Peter Drucker

These 10 Quotes May Change Your World

Many of us may be familiar with Peter Drucker’s work and his insightful commentary on the world of "management." Many of us stuck inside a traditional corporate environment and working inside lean start-ups will find his thinking particularly spot on.

Even after all these years, these 10 Peter Drucker quotes are still very relevant and a great share.

1. “Doing the right thing is more important than doing the thing right.”

2. “If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.”

3. “There is nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency something that should not be done at all.”

4. “What gets measured gets improved.”

5. “Results are gained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems.”

6. “So much of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to work.”

7. “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.”

8. “Meetings are by definition a concession to a deficient organisation. For one either meets or one works. One cannot do both at the same time.”

9. “Long-range planning does not deal with the future decisions, but with the future of present decisions.”

10. "Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things"

Which one of these quotes is most relevant to you and your work environment right now? Your cynical side might draw you to Number eight on the list. However being focused on Mental Toughness, I can’t go past number two and number five.


Michelle Bakjac is an experienced Organisational Consultant, Coach, Speaker and Facilitator. As Director of Bakjac Consulting, she is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and a member of Mental Toughness Partners and an MTQ48 accredited Mental Toughness practitioner.  Michelle assists individuals and organisations to develop their Mental Toughness to improve performance, behaviour and wellbeing.  You can find her at or