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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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MacArthur, Nobel, and Drucker: Inspiration from Awards Season

I have been reading for years the acceptance speeches of Nobel prize winners.” – Peter Drucker, 1969.

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There is little wonder why Peter Drucker found inspiration in reading about winners of prestigious prizes. When he wrote the above, nearly 50 years ago in his book The Age of Discontinuity, it took some effort to find this information. Now, much of it is readily available on the Nobel Prizes’ website. We are at this time of year awash in inspiration, especially from the ongoing announcements of winners for the various Nobel Prizes. In addition, there is the MacArthur Fellows program (AKA ‘Genius Grants,’) which I wrote about in Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way and in my October 8, 2012 post “Become Your Own Genius Grant Fellow.” In September, the Drucker Institute announced that We Care Solar, of Berkeley, Ca., was the winner of the 2017 Drucker Prize.

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Max De Pree, Peter Drucker and the Art of Leadership

I was saddened recently to learn of the August 8th death, at 92, of Max De Pree, who had an illustrious career as CEO and Chairman of the innovative furniture/design company Herman Miller.

In 1989, after he retired as CEO but while remaining as Chairman, he also started a parallel career as a best-selling leadership author; particularly with his first book, Leadership is an Art; the follow-up Leadership Jazz, and in 1997, with Leading Without Power: Finding Hope in Serving Community. These slim volumes are eloquent, full of wisdom of various types, and spiritually reflective of De Pree’s deep Christian faith.

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Inventing the Future with Pagan Kennedy

Most people take for granted the wonders surrounding us, including the accumulated inventions of many centuries that make our lives safer, easier, more productive and more satisfying. We rarely stop to think of who invented things that are indispensable to daily life. If you want to open your eyes to a richer appreciation of the world of invention and inventors, and the psychology and thought processes that underpin this discipline, turn to Pagan Kennedy and her 2016 book Inventology: How We Dream Up Things That Change the World.

Kennedy has written a number of books and countless freelance articles in a variety of publications.

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ALA, Libraries and the Internet Economy: Partnering for Mutual Success

One of my highlights of last month was attending “Here Comes Everybody: Boosting Economic Opportunity in the New Administration,” a policy hackathon held at the Washington, D.C. offices of Google, and co-hosted by ALA/American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the Internet Association.

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The event was detailed in the recent ALA post “Partnering with Tech: Event brainstorms how libraries and the internet industry can collaborate to boost economic growth.” I was invited by my friend Alan Inouye, the ALA OITP Director, and met a number of interesting people, especially from Booz Allen Hamilton, several of whom participated in the hackathon.

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Aileron and Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way

Earlier this month, the innovative nonprofit organization Aileron posted part one and part two of an interview with me about how the principles in my book Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way can benefit business owners and executives, particularly those in small businesses.

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Aileron is a testament to the value of maintaining focus. Its niche is to provide coaching to owners of small businesses. As it points out on its website, “Small business is the engine that drives economic growth.” Although it provides many online resources, Aileron has a striking, nature-based campus in Tipp City, Ohio; near Dayton, for onsite programs.

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The 2016 $100K Drucker Prize Goes to ImproveCareNow Network

On September 30, The Drucker Institute announced the winner of the 2016 $100,000 Drucker Prize: ImproveCareNow Network. The Institute says that the winning organization has “transformed health and care by enabling patients, families, clinicians and researchers to collaboratively improve knowledge and outcomes related to Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. It engages these stakeholders in a learning health network that provides real-time quality improvement, research and community-building for children with these conditions.”


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The prize, which has been given since 1991, reflects two particular areas of focus within the long career of Peter Drucker: innovation and the strength of nonprofit organizations, and what businesses can learn from them.

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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.

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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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The Drucker Prize, and More Innovations from the Drucker Institute

The Drucker Institute recently gave a new name for, and a new twist to the nonprofit innovation award it gives annually. What’s now called the Drucker Prize will still award $100,000 to the winning nonprofit organization, and the 2016 prize applications are now open. The new twist is a special learning platform that will be available to applicants. According to the Institute’s website, it “blends the timeless wisdom of Peter Drucker with the thinking of some of today’s brightest management minds.” The 2015 prize winner was Kids v Cancer.

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The Institute remains a rich source of knowledge about Peter Drucker, especially through the extensive holdings of the Drucker Archives.

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