Peter Drucker

Austria
19 Nov 1909 // 11 Nov 2005
Management Consultant / Educator / Author

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In the next economic downturn there will be an outbreak ofbitterness and contempt for the supercorporate chieftains who pay themselves millions. In every major economic downturn in U.S. history the «villains» have been the «heroes» during the preceding boom.
I find more and more executives less and less well informed about the outside world, if only because they believe that the data on the computer printouts are ipso facto information.
I have no interest in celebrities. If all the superrich disappeared, the world economy would not even notice. The superrich are irrelevant to the economy.
Few top executives can even imagine the hatred, contempt, and fury that has been created—not primarily among blue-collar workers who never had an exalted opinion of the «bosses» - but among their middle management and professional people.
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
Essays
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."
Essays