Drucker’s Top 10 Non-Profit Management Principles

1. The mission comes first. The mission of non profits (including churches) is changed lives.

2. The function of management is to make the church more churchlike, not to make the church more business like.

3. An organization begins to die the day it begins to be run for the benefit of the insiders and not for the benefit of the outsiders.

4. Know the value of planned abandonment; you must decide what not to do.

5. Know the value of foresight. You can’t predict the future, but you must access the futurity of present events.

6. Focus on opportunities, not problems. Most organizations assign their best people and resources to their problems, not their opportunities.

7. Management is a social function and has most to do with people, not techniques and procedure.

8. People decisions are the ultimate control mechanism of the organization. That’s where people look to find out what value they really hold.

9. All work is work for a team. No individual has the temperament and the skills to do every job. The purpose of a team is to make strengths productive and weakness irrelevant.

10. The three most important questions are:
What is your business?
Who is your customer?
What does the customer consider valuable?

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