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.'

Profits in business always depend on the rate of interest: the higher the interest, the higher the rate of profit required. Peter Drucker
Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed. Peter Drucker
Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done. Peter Drucker
Follow effective actions with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. Peter Drucker
Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all. Peter Drucker
Yet there is nothing more dangerous than to be premature in exploiting a change in perception. Peter Drucker
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. Peter Drucker
Meetings are by definition a concession to deficient organization. For one either meets or one works. Peter Drucker
When it rains manna from heaven, some people put up an umbrella. Others reach for a big spoon. Peter Drucker
Each [co-worker] works his or her way, not your way. And each is entitled to work in his or her way. What matters is whether they perform and what their values are. As far as how they perform--each is likely to do it differently. The first secret to effectiveness is to understand the people you work with and depend on so that you can make use of their strengths, their ways of working, and their values. Working relationships are as much based on the people as they are on the work. Peter Drucker
Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else. Peter Drucker
The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity. Peter Drucker
The purpose of a business is to create a customer. Peter Drucker
The new information technology. Internet and e-mail have practically eliminated the physical costs of communications. Peter Drucker
Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. Peter Drucker
Do first things first, and second things not at all. Peter Drucker
There is the risk you cannot afford to take, and there is the risk you cannot afford not to take. Peter Drucker
Marketing is not only much broader than selling, it is not a specialized activity at all. It encompasses the entire business. It is the whole business seen from the point of view of its final result, that is, from the customer's point of view. Peter Drucker
There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. Peter Drucker
Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else. Peter Drucker
Systematic decision review also shows executives their own weaknesses, particularly the areas in which they are simply incompetent. In these areas, smart executives don't make decisions or take actions. They delegate. Peter Drucker
If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old. 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
Marketing and innovation produce results; all the rest are costs. Peter Drucker
A manager's task is to make the strengths of people effective and their weakness irrelevant and that applies fully as much to the manager's boss as it applies to the manager's subordinates. Peter Drucker
The task of leadership is to create an alignment of strengths so strong that it makes the system's weaknesses irrelevant. Peter Drucker
A manager sets objectives, organizes, motivates, and communicates, sets yardsticks, and measures develops people. Peter Drucker
Management is doing things right; Leadership is doing the right things. Peter Drucker