These 10 Peter Drucker Quotes May Change Your World

Millennials mired inside a traditional corporate environment and people living life inside lean startups will find his thinking particularly spot on.

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These 10 Peter Drucker Quotes May Change Your World

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My first college business professor was a fanatical Peter Drucker devotee.

He launched our course with a dissection of Drucker's The Effective Executive and concluded with a thorough reading of The Practice of Management.

Through my professor's tireless evangelism, I developed a keen appetite for the timeless wisdom of this prescient thought leader.

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Young entrepreneurs unfamiliar with Drucker would do well to study his insightful commentary on the world of "management." Millennials mired inside a traditional corporate environment and people living life inside lean startups will find his thinking particularly spot on.

Even after all these years, 10 Peter Drucker quotes still bounce around in my head constantly:

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Doing the right thing

"Doing the right thing is more important than doing the thing right."

If you want something new

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

There is nothing quite so useless

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

What gets measured

"What gets measured gets improved."

Results are gained

"Results are gained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems."

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So much of what we call management

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

People who don't take risks

"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."

Long-range planning

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

Meetings are by definition

"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."

Management is doing things right

"Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things"

My cynical side (and my short attention span!)

My cynical side (and my short attention span!) feels especially drawn to number eight on that list.

But the quotes that really excite and ignite my entrepreneurial imagination are numbers two and five.

Which quote resonates most deeply with you? Most importantly, which of Drucker's words will change your world?

Jeff Shore

Entrepreneur, Sales Expert and Author; Founder of Shore Consulting

Jeff Shore, of Shore Consulting, is a sought-after sales expert, speaker, author and consultant whose latest book, Be Bold and Win the Sale: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone and Boost Your Performance, was published by McGraw-Hill Professional in January 2014.

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