Peter Drucker Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old peter drucker quotes, peter drucker sayings, and peter drucker proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Management is not being brilliant. Management is being conscientious.     

Peter Drucker

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

Peter Drucker

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.

Peter Drucker

Every organization has to prepare for the abandonment of everything it does.     

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Capitalism is being attacked not because it is inefficient or misgoverned but because it is cynical. And indeed a society based on the assertion that private vices become public benefits cannot endure, no matter how impeccable its logic, no matter how great its benefits.

Peter Drucker

Balance Sheets are meaningless. Our accounting systems are still based on the assumption that 80% of costs are manual labor.     

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

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The computer actually may have aggravated management's degenerative tendency to focus inward on costs.     

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Communism is evil. its driving force are the deadly sins of envy and hatred.

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Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed.

Peter Drucker

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

Peter Drucker

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

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Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.     

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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.

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Efficiency is doing better what is already being done.     

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Efficiency, which is doing things right, is irrelevant until you work on the right things.

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Do not believe that it is very much of an advance to do the unnecessary three times as fast.     

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Entrepreneurship is neither a science nor an art. It is a practice.     

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What we need is an entrepreneurial society in which innovation and entrepreneurship are normal, steady and continuous.     

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

Peter Drucker

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

Peter Drucker

The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never says 'I'. And that's not because they have trained themselves not to say 'I.' They don't think 'I.' They think 'we'; they think 'team.' They understand their job is to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don't sidestep it, but 'we' gets the credit.... This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.     

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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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The only things that evolve by themselves in an organization are disorder, friction and malperformance.     

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

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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.

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Accept the fact that we have to treat almost anybody as a volunteer.     

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A manager is responsible for the application and performance of knowledge.     

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Charisma becomes the undoing of leaders. It makes them inflexible, convinced of their own infallibility, unable to change.     

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Morale in an organization does not mean that a people get along together; the test is performance not conformance.     

Peter Drucker