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The best way to predict the future is to create it.

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

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

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

Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement.

Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement.

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

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

The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself. ---->>>

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

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

Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. ---->>>

Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.

Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.

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

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

Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done.

Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done.

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.

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.

The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.

The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.

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

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

Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes... but no plans. ---->>>

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

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

The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different.

The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

The productivity of work is not the responsibility of the worker but of the manager.

The productivity of work is not the responsibility of the worker but of the manager.

Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every level.

Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every level.

The new information technology... Internet and e-mail... have practically eliminated the physical costs of communications.

The new information technology... Internet and e-mail... have practically eliminated the physical costs of communications.

Company cultures are like country cultures. Never try to change one. Try, instead, to work with what you've got. ---->>>

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

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

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. ---->>>

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.

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.

When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course.

When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course.

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.

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.

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

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

The purpose of a business is to create a customer. ---->>>

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.

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.

Management by objective works - if you know the objectives. Ninety percent of the time you don't. ---->>>

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, that's easily defined - it's other people's money.

Most discussions of decision making assume that only senior executives make decisions or that only senior executives' decisions matter. This is a dangerous mistake. ---->>>

The computer is a moron.

The computer is a moron.

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. ---->>>

Never mind your happiness; do your duty.

Never mind your happiness; do your duty.

Executives owe it to the organization and to their fellow workers not to tolerate nonperforming individuals in important jobs. ---->>>

So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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.'

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.'

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 11-19, 1909
Birthplace: Kaasgraben, Vienna, Austria-Hungary
Die: 11-11, 2005
Occupation: Businessman
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Peter Ferdinand Drucker (; German: [ˈdʀʊkɐ]; November 19, 1909 – November 11, 2005) was an Austrian-born American management consultant, educator, and author, whose writings contributed to the philosophical and practical foundations of the modern business corporation. He was also a leader in the development of management education, he invented the concept known as management by objectives and self-control, and he has been described as "the founder of modern management" (wikipedia)