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

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

by Peter F. Drucker


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What makes an effective executive?

The measure of the executive, Peter F. 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:
  • Managing time
  • Choosing what to contribute to the organization
  • Knowing where and how to mobilize strength for best effect
  • Setting the right priorities
  • Knitting all of them together with effective decision-making

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060833459
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/03/2006
Series: HarperBusiness Essentials Series
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 67,678
Product dimensions: 5.28(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Peter F. Drucker is considered the most influential management thinker ever. The author of more than twenty-five books, his ideas have had an enormous impact on shaping the modern corporation. Drucker passed away in 2005.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Ten Lessons I Learned from Peter Drucker vii

Preface xv

Introduction: What Makes an Effective Executive? xvii

1 Effectiveness Can Be Learned 1

2 Know Thy Time 26

3 What Can I Contribute? 58

4 Making Strength Productive 80

5 First Things First 111

6 The Elements of Decision-Making 126

7 Effective Decisions 160

Conclusion: Effectiveness Must Be Learned 185

Afterword: Don't Tell Me You Had a Wonderful Meeting with Me 195

Index 199

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