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.

The first step toward making the worker achieving is to make work productive. Peter Drucker
People who need certainty are unlikely to make good entrepreneurs. Peter Drucker
The computer, being a mechanical moron, can handle only quantifiable data. Peter Drucker
There is a point of complexity beyond which a business is no longer manageable. Peter Drucker
Free enterprise cannot be justified as being good for business. It can be justified only as being good for society. Peter Drucker
The enterprise can fulfill its human and social functions only if it prospers as a business. Peter Drucker
The enterprise that does not innovate ages and declines. And in a period of rapid change such as the present, the decline will be fast. Peter Drucker
Business enterprise is an organ of society. There is only one valid definition of business purpose: to create a customer. Peter Drucker
A business enterprise must continue beyond the lifetime of the individual or of the generation to be capable of producing its contributions to economy and to society. Peter Drucker
The enterprise, by definition, must be capable of producing more or better than all the resources that comprise it. Peter Drucker
There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. Peter Drucker
“Plastic moments" are those periods that overlap when the old has gone but the new has not yet arrived and when the course of history is more open to being shaped and steered than any other time. Peter Drucker
Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hope... But no plans. Peter Drucker
Replace your pursuit of success with the pursuit of contribution. Peter Drucker
A superior who works on his own development sets an almost irresistible example. Peter Drucker
The job of a professional manager is not to like people. It is not to change people. It is to put their strengths to work. Peter Drucker
Wherever an impact can be eliminated by dropping the activity that causes it, this is therefore the best-indeed the only truly good-solution. Peter Drucker
Results are obtained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems. Peter Drucker
Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every level. Peter Drucker
Promotion should not be more important than accomplishment, or avoiding instability more important than taking the right risk. Peter Drucker
Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility. Peter Drucker
The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said. Peter Drucker
The really important things are said over cocktails and are never done. Peter Drucker
Teamwork is neither "good" nor "desirable." It is a fact. Wherever people work together or play together they do so as a team. Which team to use for what purpose is a crucial, difficult and risky decision that is even harder to unmake. Managements have yet to learn how to make it. Peter Drucker
Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. Peter Drucker
Unless strategy evaluation is performed seriously and systematically, and unless strategists are willing to act on the results, energy will be used up defending yesterday. Peter Drucker
Unless strategy evaluation is performed seriously and systematically, and unless strategists are willing to act on the results, energy will be used up defending yesterday. Peter Drucker
The one person to distrust is the one who never makes a mistake. Either he is a phony, or he stays with the safe, the tried, and the trivial. Peter Drucker
Profit is not a cause but a result. Peter Drucker
Profit is not the purpose of a business, but rather the test of its validity. Peter Drucker