The Effective Executive

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Harper Collins, Sep 1, 2002 - Business & Economics - 192 pages
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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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Review: The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done

User Review  - Jeffrey - Goodreads

It started off brilliant with a couple great chapters on prioritization, time management, and staffing from strength. The last 50 pages or so really dragged. It's also pretty outdated in the examples ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Goodreads

This was a good read. It felt a little bit drawn out in parts but was otherwise very thought provoking. Read full review

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

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