.
  5. Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.
  6. The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday's logic.
  7. Only three things happen naturally in organizations: friction, confusion, and underperformance. Everything else requires leadership.
  8. If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old
  9. Culture eats strategy for breakfast.
  10. What gets measured gets managed.

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

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

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No one has ever failed to find the facts they are looking for.
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Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable. — Peter Drucker

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If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.
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The leader sees leadership as responsibility rather than as rank and privilege. — Peter Drucker

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Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.
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Adequacy is the enemy of excellence. — Peter Drucker

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

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

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Management is doing things right; Leadership is doing the right things.
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Meetings are a symptom of bad organization. The fewer meetings the better. — Peter Drucker

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The concept of profit maximization is, in fact, meaningless. — Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker Short Quotes

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  • There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
  • Adequacy is the enemy of excellence.
  • Meetings are a symptom of bad organization. The fewer meetings the better.
  • The concept of profit maximization is, in fact, meaningless.
  • Once the facts are clear the decisions jump out at you.
  • Do first things first, and second things not at all.
  • There is the risk you cannot afford to take, and there is the risk you cannot afford not to take.
  • Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed.
  • Entrepreneurship is neither a science nor an art. It is a practice.
  • My greatest strength as a consultant is to be ignorant and ask a few questions.
 quote Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.
Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.

Peter Drucker Quotes On Leadership

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The task of leadership is to create an alignment of strengths so strong that it makes the system's weaknesses irrelevant. — Peter Drucker

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The leader sees leadership as responsibility rather than as rank and privilege. — Peter Drucker

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

Listening (the first competence of leadership) is not a skill, it is a discipline. All you have to do is keep your mouth shut. — Peter Drucker

Leaders grow; they are not made. — Peter Drucker

Leadership is defined by results not attributes. — Peter Drucker

Knowledge people and service people learn the most when they teach . — Peter Drucker

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

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

The building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. — Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker Quotes On Business

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

Quality in a service or product is not what you put into it. It is what the client or customer gets out of it. — Peter Drucker

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

That people even in well paid jobs choose ever earlier retirement is a severe indictment of our organizations - not just business, but government service, the universities. These people don't find their jobs interesting. — Peter Drucker

More business decisions occur over lunch and dinner than at any other time, yet no MBA courses are given on the subject. — Peter Drucker

Results are obtained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems. — Peter Drucker

Profitability is the sovereign criterion of the enterprise. — Peter Drucker

Every organization has to prepare for the abandonment of everything it does. — Peter Drucker

The enterprise that does not innovate ages and declines. And in a period of rapid change such as the present, the decline will be fast. — Peter Drucker

There are just two questions to ask to attain success in business: First, "What business am I in?" Second, "How's business?" — Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker Quotes On Change

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

The talk you hear about adapting to change is not only stupid, it's dangerous. The only way you can manage change is to create it. — Peter Drucker

If you can't measure it, you can't change it. — Peter Drucker

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

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

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

If general perception changes from seeing the glass as 'half-full' to seeing it as 'half empty' there are major innovative opportunities. — Peter Drucker

The greatest change in corporate culture - and the way business is being conducted - may be the accelerated growth of relationships based... on partnership. — Peter Drucker

Thus, for those who are willing to go out into the field, to look and to listen, changing demographics is both a highly productive and a highly dependable innovation opportunity. — Peter Drucker

Almost everybody today believes that nothing in economic history has ever moved as fast as, or had a greater impact than, the Information Revolution. But the Industrial Revolution moved at least as fast in the same time span, and had probably an equal impact if not a greater one. — Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker Quotes On Strategy

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Strategy is a commodity, execution is an art. — Peter Drucker

Mission defines strategy, and strategy defines structure. — Peter Drucker

The aim of marketing is to make selling superfluous. — Peter Drucker

Unless strategy evaluation is performed seriously and systematically, and unless strategists are willing to act on the results, energy will be used up defending yesterday. — Peter Drucker

All good strategy eventually degenerates into work. — Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker Quotes On Knowledge

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The purpose of information is not knowledge. It is being able to take the right action. — Peter Drucker

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

Now that knowledge is taking the place of capital as the driving force in organizations worldwide, it is all too easy to confuse data with knowledge and information technology with information. — Peter Drucker

Knowledge is power, which is why people who had it in the past often tried to make a secret of it. In post-capitalism, power comes from transmitting information to make it productive, not from hiding it. — Peter Drucker

To make knowledge productive, we will have to learn to see both forest and tree. We will have to learn to connect. — Peter Drucker

The correct assumption is that what individuals have learned by age twenty-one will begin to become obsolete five to ten years later and will have to be replaced-or at least refurbished-by new learning, new skills, new knowledge. — Peter Drucker

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

The great challenge to management today is to make productive the tremendous new resource, the knowledge worker. This, rather than the productivity of the manual worker, is the key to economic growth and economic performance in today's society. — Peter Drucker

The basic economic resource - the means of production - is no longer capital, nor natural resources, nor labor. It is and will be knowledge. — Peter Drucker

There's no such thing as knowledge management; there are only knowledgeable people. Information only becomes knowledge in the hands of someone who knows what to do with it. — Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker Quotes On Communication

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

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

A manager sets objectives - A manager organizes - A manager motivates and communicates - A manager, by establishing yardsticks, measures - A manager develops people. — Peter Drucker

The really important things are said over cocktails and are never done. — Peter Drucker

For the social ecologist language is not "communication." It is not just "message." It is substance. It is the cement that holds humanity together. It creates community and communication. ...Social ecologists need not be "great" writers; but they have to be respectful writers, caring writers. — Peter Drucker

To improve communications, work not on the utter, but the recipient. — Peter Drucker

Communication is always "propaganda." The emitter always wants "to get something across." — Peter Drucker

Communication always makes demands. It always demands that the recipient become somebody, do something, believe something. It always appeals to motivation. — Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker Quotes On Marketing

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The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself. — Peter Drucker

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

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

Marketing and innovation produce results; all the rest are costs. — Peter Drucker

Great wisdom not applied to action and behavior is meaningless data. — Peter Drucker

Marketing and innovation make money. Everything else is a cost. — Peter Drucker

What people in business think they know about the customer and market is likely to be more wrong than right...the customer rarely buys what the business thinks it sells him. — Peter Drucker

A business exists because the consumer is willing to pay you his money. You run a business to satisfy the consumer. That isn't marketing. That goes way beyond marketing. — Peter Drucker

Because its purpose is to create a customer, the business enterprise has two - and only these two — basic functions: marketing and innovation. Marketing and innovation produce results; all the rest are 'costs'. — Peter Drucker

Marketing is not only much broader than selling, it is not a specialized activity at all. It encompasses the entire business. It is the whole business seen from the point of view of its final result, that is, from the customer's point of view. — Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker Quotes On Innovation

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Since we live in an age of innovation, a practical education must prepare a man for work that does not yet exist and cannot yet be clearly defined. — Peter Drucker

What we need is an entrepreneurial society in which innovation and entrepreneurship are normal, steady and continuous. — Peter Drucker

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

Management and entrepreneurship are only two different dimensions of the same task. An entrepreneur who does not learn how to manage will not last long. A management that does not learn to innovate will not last long. — Peter Drucker

In the managerial organization, the top people sit in judgment; in the innovative organization it is their job to encourage ideas, no matter how unripe or crude. — Peter Drucker

All economic activity is by definition "high risk." And defending yesterday--that is, not innovating--is far more risky than making tomorrow. — Peter Drucker

Innovation opportunities do not come with the tempest but with the rustling of the breeze. — Peter Drucker

Innovation is the specific tool of entrepreneurs, the means by which they exploit change as an opportunity for a different business or a different service. — Peter Drucker

Whenever anything is being accomplished, it is being done, I have learned, by a monomaniac with a mission. — Peter Drucker

Making changes to better appeal to customer is INNOVATION. — Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker Quotes On Learning

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Cultivate a deep understanding of yourself - not only what your strengths and weaknesses are but also how you learn, how you work with others, what your values are, and where you can make the greatest contribution. Because only when you operate from strengths can you achieve true excellence. — Peter Drucker

The only skill that will be important in the 21st century is the skill of learning new skills.Everythi ng else will become obsolete over time. — Peter Drucker

Universities won't survive. The future is outside the traditional campus, outside the traditional classroom. Distance learning is coming on fast. — Peter Drucker

Don't take on things you don't believe in and that you yourself are not good at. Learn to say no. Effective leaders match the objective needs of their company with the subjective competencies. As a result, they get an enormous amount of things done fast. — Peter Drucker

I have been saying for many years that we are using the word 'guru' only because 'charlatan' is too long to fit into a headline. — Peter Drucker

Teamwork is neither "good" nor "desirable." It is a fact. Wherever people work together or play together they do so as a team. Which team to use for what purpose is a crucial, difficult and risky decision that is even harder to unmake. Managements have yet to learn how to make it. — Peter Drucker

We will have to learn to lead people rather then to contain them. — Peter Drucker

In book subjects a student can only do a student's work. All that can be measured is how well he learns, rather than how well he performs. All he can show is promise. — Peter Drucker

Every enterprise is learning and teaching institution. Training and development must be built into it on all levels, training and development that never stop. — Peter Drucker

We spend a lot of time teaching leaders what to do. We don't spend enough time teaching leaders what to stop. Half the leaders I have met don't need to learn what to do. They need to learn what to stop — Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker Quotes On Strategic

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Strategic management is not a box of tricks or a bundle of techniques. It is analytical thinking and commitment of resources to action. But quantification alone is not planning. Some of the most important issues in strategic management cannot be quantified at all. — Peter Drucker

There is no perfect strategic decision. One always has to pay a price. One always has to balance conflicting objectives, conflicting opinions, and conflicting priorities. The best strategic decision is only an approximation - and a risk. — Peter Drucker

The question that faces the strategic decision maker is not what his organisation should do tomorrow. It is, what do we have to do today to be ready for an uncertain tomorrow? — Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker Quotes On Innovative

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It is commonly believed that innovations create changes - but few ever do. Successful innovations exploit changes that have already happened. — Peter Drucker

Effective innovations start small. They are not grandiose. They try to do one specific thing. — Peter Drucker

Above all, innovation is not invention. It is a term of economics rather than of technology. — Peter Drucker

The large organization has to learn to innovate, or it won't survive. — Peter Drucker

Providing more desirable products, services, and customer experiences is vital to the continued existence of any business. And that is INNOVATION. — Peter Drucker

Don't try to innovate for the future. Innovate for the present! — Peter Drucker

Most innovators are successful to the extent to which they define risks and confine them. — Peter Drucker

There are only two things in a business that make money - innovation and marketing, everything else is cost. — Peter Drucker

Managing innovation will increasingly become a challenge to management, and especially to top management, and a touchstone of its competence. — Peter Drucker

An established company which, in an age demanding innovation, is not able to innovation, is doomed to decline and extinction. — Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker Quotes On Work

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

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

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

The honest work of yesterday has lost its social status, its social esteem. — Peter Drucker

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

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

Conductors do not know how the oboe does its work, but they know what the oboe should contribute. — Peter Drucker

Adversarial power relationships only work if you never have to see or work with the bastards again. — Peter Drucker

Everything must degenerate into work if anything is to happen. — Peter Drucker

Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all. — Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker Quotes On Making

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

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

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

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

The fewer data needed, the better the information. And an overload of information, that is, anything much beyond what is truly needed, leads to information blackout. It does not enrich, but impoverishes. — Peter Drucker

A manager's task is to make the strengths of people effective and their weakness irrelevant - and that applies fully as much to the manager's boss as it applies to the manager's subordinates. — Peter Drucker

The better a man is the more mistakes he will make for the more things he will try. — Peter Drucker

Most discussions of decision making assume that only senior executives make decisions or that only senior executives' decisions matter. This is a dangerous mistake. — Peter Drucker

The strength of the computer lies in its being a logic machine. It does precisely what it is programed to do. This makes it fast and precise. It also makes it a total moron; for logic is essentially stupid. — Peter Drucker

Decision making is the specific executive task. — Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker Quotes On People

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The problem in my life and other people's lives is not the absence of knowing what to do but the absence of doing it. — Peter Drucker

Morale in an organization does not mean that "people get along together"; the test is performance not conformance. — Peter Drucker

It is willingness of people to give of themselves over and above the demands of the job that distinguishes the great from the merely adequate. — Peter Drucker

Any organisation develops people; it either forms them or deforms them. — Peter Drucker

What's absolutely unforgivable is the financial benefit top management people get for laying off people. There's no excuse for it. No justification. No explanation. This is morally and socially unforgivable, and we'll pay a very nasty price. — Peter Drucker

Strong people have strong weaknesses. — Peter Drucker

You cannot prevent a major catastrophe, but you can build an organization that is battle-ready, where people trust one another. In military training, the first rule is to instill soldiers with trust in their officers - because without trust, they won't fight. — Peter Drucker

Businesses once grew by one of two ways; grass roots up, or by acquisition... Today businesses grow through alliances - all kinds of dangerous alliances. Joint ventures and customer partnerings which, by the way, very few people understand. — Peter Drucker

The moment people talk of "implementing" instead of "doing," and of "finalizing" instead of "finishing," the organization is already running a fever. — Peter Drucker

Once a year ask the boss, "What do I or my people do that helps you to do your job?" and "What do I or my people do that hampers you?" — Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker Famous Quotes And Sayings

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

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

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Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable. — Peter Drucker

The relevant question is not simply what shall we do tomorrow, but rather what shall we do today in order to get ready for tomorrow. — Peter Drucker

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. Knowing where one belongs can transform an ordinary person - hardworking and competent but otherwise mediocre - into an outstanding performer. — Peter Drucker

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The leader sees leadership as responsibility rather than as rank and privilege. — Peter Drucker

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

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

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

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Meetings are a symptom of bad organization. The fewer meetings the better. — Peter Drucker

Profit for a company is like oxygen for a person. If you don't have enough of it, you're out of the game. But if you think your life is about breathing, you're really missing something. — Peter Drucker

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The concept of profit maximization is, in fact, meaningless. — Peter Drucker

What is the major problem? It is fundamentally the confusion between effectiveness and efficiency that stands between doing the right things and doing things right. There is surely nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency what should not be done at all. — Peter Drucker

The successful person places more attention on doing the right thing rather than doing things right. — Peter Drucker

Large organizations cannot be versatile. A large organization is effective through its mass rather than through its agility. Fleas can jump many times their own height, but not an elephant. — Peter Drucker

If there is any one secret of effectiveness, it is concentration. Effective executives do first things first and they do one thing at a time. — Peter Drucker

The single most important thing to remember about any enterprise is that results exist only on the outside.The result of a business is a satisfied customer. The result of a hospital is a satisfied patient. The result of a school is a student who has learned something and puts it to work ten years later. Inside an enterprise there are only costs. — Peter Drucker

We all have a vast number of areas in which we have no talent or skill and little chance of becoming even mediocre. In those areas a knowledge workers should not take on work, jobs and assignments. It takes far more energy to improve from incompetence to mediocrity than it takes to improve from first-rate performance to excellence. — Peter Drucker

Customers pay only for what is of use to them and gives them value. Nothing else constitutes quality. — Peter Drucker

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

The largest 100 corporations hold 25 percent of the worldwide productive assets, which in turn control 75 percent of international trade and 98 percent of all foreign direct investment.The multinational corporation...puts the economic decision beyond the effective reach of the political process and its decision-makers, national governments. — Peter Drucker

What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it, that's another matter. — Peter Drucker

Executives owe it to the organization and to their fellow workers not to tolerate nonperforming individuals in important jobs. — Peter Drucker

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

Communism is evil. Its driving forces are the deadly sins of envy and hatred. — Peter Drucker

Time is totally perishable and cannot be stored. Yesterday's time is gone forever, and will never come back. Time is always in short supply. There is no substitute for time. Everything requires time. — Peter Drucker

Innovation requires us to systematically identify changes that have already occurred in a business - in demographics, in values, in technology or science - and then to look at them as opportunities. It also requires something that is most difficult for existing companies to do: to abandon rather than defend yesterday. — Peter Drucker

Fortunately or unfortunately, the one predictable thing in any organization is the crisis. That always comes. That's when you do depend on the leader: The job of the leader is to build an organization that is battle-ready, that has high morale, that knows how to behave, that trusts itself, and where people trust one another. — Peter Drucker

Objectives can be compared to a compass bearing by which a ship navigates. A compass bearing is firm, but in actual navigation, a ship may veer off its course for many miles. Without a compass bearing, a ship would neither find its port nor be able to estimate the time required to get there. — Peter Drucker

Elephants have a hard time adapting. Cockroaches outlive everything. — Peter Drucker

Follow effective action with quiet reflection. — Peter Drucker

The 1st question the effective decision-maker asks is: 'Is this a generic situation or an exception?' — Peter Drucker

There are no creeds in mathematics. — Peter Drucker

Life Lessons by Peter Drucker

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  1. Peter Drucker taught that success comes from focusing on the customer and understanding their needs. He believed that the key to success was to develop a clear vision and to strive for continuous improvement.
  2. He also emphasized the importance of effective communication and collaboration, as well as the need to develop a culture of innovation and experimentation.
  3. Finally, he believed that success was not just about making money, but also about creating value for the customer, the organization, and society as a whole.

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