Peter Drucker was born in 1909 in Austria. He fled to the United States in 1937 due to World War II. He became a US citizen in 1942 by naturalization. He was an incredibly intelligent business man and shared his knowledge as a management professor at New York University from 1950-1971. In 1971 he became the Clarke professor of Social Science and Management at the Claremont Graduate University. He worked there until his death in 2005.
Peter Drucker is famous for his long life and great business instincts and for sharing them in 39 books. The subjects range greatly with one being an autobiography, another on Japanese art, many others on business management and a couple of novels as well. He was a contributor to the Harvard Business Review and an editorial columnist for the Wall Street Journal. He continued consulting for the rest of his life and was still doling out business advice in his nineties!
George W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992. His long lived life afforded him the ability to make a difference and he died of natural causes at the age of 95.
“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”
“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.”
“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. ”
“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.”
“The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different.”
“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.”