Peter Drucker Quotes

Who is Peter Drucker?

Peter Ferdinand Drucker was an Austrian-American management consultant, educator, and author.

Born November 19, 1909
Died November 11, 2005

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“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”

“Don't solve problems. Pursue opportunities.”

“Focus on opportunities, not problems.”

“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.”

“If you can't measure it, you can't change it.”

“If you have more than five goals, you have none.”

“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.”

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

“Leadership is an achievement of trust.”

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

“Meetings are a symptom of bad organization. The fewer meetings the better.”

“Mission defines strategy, and strategy defines structure.”

“Only three things happen naturally in organizations: friction, confusion, and underperformance. Everything else requires leadership.”

“Our job in life is to make a positive difference, not prove we're right.”

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“People are effective because they say 'no'.”

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

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“It is our destiny to go beyond our planet and develop sustainable environments elsewhere.”


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“The bеѕt wау tо predict уоur future іѕ tо create it.”

“The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday's logic.”

“The key to greatness is to look for people's potential and spend time developing it.”

“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.”

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

“The only skill that will be important in the 21st century is the skill of learning new skills. Everything else will become obsolete over time.”

“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.”

“There is nothing worse than doing the wrong thing well.”

“Trust is congruence between what you say and what you do.”

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

“What gets measured gets managed.”

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”

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“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. ”

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“The purpose of an organization is to enable ordinary humans beings to do extraordinary things.”

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“Purpose (which should last at least 100 years) should not be confused with specific goals or business strategies (which should change many times in 100 years). Whereas you might achieve a goal or complete a strategy, you cannot fulfill a purpose; it is like a guiding star on the horizon – forever pursued but never reached. Yet although purpose itself does not change, it does inspire change. The very fact that purpose can never be fully realized means that an organization can never stop stimulating change and progress.”

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