The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done by Peter Drucker
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Written by one of the most prolific and influential writers of Leadership & Management history, Peter R. Drucker. His writing style is clean, crisp, and straight to the point — providing you with sergeant-like action items on what to do, and what not to do, in order to be the most effective executive you can be.
“Every decision is like surgery. It is an intervention into a system and therefore carries with it the risk of shock.”
Put first things first, take responsibility, think “we” instead of “me”, focus on your strengths, and delegate or eliminate the rest.
- WHAT MAKES AN EFFECTIVE EXECUTIVE?
- KNOW THY TIME
- WHAT CAN I CONTRIBUTE?
- MAKING STRENGTH PRODUCTIVE
- FIRST THINGS FIRST
- THE ELEMENTS OF DECISION-MAKING
- EFFECTIVE DECISIONS
- DECISION MAKING AND THE COMPUTER
- EFFECTIVENESS MUST BE LEARNED
1. WHAT MAKES AN EFFECTIVE EXECUTIVE?
Gleaned from his 25+ year experience as a consultant to the leaders of the world’s top business enterprises and non-profit organizations — Peter Drucker says that the most effective executives all followed the same 8 practices:
- They asked, “What needs to be done?”
- They asked, “What’s right for the enterprise?”
- Developed action plans.
- Took responsibility for decisions.
- Took responsibility for communicating.
- Focused on opportunities rather than problems.
- Ran productive meetings.
- They thought and said “we” rather than “I.”
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