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These 10 Peter Drucker Quotes May Change Your World

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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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These 10 Peter Drucker Quotes May Change Your World

1. Doing the right thing

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

These 10 Peter Drucker Quotes May Change Your World

2. If you want something new

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

These 10 Peter Drucker Quotes May Change Your World

3. There is nothing quite so useless

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

These 10 Peter Drucker Quotes May Change Your World

4. What gets measured

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"What gets measured gets improved."

These 10 Peter Drucker Quotes May Change Your World

5. Results are gained

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

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These 10 Peter Drucker Quotes May Change Your World

6. So much of what we call management

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

These 10 Peter Drucker Quotes May Change Your World

7. People who don't take risks

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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."

These 10 Peter Drucker Quotes May Change Your World

8. Long-range planning

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

These 10 Peter Drucker Quotes May Change Your World

9. Meetings are by definition

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"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."

These 10 Peter Drucker Quotes May Change Your World

10. Management is doing things right

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

These 10 Peter Drucker Quotes May Change Your World

11. My cynical side (and my short attention span!)

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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?