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  • 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.
    (Peter Drucker)

  • The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself.
    (Peter Drucker)

  • Company cultures are like country cultures. Never try to change one. Try, instead, to work with what you've got.
    (Peter Drucker)

  • The honest work of yesterday has lost its social status, its social esteem.
    (Peter Drucker)

  • The only things that evolve by themselves in an organization are disorder, friction and malperformance.
    (Peter Drucker)


  • 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.'
    (Peter Drucker)

  • 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)

  • Leaders shouldn't attach moral significance to their ideas Do that, and you can't compromise.
    (Peter Drucker)

  • The new information technology... Internet and e-mail... have practically eliminated the physical costs of communications.
    (Peter Drucker)

  • A business exists to create a customer.
    (Peter Drucker)

  • Efficiency is doing better what is already being done.
    (Peter Drucker)

  • Executives owe it to the organization and to their fellow workers not to tolerate nonperforming individuals in important jobs.
    (Peter Drucker)

  • Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.
    (Peter Drucker)

  • 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.
    (Peter Drucker)

  • Everybody has accepted by now that change is unavoidable. But that still implies that change is like death and taxes it should be postponed as long as possible and no change would be vastly preferable. But in a period of upheaval, such as the one we are living in, change is the norm.
    (Peter Drucker)


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