Doing the Right Things Right: How the Effective Executive Spends Time

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2016 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
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As an MBA student, Laura Stack was inspired by Peter Drucker's classic 1967 book The Effective Executive. But a lot has changed since it was written. And while Drucker's advice on what to do remains brilliant, he didn't give much detail on the how. Stack's new book is written for the 21st-century executive, detailing precisely how today's leaders and managers can obtain profitable, productive results by managing the intersection of two critical values: effectiveness and efficiency.Effectiveness, Stack says, is identifying and achieving the best objectives for your organization - doing the right things. Efficiency is accomplishing them with the least amount of time, effort, and cost - doing things right. If you're not clear on both, you're wasting your time. As Drucker put it, There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.Stack identifies twelve practices that will enable executives to be effective and efficient, grouped into three areas where leaders spend their time, called 3T Leadership: Strategic Thinking (business), Teamwork (employees), and Tactics (self). For each practice, Stack offers advice from her twenty-five years in the trenches working with thousands of leaders globally. You'll receive scores of new ideas on how you, your team, and your organization can boost productivity.

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This book's title borrows from Peter Drucker's famous distinction that management is doing things right and leadership is doing the right things. In the introduction, Slack says that she aspires to ... Read full review

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Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, CPAE, is an award-winning keynote speaker, bestselling author, and noted authority on productivity. Stack is the president of the Productivity Pro, Inc., whose clients include Wells Fargo, Cisco Systems, Merrill Lynch, and Bank of America. She has been featured on the CBS Early Show, on CNN, and in the New York Times. Stack is a past president of the National Speakers Association and was inducted into its Speaker Hall of Fame.

Foreword author William A. Cohen, PhD is an authority on leadership and strategy formulation and deployment. He gives speeches and seminars for the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, the Air War College, the FBI Academy, all four armed services, and corporations from Boeing to The Cheesecake Factory. He is the author of The Practical Drucker.

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