Peter Drucker Quotes On Culture, Innovation, Marketing

Peter Ferdinand Drucker was an Austrian-born American management consultant, educator, and author, whose writings contributed to the philosophical and practical foundations of the modern business corporation. This Peter Drucker quotes on management, marketing, teamwork, change will motivate you.

Best Peter Drucker Quotes

  1. The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic. ~ Peter Drucker
  2. Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. ~ Peter Drucker
  3. What gets measured gets managed. ~ Peter Drucker
  4. Culture eats strategy for breakfast. ~ Peter Drucker, Peter Drucker quotes on culture
  5. Only three things happen naturally in organizations: friction, confusion, and underperformance. Everything else requires leadership. ~ Peter Drucker
  6. The relevant question is not simply what shall we do tomorrow, but rather what shall we do today in order to get ready for tomorrow. ~ Peter Drucker
  7. If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old ~ Peter Drucker

  8. The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said. ~ Peter Drucker
  9. Cultivate a deep understanding of yourself – not only what your strengths and weaknesses are but also how you learn, how you work with others, what your values are, and where you can make the greatest contribution. ~ Peter Drucker
  10. Because only when you operate from strengths can you achieve true excellence. ~ Peter Drucker
  11. The only skill that will be important in the 21st century is the skill of learning new skills. Everything else will become obsolete over time. ~ Peter Drucker
  12. The bеѕt wау tо predict уоur future іѕ tо create it. ~ Peter Drucker
  13. If you can’t measure it, you can’t change it. ~ Peter Drucker

  14. The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say “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 to be 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. ~ Peter Drucker
  15. The purpose of an organization is to enable ordinary humans beings to do extraordinary things. ~ Peter Drucker
  16. In a few hundred years, when the history of our time will be written from a long-term perspective, it is likely that the most important event historians will see is not technology, not the Internet, not e-commerce. It is an unprecedented change in the human condition. For the first time – literally – substantial and rapidly growing numbers of people have choices. For the first time, they will have to manage themselves. And society is totally unprepared for it. ~ Peter Drucker
  17. There is nothing worse than doing the wrong thing well. ~ Peter Drucker
  18. The key to greatness is to look for people’s potential and spend time developing it. ~ Peter Drucker

  19. Because its purpose is to create a customer, the business enterprise has two – and only these two — basic functions: marketing and innovation. Marketing and innovation produce results; all the rest are ‘costs’.
    Our job in life is to make a positive difference, not prove we’re right. ~ Peter Drucker, Peter Drucker quotes on innovation
  20. If you want to improve how you manage time – stop doing what doesn’t need to be done! ~ Peter Drucker
  21. The only real difference between one organization and another is the performance of its people. ~ Peter Drucker
  22. Successful careers are not planned. They develop when people are prepared for opportunities because they know their strengths, their method of work, and their values. Knowing where one belongs can transform an ordinary person – hardworking and competent but otherwise mediocre – into an outstanding performer. ~ Peter Drucker
  23. The talk you hear about adapting to change is not only stupid, it’s dangerous. The only way you can manage change is to create it. ~ Peter Drucker
  24. Focus on opportunities, not problems. ~ Peter Drucker

  25. The purpose of information is not knowledge. It is being able to take the right action. ~ Peter Drucker
  26. Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. ~ Peter Drucker
  27. The critical question is not “How can I achieve?” but “What can I contribute?” ~ Peter Drucker
  28. Strategy is a commodity, execution is an art. ~ Peter Drucker
  29. Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results, not attributes.
  30. Quality in a product or service is not what the supplier puts in. It is what the customer gets out and is willing to pay for. A product is not quality because it is hard to make and costs a lot of money, as manufacturers typically believe. This is incompetence. Customers pay only for what is of use to them and gives them value. Nothing else constitutes quality. ~ Peter Drucker
  31. If you have more than five goals, you have none. ~ Peter Drucker

  32. The leader of the past was a person who knew how to tell. The leader of the future will be a person who knows how to ask. ~ Peter Drucker
  33. Quality in a service or product is not what you put into it. It is what the client or customer gets out of it. ~ Peter Drucker
  34. The task of leadership is to create an alignment of strengths so strong that it makes the system’s weaknesses irrelevant. ~ Peter Drucker
  35. An employer has no business with a man’s personality. Employment is a specific contract calling for a specific performance… Any attempt to go beyond that is usurpation. It is immoral as well as an illegal intrusion of privacy. It is an abuse of power. An employee owes no “loyalty,” he owes no “love” and no “attitudes” – he owes performance and nothing else. …. The task is not to change personality but to enable a person to achieve and to perform. ~ Peter Drucker
  36. A man should never be appointed into a managerial position if his vision focuses on people’s weaknesses rather than on their strengths.
  37. In today’s economy, the most important resource is no longer labor, capital, or land; it is knowledge ~ Peter Drucker
  38. Mission defines the strategy, and strategy defines structure. ~ Peter Drucker

  39. During periods of discontinuous, abrupt change, the essence of adaptation involves a keen sensitivity to what should be abandoned – not what should be changed or introduced. A willingness to depart from the familiar has a distinct survival value. ~ Peter Drucker
  40. History has been written not by the most talented but by the most motivated. ~ Peter Drucker
  41. Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done. ~ Peter Drucker
  42. 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. ~ Peter Drucker
  43. There are two types of people in the business community: those who produce results and those who give you reasons why they didn’t. ~ Peter Drucker
  44. There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. ~ Peter Drucker
  45. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. ~ Peter Drucker

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