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28 Peter Drucker Quotes to Energize Your Work Week

Every day I post quotes by Peter Drucker on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. I’ve curated these quotes over many years, and I find them to be inspirational and useful in my work and life. Here are some of my favorites, grouped by topic:

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“Effective innovations start small. They are not grandiose. They try to do one specific thing.”

“The large organization has to learn to innovate, or it won’t survive.”

“Systematic innovation requires a willingness to look on change as an opportunity.”

“Innovation is not a technical term. It is an economic and social term.”

“The test of an innovation is whether it creates value.”



“Self-development may require learning new skills, new knowledge, and new manners.”

“The first priority for one’s own development is to strive for excellence.”
“Listening for the signal that it is time to change is an essential skill for self-development.”
“Self-development becomes self-renewal when you walk a different path, become aware of a different horizon, move toward a different destination.”
“Just as no one learns as much about a subject as the person who is forced to teach it, no one develops as much as the person who is trying to help others to develop themselves.”


“The manager of tomorrow will increasingly have more than one career.”
“We will have to learn to develop second careers for accomplished professional and managerial people when they reach their late forties or so.”
“Most of us, if we live long enough, must change careers.

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Peter Drucker and The Future That Has Already Happened

In my recent post “Peter Drucker and the Forward Focused Mindset,” I noted that Inevitability was one of the 10 Elements of the Future that I derived from Drucker’s life and work for my 2013 book Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way: Developing and Applying a Forward Focused Mindset. Inevitability is a shortened way of expressing Drucker’s long-held concept of ‘The Future That Has Already Happened.’

I devoted the entire second chapter of the book to this idea, which is, in simplified form, the anticipation of the effects of events/trends that have already taken place and will unfold over a period of time.

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Peter Drucker and the Forward Focused Mindset

A major thread running throughout last month’s WorldFuture 2016 annual conference of the World Future Society was the concept of a futurist mindset. (As part of the Unconference segment, I led a discussion on the future of leadership, and last week I wrote about my experiences at the conference.)

The idea of mindset resonated with me, as it’s a major part of my 2013 book Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way: Developing and Applying a Forward Focused Mindset.  Although Drucker did not use ‘mindset’ terminology, when I organized a framework around his voluminous work on the future, mindset was the first of 10 elements of the future I derived from his life and work.

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5 Insights From WorldFuture 2016

Two weeks have passed since the terrific World Future Society WorldFuture 2016, and my perspective about the 50th annual conference has deepened. It’s impressive that so many people traveled from around the world to learn (and share their knowledge) about the future.

I was gratified by the response to my Future of Leadership unconference sessions. I had some trepidation about how many participants there would be early on a Saturday morning, but I needn’t have worried.


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Here are five key takeaways about the conference, which I previewed in three earlier posts:

1. The Future is Being Created Now.

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WorldFuture 2016 Preview, Part 3

For my third and final preview post about the fast-approaching WorldFuture 2016, marking the 50th anniversary of the World Future Society, I’m focusing on the segment in which I’ll participate, the Unconference. It will be held this Saturday morning, July 23rd, from 8:00-9:30 AM, when I’ll facilitate a discussion on the future of leadership.

Retro effect and toned image of a woman hand writing a note with a fountain pen on a notebook. Motivational concept with handwritten text CREATE YOUR FUTURE

Because of the format, I won’t get to listen to any of the other discussions, which all look interesting. I’m unfamiliar with the other discussion leaders, other than my fellow Berrett-Koehler author Laura Goodrich, whose topic is Creating a Mindset for Change.

But I hope to meet as many of my fellow discussion leaders as possible over the course of the weekend, and perhaps collect some handouts for future reference.

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WorldFuture 2016 Conference Preview, Part 2

WorldFuture 2016, the conference marking the 50th anniversary of the World Future Society, is rapidly approaching. Last week, I wrote my first of three blog posts previewing the conference, where I’ll facilitate a discussion on the future of leadership during the Unconference segment on July 23rd, from 8:00-9:30 AM.

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Along with the keynote speakers I noted last week, there are many other speakers, panelists and Unconference session facilitators who will contribute to making this a great conference. It’s going to be tough making choices about which of the many concurrent sessions to attend, but here are some that look particularly intriguing:

  •  Accelerating Human Imagination: Sheldon Brown, Director of the Arthur C.

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WorldFuture 2016 Preview, Part 1

On Saturday, July 23rd, I’m going to lead a discussion in Washington, D.C., on the future of leadership, during the Unconference segment of WorldFuture 2016, which marks the 50th anniversary of the World Future Society.

Past now and future notes and a arrow on blackboard.

This is the first of my three planned blog posts providing previews to the three-day event. The keynotes all sound promising: Kimbal Musk (Chef,co-founder of The Kitchen), Bob Richards (co-founder and CEO of Moon Express), Sekou Andrews (“the world’s leading Poetic Voice,”) and Wayne Pacelle (CEO and President of the Humane Society of the United States). In addition, there are a number of other speakers, panelists and other events, including the Unconference on Saturday morning.

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Peter Drucker’s 5 Existential Questions for the Fall Semester

As we’re all aware, the immediate period after Labor Day is one of transitions, new beginnings and self-examination. Among other things, it is the Jewish New Year, and the start of the school year. Many people are starting or ending jobs, moving to a new residence, or deciding on potential new careers. I wrote about this period last year, in my post “5 Self-Management Tips For the Fall 2012 Semester.”

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Whether or not you are a college or grad student, it’s worth considering questions Peter Drucker posed to this group in a fascinating essay, “The Romantic Generation,” in Harper’s Magazine, May 1966.

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The Future in Fortune

Fortune’s January 14, 2013 edition is The Future Issue; with around one-quarter of the pages devoted to the topic. The magazine explores various dimensions of what tomorrow might be like rooted in work and effort taking place in the present. The centerpiece feature (eight pages long) is “Larry Page Looks Ahead,” about the Google CEO/co-founder’s vision for the company and its potential game-changer initiatives like self-driving cars. The article, by Miguel Helft, portrays a company in constant motion, reinventing itself 24/7; appropriate for a service that has to be always available, with no exceptions or downtime.

Other features include “Meet Your Next Surgeon,” on robotics in the operating room, such as the da Vinci, from the Silicon Valley company Intuitive Surgical.…

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Clicking With Frans Johansson

January is a great month for introspection, especially about one elusive subject: what really drives success? There are innumerable guides in this area, and there is no shortage of people who have and will continue to offer advice. If you’re open to the idea of the random nature of success, the involvement of luck and the serendipity factor behind it, the work of Frans Johansson provides a sense of hope and a set of strategies.

I just finished his terrific book published last year, The Click Moment: Seizing Opportunity in an Unpredictable World. It is a worthy follow up to 2004’s The Medici Effect: What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us About Innovation.…

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