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Who Was Peter Drucker?
Peter Drucker (November 19, 1909 – November 11, 2005) was an Austrian-American management consultant, educator, and author, whose writings contributed to the philosophical and practical foundations of the modern business corporation. He was also a leader in the development of management education, he invented the concept known as management by objectives and self-control, and he has been described as “the founder of modern management”.
The Best Peter Drucker Books of All Time
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Best Peter Drucker Quotes
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"The knowledge worker cannot be supervised closely or in detail. He can only be helped. But he must direct himself, and he must direct himself towards performance and contribution, that is toward effectiveness."- Peter Drucker, The Effective Executive
"The man who focusses on efforts and who stresses his downward authority is a subordinate no matter how exalted his title and rank. But the man who focusses on contribution and who takes responsibility for results no matter how junior, is, in the most literal sense of the phrase, ‘top management. He holds himself accountable for the performance of the whole."- Peter Drucker, The Effective Executive
"It is just as risky, just as arduous, and just as uncertain to do something small that is new, as it is to do something big that is new. 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 Effective Executive
"All military services have long ago learned that the officer who has given an order goes out and sees for himself whether it has been carried out. At the least he sends one of his own aides—he never relies on what he is told by the subordinate to whom the order was given. Not that he distrusts the subordinate; he has learned from experience to distrust communications."- Peter Drucker, The Effective Executive
"People inevitably start out with an opinion; to ask them to search for the facts first is even undesirable. They will simply do what everyone is far too prone to do anyhow: look for the facts that fit the conclusion they have already reached."- Peter Drucker, The Effective Executive
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