Peter Ferdinand Drucker (1909-2005) was a journalist, management consultant, educator and author. he wrote 39 books and countless articles on a wide variety of subjects. Born in Austria, he worked in Germany, then the UK, before emigrating to the United States.
Three things impress us most about Peter Drucker:
– He saw dangers in Adolf Hitler and the emerging Nazi party years before others did. In 1932, Peter Drucker published an essay on German conservative philosopher, Friedrich Julius Stahl. This offended the emerging Nazi government which banned and burned it. Based on all accounts, only one copy still exists. Peter Drucker fled to London and later moved to the United States of America. Peter Drucker and Albert Einstein would have never left Europe if not for Hitler.
– Like Russell Ackoff (likely because of Russell Ackoff), Drucker understood the delicate balance and potential opportunity costs of technology when applied to organizations.
– With his investigative journalism background, Peter F. Drucker was able to uncover new insights about business in a way that few others could. It was all based on his empirical observations.
Peter Drucker video ultra short intro to his life:
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A wonderful Rick Warren tribute to Peter Drucker:
Jim Collins Tribute to Peter Drucker:
Peter Drucker Quotes:
The three most charismatic leaders in this (20th) century inflicted more suffering on the human race than almost any trio in history: Hitler, Stalin, and Mao. What matters is not the leader’s charisma. What matters is the leader’s mission. – Peter Drucker
Efficiency is doing the thing right. Effectiveness is doing the right thing. – Peter Drucker
The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer. – Peter Drucker
If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old. – Peter Drucker
No one learns as much about a subject as one who is forced to teach it. – Peter Drucker
Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision. – Peter Drucker
What’s measured improves. – Peter Drucker
There is a point at which a transformation has to take place. – Peter Drucker
Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes. – Peter Drucker
There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. – Peter Drucker
This defines entrepreneur and entrepreneurship – the entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity. – Peter Drucker
People in any organization are always attached to the obsolete – the things that should have worked but did not, the things that once were productive and no longer are. – Peter Drucker
The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The true dangerous thing is asking the wrong question. – Peter Drucker
So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work. – Peter Drucker
When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course. – Peter Drucker
A manager is responsible for the application and performance of knowledge. – Peter Drucker
Strategy is a commodity, execution is an art. – Peter Drucker
The computer is a moron. – Peter Drucker
It is more productive to convert an opportunity into results than to solve a problem – which only restores the equilibrium of yesterday. – Peter Drucker
The problem in my life and other people’s lives is not the absence of knowing what to do but the absence of doing it. – Peter Drucker
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. – Peter Drucker
Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else. – Peter Drucker
To be sure, the fundamental task of management remains the same: to make people capable of joint performance through common goals, common values, the right structure, and the training and development they need to perform and to respond to change. – Peter Drucker
Working on the right things is what makes knowledge work effective. – Peter Drucker
Entrepreneurship is “risky” mainly because so few of the so-called entrepreneurs know what they are doing. – Peter Drucker
Effectiveness must be learned. – Peter Drucker
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
I think the growth industry of the future in this country and the world will soon be the continuing education of adults. …I think the educated person of the future is somebody who realizes the need to continue to learn. That is the new definition and it is going to change the world we live in and work in.
– Peter Drucker