Quotations by Drucker, Peter F.


Nothing that man does is eternal.

Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005) Austrian-American business consultant
“How to be an Effective Executive,” Nation’s Business (Apr 1961)
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Do not believe that it is very much of an advance to do the unnecessary three times as fast.

Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005) Austrian-American business consultant
(1969)

On computers
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My greatest strength as a consultant is to be ignorant and ask a few questions.

Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005) Austrian-American business consultant
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So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.

Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005) Austrian-American business consultant
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There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.

Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005) Austrian-American business consultant
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The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.

Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005) Austrian-American business consultant
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Wherever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.

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

Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005) Austrian-American business consultant
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What gets measured, gets managed.

Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005) Austrian-American business consultant
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Frequently cited, but not sourced. Cf. Lord Kelvin.
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Culture eats strategy for breakfast.

Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005) Austrian-American business consultant
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Frequently attributed to Drucker, but not found in his writings. See here for more discussion.
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Never push loyal people to the point where they don’t give a damn.

Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005) Austrian-American business consultant
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A close variant, sometimes identified with Drucker: "Never push a loyal person to the point where they no longer care."
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Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things.

Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005) Austrian-American business consultant
Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices, ch. 2 (1974)

Sometimes quoted as "Management" and "Leadership"; also attrib. Warren Bennis
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Integrity is the one absolute requirement of managers.

Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005) Austrian-American business consultant
Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices, ch. 28 (1974)
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The understanding that underlies the right decision grows out of the clash and conflict of opinions and out of the serious consideration of competing alternatives.

Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005) Austrian-American business consultant
Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices, ch. 29 (1974)
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The danger of total propaganda is not that the propaganda will be believed. The danger is that nothing will be believed. … The end result of total propaganda are not fanatics, but cynics.

Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005) Austrian-American business consultant
Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices, ch. 30 (1974)
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What makes a plan capable of producing results is the commitment of key people to work on specific tasks.

Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005) Austrian-American business consultant
Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices, ch. 8 (1977 ed.)
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The productivity of work is not the responsibility of the worker but of the manager.

Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005) Austrian-American business consultant
Managing in Turbulent Times, ch. 1 “Managing the Fundamentals” (1980)
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It requires building on strength to make weaknesses irrelevant.  Few things make an executive as effective as building on the strength of his superior.

Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005) Austrian-American business consultant
The Effective Executive, 4.2 (1967)
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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) Austrian-American business consultant
The Effective Executive, 4.2.4 (1967)
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