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The Effective Executive by Peter F. Drucker
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Apr 17, 12

bookshelves: business, prod-allowance
Read from March 07 to 17, 2012

One of Drucker's classic books, the Effective Executive focuses on how to succeed as an "Executive". And by "Executive", Drucker means "anyone who has to make decisions at work". Anyone doing any sort of white-collar work qualifies as an executive for his purposes, and his advice applies across the levels of corporate hierarchy.

Drucker divides effectiveness into five practices:
1. Knowing how you spend your time
2. Focusing on results
3. Building on strengths
4. Setting priorities and stick with them (triage)
5. Making effective decisions

The book discusses these five practices in detail. While much will seem like common sense, it's the kind of common sense that's easier to recognize than to practice, and if we strive toward improvement in these five areas, we'll be more effective at what we do.

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