The Effective Executive

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Harper Collins, Sep 1, 2002 - Business & Economics - 178 pages
115 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  - Betty Zee - Goodreads

This book was given to me by a supervisor when I was 23 years old. Without any real management experience, this book delivered unexpected insight into what might be waiting for me as I continued along ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Dvir - Goodreads

I hadn't found much new information in this book, but it still will be useful when I hire and manage my first employees. A great reminder is to judge yourself or anyone by results rather than time and ... Read full review


Effectiveness Can Be Learned
Know Thy Time
What Can I Contribute?
Making Strength Productive
First Things First
The Elements of Decisionmaking
Effective Decisions
Effectiveness Must Be Learned

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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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