Peter Drucker

(Peter Ferdinand Drucker)

Peter Drucker
Peter Drucker
  • Born: November 19, 1909
  • Died: November 11, 2005
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Management Consultant, Educator Author

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Big companies have no future …. There are no more advantages to big business. There are only disadvantages. Business, Commerce & Finance
Child labor in the industrial system is destructive and vicious, and that the employment of children in industry has to be forbidden. But this does not solve the problem of the child in industrial society. Families, Children & Parenting
Defending yesterday … is far more risky than making tomorrow. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Earlier pluralist societies destroyed themselves because no one took care of the common good. They abounded in communities but could not sustain community, let alone create it. States. Nations & Nationhood
Economic disputes are rarely the real cause of a strike. We do not have a strike because negotiations break down; negotiations break down because the situation is a strike situation. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Education has become a condition of national survival. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Even in matters of defense—the purpose for which government was instituted among men—no government can promise any longer that it can protect civilians and that they are not going to be harmed by war. Defense & National Security
Growth that adds volume without improving productivity is fat. Growth that diminishes productivity is cancer. Development & Growth
However illusionary the beliefs and doctrines of traditional European Socialism, it reflects therefore genuine social and political tensions. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
In all recorded history there has not been one economist who has had to worry about where the next meal would come from. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
In the political, the social, the economic, even the cultural sphere, the revolutions of our time have been revolutions "against" rather than revolutions "for"... On the whole throughout this period the man--or party--that stood for doing the positive has usually cut a pathetic figure; well meaning but ineffectual, civilized but unrealistic, he was suspect alike to (by both) the ultras of destruction and the ultras of preservation and restoration. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Industrialization divorces the family from society. The place of business moves away from the place of residence: the father goes to work in the plant or in the office, miles away from the home. Wife and children are no longer integrated into the productive work. They may, indeed, have their own jobs and go to work themselves; but even if they should work in the same plant or the same office as the man of the family, they do not work as a family unit. Families, Children & Parenting
No society can tolerate strikes that endanger the general welfare, such as a strike that shuts down an entire industry. Nor can any government tolerate a strike aimed at its authority. But the “right to strike” is absolutely necessary to the cohesion, if not indeed to the survival, of the union; without it it cannot discharge its function. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Nobody really believes any more that government delivers. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Reports tell you what your subordinates want you to know. Management & Managing Government
Strong people have strong weaknesses. Human Nature
The fear of being laid off next payday did as much damage as real unemployment. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said. Miscellaneous
The postwar (WWII) GI Bill of Rights--and the enthusiastic response to it on the part of America's veterans--signaled the shift to the knowledge society. Future historians may consider it the most important event of the twentieth century. Military & Veterans
The root of the worker’s resistance to technological change is the conflict between labor as a commodity and labor as a resource. Increased productivity imposes upon the worker a risk of obsolescence. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
There is an unbroken chain of opposition to the introduction of economic freedom and to the capitalist autonomy of the economic sphere. ...In every case the opposition could only be overcome--peacefully or by force--because of the promise of capitalism to establish equality. ...That this promise was an illusion we all know Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Capitalism
There is no reason to believe that business managers, put in control of service institutions, would do better than the ‘bureaucrats’. Indeed, we know that they immediately become bureaucrats themselves. Bureaucracy
This society in which knowledge workers dominate is in danger of a new "class conflict" between the large minority of knowledge workers and the majority of workers who will make their livings through traditional ways, either by manual work...or by service work Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Tomorrow everybody--or practically everybody--will have had the education of the upper class of yesterday. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Universities won't survive. The future is outside the traditional campus, outside the traditional classroom. Distance learning is coming on fast Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
A manager is responsible for the application and performance of knowledge. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Accept the fact that we have to treat almost anybody as a volunteer.
Business, that's easily defined - it's other people's money. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Money, Coins & Minting
Checking the results of a decision against its expectations shows executives what their strengths are, where they need to improve, and where they lack knowledge or information. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Company cultures are like country cultures. Never try to change one. Try, instead, to work with what you've got. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. Leaders & Leadership
Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.
Executives owe it to the organization and to their fellow workers not to tolerate nonperforming individuals in important jobs.
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.' Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.
Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.
Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every level. Leaders & Leadership
Management by objective works - if you know the objectives. Ninety percent of the time you don't. Time
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. Leaders & Leadership
Most discussions of decision making assume that only senior executives make decisions or that only senior executives' decisions matter. This is a dangerous mistake.
Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
My greatest strength as a consultant is to be ignorant and ask a few questions.
Never mind your happiness; do your duty. Happiness & Unhappiness
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. Leaders & Leadership
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. Business, Commerce & Finance
Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
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. Trust ;Power
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself.
The best way to predict the future is to create it. Future
The computer is a moron. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity. Business, Commerce & Finance
The most efficient way to produce anything is to bring together under one management as many as possible of the activities needed to turn out the product.
The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said. Communication & Communications
The new information technology... Internet and e-mail... have practically eliminated the physical costs of communications. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different. Future
The productivity of work is not the responsibility of the worker but of the manager. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The purpose of a business is to create a customer. Business, Commerce & Finance
There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed. Time ;Business, Commerce & Finance
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. Future
Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes... but no plans.
We can say with certainty - or 90% probability - that the new industries that are about to be born will have nothing to do with information.
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training

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