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50 Most Influential Quotes From Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker was a management consultant, educator, and author. He is one of the best-known and most widely influential thinkers and writers on the subject of management theory and practice. He is more relevant today than ever before.

Drucker believed that managers should, above all else, be leaders. Rather than setting strict hours and discouraging innovation, he opted for a more flexible, collaborative approach. The Effective Executive, Managing The Non-Profit Organization, The Frontiers Of Management, Innovation And Entrepreneurship are some of his most notable works.

This is a collection of Peter Drucker's Quotes on Business, Entrepreneurship, and Time Management.

Strategy is a commodity, execution is an art. Peter Drucker
Business, that's easily defined - it's other people's money. Peter Drucker
Entrepreneurship is "risky" mainly because so few of the so-called entrepreneurs know what they are doing. Peter Drucker
Keep your eye on the task, not on yourself. The task matters, and you are a servant. Peter Drucker
The less an organization has to do to produce results, the better it does its job. Peter Drucker
Effectiveness must be learned. Peter Drucker
Efficiency is doing the thing right. Effectiveness is doing the right thing. Peter Drucker
Never mind your happiness; do your duty. Peter Drucker
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
There is only one valid definition of business purpose: to create a customer. Peter Drucker
The best way to predict your future is to create it. Peter Drucker
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. Peter Drucker
Intelligence, imagination, and knowledge are essential resources, but only effectiveness converts them into results. Peter Drucker
There is surely nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency what should not be done at all. Peter Drucker
The greatest wisdom not applied to action and behavior is meaningless data. Peter Drucker
Plan, organize, integrate, motivate, and measure. Peter Drucker
Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes. Peter Drucker
The action plan is a statement of intentions rather than a commitment. It must not become a straitjacket. It should be revised often, because every success creates new opportunities. So does every failure. Peter Drucker
In human affairs, the distance between the leaders and the average is a constant. Peter Drucker
You should not change yourself, but create yourself, that mean build around your strengths and removing bad habits. Peter Drucker
Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else. Peter Drucker
So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work. Peter Drucker
Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. Peter Drucker
If you have a goal that you still postpone, that means, it's not one of your strengths. Peter Drucker
Managers are action-focused; they are not philosophers and should not be. Peter Drucker
Working on the right things is what makes knowledge work effective. Peter Drucker
One cannot hire a hand—the whole man always comes with it. Peter Drucker
Profit is not the purpose of a business, but rather the test of its validity. Peter Drucker
Brilliant men are often strikingly ineffectual; they fail to realize that the brilliant insight is not by itself achievement. They never have learned that insights become effectiveness only through hard systematic work. Peter Drucker
Of all the important pieces of self-knowledge, understanding how you learn is the easiest to acquire. Peter Drucker
Entrepreneurs innovate. Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. Peter Drucker
History has been written not by the most talented but by the most motivated. Peter Drucker
Staffing the opportunities instead of the problems not only creates the most effective organization, it also creates enthusiasm and dedication. Peter Drucker
The first rule in decision-making is that one does not make a decision unless there is disagreement. Peter Drucker
Entrepreneurship, then, is behavior rather than personality trait. And its foundation lies in concept and theory rather than in intuition. Peter Drucker
Managing yourself requires taking responsibility for relationships. Peter Drucker
Bulldozers move mountains; ideas show where the bulldozers should go to work. Peter Drucker
In the Next Society’s corporation, top management will be the company. Everything else can be outsourced. Peter Drucker
Knowledge work is not defined by quantity. Neither is knowledge work defined by its costs. Knowledge work is defined by its results. Peter Drucker
The experience of the human race indicates strongly that the only person in abundant supply is the universal incompetent. Peter Drucker
A crisis that recurs a second time is a crisis that must not occur again. Peter Drucker
Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed. Peter Drucker
The earlier changes are discerned, the earlier the opportunities they create can be converted into innovations. Peter F. Drucker
Effective executives do not race. They set an easy pace but keep going steadily. Peter Drucker
The most important thing about priorities and posteriorities is not intelligent analysis but courage. Peter Drucker
Doing the right thing is more important than doing the thing right. Peter Drucker
Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. Peter Drucker
Introverts do better alone with competition, extraverts do better in large group without competition. Peter Drucker
The computer is a moron. Peter Drucker
The secret is that effective executives make the strengths of the boss productive. Peter Drucker
Entrepreneurship is neither a science nor an art. It is a practice. Peter Drucker
The responsibility is always mine, but the decision lies with whoever is on the spot. Peter Drucker
This failure to ask reflects human stupidity less than it reflects human history. Peter Drucker
Effectiveness, in other words, is a habit; that is, a complex of practices. And practices can always be learned. Peter Drucker
Effective executives focus on outward contribution. They gear their efforts to results rather than to work. Peter Drucker

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