Peter F. Drucker

1909 - 2005

A Quote by Peter F. Drucker on solve, problems, pursue, opportunities, and harmony

Don't solve problems. Pursue opportunities.

Peter F. Drucker (1909 - 2005)

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A Quote by Peter F. Drucker on continuity, change, business, organizations, and balance

The greatest challenge to organizations is the balance between continuity and change. You need both. At different times, the balance is slightly more over here, or slightly more over there, but you need both. And balance is basically the greatest task in leadership. Organizations have to have continuity, and yet if there is not enough new challenge, not enough change, they become empty bureaucracies, awfully fast.

Peter F. Drucker (1909 - 2005)

Source: THE CORPORATION THAT PLAYS TOGETHER, STAYS TOGETHER: http://www.pbs.org/lflc/backstage/jan2000.htm

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A Quote by Peter F. Drucker on innovation, entrepreneurship, and wealth

Entrepreneurs innovate. Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. It is the act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.

Peter F. Drucker (1909 - 2005)

Source: Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Pages: 30

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A Quote by Peter F. Drucker on reading, education, business, and knowledge worker

...there is need for a person to be generally educated. Otherwise you shrivel up much too soon. Whether this means reading the bible (I read the New Testament every few years) or reading the great 19th century novelists (the greatest and shrewdest judge of people and of society who ever lived), or classical philosophy (which I cannot read--it puts me to sleep immediately), or history (which is secondary). What matters is that the knowledge worker, by the time he or she reaches middle age, has developed and nourished a human being rather than a tax accountant or a hydraulic engineer.

Peter F. Drucker (1909 - 2005)

Source: An interview with Peter Drucker: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FWE/is_2_6/ai_83912205/

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A Quote by Peter F. Drucker on success and knowledge

To succeed in this new world, we will have to learn, first, who we are. Few people, even highly successful people, can answer the questions, Do you know what you're good at? Do you know what you need to learn so that you get the full benefit of your strengths? Few have even asked themselves these questions.

Peter F. Drucker (1909 - 2005)

Source: Managing Knowledge Means Managing Oneself: http://www.leadertoleader.org/knowledgecenter/L2L/spring2000/drucker.html

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A Quote by Peter F. Drucker on nonprofit, volunteering, and business

The real development I've seen of people in organizations, especially in big ones, comes from their being volunteers in a nonprofit organization -- where you have responsibility, you see results, and you quickly learn what your values are. There is no better way to understand your strengths and discover where you belong than to volunteer in a nonprofit. That is probably the great opportunity for the social sector -- and especially in its relationship to business.

Peter F. Drucker (1909 - 2005)

Source: Managing Knowledge Means Managing Oneself: http://www.leadertoleader.org/knowledgecenter/L2L/spring2000/drucker.html

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A Quote by Peter F. Drucker on business, think, objectives, and goals

The most critical case in a corporation, especially a big one, is when everything goes well, when you have accomplished your objectives. When the temptation is to work twice as hard instead of saying, "We have accomplished our objectives, we have to think again."

Peter F. Drucker (1909 - 2005)

Source: THE CORPORATION THAT PLAYS TOGETHER, STAYS TOGETHER: http://www.pbs.org/lflc/backstage/jan2000.htm

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A Quote by Peter F. Drucker on leaders, leadership, and success

Successful leaders don't start out asking, "What do I want to do?" They ask, "What needs to be done?" Then they ask, "Of those things that would make a difference, which are right for me?" They don't tackle things they aren't good at. They make sure other necessities get done, but not by them. Successful leaders make sure that they succeed! They are not afraid of strength in others. Andrew Carnegie wanted to put on his gravestone, "Here lies a man who knew how to put into his service more able men than he was himself."

Peter F. Drucker (1909 - 2005)

Source: Peter Drucker On Leadership: http://www.forbes.com/management/2004/11/19/cz_rk_1119drucker.html

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A Quote by Peter F. Drucker on decisions, responsibility, and work

No decision has been made unless carrying it out in specific steps has become someone's work assignment and responsibility.

Peter F. Drucker (1909 - 2005)

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A Quote by Peter F. Drucker on business, courage, decisions, and success

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

Peter F. Drucker (1909 - 2005)

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