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What would Peter do?

What would Peter do?

I consider Peter Drucker a genius. I’m glad to say I’m not alone. BusinessWeek described him as “the man who invented management”. Much of his genius was in his succinct writing on what are now seen as the basic principles of good management. So I thought I would share some of my favourite Peter Drucker quotes

  • If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old

  • The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.

  • Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.

  • There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.

  • Efficiency is doing the thing right. Effectiveness is doing the right thing.

  • 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.

  • Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.

  • Strategy is a commodity, execution is an art.

  • Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes... but no plans.

  • 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.

and

  • The best way to predict the future is to create it.

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Hands to heads to heart

Hands to heads to heart