37 Breathtaking Peter Drucker Quotes

Peter Drucker is an Austrian born American management consultant and author most known for his writings contributed to modern business. From practical foundations to self control and management objectives, here is a look at some of the most monumental Peter Drucker quotes ever documented.

“A man should never be appointed into a managerial position if his vision focuses on people’s weaknesses rather than on their strengths.”

“Adequacy is the enemy of excellence.”

“Because its purpose is to create a customer, the business has two and only two functions: Marketing and Innovation. Marketing and Innovation produce results. All the rest are costs.”

“Business has only two basic functions – marketing and innovation.”

“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. ”

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”


“Doing the right thing is more important than doing the thing right.”

“Don’t try to innovate for the future. Innovate for the present!”

“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.”

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”

“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.”

“Long-range planning does not deal with the future decisions, but with the future of present decisions.”

“Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things.”

“Meetings are by definition a concession to a deficient organization. For one either meets or one works. One cannot do both at the same time.”

“No one learns as much about a subject as one who is forced to teach it.”

“One cannot manage change. One can only be ahead of it.”

“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.”

“Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.”

“Results are obtained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems.”

“Since we live in an age of innovation, a practical education must prepare a man for work that does not yet exist and cannot yet be clearly defined.”

“So much of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to work.”

“Strategy is a commodity, execution is an art.”

“The aim of marketing is to make selling superfluous.”

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“The critical question is not “How can I achieve?” but “What can I contribute?”"

“The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.”

“The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic.”

“The key to greatness is to look for people’s potential and spend time developing it.”

“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.”

“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.”

“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.”

“The purpose of a business is to create a customer.”

“There is nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency something that should not be done at all.”

“To make a living is no longer enough. Work also has to make a life.”

“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.”

“What gets measured gets improved.”

“Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.”

Here is an iconic interview with Peter Drucker as he discusses reinventing the United States Government during Bill Clinton’s Administration.

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