The Effective Executive

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HarperCollins, Sep 1, 2002 - Business & Economics - 178 pages
102 Reviews

The measure of the executive, Peter Drucker reminds us, is the ability to "get the right things done." This usually involves doing what other people have overlooked as well as avoiding what is unproductive. Intelligence, imagination, and knowledge may all be wasted in an executive job without the acquired habits of mind that mold them into results.

Drucker identifies five practices essential to business effectiveness that can, and must, be learned:

  • Management of time
  • Choosing what to contribute to the practical organization
  • Knowing where and how to mobilize strength for best effect
  • Setting up the right priorities
  • And Knitting all of them together with effective decision making

Ranging widely through the annals of business and government, Peter Drucker demonstrates the distinctive skill of the executive and offers fresh insights into old and seemingly obvious business situations.

  

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An outstanding writer whose writing often waxed poetic. - Goodreads
an excellent overview of effective decision making. - Goodreads
It is timeless in its insights and value. - Goodreads
Great advice, though some of it is a little dated. - Goodreads
Advice from the 60s. - Goodreads
From the older generation of business writing. - Goodreads

Review: The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done

User Review  - Ryan Adair - Goodreads

One of the top five books I've read on the subject. Great advice, though some of it is a little dated. Loved that he talked about how effective executives were not born, but all of them learned to do ... Read full review

Review: The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done

User Review  - Boris - Goodreads

From the older generation of business writing. Drucker has a lot of good stuff here. The general focus is on taking regular people and making them transcend regular effectiveness. While this isn't the flamboyantly Theory Y stuff you'll see in Drive, etc, it's quite compatible. Good stuff. Read full review

Contents

Effectiveness Can Be Learned
1
Know Thy Time
25
What Can I Contribute?
52
Making Strength Productive
71
First Things First
100
The Elements of Decisionmaking
113
Effective Decisions
143
Effectiveness Must Be Learned
166
Index
175
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About the author (2002)

Peter F. Drucker has been Clarke Professor of Social Science and Management at Claremont Graduate School in California since 1971.

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