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Checking the results of a decision against its expectations
by Peter Drucker

Checking the results of a decision against its expectations
shows executives what their strengths are,
where they need to improve, and where they lack knowledge or information.
- Peter Drucker

Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately
degenerate into hard work.
- Peter Drucker

Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every level.
- Peter Drucker

The new information technology...
Internet and e-mail...
have practically eliminated the physical costs of communications.
- Peter Drucker

 

The computer is a moron.
- Peter Drucker

When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course.
- Peter Drucker

Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed
nothing else can be managed.
- Peter Drucker

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Business, that's easily defined - it's other people's money.
- Peter Drucker

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.
- Peter Drucker

Accept the fact that we have to treat almost anybody as a volunteer.
- Peter Drucker

A manager is responsible for the application and performance of knowledge.
- Peter Drucker

Executives owe it to the organization and to their
fellow workers not to tolerate nonperforming individuals in important jobs.
- Peter Drucker

Company cultures are like country cultures.
Never try to change one.
Try, instead, to work with what you've got.
- Peter Drucker

Follow effective action with quiet reflection.
From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.
- Peter Drucker

The most efficient way to produce anything is to bring
together under one management as many as possible of
the activities needed to turn out the product.
- Peter Drucker

Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes...
but no plans.
- Peter Drucker

The aim of marketing is to know and understand the
customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself.
- Peter Drucker

The productivity of work is not the responsibility
of the worker but of the manager.
- Peter Drucker

My greatest strength as a consultant is to be ignorant and ask a few questions.
- Peter Drucker

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.
- Peter Drucker

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked;
leadership is defined by results not attributes.
- Peter Drucker

Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.
- Peter Drucker

Management by objective works - if you know the objectives.
Ninety percent of the time you don't.
- Peter Drucker

The entrepreneur always searches for change,
responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.
- Peter Drucker

So much of what we call management consists in making
it difficult for people to work.
- Peter Drucker

Today knowledge has power.
It controls access to opportunity and advancement.
- Peter Drucker

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.
- Peter Drucker

We can say with certainty - or 90% probability -
that the new industries that are about to be born will
have nothing to do with information.
- Peter Drucker

Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive
down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window.
- Peter Drucker

The purpose of a business is to create a customer.
- Peter Drucker

The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different.
- Peter Drucker

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

Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship.
The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.
- Peter Drucker

Most discussions of decision making assume that only
senior executives make decisions or that only senior
executives' decisions matter.
This is a dangerous mistake.
- Peter Drucker

Knowledge has to be improved, challenged,
and increased constantly, or it vanishes.
- Peter Drucker

Rank does not confer privilege or give power.
It imposes responsibility.
- Peter Drucker

Never mind your happiness; do your duty.
- Peter Drucker

Few companies that installed computers to reduce the
employment of clerks have realized their expectations...
They now need more, and more expensive clerks even
though they call them 'operators' or 'programmers.'
- Peter Drucker

Teaching is the only major occupation of man for which
we have not yet developed tools that make an average
person capable of competence and performance.
In teaching we rely on the "naturals,"
the ones who somehow know how to teach.
- Peter Drucker

Suppliers and especially manufacturers have market
power because they have information about a product
or a service that the customer does not and cannot have,
and does not need if he can trust the brand.
This explains the profitability of brands.
- Peter Drucker

No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses
or supermen to manage it.
It must be organized in such a way as to be able to
get along under a leadership composed of average human beings.
- Peter Drucker

In fact Sarah Palin has created more jobs than Obama has.
She created eleven jobs fact-checking at the AP just
for the Palin autobiography.
- Ann Coulter

Then I started checking out blues albums from the library
and playing the harp along with them.
- John Goodman

My father could have been deported because on his immigration
application he said that he was a printer,
obviously because he didn't want them to be checking his writings.
- Joe Eszterhas

Thinking no longer means anymore than checking at each
moment whether one can indeed think.
- Theodor Adorno

That's when the great stuff happens,
when you're not checking yourself all the time,
being critical of yourself and what other people are doing.
- Carol Kane

They trained mostly by time periods,
checking their pace for known distance only on special occasions.
- Joe Henderson

Honestly, I'm more into the computer,
the Internet, and checking out scores or the news.
- Martina Hingis

I have to do more close research and fact checking for the science fiction.
This is not however to say that writing good fantasy
does not involve doing good research.
- Sarah Zettel

Yet our small business owners across the country are
unfairly losing potential interest income on a daily
basis until the Business Checking Freedom Act becomes law.
- Sue Kelly

This is at the heart of all good education,
where the teacher asks students to think and engages
them in encouraging dialogues,
constantly checking for understanding and growth.
- William Glasser

When I use the Internet, it's pretty much strictly for music.
Checking out other people's web sites,
what's going on, listening to music.
It's pretty much a musical thing for me.
- Liz Phair

To be honest, I find going out pretty scary and intimidating.
Got all those people checking you out,
with only one purpose: hooking up.
I'm quite the dork, I'd rather sit home and play Scrabble.
But that doesn't get you a girl, does it?
- Wentworth Miller

He was somebody who made me think, I suppose,
about the contemplative life.
I've always been a city fellow, but I've often had
vague thoughts about 'checking out' and perhaps going
into a monastery and just seeing what it was like.
- Derek Jacobi

At the end of the day, though, there are a huge number
of considerations that our management team go through
before accepting any project -
checking out the license is just one of them.
- Andrew Oliver

But make no mistake, the President will find in our
new majority the voice of the American people as they've expressed it tonight:
standing on principle,
checking Washington's power and leading the drive for a smaller,
less costly, and more accountable government.
- John Boehner

Rather than doing the kind of fact-checking that normally goes with a story,
you ran with certain stories for not wanting to get beat.
There's a pressure that exists in your profession.
I would be surprised in any honest exchange that you say that doesn't exist.
- Rahm Emanuel

When we're touring America or Europe,
we use our own plane and a great advantage of that
is it cuts out an awful lot of time checking in.
You literally drive up to the plane,
get on and then drive off at the other end.
- Phil Collins

The Queen is most anxious to enlist everyone in checking this mad,
wicked folly of 'Women's Rights'.
It is a subject which makes the Queen so furious that
she cannot contain herself.
- Queen Victoria

Forget all the bars and schmoozing and everybody checking out everybody else.
My ideal date would be to park in a dark place,
check out the stars, and have a great conversation.
When all else fails, you can just make out.
- Brooke Burke

Many of us have been conditioned to trust others' opinions
more than our own, and I believe that sort of trust is excessive.
This is especially true with regard to authority figures -
doctors, lawyers, priests. I trust my doctor's intentions toward me,
but I don't blindly follow his suggestions
without checking other sources also.
He was trained to prescribe a pill for everything,
and does it with the best of intentions,
but I often choose to trust God's quiet voice inside me
rather than my doctor's medical advice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be cautious of playing your Queen in front of your
King and in subjecting yourself to a discovered check.
It is better when check is given to your King to interpose
a man that attacks the checking Piece than with one that does not.
- Howard Staunton

The trouble for today's footballers is they have too many distractions.
We used to get our old players coming to watch training
with football magazines in their hands.
Now, more often than not, they are checking the share prices.
- Franz Beckenbauer

Once I was checking to hotel and a couple saw my ring with Blues on it.
They said, 'You play blues.
That music is so sad.' I gave them tickets to the show,
and they came up afterwards and said,
'You didn't play one sad song.'
- Buddy Guy

It is, then, by those shadows of the hoary Past and
their fantastic silhouettes on the external screen
of every religion and philosophy,
that we can, by checking them as we go along,
and comparing them, trace out finally the body that produced them.
- H. P. Blavatsky

I do a little fact checking now and then.
Other than that its impact is simply that email has
revolutionized communication for me,
and my website has built up a community of readers,
which is a lot of fun.
- Lee Child

But in this case, he had my cell phone and my phone
was ringing and I had just come back from Australia
on the plane and I thought it was my mum and it was
Woody Allen just checking to see if I wanted to be in his movie.
- Radha Mitchell

Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again,
but expecting different results.
- Rita Mae Brown, also attributed to Einstein

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing
over and over and expecting different results.
- Albert Einstein

Sometimes you get the results you wanted,
sometimes you don't.
What matters is that you did your best.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People love chopping wood.
In this activity one immediately sees results.
- Albert Einstein


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