The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done (Harperbusiness Essentials)
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 resulexecutive?...more
Now, after 14 years of running a company and 8 years of trying to create a leadership engine to run a company, I believe that the 21st century practices for effectiveness in order of s ...more
Effectiveness is a habit and habits can be learned through practice, lots of it. According to Drucker there are five habits that, ...more
1. Know where your time goes; relentlessly prune unproductive activities.
2. Know the contribution you're expected to make - to others' contributions and to the organization.
3. Make your strengths productive and hone them; focus on the absence of weakness leads to mediocrity.
4. There are always more opportunities available than time to pursue them – prioritize and focus on the ...more
- take a time inventory & eliminate "need not be done", "could be done by others", and "wasting other's time".
- prune time wasters
- lack of systems --> crisis
- overstaffing --> unnecessary coordination
- malorganization --> excessive mtgs
- malfunction in information
- consolidate discretionary time into meaningful chunks to facilitate effectiveness (eg 1.5 hr)
What can I contribute?
- in terms of EXTERNAL r ...more
There are two main thoughts which might dissuade you from reading this. I don’t want you to miss out, so I’d like to address both:
“Effective Executive? This sounds like it's only for people who wear suits and spend their days in board meetings..."
The author defines executive broadly as someone who "is responsible for a contribution that materially affects the capacity of the o/>“Effective ...more
Book Review for Goodreads.
Originally published 1967. Edition read was Harper Business, 1993.
I’m too young to have been part of the Drucker Generation. I had always heard him talked of and quoted among the staid and dusty corners of mainstream business, but I never thought to reach back and read him. Drucker’s words and ideas were the Esperanto of an emerging class in the business world of post WWII. He was part and parcel of important board ...more
Kicking off the Personal Effectiveness portion of the Personal MBA curriculum is the purveyor of modern management, Peter Drucker. Notice the subtitle to this book before you read. It says "getting right things done" where you might have misread it as "getting things done right". Drucker takes decades of consulting experience with numerous famous and infamous companies and in its fifth edi ...more
This is a good book for probably every single knowledge worker. Even if I really liked, it has its ups and downs.
The best parts describes the time management, somewhat aligned with deep work and the elements of decision making. The latter strongly reminded me of Principles: Life and Work (I know who wrote what first ;-) ) and the lack of hard decision when your principles are set right.
On the other hand, Making Strength Productive and doing First ...more
Alas, there are two problems with the book that stop me from full-heartedly recommending this book:
* It's dated, and it shows. There's a lot of repetition and flowery language.
* I've already read "The Effect ...more
Another bias for me is that I've read this at the time of major career shift and moving into full-time management.
- measure and analyze your time as a manager
- plan for constant change and adaptability, rather than immediate greatness
- dedicate yourself to 1 main task per day
- re-evaluate your next priorities during the day (e.g. I started planning for max 2 tasks ahea ...more
The book doesn't even give many insights into the tricks and tools that these great minds applied, instead the author just presents his conclusions as fact and dogma.
I have little doubt that the facts make sense, though, so I think this book is pretty good.
However, the core message of this book could be summed up in just one or tw ...more
Ask yourself why you are on the payroll and work to make that purpose realized
making strengths productive; don't eliminate weakness when you can bolster and utilize strength. don't focus on problems when there are opportunities to chase.
there are rules for generic ...more
My biggest issue was the constant reference to men, man, him, his, etc. when referring to executives, managers, and ju ...more
Certainly a book I will reread.
I didn't get far into the story and maybe I misinterpreted the methods.... will try again at another time.
It was written in the 1960s, and it hasn’t been updated. I understand it’s dated because it hasn’t been updated in about 50 years, but I still had trouble with it. It’s written in a very stodgy voice. It was hard for me to look past the style and absorb the substance.