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Peter Drucker
1909 -

Austrian-born U.S. management consultant, educator, columnist, author of more than 25 books about society, politics, economics, and business including The End of Economic Man: The Origins of Totalitarianism


The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence. It is to act with yesterday's logic.

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

The purpose of an organization is to enable common men to do uncommon things.

from Management
Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.

There are an enormous number of managers who have retired on the job.

... the despair of the masses is the key to understanding fascism ... stark despair caused by the breakdown of the old order and the absence of a new one.

1939 - from The End of Economic Man
Government runs on the idea that the more things you do, the more effective you are. And the moment you establish something it becomes a vested interest. [Drucker goes on to relate that the Halifax Commission, established in 1917 to assist survivors of the devastating munitions ship explosion, still existed in 1963 with 2,800 people on the payroll.]

All grand strategies eventually deteriorate into work.