Some of the best books for EHS professionals aren’t written for them. For example, The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done by Peter Drucker is written for leaders in a multitude of professions.
Here are my favorite 10 Drucker lines:
- “There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.”
- “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.”
- “Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.”
- “No one learns as much about a subject as one who is forced to teach it.”
- “Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.”
- “People in any organization are always attached to the obsolete – the things that should have worked but did not, the things that once were productive and no longer are.”
- “The problem in my life and other people’s lives is not the absence of knowing what to do but the absence of doing it.”
- “Converting a decision into action requires answering several distinct questions: Who has to know of this decision? What action has to be taken? Who is to take it? And what does the action have to be so that the people who have to do it can do it? The first and the last of these are too often overlooked—with dire results.”
- “Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window.”
- “The best way to predict your future is to create it.”
Do you have a favorite Peter Drucker quote?